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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.

Bill C-75: Right goals, wrong tools

September 25, 2018

We have a justice system that continues to disproportionately incarcerate Indigenous People and racial minorities, a biased jury selection process, a culture of court delay, and a flawed bail system. It’s clear that we need to make changes. While Bill C-75 tries to tackle these problems, it also creates new problems that need to be addressed. Some of the proposed reforms are great. Others don’t go far enough. And a few are a serious affront to fair trial rights and the presumption of innocence. CCLA is keeping up the pressure to make real Criminal Code reform a reality.

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 takes legal action to fight the rollback of a modern, inclusive 2015 sex-education curriculum

August 23, 2018

Today, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and a courageous family have started the legal fight to keep our classrooms free of censorship, discrimination, stigma and degradation.

Taking the fight for inclusive sex-education in Ontario to the steps of Queen’s Park

August 14, 2018

On Tuesday, Aug. 14, thousands of Ontario teachers and activists gathered at Queen’s Park in Toronto to protest the government’s repeal of the 2015 sex-education curriculum. The message was clear: The 2015 curriculum protects students, informs them of their rights, and, for the first time, recognizes the existence of same-sex relationships and families.

A quick win for privacy rights: CCLA vs. Cadillac Fairview

August 7, 2018

A multinational conglomerate waved the white flag, thanks to our collective efforts to stop the secret usage of facial recognition software in a shopping mall for purely commercial purposes, to capture customers’ ages and genders — without their knowledge or consent. CCLA’s expertise, leveraged by the media, forced Cadillac Fairview to drop its use of this invasive software in its shopping malls.

Weigh in on our next case study: Artificial Intelligence and Public Safety

August 1, 2018

CCLET hopes to keep adding case studies to the Remote Rights site, and we could use some help. Because we know that projects get better when we include a diversity of opinions and engage with other people who care about rights education, we’re trying something new: we’re sharing our latest idea at the conceptual stage […]

We Need Better De-Escalation and Non-Escalation Responses to People in Crisis

July 19, 2018

On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, officers from the Dryden Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) tasered a 33-year-old man, who was refusing medical treatment, at a local health centre. According to initial police reports, the man was uncooperative with medical staff and had attempted to “escape” the health centre, at which point he became “combative with officers […]