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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.

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.

Legal fight against solitary confinement continues

January 17, 2018

TORONTO, Ont. – The legal fight against Canada’s solitary confinement laws continues today, with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) filing an appeal before Ontario’s highest court. On December 18, 2017, Associate Chief Justice Frank Marrocco of the Ontario Superior Court released his decision, striking down Canada’s solitary confinement laws as unconstitutional. While CCLA welcomed […]

INCLO Report Release: Gaining Ground: A Framework for Developing Strategies and Tactics in Response to Governmental Attacks on NGOs

January 4, 2018

In many countries across the world, governments have stepped up attacks on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), making it harder for them to function effectively. A global pattern has emerged, in which certain governments seek to stigmatise and delegitimise these organisations, particularly by demonising their acceptance of foreign funding or other foreign connections they might have. Moreover, […]

Crack-down on freedom of expression in Russia threatens online anonymity

December 19, 2017

19 December 2017 – Russia’s punishment of instant messaging app Telegram Messenger LLP for refusing to reveal its decryption keys could lead to a wider crack-down on internet communications, says Russian-based International Human Rights Group Agora. Telegram is a cloud-based instant messaging service with more than 120 million users worldwide. On 12 December, 2017, a […]

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 […]

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 […]

CCLA at Supreme Court in Trinity Western Case – Hearing This Week

November 29, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 29, 2017 TORONTO, Ont. – This week- on November 30th and December 1st – the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (“CCLA”) will appear before the Supreme Court of Canada in Trinity Western University, et al. v. Law Society of Upper Canada. The case concerns a private evangelical Christian university which requires all […]

CCLA and NCCM launch legal challenge against Quebec’s Bill 62

November 7, 2017

Le texte français suivra Constitutional lawsuit filed in Quebec Superior Court seeks stay order against bill’s Section 10 (Montreal – November 7, 2017) – The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), two prominent civil liberties & advocacy organizations, today filed a lawsuit in English and in French in Quebec Superior Court challenging […]


November 6, 2017

The European Court of Human Rights will hear a landmark case on surveillance tomorrow (7 November) as part of a challenge to the lawfulness of the UK’s surveillance laws and its intelligence agencies’ mass surveillance practices. The case, described by campaigners as a “watershed moment for people’s privacy and freedom of expression across the world”, […]