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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.

Press release – rights groups challenging solitary confinement in court release joint statement on Bill C-83

October 16, 2018

Today the three organizations fighting the federal government in BC and Ontario courts on solitary confinement responded to Bill C-83, tabled this morning by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. “What this bill shows is that this government knows that the current system of solitary confinement cannot continue. The question is whether this bill meets the constitutional standard,” said the BC Civil Liberties Association, Canadian Civil Liberties Association and John Howard Society of Canada, in a joint statement.

UPDATE: CCLA and ETFO sex-ed legal challenges to be heard together

September 24, 2018

The Divisional Court determined the other week that the applications of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario will be heard together. CCLA has originally secured a date of Sept. 24 before the Divisional Court, but now both applications will be heard in November. 

CCLA, INCLO and others welcome historic win against mass surveillance in U.K.

September 14, 2018

Many of the undersea cables carrying the world’s internet traffic route through the U.K., which makes it inevitable that communications originating in Canada are frequently caught up in U.K. mass surveillance activities. Further, Canada is a participant in intelligence sharing activities with the U.K., the U.S. and others as a member of the Five Eyes Intelligence alliance. Not only are Canadians affected by the problem of mass surveillance, but we need to pay attention to this ruling at home.

CCLA joins coalition calling for Ontario government to reinstate 2015 sex-ed curriculum

July 17, 2018

TORONTO, ON (July 16, 2018) — March for Our Education, Leadnow and the undersigned are unswayed by the Minister of Education’s response to the groundswell of Ontarians who are outraged that this government would deprive students of the fact-based 2015 sex-education curriculum. The groups, who are calling for the Ontario government to reinstate the newer […]

Premier Ford’s back-to-work legislation will violate civil liberties, hurt students

July 16, 2018

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — TORONTO, ON –The Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario have joined with striking workers at York University to voice their opposition to the new Conservative government’s “back-to-work” legislation. “Our members went on strike more than four months ago because we were experiencing firsthand how the quality […]

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 […]

INCLO Launches New Report: “Unanswered Questions – International Intelligence Sharing”

June 11, 2018

New report reveals lack of transparency of intelligence sharing agreements at the international level. (June 11, 2018) – A year ago, ten members of the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO) launched a global public information campaign, asking for our national governments to provide information about the current agreements intelligence service agencies have with […]

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 […]