Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 For immediate release — TORONTO — The federal government has failed to meet its Ontario court-imposed deadline of tomorrow to fix its solitary confinement laws. So it has to beg the Ontario Court of Appeal for an extension this week. “The feds have really bungled it this time,” said Michael Bryant, […]
We must have a hard but essential public conversation about what kind of data is truly needed, in what quantity, and how and from whom it can be collected in ways that are demonstrably fair, privacy-protective and secure.
On November 1, 2018, the Police Records Checks Reform Act (PRCRA) comes into force. Police record checks are searches of police databases that are conducted in order to screen a person to help determine their suitability for things like employment, volunteer position, a licence, etc. The new Act will standardize most police record checks in […]
Fixing the broken law of bail cannot happen without some belated action by legislators meeting this week. That’s why, last month, 18 prominent civil society organizations and academics wrote to the Minister of Justice urging the government to adopt a concrete set of Criminal Code reforms. This may be the last opportunity for Ottawa to […]
On November 1, 2018, the Police Records Checks Reform Act (PRCRA) comes into force. Police record checks are searches of police databases that are conducted in order to screen a person to help determine their suitability for things like employment, volunteer position, a license, etc. The PRCRA will standardize most police record checks in Ontario, […]
The cannabis industry is being legalized – but there are still plenty of laws that can criminalize recreational cannabis users. Here are ten new crimes that will come into effect on October 17th.
Today the three organizations fighting the federal government in BC and Ontario courts on solitary confinement responded to Bill C-83, tabled this morning by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. “What this bill shows is that this government knows that the current system of solitary confinement cannot continue. The question is whether this bill meets the constitutional standard,” said the BC Civil Liberties Association, Canadian Civil Liberties Association and John Howard Society of Canada, in a joint statement.
We are intervening in this case before the Supreme Court of Canada on Oct. 12 to ask the court to protect individual rights to privacy and equality when it comes to interactions with police. CCLA argues that the legal test that helps courts decide who has a reasonable expectation of privacy in a space like a backyard (and who as a result has standing to make an argument in court that their Charter right to be free from unreasonable search was violated) focuses too much on who owns or controls the property.
CCLA shares the Commissioner’s concern. Canadians cannot afford to wait several years until known deficiencies in privacy laws are fixed. Technology is evolving rapidly, and as he notes, “many new technologies disrupt not only business models but also social and legal norms. Legal protections must improve apace if consumer trust is to reach the level everyone desires.”
We have a justice system that continues to disproportionately incarcerate Indigenous People and racial minorities, a biased jury selection process, a culture of court delay, and a flawed bail system. It’s clear that we need to make changes. While Bill C-75 tries to tackle these problems, it also creates new problems that need to be addressed. Some of the proposed reforms are great. Others don’t go far enough. And a few are a serious affront to fair trial rights and the presumption of innocence. CCLA is keeping up the pressure to make real Criminal Code reform a reality.