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Help us Win the Aviva Grant – Vote for CCLA’s Know Your Rights Project

October 11, 2017

This month, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association has a unique opportunity to create an exciting project, and we need your votes to do it! In communities across Canada, racial profiling, police accountability, privacy and surveillance, peaceful protest and dissent, freedom of religion and freedom from religion, mental health, and the right to clean water and […]

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 […]

UN Review Should Urge Canada To Reform Immigration Detention System

October 5, 2017

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is among national and international human rights groups, led by the International Human Rights Program, saying treatment of children and persons with mental health conditions violates international obligations.   Toronto, October 5, 2017 — A United Nations review of Canada’s human rights record should urge Canada to make concrete commitments to […]

CCLA Announcement: Coalition Calls for Implementation of Loku Inquest Recommendations

October 3, 2017

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is part of a broad-based coalition led by Across Boundaries calling for the implementation of the Andrew Loku Inquest recommendations. “The tragic shooting death of Andrew Loku should never have occurred. It took place within a police culture that raises troubling questions about policing, mental health, systemic racism and other […]

Privacy fears demand real solutions: Privacy Commissioner of Canada releases annual report

September 22, 2017

CCLA has long been concerned that changes in technology and expanding uses of personal information are outstripping Canada’s privacy laws. The Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s 2016/17 annual report expresses this same concern, and makes a series of constructive recommendations to help fix the problems. Commissioner Daniel Therrien makes a strong case for much-needed updates to […]

"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 with Civil Society Groups Issue Joint Letter on Bill C-59 and National Security Law in Canada

September 19, 2017

September 19, 2017 — Today, 40 organizations and individuals from across Canadian civil society issued a joint letter to the Hon. Minister Ralph Goodale, the Hon. Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, and the Hon. Minister Ahmed Hussen that lays out overarching concerns with Bill C-59, An Act respecting national security matters. Bill C-59 makes some meaningful and […]

CCLA Addresses Committee on Impaired Driving Laws (Bill C-46)

September 20, 2017

Should the police have the power to demand a breathalyzer test without reason or suspicion of wrongdoing? On September 18, 2017, CCLA Director of Public Safety, Rob De Luca, made submissions on CCLA’s behalf to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights to address several areas of concern with the government’s […]

CCLA Segregation Challenge

September 13, 2017

Update – Week of September 11-15, 2017 This week, CCLA is in court challenging solitary confinement practices in Canadian federal penitentiaries. Check this page for our materials, press, and updates regarding our week-long hearing. Hearing details: Date: September 11, 13, 14, 15, 2017 Time: 10:00am Location: Osgoode Hall, Courtroom #4           […]


September 8, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO, Ont. – On September 11th, 13th, 14th and 15th, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will be before the court challenging the solitary confinement regime in Canadian federal penitentiaries. The challenge seeks to do so to protect individuals from the severe harms of solitary confinement, in particular young adults, inmates in […]