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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.

CCLA Welcomes Concluding Observations for Canada by UN Human Rights Committee

July 23, 2015

This morning, the UN Human Rights Committee — the independent treaty body that monitors state implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) — released its concluding observations on Canada. CCLA had provided written submissions to the Committee in advance of the hearings. On July 7th and 8th, CCLA Executive Director and General […]

CCLA & CJFE challenge Bill C-51 in court

CCLA and CJFE mounting Charter challenge against Bill C-51

July 21, 2015

Key sections of Bill C-51 violate Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms TORONTO (July 21, 2015) — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) are initiating a Charter challenge today against key sections of Bill C-51, the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015. The legislation presents disturbing implications for free speech, privacy, […]

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CCLA Presents Concerns to the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva

July 6, 2015

CCLA is in Geneva this week to address the UN Human Rights Committee, which is reviewing Canada’s rights record for the first time in a decade. The Committee is comprised of 18 independent experts that monitor government compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.  “This is an important process for Canada to either demonstrate […]


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Act 2015, was tabled in Parliament this spring, Canada’s leading human rights organizations called for the Bill to be withdrawn.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 […]

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 […]