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Tackling the Government Green Paper on National Security: Part 1

September 19, 2016

In the next few months, Canadians have the opportunity to take part in our country’s first National Security Consultation, giving them a chance to inform the government of their own views on how we should best address national security issues. As a part of this national conversation, CCLA will release a series of posts responding […]

National Security Consultation Must Result in Real Change

National Security Consultation Must Result in Real Change

September 8, 2016

Today the Ministers of Public Safety and Justice announced a long-promised review of national security in Canada, including a re-consideration of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015, commonly known as Bill C-51.  CCLA will review the government position paper, released today, and will be sure to highlight any concerns we have during the coming review. However, our […]

Canadians Have Legal Right Not To Surrender Their Passwords

Canadians Have Legal Right Not To Surrender Their Passwords

August 30, 2016

CCLA is troubled by the resolution of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) this month, proposing the creation of a new police power that would force individuals to surrender passwords to encrypted electronic devices to law enforcement. This would include cell phones, laptops, tablets, etc.  In our view, the creation of a power to compel decryption would […]

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Video: Nothing to Hide? Let’s Talk Privacy!

October 8, 2015

Check out our new video on privacy — because we all wear pants.  

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Imprisoning the Innocent: Bail and Wrongful Convictions in Canada

Visit the event page to RSVP! Over the past few years, the bail system has been identified as an area in need of reform within the Canadian criminal justice system. In 2014/2015, nearly 60% of those behind bars were in pre-trial detention. Within the past 30 years, the remand rate in Canada has tripled. The […]

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TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW! Join us for an evening of stimulating conversation, exquisite local haute cuisine, and the opportunity to toast the achievements of remarkable Canadians. On November 2nd, 2016, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will celebrate the achievements of extraordinary Canadians from all walks of life — film, sports, journalism, music, business, law, activism, […]

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