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Fundamental Freedoms

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.

Canadians’ right to privacy in cell phone data confirmed by Ontario court

January 15, 2016

In a notable win yesterday for privacy, the Ontario Superior Court ruled that police requests to Rogers and Telus for the personal information of over 40,000 subscribers was a violation of their Charter rights. In April 2014, Peel Regional Police, as part of an investigation into a series of jewelry store robberies, obtained a production […]

Nova Scotia’s Cyberbullying Law Struck Down

December 11, 2015

The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia has issued a decision striking down the Nova Scotia Cyber-Safety Act on the basis that it infringes freedom of expression and the right to life, liberty and security of the person under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. CCLA welcomes this decision which clearly recognizes both the importance […]


INCLO Members Welcome Hossam Bahgat’s Release and Remain Vigilant

November 13, 2015

Hossam Bahgat, journalist and founder of human rights group Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, was released on Tuesday, November 10th after being detained arbitrarily for two days. Hossam was summoned to Egypt’s Military Intelligence headquarters on Sunday morning and later sent to Military Prosecution, where he was initially interrogated without legal counsel present. Military prosecution […]

CCLA Applauds Anti-SLAPP Law

November 3, 2015

Ontarians’ right to protest and to freedom of expression will receive a boost in protection following the passage of a new law by the Ontario legislature.  The long-awaited Protection of Public Participation Act, 2015 has finally been passed and comes into effect immediately upon Royal Assent. This law aims to protect freedom of expression on […]


Mr. Trudeau: Time for Real Change in Human Rights Law and Policy

October 22, 2015

The following is a re-print of a letter sent to Prime Minister-Designate Justin Trudeau on behalf of CCLA by Executive Director and General Counsel Sukanya Pillay. Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister Designate  Dear Mr. Trudeau: I am writing to you on behalf of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) to congratulate you on your majority […]


No more ‘Safe Harbour’: Does it matter in Canada?

October 15, 2015

Last week, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), Europe’s highest court, made a ruling that takes a strong, principled stand on data privacy rights, and may have repercussions for Canada. The ruling declared the Safe Harbour agreement that permitted data transfers between the EU and the US invalid. The case in question […]

Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Federal Court Case Challenges Government’s Respect for Charter of Rights and Freedoms

September 30, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CCLA CALLS ON FEDERAL ELECTION CANDIDATES TO RECOGNIZE THEIR DUTY TO UPHOLD THE CHARTER AND PROMISE TO ENSURE ACCOUNTABILITY IN LAW-MAKING   Ottawa, ON – Last week, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) intervened in the Federal Court case of Schmidt v. Attorney General of Canada, arguing that (1) the government has a responsibility to […]

INCLO Religion vs Equality

INCLO Issues New Report with Recommendations to Address Tensions Between Religious Freedom and Equality Around the World

September 21, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY — The International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO), of which the Canadian Civil Liberties Association is a member, today released a report that addresses tensions between freedom of religion and equality rights and proposes resolutions to those tensions in three areas: LGBT rights, reproductive rights, and religious appearance. […]