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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 […]

CCLA Calls for Action: Diab still detained on basis of unreliable evidence

June 22, 2017

The following is a reprint of a letter sent by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, to Ministers Freeland and Wilson-Raybould, and Mr. Alghabra. This letter was also read out in support of the press conference held in Ottawa on June 21, 2017.  The Honourable Chrystia Freeland Minister of Foreign Affairs House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario […]

Introducing the Winners of CCLET’s Annual Chernos Essay Competition

June 21, 2017

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 four questions dealing with a conflict of Charter rights and freedoms for a chance to win $500 […]

CCLA finds promise and peril in C-59—the new anti-terror bill

June 20, 2017

On June 20, 2017 the federal government released Bill C-59, An Act Respecting National Security Matters, which includes major proposed changes to many aspects of Canadian national security law. The 150-page bill addresses some of the problems CCLA identified in our legal challenge to provisions of former Bill C-51 (the existing Anti-terrorism Act, 2015) that […]

PATIENT RIGHTS NEED PROTECTION, CCLA TELLS COURT

June 16, 2017

The CCLA argued at Ontario Divisional Court on Thursday that even where doctors have religious convictions preventing them from performing certain sensitive and important procedures, rules that ensure patients receive care speedily ought to stand. The Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDS) and others have put forward a constitutional challenge to College of Physicians and […]

Students Should be Free From Religious Coercion

June 13, 2017

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association welcomes the acknowledgement by two Catholic educational bodies that certain students in Catholic schools have the right to opt out of religious programs, courses and activities, free from religious or creed-based pressure. In Public Interest Remedies agreed to as a term of settlement, the Ontario Catholic School Trustee Association and […]

CCLET Awarded CIRA Grant To Develop Online Rights Education

June 15, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 15, 2017 TORONTO, Ont – The Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust (CCLET) is launching a project to work with rural, remote, and Indigenous communities to develop web-based, relevant, and culturally appropriate civil liberties and human rights education. This project is made possible by a grant from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s […]

INCLO International Intelligence-Sharing Project

June 13, 2017

CCLA JOINS INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF CIVIL LIBERTIES ORGANIZATIONS SEEKING ACCOUNTABILITY IN INTELLIGENCE SHARING TORONTO – The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), in a coordinated effort with the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO) launches a global public information campaign today. We seek to uncover international information-sharing agreements between intelligence agencies. These arrangements potentially allow […]

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CCLA WELCOMES CLARITY ON BAIL DECISIONS

June 1, 2017

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is pleased that today the Supreme Court of Canada has reinforced an accused’s constitutional right to not only reasonable bail, but to the least restrictive form. “The CCLA is delighted with this decision. There are many problems in the bail system in Canada. Cash bails would not have solved those […]

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CCLA PUSHES FOR REVIEW OF ORDER BANNING USE OF CANADA POST

May 31, 2017

Should the minister responsible for Canada Post be able to prohibit access to the mail without providing substantive reasons? CCLA recently made submissions to an administrative board currently deciding whether an order prohibiting individuals from using the mail should be revoked. On May 26, 2016, Judy Foote, the minister then responsible for Canada Post, issued […]