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Bill C-59: Get It Right!

bill c-59: Get It right! What is Bill C-59 and why is it so important? This is a landmark moment for national security law in Canada. In June of 2017, the federal government introduced the most comprehensive overhaul of Canada’s national security laws in at least thirty years: Bill C-59. CCLA strongly believes in the […]

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CCLA with Civil Society Groups Issue Joint Letter on Bill C-59 and National Security Law in Canada

September 19, 2017

September 19, 2017 — Today, 40 organizations and individuals from across Canadian civil society issued a joint letter to the Hon. Minister Ralph Goodale, the Hon. Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, and the Hon. Minister Ahmed Hussen that lays out overarching concerns with Bill C-59, An Act respecting national security matters. Bill C-59 makes some meaningful and […]

CCLA Addresses Committee on Impaired Driving Laws (Bill C-46)

September 20, 2017

Should the police have the power to demand a breathalyzer test without reason or suspicion of wrongdoing? On September 18, 2017, CCLA Director of Public Safety, Rob De Luca, made submissions on CCLA’s behalf to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights to address several areas of concern with the government’s […]

The No-Fly List and Bill C-59

September 12, 2017

  The Secure Air Travel Act (SATA) was introduced in Bill C-51 to codify the way people are put on the Canadian no-fly list, and the process to remove one’s name from the list. In our constitutional challenge, CCLA argues that there is insufficient protection for due process built into the Act. Considering the very […]

Secret Trials, Secret Decisions, Due Process and Bill C-59

September 12, 2017

  Protecting national security sometimes requires secrecy. But when individuals stand to lose their Charter-protected rights to liberty or to mobility during a national security proceeding—whether it is a security certificate hearing or when appealing placement on a “no-fly” list—the constitution requires due process. In 2007 the Supreme Court decided a case called Charkaoui. This […]

Mass Surveillance and Bulk Collection in Bill C-59

September 12, 2017

  One of the most insidious elements of Bill C-59 is the way it facilitates bulk collection, and mass surveillance without using those terms. C-59 envisions two distinct, but related frameworks for the collection of information: one for CSIS, and  one for CSE. Both allow for the untargeted and near-limitless accumulation and analysis of millions […]

Information Sharing and Disclosure in Bill C-59

September 12, 2017

  Constrained information sharing for national security purposes between government agencies and departments has always happened, and it has always been necessary to make sure the right people have the right information—but it should only happen when it is required, and should always be done with appropriate privacy protections and safeguards. Individuals are obligated to […]

The New Communications Security Establishment Act in Bill C-59

September 12, 2017

  The Communications Security Establishment Act gives Canada’s signals intelligence and cybersecurity agency its own governing Act for the first time (find out more about CSE here). Currently, the CSE’s role is sketched out as part of the the National Defence Act, and information about its activities is quite sparse: the current law defines CSE’s […]