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Vice Media ruling raises serious questions about press freedoms

March 22, 2017

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 […]

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#Privacyprotectors: Teens reflect on privacy in digital age

March 22, 2017

This desire for privacy is why most people close doors, why individuals do not post things such as social security numbers on social media, and why people sometimes turn off their cell phones and computers. It is not an attempt to be antisocial, but rather simply not wanting to share parts of our lives and […]

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International Women’s Day: Highlighting issues of indigenous women in prison system

March 8, 2017

On this International Women’s Day, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association recognizes the many women in Canada who still fight for the realization of their rights.  In this infographic, the CCLA spotlights concerns about indigenous women in Canada’s criminal justice system, who are disprortionately represented in Canadian prisons  and are more likely to be placed in […]

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‘Small voices’ could still be silenced by B.C. election rules

‘Small voices’ could still be silenced by B.C. election rules

January 26, 2017

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 […]

Know Your Rights Guide to Protesting

Know Your Rights Guide to Protesting

January 19, 2017

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!  

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Supreme Court: implied consent for “less sensitive” information under PIPEDA

November 28, 2016

  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 […]

Events

Edward Snowden: guest speaker and honouree at this year's CCLA gala

CCLA Gala featuring Edward Snowden

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW! Former U.S. intelligence officer turned whistleblower Edward Snowden is this year’s special guest speaker and honouree at the CCLA’s annual gala. He’ll be joining us via a live link from Russia as part of the evening in which we celebrate civil liberties and human rights activists, toasting the achievements of remarkable Canadians. On […]

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Alan Borovoy Fundamental Freedoms Conference – Calgary

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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