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A Victory For Democratic Rights at the Supreme Court

January 11, 2019

Rob De Luca Director of Democracy and the Rule of Law Program         Today, the Supreme Court of Canada has released its long awaited decision in Frank v Canada, striking provisions of the former Canada Elections Act that had prohibited certain non-resident Canadians citizens from voting in federal elections.   The […]

Canadians Care about Privacy, Politicians Need to Show They Care About Us

December 19, 2018

Brenda McPhail Director of Privacy, Technology & Surveillance Project         73% of Canadians are concerned or somewhat concerned about how political parties use personal information according to a Nanos poll released today by the Globe and Mail. So why aren’t political parties covered by privacy law in Canada? It’s certainly not […]

Supreme Court Finds a Reasonable Expectation of Privacy in Shared Computer

December 13, 2018

Teddy Weinstein Articling Fellow     In a decision released today in R v Reeves, the Supreme Court ruled that each Canadian has a reasonable expectation of privacy in their computer, even if they share it with others, under section 8 of the Charter. This decision is a great victory for citizens’ privacy rights. […]

Federal Government’s Election Reforms Fall Short

December 11, 2018

Rob De Luca Director of Democracy and the Rule of Law Program         Yesterday, the government passed sweeping new legislation that will govern the 2019 federal election. Many of the changes are necessary and will go significant lengths to increasing engagement in the Canadian electorate. The legislation reduces barriers to voting […]

Police and Pot: Let Them Smoke, Vape, and – Yes – Eat Cake (or Brownies!) Too

December 7, 2018

Abby Deshman Director of Criminal Justice Program         Police leaders are violating the civil liberties of their own ranks and perpetuating a culture of fear and prohibition when they place what comes close to a blanket ban on cannabis use by off duty police. If they can drink beer on their […]

Auditor General to Toronto’s Smart Cities: Not So Fast

December 6, 2018

Brenda McPhail Director of Privacy, Technology & Surveillance Project         Ontario’s Auditor General this week took a provincial agency to task for its role in a Wall Street Sci-Fi plot that’s sadly true. The characters for Toronto’s version of a futuristic, digital Smart City were not as smart as they ought […]

Statistics Canada’s move to collect Canadians’ banking info goes too far

November 14, 2018

We must have a hard but essential public conversation about what kind of data is truly needed, in what quantity, and how and from whom it can be collected in ways that are demonstrably fair, privacy-protective and secure.

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.

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.

CCLA heads to Supreme Court to fight for everyone’s right to privacy and equality (R v. Le)

October 12, 2018

We are intervening in this case before the Supreme Court of Canada on Oct. 12 to ask the court to protect individual rights to privacy and equality when it comes to interactions with police. CCLA argues that the legal test that helps courts decide who has a reasonable expectation of privacy in a space like a backyard (and who as a result has standing to make an argument in court that their Charter right to be free from unreasonable search was violated) focuses too much on who owns or controls the property.