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FEDERAL SOLITARY CONFINEMENT PLANS UNRAVEL

November 19, 2018

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, […]

Statistics Canada’s move to collect Canadians’ banking info goes too far

November 14, 2018

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.

What you need to know about the new Police Record Checks Reform Act

November 1, 2018

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 […]

‘This time we really mean it’ won’t cut it for bail reform

October 29, 2018

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 […]

Ontario leads the way on police record checks reform

November 1, 2018

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, […]

10 things that will still be a crime after cannabis is legalized

October 16, 2018

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.

Press release – rights groups challenging solitary confinement in court release joint statement on Bill C-83

October 16, 2018

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.

CCLA heads to Supreme Court to fight for everyone’s right to privacy and equality (R v. Le)

October 12, 2018

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.

It’s time to modernize the laws that protect our privacy rights

September 28, 2018

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.”

Bill C-75: Right goals, wrong tools

September 25, 2018

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.