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Mass Surveillance INCLO Case Continues

December 11, 2018

Mass surveillance violates international privacy rights and is fundamentally incompatible with the rights to free speech and free association that lie at the heart of strong democracies. This year CCLA and our international partners won a victory when the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the UK’s historical practice of bulk surveillance violated rights […]

What the Vice Media Decision Might Mean for Press Freedom

December 3, 2018

Cara Zwibel Director of Fundamental Freedoms Program         The Supreme Court’s decision in R. v. Vice Media Canada Inc. is not the victory for press freedom that CCLA was hoping for. Indeed, for Vice Media and reporter Ben Makuch, the decision is a blow and requires a reporter to hand over […]

Vice Media Appeal Could Spell Bleak Friday For Press Freedom

December 3, 2018

Cara Zwibel Director of Fundamental Freedoms Program         A week after Black Friday may render Bleak Friday for press freedom if the Supreme Court of Canada dismisses a major press freedom appeal. In R. v. Vice Media Canada Inc., 2017 ONCA 231, the Ontario Court of Appeal delivered bad news for […]

Federal Court Overturns Abdoul Abdi Deportation

July 16, 2018

CCLA’s voice was heard and recognized in the Federal Court decision released in the case of Abdoul Abdi. Mr. Abdi is a former child refugee and recent Crown ward in Nova Scotia, who Canada was trying to deport. In the Federal Court decision, Justice Ann Marie McDonald stated that the government “failed to properly consider” […]

CCLA & NCCM Successfully Obtain Renewed Stay Against Quebec’s Bill 62

June 29, 2018

Le texte français suivra – For Immediate Release – (Ottawa – June 29, 2018) The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), two prominent civil liberties & advocacy organizations, have successfully obtained a further stay of section 10 of Quebec’s religious neutrality law, commonly known as Bill 62. Last […]


June 19, 2018

Free Abdoul Abdi!! The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is in court today fighting the deportation of child refugee Abdoul Abdi, who was never granted Canadian citizenship while growing up in foster care in Nova Scotia, being moved between foster homes 31 times. The hearing is set for today (June 19, 2018) in Halifax. CCLA and […]


June 15, 2018

LGBTQ+ and gender equality prevailed today, consistent with CCLA’s position, before the Supreme Court of Canada in Trinity Western University, et al. v. Law Society of Upper Canada, 2018 SCC 33, and Law Society of British Columbia v. Trinity Western, 2018 SCC 32. The majority affirmed that the Law Society of Upper Canada’s (LSUC) decision not […]

Victory For Free Speech in Supreme Court Decision: Groia

June 1, 2018

The Supreme Court today has released its decision in Groia v. Law Society of Upper Canada, a case that considers when a law society can discipline a lawyer for alleged “incivility” in the courtroom. The Court overturned the Law Society’s discipline decision, finding it unreasonable based on the particular circumstances and context of the case. […]

R v Wong: Guilty Pleas Must Be Voluntary, Unequivocal, and Informed

May 25, 2018

Today, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision in R v Wong holding that an accused who enters into a truly uninformed plea of guilty – i.e., a plea made when an accused is unaware of legally relevant consequences at the time of plea – may withdraw a plea, but only if they show, […]

Historic, ground-breaking decision on criminal sentencing of African-Canadians

April 24, 2018

Implications for all victims of systemic discrimination and also Indigenous people. See R v Jackson judgement here. More to follow.