CCLA is committed to ensuring that national security is protected without going overboard, and without the highly problematic provisions introduced in previous laws (including the infamous C-51). Bill C-59, introduced in June of 2017, makes significant changes to many aspects of the Canadian national security landscape. CCLA’s Bill C-59: Get it Right! Campaign page has a great deal of both in-depth and accessible information about national security and this proposed bill (check out CCLA’s 10 Things to Know about Bill C-59). Much more to come!
Should students have privacy rights at school? Do you lose all your privacy rights upon entering a building because of a security camera at the door? Should people generally have some reasonable expectation of privacy even in public spaces where they might be observed by others? CCLA believes they should, and we are at the […]
The Prime Minister and Cabinet fully intended to legalize cannabis in 2018. No doubt about it. But the truth is that his Justice Minister has re-criminalized pot, to the point where I expect more, not less, cannabis criminal charges, post-“legalization.” As I submitted to a Senate Committee this week, the bill lays a minefield of […]
This week the Canadian Civil Liberties Association will be at the Supreme Court of Canada to argue that a mandatory victim surcharge, imposed on all “offenders,” is a cruel and unusual punishment that should be struck down by the Court. The victim surcharge requires individuals to pay a financial sum — over and above any […]
Know Your Rights
Respond to CCLA’s 2018 Privacy Day Survey and tell us what privacy issues you think will matter most in 2018.
Cell phones should not be considered a “good” at the border, and the Customs Act should be updated to reflect that fact, according to a recently released report from the federal Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. CCLA appeared before the Committee in their study Privacy of Canadians at Airports, Borders and […]
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! SUPPORT CCLA
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Whether at major events, in the media, or through public advocacy campaigns, we engage with citizens to support democratic action and dialogue.
Through our foundation, the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust, we bring important issues into Canadian classrooms and communities.
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Since the 1960s we’ve defended civil liberties through high-impact legal action and intervention, including at the Supreme Court of Canada.
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