FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO ̶ In a ruling today that raises serious questions about reporters’ ability to protect their sources and bring important stories to light, the Ontario Court of Appeal refused to quash the order compelling Vice Media reporter Ben Makuch to provide the RCMP with his background materials. “Protection of sources is the […]
This desire for privacy is why most people close doors, why individuals do not post things such as social security numbers on social media, and why people sometimes turn off their cell phones and computers. It is not an attempt to be antisocial, but rather simply not wanting to share parts of our lives and […]
On this International Women’s Day, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association recognizes the many women in Canada who still fight for the realization of their rights. In this infographic, the CCLA spotlights concerns about indigenous women in Canada’s criminal justice system, who are disprortionately represented in Canadian prisons and are more likely to be placed in […]
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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 […]
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!
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 […]
TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW! Former U.S. intelligence officer turned whistleblower Edward Snowden is this year’s special guest speaker and honouree at the CCLA’s annual gala. He’ll be joining us via a live link from Russia as part of the evening in which we celebrate civil liberties and human rights activists, toasting the achievements of remarkable Canadians. On […]
Please join the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Education Trust, along with the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre for the Alan Borovoy Fundamental Freedoms Conference on May 3, 2017, at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law! The CCLA has been running this annual high school student conference in Toronto since 1997, and this year, […]
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