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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.

Bill C-51 has passed but serious human rights concerns have not gone away

June 29, 2015

For immediate release June 29th, 2015 Canadian human rights organizations: Bill C-51 has passed but serious human rights concerns have not gone away When Bill C-51, the Anti-terrorism Act 2015, was tabled in Parliament this spring, Canada’s leading human rights organizations called for the Bill to be withdrawn. Amnesty International, the British Columbia Civil Liberties […]

Internet Privacy and Speech

Washing the World Wide Web? B.C. Court of Appeal Affirms Global Deletion Order Against Google

June 16, 2015

CCLA is concerned that a recent B.C. Court of Appeal decision may set a precedent that could negatively affect the free and open nature of the Internet. The Court ruled in the case of Equustek Solutions Inc. v. Google Inc. that B.C. courts have the power to make Google remove certain websites from its search […]


Supreme Court favours individual liberty for medical marijuana users

June 11, 2015

Sufferers of glaucoma, chronic pain, arthritis or epilepsy have been given another way to manage their conditions by the Supreme Court. Until today, the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (or MMARs) only allowed medical marijuana users to possess the dried plant – not to use compounds extracted from it. Effectively, the law meant that medical users […]

On to the Courts: Bill C-51 Passed by Senate

June 9, 2015

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is deeply disappointed that Bill C-51 (Anti-Terrorist Act, 2015) has today been passed by the Senate of Canada and will soon be made law by the Governor General. Since C-51’s introduction, CCLA has actively opposed what we believe is fundamentally flawed and dangerous legislation. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians from all sides of […]


Supreme Court Maintains Clarity of Personal Use Exception to Child Pornography

May 22, 2015

The Supreme Court of Canada has rendered a decision in the cases of R. v. Barabash and R. v. Rollison, which considered the proper interpretation of the personal use exception to child pornography charges. The Court affirmed their prior interpretation of the exception, accepting some of the arguments put forward by the CCLA, and striking an […]

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation v. Her Majesty the Queen, et al. (Supreme Court of Canada)

March 9, 2011

This case concerns whether news gathering in courthouses and the broadcasting of open court proceedings convey crucial information about the nature and workings of the justice system, and whether the Canadian public has a constitutional right to receive this information. Read the Supreme Court of Canada’s case summary Read the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision


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