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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 […]

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 […]