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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.
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Quebec Bill 62 Infringes on Freedom of Religion

November 15, 2016

CCLA has submitted a brief to the Quebec National Assembly’s Committee on Institutions as part of its special consultation and public hearings on Bill 62. Bill 62 — An Act to foster adherence to State religious neutrality and, in particular, to provide a framework for religious accommodation requests in certain bodies — is a deeply troubling law […]

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CCLA Permitted to Intervene in Google Case Before the Supreme Court

November 3, 2016

CCLA was recently permitted to intervene in the case of Equustek Solutions Inc v Google Inc, which is being heard by the Supreme Court of Canada on December 6, 2016. Google is appealing a lower court decision that affirmed a global restraining order against its search engine. The restraining order forces Google not to display the defendant’s website in its global […]

Supreme Court Rules Protest Leader Not in Contempt of Court

Supreme Court Rules Protest Leader Not in Contempt of Court

October 27, 2016

CCLA welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision today in the case of Jean-François Morasse c. Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois that television comments made by Mr. Nadeau-Dubois during the height of the Quebec student protests in 2012 do not meet the strict test for contempt. Mr. Nadeau-Dubois’ television comments questioned the wisdom of a court decision enjoining student protests via a court […]

Assisted Dying Bill Passes Into Law

June 20, 2016

Following two rounds of back and forth between the House of Commons and the Senate regarding the federal government’s physician-assisted dying bill, C-14, late last week, the bill was passed into law.  CCLA and others have criticized the version of the bill that ultimately passed, arguing that it does not follow the Supreme Court’s guidelines in Carter v. Canada […]

CCLA’S CHALLENGE TO PRIVACY LEGISLATION CONTINUES

CCLA’s Challenge to Privacy Legislation Continues

June 24, 2016

The Ontario Superior Court has rejected the Attorney General of Canada’s motion to strike CCLA’s application challenging provisions of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). In 2014, we launched a constitutional challenge to provisions of PIPEDA, arguing that the scheme has allowed government institutions to access personal information from telecommunications companies and internet service […]

Canada Post Order Undermines Free Speech

June 10, 2016

CCLA has written to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement, the Honourable Judy Foote, expressing our concerns about an order she has issued, prohibiting Canada Post from delivering publications by a particular individual. The order relates to Your Ward News, a free newspaper that is alleged to be delivered to a large number of […]

Supreme Court Ruling on Assisted Dying To Become Law, For Now

June 6, 2016

The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Carter v. Canada, which struck down the absolute prohibition on physician-assisted dying, becomes the law in Canada at midnight tonight. Although the federal government has not passed its proposed response to the decision (Bill C-14), there is no legal vacuum as some commentators are suggesting.  The Supreme Court’s […]

Government Issues Lackluster Statement on Charter Impacts of Assisted Dying Bill

Government Issues Lackluster Statement on Charter Impacts of Assisted Dying Bill

April 22, 2016

The government’s statement released today on the potential Charter impacts of Bill C-14 is insufficient on two important fronts. First, it did not adequately address concerns that the bill excludes many who require medical assistance in death and whose rights were at the forefront of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Carter v. Canada. Second, while CCLA’s Charter First campaign calls for proactive […]