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Canada’s Bail System

A new Report released today from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Set up to Fail: Bail and the Revolving Door of Pre-Trial Detention, argues that Canadian governments need to take urgent action to ensure the bail system returns to legal and constitutional compliance.

Major Reform of Police Record Check Practices Necessary

May 17, 2014 - Toronto - Canadians are being needlessly excluded from educational, volunteer and work opportunities based on irrelevant information disclosed on police record checks, a new report from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association argues. The report, False promises, hidden costs: the case for reframing employment and volunteer police record check practices in Canada, questions the value of widespread police record checks and shines a light on the damaging individual and societal consequences of current practices. New audio recordings documenting numerous individuals' personal experiences of discrimination and exclusion, released under the title Presumption of guilt: the human cost, are also being published today.

Vice Media ruling raises serious questions about press freedoms

March 22, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO  ̶  In a ruling today that raises serious questions about reporters’ ability to protect their sources and bring important stories to light, the Ontario Court of Appeal refused to quash the order compelling Vice Media reporter Ben Makuch to provide the RCMP with his background materials. “Protection of sources is the […]

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 […]

Statement on release of new U.S. travel restrictions

March 6, 2017

The CCLA is still seriously concerned by the potential impact on refugees and asylum seekers of the new executive order released today by U.S. President Donald Trump restricting travelers from 6 mostly Muslim nations. “None of the major concerns in our Jan. 29 statement [see below] are abated,” says CCLA Executive Director and General Counsel Sukanya Pillay. […]

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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 […]

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Rights group launches FOI request on U.S. border agency travel ban actions at Canadian airports

February 10, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 10, 2017 TORONTO  ̶  Opponents of President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 Executive Order restricting the travel of individuals from seven predominantly Muslim nations scored a victory in appeals court in Washington state last night, but many questions remain about how the ban was and could once again be enforced, particularly at overseas […]

Press Release: Canadian Cross-Border Legal Coalition

February 4, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, February 4, 2017  Canadian Coalition of Lawyers and Advocates Staff Airports to Ensure Immigrants With Valid Visas Can Get to the United States Legal professionals and students are currently monitoring major airports across Canada   Montreal, QC, Toronto, ON, Ottawa, ON, Vancouver, BC: The Canadian Cross-Border Legal Coalition is deploying volunteer […]

CCLA calls on Canada to take concrete steps in light of U.S. travel ban

CCLA calls for concrete action from Canadian government on U.S. travel ban

January 29, 2017

STATEMENT FROM THE CANADIAN CIVIL LIBERTIES ASSOCIATION REGARDING IMPACT IN CANADA ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS OF THE JAN. 27 UNITED STATES EXECUTIVE ORDER (“PROTECTING THE NATION FROM TERRORIST ATTACKS BY FOREIGN NATIONALS”) TORONTO — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association deplores the Executive Order (“Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals”) issued by United […]

‘Small voices’ could still be silenced by B.C. election rules

‘Small voices’ could still be silenced by B.C. election rules

January 26, 2017

Supreme Court  ruling clarifies ‘self-expression’   TORONTO, Ont.  ̶  The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is pleased the Supreme Court of Canada has clarified that wearing t-shirts or displaying a bumper sticker does not equate to advertising during elections. However, today’s decision in B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association v British Columbia (Attorney General) could […]