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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.

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.

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.

INCLO Report Release: Defending Dissent: State Practices that Protect and Promote the Right to Protest

June 27, 2018

New international report makes recommendations on how the rights to protest can be protected and promoted by governments. (27 June 2018 — Geneva, Switzerland) The International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO) and the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School (IHRC) launched a report today that provides practical guidance on […]

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 C45: 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 […]