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Lessons to learn from the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica Scandal

March 21, 2018

There is a lot of outrage, blame, and more than a few “I told you so’s” circulating this week about Facebook. News that Cambridge Analytica acquired and used data on 50 million Facebook users to deliberately manipulate millions more has people angry and afraid. What happened? A researcher, Alexandr Kogan, paid some users a small […]

CCLA Fights To Protect The Right to Vote

March 21, 2018

Today, CCLA is appearing before the Supreme Court in Frank v Canada to defend the fundamental right of all Canadian citizens to cast a ballot in a federal election. The Frank case challenges provisions of the Canada Elections Act that prohibits certain non-resident Canadians citizens from voting in federal elections. CCLA has intervened in this important case to argue that […]

NGOs call on Mr. Trudeau to enact national action plan on gender-based violence

March 8, 2018

Today, on International Women’s Day, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, among many other non-governmental organizations sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to recognize the government’s notable contributions to date to ending gender-based violence, and to call for further action and to develop a National Action Plan to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence in […]

Ontario’s policing reform legislation can still be improved

March 2, 2018

UPDATE: Ontario’s policing reform legislation was passed on March 9, 2018. Bill 175, as amended by the committee, and as passed on Third Reading can be found here. Yesterday, Ontario’s provincial government concluded its Committee hearings on the Safer Ontario Act, legislation that would bring significant changes to Ontario’s system of police oversight and accountability. The […]

Don’t Censor Canada – RSVP Now!

February 27, 2018

A coalition of organizations, called FairPlay Canada — spearheaded by Bell — is asking the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to implement a website-blocking system to curb piracy. They also want to create an official Internet censorship committee to decide which sites infringe copyright and make recommendations to block them, without any judicial oversight. No one […]

National Security: 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 […]

CCLA Talks Privacy and Surveillance in Malta

February 22, 2018

CCLA’s Privacy Project Director, Brenda McPhail, was invited by the UN Special Rapporteur on Privacy, Joseph Cannataci, to attend a conference in Malta (at no cost to CCLA!) to mark the culmination of the MAPPING Project, which he directs. MAPPING, which stands for Managing Alternatives for Privacy, Property, and Internet Governance, is a project funded […]

"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 […]

G20 Civil Case against Toronto Police Board Begins Today

February 5, 2018

This week, trial begins in a long-awaited civil case against Toronto Polices Services for its use of mass searches during the G20 protests. The CCLA is intervening in the case, Luke Stewart v Toronto Police Services Board, to defend the right to protest free from unnecessary and unconstitutional police interference. Luke Stewart’s civil claim specifically […]

A Victory for the Rights of Vulnerable Patients

January 31, 2018

Today, an important decision for a patient’s right to equal access to health care was handed down by Ontario’s Divisional Court. The Court upheld the requirement that physicians who conscientiously object to a medical procedure – such as medical assistance in dying or reproductive health services – must refer patients to physicians willing to provide […]