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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 Calls for Action: Diab still detained on basis of unreliable evidence

June 22, 2017

The following is a reprint of a letter sent by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, to Ministers Freeland and Wilson-Raybould, and Mr. Alghabra. This letter was also read out in support of the press conference held in Ottawa on June 21, 2017.  The Honourable Chrystia Freeland Minister of Foreign Affairs House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario […]

Supreme Court of Canada


June 1, 2017

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is pleased that today the Supreme Court of Canada has reinforced an accused’s constitutional right to not only reasonable bail, but to the least restrictive form. “The CCLA is delighted with this decision. There are many problems in the bail system in Canada. Cash bails would not have solved those […]

Another preventable death in solitary confinement

May 24, 2017

Statement on the death of Guy Langlois   Another preventable death in solitary confinement. The CBC reports today that Guy Langlois, a 38-year-old Métis man from Québec, hanged himself in his cell in the Atlantic Institution in Renous, N.B., on April 24. Langlois had spent 118 days in segregation, or solitary confinement. Although he had […]


May 4, 2017

TORONTO – Racial profiling in Ontario is an issue the Canadian Civil Liberties Association is deeply concerned about and has been working for many years to address in policing, the criminal justice system, corrections, private security, and other sectors. CCLA strongly commends the Ontario Human Rights Commission on its new report on racial profiling, Under […]


April 10, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO – The RCMP held a press conference on April 5 to publicly confirm it uses a particular technology, an IMSI catcher, to conduct cellphone surveillance in investigations. This does not come as a surprise, as details have emerged via revelations in court cases in recent months of their use in investigations […]

Peer Privacy Protectors Project

#Privacyprotectors: Teens reflect on privacy in digital age

March 22, 2017

This desire for privacy is why most people close doors, why individuals do not post things such as social security numbers on social media, and why people sometimes turn off their cell phones and computers. It is not an attempt to be antisocial, but rather simply not wanting to share parts of our lives and […]


International Women’s Day: Highlighting issues of indigenous women in prison system

March 8, 2017

On this International Women’s Day, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association recognizes the many women in Canada who still fight for the realization of their rights.  In this infographic, the CCLA spotlights concerns about indigenous women in Canada’s criminal justice system, who are disprortionately represented in Canadian prisons  and are more likely to be placed in […]

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Drug Recognition Expert’s opinions shouldn’t be taken as incontrovertible evidence

February 23, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO, Ont.  ̶  The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is disappointed that the Supreme Court of Canada is allowing a subjective evaluation by a Drug Recognition Expert to be used as evidence without a safeguard test. At issue in the before the SCC in R. v. Bingley was whether the road-side opinion evidence […]

Privacy, free expression rights at issue in SCC’s ruling on B.C. election law

January 25, 2017

TORONTO, Ont.  ̶  Tomorrow, Jan. 26, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada will release its decision in B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association v Attorney General of British Columbia. British Columbia’s Elections Act currently requires anyone engaged in election advertising to provide their full name and full address to an on-line public register regardless […]