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Supreme Court victory to stop unlawful arrest

November 29, 2019

  “In a free and democratic society, police officers may interfere with the exercise of individual freedoms only to the extent provided for by law” – Supreme Court of Canada. A big win for civil liberties in a Supreme Court of Canada case of last week: thanks to Sylvie Rodriguez and her legal team at […]

CCLA Supports Public Libraries in Free Speech Debate

CCLA has written to the Toronto Public Library’s Board of Directors in support of the library’s decision to honour a third party room rental involving a controversial speaker. Freedom of expression is vital to a free and democratic society and must be protected even when the expression at issue is hurtful or offensive. Have questions […]

Preserving judicial independence in Ontario

November 29, 2019

“The system is made up of more than just a political branch. The whole point of having a judiciary is to hold [the premier] in check in the event that he does something that is tyrannical or oppressive.” – Michael Bryant, CCLA Executive Director & General Counsel. Judicial independence must be preserved in Ontario. Our […]

Protecting your civil liberties

November 29, 2019

We believe each person’s circumstances, such as mental and physical disability, poverty, or homelessness, should be taken into consideration when a court makes a decision to convict someone of bail offences. We have been granted leave to intervene in the R. v Zora case, as it has the potential to impact the civil liberties of […]

Another Supreme Court victory!

November 29, 2019

If you are charged with a crime, and your assets are taken away, how do you hire a lawyer?  “The law doesn’t allow the Crown to charge someone and then raid their defense fund, and that’s what we were fighting for … the presumption of innocence, the right to a fair trial and the right […]