John has ALS and feels he is reaching the end of his life. He’s confined to a hospital bed as he’s almost completely paralyzed, unable to speak, and being kept alive by a breathing machine. His mind, however, is still sharp. Every day he faces endless pain. Wanting to die with dignity, he approaches his […]
TORONTO – Racial profiling in Ontario is an issue the Canadian Civil Liberties Association is deeply concerned about and has been working for many years to address in policing, the criminal justice system, corrections, private security, and other sectors. CCLA strongly commends the Ontario Human Rights Commission on its new report on racial profiling, Under […]
The 2017 CCLA Gala on April 27, was a sold-out affair with more than 300 guests from the Toronto legal community, as well as prominent figures from the political and business worlds. The evening kicked off with perhaps the world’s best known whistleblower and our special guest honouree, Edward Snowden, who addressed the gathering live via video link […]
Know Your Rights
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 […]
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