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CCLA JOINS COALITION OF COMMUNITY AND ADVOCACY GROUPS CALLING FOR ACTION ON POLICE OVERSIGHT

August 16, 2017

Today, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association joins a coalition of community and advocacy groups calling for action on Justice Tulloch’s police oversight recommendations. The following is a re-print of the August 16, 2017 press release issued by the Ontario Human Rights Commission. For immediate release TORONTO – Today, a coalition of community and advocacy groups, […]

CCLA Summer Highlights

August 8, 2017

Update and Announcements: Sukanya Pillay, formerly Executive Director and General Counsel of the CCLA, has resigned effective June 30, 2017 to relocate to Windsor with her family. We thank Sukanya for her many valuable contributions to the CCLA over many years and wish her well.  Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, who has been with CCLA since 2002, […]

"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 concerned by Coroner’s report findings of Soleiman Faqiri’s death

July 21, 2017

The CCLA is greatly troubled by findings of the Coroner’s report concerning the death of Soleiman Faqiri, who died while in custody in an Ontario jail last December. Mr. Faqiri, who had a schizophrenia diagnosis, was reportedly being held in segregation due to “behavioural issues”. During an incident in which Mr. Faqiri resisted being taken […]

Court Denies Canada’s Attempt to Adjourn CCLA’s Segregation Challenge

July 6, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 6, 2017 TORONTO, Ont.  ̶   Associate Chief Justice Marrocco ruled today that the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA’s) challenge of segregation (solitary confinement) practices will go ahead, denying a motion by the government to adjourn the case. The hearing will be held, as scheduled, on September 11, 2017. Canada sought to […]

Toronto Star op-ed Omar Khadr

July 6, 2017

The following is a re-print of an op-ed from the Toronto Star by Adriel Weaver (Goldblatt Partners LLP) on behalf of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Adriel served as counsel to CCLA in the 2010 Supreme Court Khadr case. A link to the op-ed in the Star can be found here.  The Canadian government’s recent announcement […]

83 organizations and experts from 5 nations demand “Five Eyes” respect strong encryption

June 30, 2017

The following is a re-print of a letter sent by concerned organizations and individuals, including CCLA. Senator the Hon. George Brandis Attorney General of Australia Hon. Christopher Finlayson Attorney General of New Zealand Hon. Ralph Goodale Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness of Canada Hon. John Kelly United States Secretary of Homeland Security Rt. […]

CCLA fighting to preserve segregation challenge and testimony of torture expert

June 27, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 27, 2017 TORONTO, Ont.  ̶  On Thursday June 29th, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will be in court to ensure that its Charter challenge against Canada’s solitary confinement regime moves forward. CCLA has already presented valuable evidence and expert testimony to the court. The challenge seeks to protect individuals from the harms of […]

CCLA Marches at Trans Pride March 2017

June 23, 2017

On Friday, June 23rd, CCLA marched alongside thousands of people at the Toronto Trans* Pride March. Each year, CCLA is proud to participate in this event in support of trans rights, LGBTQ+ communities, and to celebrate rights and freedoms for all people. The Trans* Pride Rally and March is a “grass-roots community focused event, providing safe […]

Fight the Ban: Canadian Coalition of Lawyers and Advocates Staff Airports

June 29, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fighting the Ban: Canadian Coalition of Lawyers and Advocates Facilitate a Coordinated Effort Across Canada and Beyond Travel and Refugee ban goes into effect June 29, 2017 at 8:00pmEST June 29, 2017 Toronto, ON, Ottawa, ON, Winnipeg, MB, Vancouver, BC – The Canadian Cross-Border Legal Coalition (“CCBLC”) is deploying volunteer lawyers and […]