Sex ed legal challenge continues

March 18, 2019

The Divisional Court determined the other week that the applications of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario will be heard together. CCLA has originally secured a date of Sept. 24 before the Divisional Court, but now both applications will be heard in November. 

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the Sex Ed Saga

February 28, 2019

Cara Zwibel Director of Fundamental Freedoms Program czwibel@ccla.org           It was a bad day for equality but a good day for teachers, when Ontario’s Divisional Court dismissed the application brought by CCLA and Becky McFarlane challenging the government’s decision to repeal the 2015 sex education curriculum and replace it with content […]

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No remedy and no right – SCC strikes a double blow

February 8, 2019

Cara Zwibel Director of Fundamental Freedoms Program czwibel@ccla.org         The Supreme Court’s decision today in R. v. Bird is a disappointing – even devastating loss – for Canadians who care about freedom and justice and who believe that a right without a remedy, is no right at all. The decision demonstrates a […]

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CCLA at the Supreme Court: Does a Charter violation require a remedy?

February 6, 2019

Rob De Luca Director of Democracy and the Rule of Law Program rdeluca@ccla.org         Michael Bryant Executive Director and General Counsel mbryant@ccla.org         Mr. Bird doing too much bird is the issue before the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Bird.  ‘Doing bird’ is slang for doing prison […]

A Victory For Democratic Rights at the Supreme Court

January 11, 2019

Rob De Luca Director of Democracy and the Rule of Law Program rdeluca@ccla.org         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 […]

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WHAMMY! Supreme Court of Canada Strikes Down Canada’s Ugliest Populist Criminal Law

December 14, 2018

Abby Deshman Director of Criminal Justice Program  adeshman@ccla.org         Michael Bryant Executive Director and General Counsel mbryant@ccla.org         Whammy!  It’s not everyday that civil libertarians hit a home run in the Supreme Court of Canada.  But thanks to some painstakingly strategic litigation and jurisprudence; thanks to great advocacy (by […]

Mass Surveillance INCLO Case Continues

December 11, 2018

Mass surveillance violates international privacy rights and is fundamentally incompatible with the rights to free speech and free association that lie at the heart of strong democracies. This year CCLA and our international partners won a victory when the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the UK’s historical practice of bulk surveillance violated rights […]

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What the Vice Media Decision Might Mean for Press Freedom

December 3, 2018

Cara Zwibel Director of Fundamental Freedoms Program czwibel@ccla.org         The Supreme Court’s decision in R. v. Vice Media Canada Inc. is not the victory for press freedom that CCLA was hoping for. Indeed, for Vice Media and reporter Ben Makuch, the decision is a blow and requires a reporter to hand over […]

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Vice Media Appeal Could Spell Bleak Friday For Press Freedom

December 3, 2018

Cara Zwibel Director of Fundamental Freedoms Program czwibel@ccla.org         A week after Black Friday may render Bleak Friday for press freedom if the Supreme Court of Canada dismisses a major press freedom appeal. In R. v. Vice Media Canada Inc., 2017 ONCA 231, the Ontario Court of Appeal delivered bad news for […]

Federal Court Overturns Abdoul Abdi Deportation

July 16, 2018

CCLA’s voice was heard and recognized in the Federal Court decision released in the case of Abdoul Abdi. Mr. Abdi is a former child refugee and recent Crown ward in Nova Scotia, who Canada was trying to deport. In the Federal Court decision, Justice Ann Marie McDonald stated that the government “failed to properly consider” […]