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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.

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 […]

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 […]