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"We are here to lay bricks, not throw them." - Edward Snowden

CCLA Gala 2017 – Act for Freedom

The 2017 CCLA Gala on April 27, was a sold-out affair with more than 300 guests from the Toronto legal community, as well as prominent figures from the political and business worlds. The evening kicked off with perhaps the world’s best known whistleblower and our special guest honouree, Edward Snowden, who addressed the gathering live via video link […]

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Act for Freedom 2017: Pro bono lawyers

May 2, 2017

For more than 50 years, CCLA has been Canada’s national civil liberties organization, working closely with dedicated pro bono lawyers from across the country to intervene in and argue cases at all levels of court. CCLA would like to thank the following lawyers who have given their valuable time and expertise to work with us on […]

Act for Freedom 2017: Roberto Martella

May 1, 2017

Roberto Martella OWNER OF GRANO RESTAURANT, FOUNDER OF THE GRANO SERIES   WHAT DOES ACCOUNTABILITY MEAN TO YOU? Diritti e doveri, Italian for rights and responsibilities, characterizes how I feel about citizenship. So-called “Canadian values” are not stagnant and Canada’s psyche continues to undergo significant development as we grow into a more diverse and global […]

Act for Freedom 2017: Linda Bertoldi & Bill Bogart

May 1, 2017

Linda Bertoldi SENIOR PARTNER AT BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS LLP Bill Bogart PROFESSOR OF LAW AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR   WHAT DOES ACCOUNTABILITY MEAN TO YOU? There are many elements of a robust civic society: a vital one is accountability. The exercise of any power brings with it the need to be accountable. Governments must […]

Act for Freedom 2017: Kent Roach & Craig Forcese

May 1, 2017

Craig Forcese PROFESSOR OF LAW AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA, PRESIDENT OF CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF LAW TEACHERS Kent Roach PROFESSOR OF LAW AND PRICHARD-WILSON CHAIR OF LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO FACULTY OF LAW   WHAT DOES ACCOUNTABILITY MEAN TO YOU? Accountability means willingness to accept responsibility for one’s actions. It […]

Act for Freedom 2017: Frances Waithe

May 1, 2017

Frances Waithe EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF DARE EVERY SOUL TO ACHIEVE (DESTA), ADVOCATE FOR YOUTH IN MONTREAL   WHAT DOES ACCOUNTABILITY MEAN TO YOU? ACCOUNTABLE LEADERSHIP: Individuals and government are accountable and responsible for making Canada a civil, just, and equal place for us all. We must also acknowledge past histories of atrocities against particular people […]

Act for Freedom 2017: Katherine Govier

May 1, 2017

Katherine Govier AUTHOR, DIRECTOR OF THE SHOE PROJECT   WHAT DOES ACCOUNTABILITY MEAN TO YOU? A strange word with the ring of coin. To whom is a writer accountable? Do on our rights of freedom of expression allow us to fly alone with only our imaginations to guide us? I believe we are accountable to […]

Act for Freedom 2017: Yavar Hameed

May 1, 2017

Yavar Hameed HUMAN RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES LAWYER AT HAMEED LAW WHAT DOES ACCOUNTABILITY MEAN TO YOU? When I started my own law practice in 2004, I naively asked myself what could I do personally to address widespread structural problems of human rights violations in Canada? The reality is that the work of resisting rights […]

Act for Freedom 2017: Dennis Edney

May 2, 2017

Dennis Edney CRIMINAL AND HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER WHAT DOES ACCOUNTABILITY MEAN TO YOU? 1. It is an accepted fact that the world today faces grave challenges to the rule of law and human rights. 2. Previously well-established and accepted legal principles are now being called into question, in all regions of the world, through what […]

Act for Freedom 2017: Jasmine Akbarali

May 1, 2017

Jasmine Akbarali JUSTICE OF ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT, FORMER PARTNER AT LERNERS LLP WHAT DOES ACCOUNTABILITY MEAN TO YOU? Accountability is easier to understand than to define. Consider: is it a shield or a sword, and in whose hands? Is it a means or an end; an idea or a mechanism? Accountability operates at all levels […]