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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 concerned by Coroner’s report findings of Soleiman Faqiri’s death

July 21, 2017

The CCLA is greatly troubled by findings of the Coroner’s report concerning the death of Soleiman Faqiri, who died while in custody in an Ontario jail last December. Mr. Faqiri, who had a schizophrenia diagnosis, was reportedly being held in segregation due to “behavioural issues”. During an incident in which Mr. Faqiri resisted being taken […]

Court Denies Canada’s Attempt to Adjourn CCLA’s Segregation Challenge

July 6, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 6, 2017 TORONTO, Ont.  ̶   Associate Chief Justice Marrocco ruled today that the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA’s) challenge of segregation (solitary confinement) practices will go ahead, denying a motion by the government to adjourn the case. The hearing will be held, as scheduled, on September 11, 2017. Canada sought to […]

Toronto Star op-ed Omar Khadr

July 6, 2017

The following is a re-print of an op-ed from the Toronto Star by Adriel Weaver (Goldblatt Partners LLP) on behalf of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Adriel served as counsel to CCLA in the 2010 Supreme Court Khadr case. A link to the op-ed in the Star can be found here.  The Canadian government’s recent announcement […]

CCLA fighting to preserve segregation challenge and testimony of torture expert

June 27, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 27, 2017 TORONTO, Ont.  ̶  On Thursday June 29th, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will be in court to ensure that its Charter challenge against Canada’s solitary confinement regime moves forward. CCLA has already presented valuable evidence and expert testimony to the court. The challenge seeks to protect individuals from the harms of […]

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

CCLA WELCOMES CLARITY ON BAIL DECISIONS

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 […]

CCLA COMMENDS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION ON RACIAL PROFILING REPORT

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 […]