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!
CCLA has long been concerned that changes in technology and expanding uses of personal information are outstripping Canada’s privacy laws. The Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s 2016/17 annual report expresses this same concern, and makes a series of constructive recommendations to help fix the problems. Commissioner Daniel Therrien makes a strong case for much-needed updates to […]
Should the police have the power to demand a breathalyzer test without reason or suspicion of wrongdoing? On September 18, 2017, CCLA Director of Public Safety, Rob De Luca, made submissions on CCLA’s behalf to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights to address several areas of concern with the government’s […]
September 19, 2017 — Today, 40 organizations and individuals from across Canadian civil society issued a joint letter to the Hon. Minister Ralph Goodale, the Hon. Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, and the Hon. Minister Ahmed Hussen that lays out overarching concerns with Bill C-59, An Act respecting national security matters. Bill C-59 makes some meaningful and […]
Know Your Rights
C-59 is a new bill on national security in Canada. It was supposed to fix the problems caused by C-51 but instead it resolves some problems, ignores others, and creates entirely new ones. C-59 was supposed to fix the unconstitutional changes introduced in Bill C-51, the former government’s notorious anti-terrorism law (the Anti-terrorism Act, […]
Bill C-59 (An act respecting national security matters), proposes the most extensive changes to Canada’s national security laws in the last 30 years. It creates 3 new Acts: The National Security and Intelligence Review Agency Act (NSIRA Act); The Intelligence Commissioner Act (IC Act); The Canadian Security Establishment Act (CSE Act) It also changes […]
National security is full of acronyms, jargon, and legal language. There are many agencies with long or uninformative names, and sometimes words that you think you know from regular life are ever so slightly different when talking about the unique world of national security. If you find yourself in doubt about a term, check […]
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