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We’re hiring: Development and Fundraising Director

November 1, 2017

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) fights for the civil liberties, human rights, and democratic freedoms of all people across Canada. Founded in 1964, we are an independent, national, nongovernmental organization, working in the courts, before legislative committees, in the classrooms, and in the streets, protecting the rights and freedoms cherished by Canadians and entrenched […]


August 30, 2017

On Wednesday, August 30, the Argentine Supreme Court held a public hearing on the constitutionality of laws permitting religious education in the public schools of Salta province. As friends of the court, Argentine human rights group CELS and five other members of the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO) explained how such practices violate […]

CCLA Summer Highlights

August 8, 2017

Update and Announcements: Sukanya Pillay, formerly Executive Director and General Counsel of the CCLA, has resigned effective June 30, 2017 to relocate to Windsor with her family. We thank Sukanya for her many valuable contributions to the CCLA over many years and wish her well.  Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, who has been with CCLA since 2002, […]

CCLA Marches at Trans Pride March 2017

June 23, 2017

On Friday, June 23rd, CCLA marched alongside thousands of people at the Toronto Trans* Pride March. Each year, CCLA is proud to participate in this event in support of trans rights, LGBTQ+ communities, and to celebrate rights and freedoms for all people. The Trans* Pride Rally and March is a “grass-roots community focused event, providing safe […]


June 28, 2017

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SUPREME COURT CASE UPHOLDS ORDER AGAINST GOOGLE – BUT RECOGNIZES FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION June 28, 2017 TORONTO, Ont.  ̶  Today’s Supreme Court of Canada decision against Google permits Canadian courts to make orders against the internet giant outside of Canadian borders. CCLA had intervened in the case to raise concerns about restricting […]

A Win for Online Privacy Rights at the Supreme Court: Douez v Facebook

June 23, 2017

CCLA’s voice was heard and recognized in the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision released today, Douez v Facebook, Inc. The case addressed whether a Vancouver woman, Deborah Douez, should be able to pursue a claim against the social media giant under Canadian law, in Canada. CCLA argued, and the Court agreed, that one reason […]

CCLA Calls for Action: Diab still detained on basis of unreliable evidence

June 22, 2017

The following is a reprint of a letter sent by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, to Ministers Freeland and Wilson-Raybould, and Mr. Alghabra. This letter was also read out in support of the press conference held in Ottawa on June 21, 2017.  The Honourable Chrystia Freeland Minister of Foreign Affairs House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario […]

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Act for Freedom 2017: Pro bono lawyers

May 2, 2017

For more than 50 years, CCLA has been Canada’s national civil liberties organization, working closely with dedicated pro bono lawyers from across the country to intervene in and argue cases at all levels of court. CCLA would like to thank the following lawyers who have given their valuable time and expertise to work with us on […]

Act for Freedom 2017: Margie Wolf

May 1, 2017

Margie Wolf BOOK PUBLISHER AND CO-FOUNDER OF SECOND STORY PRESS WHAT DOES ACCOUNTABILITY MEAN TO YOU? Accountability has always been integral to social justice publishing. We do books to inspire social change — they detail who we are as a society by showing our best, telling us how we might be better, and pointing to […]

Peer Privacy Protectors Guidebook

March 30, 2017

The Peer Privacy Protectors Project (PPPP) was created by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association to improve communication and education about privacy rights and risks for youth, who are among the most frequent users of technology in Canada. Over the course of a year, a group of teens aged 13-19 learned about privacy and how to […]