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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.

Blowing the Whistle on Saskatoon’s Proposed Rules for Rideshares and Taxis

December 14, 2018

Abby Deshman Director of Criminal Justice Program  adeshman@ccla.org         This morning we wrote to Saskatoon’s Mayor and City Council to share our concerns about the legality, and the wisdom, of their proposed new rules for rideshares. A city stepping in to regulate rideshares is often a fraught exercise. But what caught our […]

WHAMMY! Supreme Court of Canada Strikes Down Canada’s Ugliest Populist Criminal Law

December 14, 2018

Abby Deshman Director of Criminal Justice Program  adeshman@ccla.org         Michael Bryant Executive Director and General Counsel mbryant@ccla.org         Whammy!  It’s not everyday that civil libertarians hit a home run in the Supreme Court of Canada.  But thanks to some painstakingly strategic litigation and jurisprudence; thanks to great advocacy (by […]

New Act Protects Ontarians from Release of Unproven Allegations

December 13, 2018

Abby Deshman Director of Criminal Justice Program  adeshman@ccla.org         Across the country, Canadians who have never been found guilty of a crime are unable to get jobs, access higher education, or volunteer because of their police records. Some of them experienced a mental health crisis and received assistance from the police. Others […]

What you need to know about the new Police Record Checks Reform Act

November 1, 2018

On November 1, 2018, the Police Records Checks Reform Act (PRCRA) comes into force. Police record checks are searches of police databases that are conducted in order to screen a person to help determine their suitability for things like employment, volunteer position, a licence, etc. The new Act will standardize most police record checks in […]

Ontario leads the way on police record checks reform

November 1, 2018

On November 1, 2018, the Police Records Checks Reform Act (PRCRA) comes into force. Police record checks are searches of police databases that are conducted in order to screen a person to help determine their suitability for things like employment, volunteer position, a license, etc. The PRCRA will standardize most police record checks in Ontario, […]

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 […]