Browse key reports, position papers, and other documents from the CCLA.
CCLA submission to the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services as part of public consultations on carding and racial profiling
In Canada, racial profiling also exists and directly and negatively impacts the lives of individuals across the nation. Racial profiling not only unjustly violates the right to be equal before and under the law and other rights guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, racial profiling also undermines trust between communities and police. And such trust is vital if effective policing is to thrive in a democratic nation like Canada.
Drawing the Line: Tackling Tensions Between Religious Freedom and Equality
The International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO), of which the Canadian Civil Liberties Association is a member, released a report that addresses tensions between freedom of religion and equality rights and proposes resolutions to those tensions in three areas: LGBT rights, reproductive rights, and religious appearance. The report draws on the expertise of INCLO’s members across five continents in analyzing cases where religion and equality claims have competed in the courts.
Submissions to the Quebec Commission on Institutions regarding Bill 59
Part 1 of Bill 59 seeks to enact a new law targeting hate speech, and speech inciting violence.
Some of the proposed measures raise significant civil liberties and human rights concerns,
notwithstanding what may be an attempt to protect vulnerable and marginalized populations. In
particular, the proposed legislation restricts freedom of expression and may chill vital discussion
and debate on matters of public and political importance. Such restrictions are incompatible with
democratic values and appear on their face to be in contravention of both the Québec Charter of
human rights and freedoms (“Charter”) and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
CCLA Urges Toronto Police Services Board to Reject New “Community Engagement” Policy
April 7, 2015
CCLA was once again before the Toronto Police Services Board presenting oral and written submissions in connection with a proposed procedure and amended policy on carding and racial profiling. According to CCLA and many others who spoke out, the new draft procedure and amended Board policy would unjustifiably expand the power of police to stop […]
In 2010 alone, Calgary and Edmonton police ran over 140,000 individual Background checks. While most of these checks are used to inform employment and volunteer hiring decisions, they are also frequently performed in connection with adoptions, foster care applications and travel.
When dealing with the police, it’s important to know what your rights are. CCLA has put together a manual to help you know what you must do, what you do not have to do, and what you may wish to do in situations involving the police.