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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.

G20 Civil Case against Toronto Police Board Begins Today

February 5, 2018

This week, trial begins in a long-awaited civil case against Toronto Polices Services for its use of mass searches during the G20 protests. The CCLA is intervening in the case, Luke Stewart v Toronto Police Services Board, to defend the right to protest free from unnecessary and unconstitutional police interference. Luke Stewart’s civil claim specifically […]

State Responsible to Stop Deportation and Grant Citizenship of Abdoul Abdi

January 11, 2018

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, P.C. Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness 269 Laurier Avenue West Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P8 The Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen, P.C. Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship 365 Laurier Avenue West Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1L1 January 11, 2018 Re: Abdoul Abdi – State Responsibility to Stop Deportation and Grant Citizenship […]

Privacy at the Border: Committee Report recommends Customs Act Update

December 22, 2017

Cell phones should not be considered a “good” at the border, and the Customs Act should be updated to reflect that fact, according to a recently released report from the federal Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. CCLA appeared before the Committee in their study Privacy of Canadians at Airports, Borders and […]

Court Strikes Down Solitary Confinement Regime in Response to CCLA’s Challenge

December 18, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 18, 2017 TORONTO, Ont. – In a victory for civil liberties, Associate Chief Justice Frank Marrocco of the Ontario Superior Court struck down Canada’s solitary confinement laws as unconstitutional, following a three-year challenge by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA). The court declared that the current regime’s lack of independent review of […]

Know Your Rights: Digital Security and the Law

November 3, 2017

Last week, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association was proud to participate in a day-long digital security workshop hosted by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, which included trainers from the Tor Project, Freedom of the Press Foundation, and others. The workshop, which was funded by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority offered practical skills for journalists and […]

A Win for Privacy in Text Messages: Marakah and Jones

December 8, 2017

CCLA’s voice was heard in the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision released today in R v Marakah and R v Jones. Decisions about reasonable expectations of privacy should be made based on principle, not based on the way technologies work. The Court has sent a clear message, in both of these cases, that individuals do have privacy interests […]

Breaching Unconstitutional Orders: CCLA intervenes in R v Bird

November 24, 2017

Last week, CCLA submitted its factum at the Supreme Court of Canada to argue that an attempt to limit an individual’s legal right to challenge conditions placed on them by the Parole Board must be informed by Charter considerations. Fundamentally, the case is about ensuring that those whose Charter rights have been breached have access […]

Statement: An Opportunity for Police Oversight and Accountability

November 2, 2017

Today, Ontario’s provincial government introduced major proposed changes to Ontario’s Police Services Act, including significant changes to complaint, oversight and discipline measures through new independent police oversight legislation.  The Canadian Civilian Liberties Association has long advocated for policing reform, including strong accountability and oversight measures, and today’s proposed legislation is an important first step for […]

CCLA Announcement: Coalition Calls for Implementation of Loku Inquest Recommendations

October 3, 2017

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is part of a broad-based coalition led by Across Boundaries calling for the implementation of the Andrew Loku Inquest recommendations. “The tragic shooting death of Andrew Loku should never have occurred. It took place within a police culture that raises troubling questions about policing, mental health, systemic racism and other […]