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June 19, 2018

Free Abdoul Abdi!! The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is in court today fighting the deportation of child refugee Abdoul Abdi, who was never granted Canadian citizenship while growing up in foster care in Nova Scotia, being moved between foster homes 31 times. The hearing is set for today (June 19, 2018) in Halifax. CCLA and […]


June 15, 2018

LGBTQ+ and gender equality prevailed today, consistent with CCLA’s position, before the Supreme Court of Canada in Trinity Western University, et al. v. Law Society of Upper Canada, 2018 SCC 33, and Law Society of British Columbia v. Trinity Western, 2018 SCC 32. The majority affirmed that the Law Society of Upper Canada’s (LSUC) decision not […]

Announcing the 2018 Chernos Essay Contest Winners

June 13, 2018

About the Prize: Each year, CCLET holds a high school essay competition in honor of the late Bernard Chernos, a civil libertarian, lawyer, and lover of lively debate. Students from across Canada are asked to respond to one of three questions dealing with a conflict of Charter rights and freedoms for a chance to win $500 […]

INCLO Launches New Report: “Unanswered Questions – International Intelligence Sharing”

June 11, 2018

New report reveals lack of transparency of intelligence sharing agreements at the international level. (June 11, 2018) – A year ago, ten members of the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO) launched a global public information campaign, asking for our national governments to provide information about the current agreements intelligence service agencies have with […]


June 8, 2018

On June 7, 2018, CCLA’s Director of Fundamental Freedoms Cara Zwibel appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs to highlight concerns with Bill C-76: An Act to amend the Canada’s Elections Act and other Acts to make certain consequential amendments (Elections Modernization Act). The CCLA focused on two areas […]

Join CCLA at the Trans Pride Rally and March Friday June 22nd, 2018

June 6, 2018

You are invited to join CCLA at Toronto’s Trans Pride March. This is both a fun and an important event for everyone: “Toronto’s Trans March is officially one of the largest, most exciting Pride events in the world – not only for al the trans and non-binary folks, friends, and allies who rally and march […]

CCLA Follows Up on YorkU Strike

June 1, 2018

The following letter was sent to Ms. Lucy Fromowitz on May 30, 2018. Lucy Fromowitz Vice Provost, Students N303 Bennett Centre for Student Services York University, 4700 Keele Street Toronto, ON M3J 1P3 Dear Ms. Fromowitz, On March 28, 2018 CCLA’s Executive Director, Michael Bryant, spoke to, and then received a letter from, York […]

Victory For Free Speech in Supreme Court Decision: Groia

June 1, 2018

The Supreme Court today has released its decision in Groia v. Law Society of Upper Canada, a case that considers when a law society can discipline a lawyer for alleged “incivility” in the courtroom. The Court overturned the Law Society’s discipline decision, finding it unreasonable based on the particular circumstances and context of the case. […]

R v Wong: Guilty Pleas Must Be Voluntary, Unequivocal, and Informed

May 25, 2018

Today, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision in R v Wong holding that an accused who enters into a truly uninformed plea of guilty – i.e., a plea made when an accused is unaware of legally relevant consequences at the time of plea – may withdraw a plea, but only if they show, […]

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 […]