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Policing and Public Safety

Presumption of Guilt?

In 2010 alone, Calgary and Edmonton police ran over 140,000 individual Background checks. While most of these checks are used to inform employment and volunteer hiring decisions, they are also frequently performed in connection with adoptions, foster care applications and travel.

CCLA at SCC: Privacy in the Classroom… and Everywhere Else

April 20, 2018

Should students have privacy rights at school? Do you lose all your privacy rights upon entering a building because of a security camera at the door? Should people generally have some reasonable expectation of privacy even in public spaces where they might be observed by others? CCLA believes they should, and we are at the […]

Bill C75: Re-Criminalizing Cannabis

April 18, 2018

The Prime Minister and Cabinet fully intended to legalize cannabis in 2018.  No doubt about it.  But the truth is that his Justice Minister has re-criminalized pot, to the point where I expect more, not less, cannabis criminal charges, post-“legalization.”  As I submitted to a Senate Committee this week,  the bill lays a minefield of […]

CCLA Court Challenge To Solitary Confinement: The Next Step

April 6, 2018

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association today filed their written brief to the Ontario Court of Appeal, as part of its ongoing efforts to stop the unconscionable federal practice of indefinite solitary confinement, particularly of the indigenous and mentally ill. The written arguments include graphic evidence of the horrors of solitary confinement: The cells are tiny […]

Transforming Corrections in Ontario

March 8, 2018

On February 20, 2018, Ontario’s Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services introduced the Correctional Services Transformation Act, 2018 in the legislature. The bill of the province’s law on corrections and its preamble recognizes the need to treat inmates with dignity and ensure that their rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Ontario’s Human Rights Code are respected. […]

Ontario’s policing reform legislation can still be improved

March 2, 2018

UPDATE: Ontario’s policing reform legislation was passed on March 9, 2018. Bill 175, as amended by the committee, and as passed on Third Reading can be found here. Yesterday, Ontario’s provincial government concluded its Committee hearings on the Safer Ontario Act, legislation that would bring significant changes to Ontario’s system of police oversight and accountability. The […]

When A Criminal Record Becomes a Life Sentence: John Howard Society of Ontario

February 21, 2018

February 21, 2018 (Toronto, ON) Today the John Howard Society of Ontario (JHSO) revealed the hidden but ruinous burden the criminal justice system places on police targets. Through funding from the Metcalf Foundation, JHSO released Invisible Burden, documenting the unjust impact of police record checks on peoples’ lives. The report identified best practices, leading research, […]

G20 Civil Case against Toronto Police Board Begins Today

February 5, 2018

This week, trial begins in a long-awaited civil case against Toronto Polices Services for its use of mass searches during the G20 protests. The CCLA is intervening in the case, Luke Stewart v Toronto Police Services Board, to defend the right to protest free from unnecessary and unconstitutional police interference. Luke Stewart’s civil claim specifically […]

State Responsible to Stop Deportation and Grant Citizenship of Abdoul Abdi

January 11, 2018

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, P.C. Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness 269 Laurier Avenue West Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P8 The Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen, P.C. Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship 365 Laurier Avenue West Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1L1 January 11, 2018 Re: Abdoul Abdi – State Responsibility to Stop Deportation and Grant Citizenship […]

Privacy at the Border: Committee Report recommends Customs Act Update

December 22, 2017

Cell phones should not be considered a “good” at the border, and the Customs Act should be updated to reflect that fact, according to a recently released report from the federal Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. CCLA appeared before the Committee in their study Privacy of Canadians at Airports, Borders and […]