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!
TORONTO, Ont. – The legal fight against Canada’s solitary confinement laws continues today, with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) filing an appeal before Ontario’s highest court. On December 18, 2017, Associate Chief Justice Frank Marrocco of the Ontario Superior Court released his decision, striking down Canada’s solitary confinement laws as unconstitutional. While CCLA welcomed […]
The Honourable Ralph Goodale, P.C. Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness 269 Laurier Avenue West Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P8 The Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen, P.C. Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship 365 Laurier Avenue West Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1L1 January 11, 2018 Re: Abdoul Abdi – State Responsibility to Stop Deportation and Grant Citizenship […]
In many countries across the world, governments have stepped up attacks on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), making it harder for them to function effectively. A global pattern has emerged, in which certain governments seek to stigmatise and delegitimise these organisations, particularly by demonising their acceptance of foreign funding or other foreign connections they might have. Moreover, […]
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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 […]
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