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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.

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 […]

CCLA Addresses Committee on Impaired Driving Laws (Bill C-46)

September 20, 2017

Should the police have the power to demand a breathalyzer test without reason or suspicion of wrongdoing? On September 18, 2017, CCLA Director of Public Safety, Rob De Luca, made submissions on CCLA’s behalf to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights to address several areas of concern with the government’s […]

CCLA Segregation Challenge

September 13, 2017

Update – Week of September 11-15, 2017 This week, CCLA is in court challenging solitary confinement practices in Canadian federal penitentiaries. Check this page for our materials, press, and updates regarding our week-long hearing. Hearing details: Date: September 11, 13, 14, 15, 2017 Time: 10:00am Location: Osgoode Hall, Courtroom #4           […]


September 8, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO, Ont. – On September 11th, 13th, 14th and 15th, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will be before the court challenging the solitary confinement regime in Canadian federal penitentiaries. The challenge seeks to do so to protect individuals from the severe harms of solitary confinement, in particular young adults, inmates in […]


August 16, 2017

Today, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association joins a coalition of community and advocacy groups calling for action on Justice Tulloch’s police oversight recommendations. The following is a re-print of the August 16, 2017 press release issued by the Ontario Human Rights Commission. For immediate release TORONTO – Today, a coalition of community and advocacy groups, […]

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 […]