CCLA is committed to ensuring that national security is protected without going overboard, and without the highly problematic provisions introduced in previous laws (including the infamous C-51). Bill C-59, introduced in June of 2017, makes significant changes to many aspects of the Canadian national security landscape. CCLA’s Bill C-59: Get it Right! Campaign page has a great deal of both in-depth and accessible information about national security and this proposed bill (check out CCLA’s 10 Things to Know about Bill C-59). Much more to come!
Le texte français suivra Constitutional lawsuit filed in Quebec Superior Court seeks stay order against bill’s Section 10 (Montreal – November 7, 2017) – The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), two prominent civil liberties & advocacy organizations, today filed a lawsuit in English and in French in Quebec Superior Court challenging […]
The European Court of Human Rights will hear a landmark case on surveillance tomorrow (7 November) as part of a challenge to the lawfulness of the UK’s surveillance laws and its intelligence agencies’ mass surveillance practices. The case, described by campaigners as a “watershed moment for people’s privacy and freedom of expression across the world”, […]
Today, Ontario’s provincial government introduced major proposed changes to Ontario’s Police Services Act, including significant changes to complaint, oversight and discipline measures through new independent police oversight legislation. The Canadian Civilian Liberties Association has long advocated for policing reform, including strong accountability and oversight measures, and today’s proposed legislation is an important first step for […]
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C-59 is a new bill on national security in Canada. It was supposed to fix the problems caused by C-51 but instead it resolves some problems, ignores others, and creates entirely new ones. C-59 was supposed to fix the unconstitutional changes introduced in Bill C-51, the former government’s notorious anti-terrorism law (the Anti-terrorism Act, […]
Bill C-59 (An act respecting national security matters), proposes the most extensive changes to Canada’s national security laws in the last 30 years. It creates 3 new Acts: The National Security and Intelligence Review Agency Act (NSIRA Act); The Intelligence Commissioner Act (IC Act); The Canadian Security Establishment Act (CSE Act) It also changes […]
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