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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.


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 […]

Osgoode Hall Ontario Court of Appeal

Court misses chance on sentence reduction remedy

January 12, 2017

When the Charter rights of an individual – who is guilty of a criminal offence – have been violated, does the court have authority to provide a remedy under s. 24(1) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which permits a reduced sentence, even when the Criminal Code provides for a mandatory minimum sentence?  This […]

Deaths in Winnipeg Remand Centre Underscore Lack of Provincial Corrections Accountability

October 28, 2016

CCLA is seriously concerned by reports that, this year, five people have died in the custody of the Winnipeg Remand Centre. Any death in custody and detention demands an immediate and thorough investigation and explanation. Further, this highlights the need for effective oversight review and accountability mechanisms in our prison systems.  In May, 26-year-old Errol Greene died […]

Canadians Have Legal Right Not To Surrender Their Passwords

Canadians Have Legal Right Not To Surrender Their Passwords

August 30, 2016

CCLA is troubled by the resolution of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) this month, proposing the creation of a new police power that would force individuals to surrender passwords to encrypted electronic devices to law enforcement. This would include cell phones, laptops, tablets, etc.  In our view, the creation of a power to compel decryption would […]

Toronto Police to Restrict Mental Health Record Sharing

July 12, 2016

CCLA supports today’s announcement that the Toronto Police Service (TPS) will restrict the entry of some suicide-related mental health flags into national databases, but cautions that more action on this front is needed to properly protect privacy. The announcement today from the Information and Privacy Commissioner and the TPS confirms that many suicide-related police interactions will no […]