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Legal fight against solitary confinement continues

January 17, 2018

TORONTO, Ont. – The legal fight against Canada’s solitary confinement laws continues today, with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) filing an appeal before Ontario’s highest court. On December 18, 2017, Associate Chief Justice Frank Marrocco of the Ontario Superior Court released his decision, striking down Canada’s solitary confinement laws as unconstitutional. While CCLA welcomed […]

State Responsible to Stop Deportation and Grant Citizenship of Abdoul Abdi

January 11, 2018

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, P.C. Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness 269 Laurier Avenue West Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P8 The Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen, P.C. Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship 365 Laurier Avenue West Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1L1 January 11, 2018 Re: Abdoul Abdi – State Responsibility to Stop Deportation and Grant Citizenship […]

INCLO Report Release: Gaining Ground: A Framework for Developing Strategies and Tactics in Response to Governmental Attacks on NGOs

January 4, 2018

In many countries across the world, governments have stepped up attacks on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), making it harder for them to function effectively. A global pattern has emerged, in which certain governments seek to stigmatise and delegitimise these organisations, particularly by demonising their acceptance of foreign funding or other foreign connections they might have. Moreover, […]

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 […]

Privacy at the Border: Committee Report recommends Customs Act Update

December 22, 2017

Cell phones should not be considered a “good” at the border, and the Customs Act should be updated to reflect that fact, according to a recently released report from the federal Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. CCLA appeared before the Committee in their study Privacy of Canadians at Airports, Borders and […]

Court Strikes Down Solitary Confinement Regime in Response to CCLA’s Challenge

December 18, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 18, 2017 TORONTO, Ont. – In a victory for civil liberties, Associate Chief Justice Frank Marrocco of the Ontario Superior Court struck down Canada’s solitary confinement laws as unconstitutional, following a three-year challenge by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA). The court declared that the current regime’s lack of independent review of […]

"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 […]

CCLA 2017 Year End Hi-Lights

December 15, 2017

CCLA Fights Solitary Confinement in Federal Prisons CCLA concluded its constitutional challenge of the solitary confinement regime in federal penitentiaries, and is now awaiting a decision. Our legal team presented evidence to the court about the devastating harms of prolonged solitary confinement, the critical need for appropriate oversight, and in particular the serious harms of […]

CCLA Intervenes at Supreme Court on Freedom of Expression Case

November 9, 2017

In November 2017, CCLA intervened before the Supreme Court of Canada in an important case concerning freedom of expression and criminal defence – Groia v. Law Society of Upper Canada. The case involves the professional discipline of a lawyer and considers when lawyers can be disciplined for statements made in court while defending their clients, […]

A Win for Privacy in Text Messages: Marakah and Jones

December 8, 2017

CCLA’s voice was heard in the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision released today in R v Marakah and R v Jones. Decisions about reasonable expectations of privacy should be made based on principle, not based on the way technologies work. The Court has sent a clear message, in both of these cases, that individuals do have privacy interests […]