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Equality - which includes equity, diversity, and inclusion – recognizes that every person is equal in value and worth, and each is deserving of fairness, dignity and rights.
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Fundamental Freedoms allow individuals and groups to express themselves, to believe and practice what they choose, and to exercise their right to vote.
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We work to ensure that constitutional rights are respected at every step of the criminal justice system, and that the extraordinary powers conferred to police and criminal courts are used proportionately, fairly, humanely, and only when absolutely necessary.
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We bring a principled and rights-focused approach to assessing the impact of new technologies and surveillance, in areas ranging from policing methods to people’s public and private lives.
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CCLA & CCLET provide free workshops, seminars, and in-class sessions in schools, educational institutions, and faculties of education, educating citizens about their rights and freedoms.

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April 17, 2024

CCLA to Defend Democratic Rights Before the Supreme Court of Canada in Working Families Case

The Supreme Court of Canada just granted CCLA leave to intervene in the Attorney general of Ontario v. Working Families Coalition case. This matter is a constitutional challenge of the…
CRIMINAL JUSTICEDevice SearchesPRESS RELEASESPRIVACYPrivacy Law ReformReasonable Expectations of Privacy
April 15, 2024

CCLA Intervening before Ontario Court of Appeal to Oppose Standardless Limitless Searches of Personal Electronic Devices at Border

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association will appear this week before the Court of Appeal for Ontario as an intervenor in R. v. Pike and Scott. This appeal concerns when the…
CRIMINAL JUSTICEPolice Powers, Use of Force & Police AccountabilityPolice Transparency, Oversight & AccountabilityPRESS RELEASES
April 9, 2024

CCLA Intervening Before Ontario Superior Court to Oppose Keeping Officer Names Secret in Police Accountability Cases

TORONTO — The CCLA will appear today before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice as an intervenor in the matter of Ahmad et al. v. Peel Police Regional Police Services Board…
April 5, 2024

CCLA Deeply Concerned Over City of Kingston Encampment Evictions

TORONTO — CCLA is deeply concerned over the City of Kingston’s attempts to enforce a daytime ban on encampments through evictions of vulnerable unhoused people at Belle Park. CCLA believes…

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January 30, 2024

CTV News: More than 80% of inmates in Ontario jails last year were legally innocent, awaiting trial: data

“We at CCLA, like others, we care about public safety,” Rahim said."We just want to think about what we can do within our bail system to have it run effectively.”…
Emergencies ActFreedom of AssociationFreedom of ExpressionIN THE NEWS
January 23, 2024

CBC News: Ottawa’s use of Emergencies Act against convoy protests was unreasonable, violated Charter, court rules

Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, executive director of the CCLA, said their win sets a clear and critical precedent for future governments. "Emergency is not in the eye of the beholder. Emergency…
October 17, 2023

The Guardian: Canada province uses constitutional override to advance pronoun legislation

“The government of Saskatchewan is threatening to shred a piece of the charter this Tuesday, and in so doing violate the rights, the freedom, the privacy, the equality and the…
CRIMINAL JUSTICEIN THE NEWSReasonable Expectations of PrivacySearch & Seizure
August 11, 2023

CBC: Arctic Bay residents raise concerns after RCMP search mail

Shakir Rahim, a lawyer and director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association's criminal justice program, said it raises "serious concerns." Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms states…

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