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Drug Recognition Expert’s opinions shouldn’t be taken as incontrovertible evidence

February 23, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO, Ont.  ̶  The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is disappointed that the Supreme Court of Canada is allowing a subjective evaluation by a Drug Recognition Expert to be used as evidence without a safeguard test. At issue in the before the SCC in R. v. Bingley was whether the road-side opinion evidence […]

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Canada has its own legacy of racist policies to confront

February 21, 2017

In light of recent calls in government and civil society to systemically examine religious intolerance in Canada, it’s important to look at the role that laws play. Originally published by TVO here, this op-ed by Executive Director Sukanya Pillay was written just days after the terror attack on a Quebec City mosque on Jan. 29, 2017, and […]

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CCLA Responds To Questions On M-103

February 17, 2017

Yesterday, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association was asked why it was not standing up for free speech and arguing against Motion 103 (“M-103”). The answer is simple.  M-103 does not restrict free speech. Not only does M-103 not restrict or censor speech, it is also not a bill and is not law.  It is of […]

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‘Small voices’ could still be silenced by B.C. election rules

‘Small voices’ could still be silenced by B.C. election rules

January 26, 2017

Supreme Court  ruling clarifies ‘self-expression’   TORONTO, Ont.  ̶  The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is pleased the Supreme Court of Canada has clarified that wearing t-shirts or displaying a bumper sticker does not equate to advertising during elections. However, today’s decision in B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association v British Columbia (Attorney General) could […]

Know Your Rights Guide to Protesting

Know Your Rights Guide to Protesting

January 19, 2017

If you’re planning any protesting, marching, or demonstrating, be safe, be careful, and know your rights.  Click here to download a 1-page pdf that outlines your rights and responsibilities at protests in Canada. Print it. Stick it in your pocket. Go and protest!  

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Supreme Court: implied consent for “less sensitive” information under PIPEDA

November 28, 2016

  The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision in Royal Bank of Canada v. Trang is important to the discussion of privacy rights in Canada. The decision highlights that consent to the disclosure of personal information can be implied under the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”) “when the information is ‘less […]

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