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CCLA at the Supreme Court: when can the police arrest you to ‘protect’ you?

March 21, 2019

Teddy Weinstein Articling Fellow     How far can police officers go when initiating a “protective” arrest? Can innocent protestors be arrested even when they’ve done nothing wrong? Can the police make an arrest to try to prevent a potential breach of the peace? These questions and more are what’s at stake in the […]

Non-Citizen Voting Rights

March 11, 2019

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CCLA to Ottawa: Call a SCC Reference

February 23, 2019

Michael Bryant  Executive Director and General Counsel       Of the many tools at the disposal of a government in times of profound uncertainty, the least used yet so powerful is that of a “reference” to its highest court.  The federal government has had resort to the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) for […]

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 […]