On April 4, the Senate of Canada passed an amendment to Bill C-6, creating a right to a Federal Court hearing for Canadian citizens who are alleged to have misrepresented themselves in their original citizenship application. This important amendment ensures due process rights are upheld for individuals at risk of having their citizenship revoked. CCLA […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO – The RCMP held a press conference on April 5 to publicly confirm it uses a particular technology, an IMSI catcher, to conduct cellphone surveillance in investigations. This does not come as a surprise, as details have emerged via revelations in court cases in recent months of their use in investigations […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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