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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.

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

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 […]

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CCLA’s Peer Privacy Protectors Project Receives OPC Funding

April 22, 2016

CCLA is pleased to announce that we have received a grant from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Contributions program for 2016-2017 for our project, “Peer Privacy Protectors: Innovative Youth-Led Privacy Education.” Young people are perhaps the most intensive technology users in Canada. However, there is research that suggests they themselves rate their […]

Federal Government Tables Assisted Dying Bill

April 14, 2016

This morning the federal government tabled legislation to address the landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision in Carter v. Canada, which struck down the absolute prohibition on medical assistance in dying. Bill C-14 is a significant and positive first step forward in safeguarding the rights of all Canadians to personal autonomy and the liberty to choose […]

Ontario’s Highest Court Certifies G20 Class Action

April 6, 2016

Nearly six years after the rights violations of the Toronto G20 Summit, the Ontario Court of Appeal has delivered a critical decision allowing individuals who were detained and arrested to pursue a class action. CCLA, which intervened in the case, believes this decision marks a milestone for access to justice and police accountability.  The class […]