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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.

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.

Privacy Day Survey: Tell CCLA Your Privacy Priorities for 2017


CCLA Responds To Questions On M-103

February 17, 2017

Yesterday, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association was asked why it was not standing up for free speech and arguing against Motion 103 (“M-103”). The answer is simple.  M-103 does not restrict free speech. Not only does M-103 not restrict or censor speech, it is also not a bill and is not law.  It is of […]

US border pre-clearance

Rights group launches FOI request on U.S. border agency travel ban actions at Canadian airports

February 10, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 10, 2017 TORONTO  ̶  Opponents of President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 Executive Order restricting the travel of individuals from seven predominantly Muslim nations scored a victory in appeals court in Washington state last night, but many questions remain about how the ban was and could once again be enforced, particularly at overseas […]

CCLA argues for greater consideration of the constitution in lawmaking

CCLA argues for higher standard in lawmaking

February 9, 2017

After having heard from counsel in Schmidt v. Attorney General of Canada on Feb. 8, three Federal Court of Appeal judges – justices David Stratas, Donald Rennie, and David Near – will now evaluate the standard the Minister of Justice has been using when declaring that a bill tabled in Parliament complies with the Charter […]

Privacy in sent text messages cases going to Supreme Court

February 9, 2017

CCLA will be going to the Supreme Court of Canada in two cases looking at issues of privacy protections and sent text messages. The cases address questions around reasonable expectations of privacy in text messages, once they have been sent and received. The cases will also examine the related question of whether individuals should have […]

‘Small voices’ could still be silenced by B.C. election rules

‘Small voices’ could still be silenced by B.C. election rules

January 26, 2017

Supreme Court  ruling clarifies ‘self-expression’   TORONTO, Ont.  ̶  The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is pleased the Supreme Court of Canada has clarified that wearing t-shirts or displaying a bumper sticker does not equate to advertising during elections. However, today’s decision in B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association v British Columbia (Attorney General) could […]

Privacy, free expression rights at issue in SCC’s ruling on B.C. election law

January 25, 2017

TORONTO, Ont.  ̶  Tomorrow, Jan. 26, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada will release its decision in B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association v Attorney General of British Columbia. British Columbia’s Elections Act currently requires anyone engaged in election advertising to provide their full name and full address to an on-line public register regardless […]