Equality

Race, Ethnicity and Religion

CCLA submission to the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services as part of public consultations on carding and racial profiling

In Canada, racial profiling also exists and directly and negatively impacts the lives of individuals across the nation. Racial profiling not only unjustly violates the right to be equal before and under the law and other rights guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, racial profiling also undermines trust between communities and police. And such trust is vital if effective policing is to thrive in a democratic nation like Canada.
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Racial Equality

New Ontario Carding Regulation a Mixed Bag

New Ontario Carding Regulation a Mixed Bag

March 22, 2016

Ontario’s new regulation on carding, announced today, provides new and stronger protections against arbitrary police stops, while not adequately protecting youth, as well as racialized and other marginalized people, who are stopped and questioned by police. In addition, significant concerns remain with respect to data collection and retention. Since last summer, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) […]

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CCLA Presents Concerns to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

February 26, 2016

This week, Canada appeared before the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, and CCLA was there in Geneva to present key concerns as part of the country’s sixth periodic review. The Committee is the independent body of experts that oversees state parties’ compliance with the UN Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. Every […]

Toronto Police Services Board Re-instates 2014 Carding Policy

June 22, 2015

CCLA notes the Toronto Police Services Board’s (the Board) unanimous decision of June 18 to re-adopt a progressive policy, approved in 2014 but never implemented by Toronto Police. This policy restricts carding and racial profiling — at least to some extent – and establishes some important accountability measures. The Board’s decision is a positive step forward, though one that must be followed […]

Supreme Court Addresses Freedom of Religion in the Schools

February 17, 2012

The Supreme Court of Canada has rendered its decision in the case of S.L. v. Commission scolaire des Chenes, a case in which parents sought an exemption for their children from Quebec’s mandatory Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) course.  The Supreme Court found that the refusal to grant an exemption did not violate the parents’ […]

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Supreme Court to Hear Cases on Assisting Refugees Enter Canada

February 12, 2015

The Supreme Court of Canada will be holding a two day hearing this Monday and Tuesday to consider laws that could penalize individuals for having assisted refugees enter Canada. The act of providing such assistance to people in danger is being termed, under a very broad interpretation of the law, “human smuggling” or “people smuggling.” […]

Supreme Court Issues a Strong Decision on Freedom of Religion in Loyola v. Quebec

March 19, 2015

The Supreme Court has rendered its decision in Loyola High School v. Quebec (Attorney General).  The case examines the province of Quebec’s Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) curriculum which was put in place several years ago when the province went through the process of moving away from a confessional system of education.  Loyola, a private […]

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CCLA Urges Toronto Police Services Board to Reject New “Community Engagement” Policy

April 7, 2015

CCLA was once again before the Toronto Police Services Board presenting oral and written submissions in connection with a proposed procedure and amended policy on carding and racial profiling. According to CCLA and many others who spoke out, the new draft procedure and amended Board policy would unjustifiably expand the power of police to stop […]

Supreme Court Issues a Strong Decision on Freedom of Religion in Loyola v. Quebec

March 19, 2015

The Supreme Court has rendered its decision in Loyola High School v. Quebec (Attorney General).  The case examines the province of Quebec’s Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) curriculum which was put in place several years ago when the province went through the process of moving away from a confessional system of education.  Loyola, a private […]