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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.

Keep your promise on solitary confinement, groups tell Ottawa

May 14, 2018

Rights groups in legal challenges unite to urge government to comply with court orders (le français suit) OTTAWA, Algonquin Anishnaabeg Territory (May 14 2018) – Rights groups who have won court challenges against indefinite solitary confinement were in Ottawa this morning to urge the federal government to abide by the courts’ rulings. The Canadian Civil […]

Historic, ground-breaking decision on criminal sentencing of African-Canadians

April 24, 2018

Implications for all victims of systemic discrimination and also Indigenous people. See R v Jackson judgement here. More to follow.

CCLA urges Nova Scotia to withdraw charges against teen: downloading publicly available data is no crime

April 23, 2018

The following is a re-print of a letter sent by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association to the Honourable Mark Furey, Attorney General and Minister of Justice on April 22, 2018. Honourable Mark Furey Department of Justice 1690 Hollis Street P.O. Box 7 Halifax, NS B3J 2L6 Via email JUSTMIN@novascotia.ca April 22, 2018 Dear Mr. Attorney, I am […]

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, […]