In the News, In the Know with CCLA & Friends

Welcome to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association’s new blog space. Tune in here to find commentary, discussion and opinion pieces from our Directors, volunteers, and friends on the topical issues of the week, and the longstanding rights debates that such issues frequently engage.

We look forward to offering a greater variety of voices on this site. If you want to be one of those voices, please submit your 500 word blog to media@ccla.org.


This Public Consultation on Sex Ed is Keeping a Lot Secret

February 8, 2019

Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms Program

For a public consultation on a new Sex Ed Curriculum, they seem very reluctant to let us know what we said.

 

Privacy Wins: Jarvis Decision Confirms Privacy Rights Exist in Public Spaces

February 14, 2019

Brenda McPhail, Director of Privacy, Technology & Surveillance Project

Privacy is not “all-or-nothing” – it is “totality of circumstances” – and the Supreme Court agrees.

Money (That’s What They Want)

February 13, 2019

Brenda McPhail, Director of Privacy, Technology & Surveillance Project

Collection of your private, personal information by companies is not some benevolent ‘personalization’ — curating your every need.

 

Shaving the Constitutional Tiger: Attorney General 101

February 8, 2019

Michael Bryant, Executive Director and General Counsel 

Political power, prosecutorial discretion, and lines crossed.

No Remedy and No Right – SCC Strikes A Double Blow

February 8, 2019

Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms Program

A devastating step backwards for rights and freedoms.

 

Being in a Wheelchair is NO Reason for Being Held in Solitary

February 7, 2019

Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Director of Equality Program  

Gregory Allen spent 412 days in solitary confinement because he had a disability.

 

The PMO Has Discovered the Presumption of Innocence

February 7, 2019

Michael Bryant, Executive Director and General Counsel 

Obstruction of justice and breach of trust allegations may trigger criminal investigation.

CCLA at the Supreme Court: Does a Charter Violation Require a Remedy?

February 6, 2019

Rob De Luca, Director of Democracy and the Rule of Law Program

Michael Bryant, Executive Director and General Counsel 

Mass Surveillance Challenge Proceeds to Europe’s Highest Human Rights Court

February 5, 2019

Brenda McPhail, Director of Privacy, Technology & Surveillance Project

And so the fight continues against suspicionless bulk collection of our communication data.

 

Governing by Mercenary

January 29, 2019

Let’s follow the money… all the way to the incoming “smart city” in Quayside, Toronto.

 

Dialing 911 on Hate Speech Against Women 

January 29, 2019

Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms Program

Speech may be hateful, and we may not agree with it, but does that make it criminal?

 

We’re Not Done Talking About Privacy in the Smart City

January 24, 2019

Brenda McPhail, Director of Privacy, Technology & Surveillance Project, 

Nabeel Ahmed, Researcher on Smart Cities 

 

BC Court of Appeal Strikes Down Another Mandatory Sentence Law

January 23, 2019

Thomas Hanson, CCLA-PBSC Rights Watch student

 

 

Battles Begin Over the Repeal of Ontario’s 2015 Sex-Ed Curriculum

January 23, 2019

Joie Chow, CCLA-PBSC Rights Watch student

 

A Victory For Democratic Rights at the Supreme Court

January 11, 2019

Rob De Luca, Director of Democracy and the Rule of Law Program

Canada does away with its system of tiered-citizenship.

Presto Change-O Privacy Disappears!

January 2, 2019

Brenda McPhail, Director of Privacy, Technology & Surveillance Project

Convenience gained, anonymity lost. Is that a trade-off we are willing to live with?

Canadians Care About Privacy, Politicians Need To Show They Care About Us

December 19, 2018

Brenda McPhail, Director of Privacy, Technology & Surveillance Project

It’s about time political parties be held to our privacy law standards.

Blowing the Whistle on Saskatoon’s Proposed Rules for Rideshares and Taxis

December 14, 2018

Abby Deshman, Director of Criminal Justice Program

Vulnerable sector checks? For taxi and rideshare drivers?

 

Supreme Court Strikes Down Canada’s Ugliest Populist Criminal Law

December 14, 2018

Whammy! Canada’s ugliest populist criminal sanction is gone.

 

 Supreme Court Finds a Reasonable Expectation of Privacy in Shared Computer

December 13, 2018

Teddy Weinstein, Articling Fellow

Another win for privacy rights in SCC ruling, R v Reeves.

New Act Protects Ontarians from Release of Unproven Allegations

December 13, 2018

Abby Deshman, Director of Criminal Justice Program

A historic piece of legislation passed in Ontario should call other provinces to similar action

Federal Government’s Election Reforms Fall Short

December 11, 2018

Rob De Luca, Director of Democracy and the Rule of Law Program

What could this mean for the 2019 federal election?

Police and Pot: Let Them Smoke, Vape, and – Yes – Eat Cake (or Brownies!) Too

December 7, 2018

Abby Deshman, Director of Criminal Justice Program

Cannabis workplace policies pulling a page out of the Reefer Madness handbook.

 Auditor General to Toronto’s Smart Cities: Not So Fast

December 6, 2018

Brenda McPhail, Director of Privacy, Technology & Surveillance Project

It’s time to get smart when it comes to ‘smart city’ projects.

What the Vice Media Decision Might Mean for Press Freedom

December 3, 2018

Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms Program

Returning to Friday’s SCC decision and what it all means for freedom of the press.

Vice Media Appeal Could Spell Bleak Friday for Press Freedom

November 27, 2018

Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms Program

Press freedom is at stake when the Supreme Court renders their decision on Friday, November 30 on R. v. Vice Media Canada Inc.