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Know Your Rights Guide to Protesting

If you're planning to demonstrate, be safe, be careful, and know your rights. Click on the link above to download a 1-page pdf that outlines your rights and responsibilities at protests in Canada.

The Fundamentals of our Fundamental Freedoms

The Fundamentals of our Fundamental Freedoms: a primer on civil liberties and democracy by A. Alan Borovoy.

Les fondements de nos libertés fondamentales

Les fondements de nos libertés fondamentales: l’abc des libertés civiles et de la démocratie par A. Alan Borovoy Le téléchargé.

Privacy Day Survey: Tell CCLA Your Privacy Priorities for 2017


June 16, 2017

The CCLA argued at Ontario Divisional Court on Thursday that even where doctors have religious convictions preventing them from performing certain sensitive and important procedures, rules that ensure patients receive care speedily ought to stand. The Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDS) and others have put forward a constitutional challenge to College of Physicians and […]

Students Should be Free From Religious Coercion

June 13, 2017

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association welcomes the acknowledgement by two Catholic educational bodies that certain students in Catholic schools have the right to opt out of religious programs, courses and activities, free from religious or creed-based pressure. In Public Interest Remedies agreed to as a term of settlement, the Ontario Catholic School Trustee Association and […]

Canada Post mailbox


May 31, 2017

Should the minister responsible for Canada Post be able to prohibit access to the mail without providing substantive reasons? CCLA recently made submissions to an administrative board currently deciding whether an order prohibiting individuals from using the mail should be revoked. On May 26, 2016, Judy Foote, the minister then responsible for Canada Post, issued […]

Another preventable death in solitary confinement

May 24, 2017

Statement on the death of Guy Langlois   Another preventable death in solitary confinement. The CBC reports today that Guy Langlois, a 38-year-old Métis man from Québec, hanged himself in his cell in the Atlantic Institution in Renous, N.B., on April 24. Langlois had spent 118 days in segregation, or solitary confinement. Although he had […]

Balancing doctors’ and patients’ rights key in Charter case

May 24, 2017

John has ALS and feels he is reaching the end of his life. He’s confined to a hospital bed as he’s almost completely paralyzed, unable to speak, and being kept alive by a breathing machine. His mind, however, is still sharp. Every day he faces endless pain. Wanting to die with dignity, he approaches his […]


April 10, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO – The RCMP held a press conference on April 5 to publicly confirm it uses a particular technology, an IMSI catcher, to conduct cellphone surveillance in investigations. This does not come as a surprise, as details have emerged via revelations in court cases in recent months of their use in investigations […]