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A Victory for the Rights of Vulnerable Patients

January 31, 2018

Today, an important decision for a patient’s right to equal access to health care was handed down by Ontario’s Divisional Court. The Court upheld the requirement that physicians who conscientiously object to a medical procedure – such as medical assistance in dying or reproductive health services – must refer patients to physicians willing to provide […]

CCLA at Supreme Court in Trinity Western Case – Hearing This Week

November 29, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 29, 2017 TORONTO, Ont. – This week- on November 30th and December 1st – the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (“CCLA”) will appear before the Supreme Court of Canada in Trinity Western University, et al. v. Law Society of Upper Canada. The case concerns a private evangelical Christian university which requires all […]

Breaching Unconstitutional Orders: CCLA intervenes in R v Bird

November 24, 2017

Last week, CCLA submitted its factum at the Supreme Court of Canada to argue that an attempt to limit an individual’s legal right to challenge conditions placed on them by the Parole Board must be informed by Charter considerations. Fundamentally, the case is about ensuring that those whose Charter rights have been breached have access […]


November 6, 2017

The European Court of Human Rights will hear a landmark case on surveillance tomorrow (7 November) as part of a challenge to the lawfulness of the UK’s surveillance laws and its intelligence agencies’ mass surveillance practices. The case, described by campaigners as a “watershed moment for people’s privacy and freedom of expression across the world”, […]

CCLA Segregation Challenge

September 13, 2017

This page contains CCLA’s key legal materials, previous work, key decisions, and press for our constitutional challenge of the solitary confinement regime in federal penitentiaries. Update – January 31, 2018 The Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association wrote to the Minister of Public Safety and Minster of Justice to ask […]


September 8, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO, Ont. – On September 11th, 13th, 14th and 15th, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will be before the court challenging the solitary confinement regime in Canadian federal penitentiaries. The challenge seeks to do so to protect individuals from the severe harms of solitary confinement, in particular young adults, inmates in […]

Court Denies Canada’s Attempt to Adjourn CCLA’s Segregation Challenge

July 6, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 6, 2017 TORONTO, Ont.  ̶   Associate Chief Justice Marrocco ruled today that the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA’s) challenge of segregation (solitary confinement) practices will go ahead, denying a motion by the government to adjourn the case. The hearing will be held, as scheduled, on September 11, 2017. Canada sought to […]

Toronto Star op-ed Omar Khadr

July 6, 2017

The following is a re-print of an op-ed from the Toronto Star by Adriel Weaver (Goldblatt Partners LLP) on behalf of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Adriel served as counsel to CCLA in the 2010 Supreme Court Khadr case. A link to the op-ed in the Star can be found here.  The Canadian government’s recent announcement […]

CCLA fighting to preserve segregation challenge and testimony of torture expert

June 27, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 27, 2017 TORONTO, Ont.  ̶  On Thursday June 29th, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will be in court to ensure that its Charter challenge against Canada’s solitary confinement regime moves forward. CCLA has already presented valuable evidence and expert testimony to the court. The challenge seeks to protect individuals from the harms of […]


June 28, 2017

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SUPREME COURT CASE UPHOLDS ORDER AGAINST GOOGLE – BUT RECOGNIZES FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION June 28, 2017 TORONTO, Ont.  ̶  Today’s Supreme Court of Canada decision against Google permits Canadian courts to make orders against the internet giant outside of Canadian borders. CCLA had intervened in the case to raise concerns about restricting […]