CCLA Calls for Action: Diab still detained on basis of unreliable evidence

June 22, 2017

The following is a reprint of a letter sent by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, to Ministers Freeland and Wilson-Raybould, and Mr. Alghabra. This letter was also read out in support of the press conference held in Ottawa on June 21, 2017.  The Honourable Chrystia Freeland Minister of Foreign Affairs House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario […]


June 16, 2017

The CCLA argued at Ontario Divisional Court on Thursday that even where doctors have religious convictions preventing them from performing certain sensitive and important procedures, rules that ensure patients receive care speedily ought to stand. The Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDS) and others have put forward a constitutional challenge to College of Physicians and […]

Students Should be Free From Religious Coercion

June 13, 2017

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association welcomes the acknowledgement by two Catholic educational bodies that certain students in Catholic schools have the right to opt out of religious programs, courses and activities, free from religious or creed-based pressure. In Public Interest Remedies agreed to as a term of settlement, the Ontario Catholic School Trustee Association and […]

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June 1, 2017

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is pleased that today the Supreme Court of Canada has reinforced an accused’s constitutional right to not only reasonable bail, but to the least restrictive form. “The CCLA is delighted with this decision. There are many problems in the bail system in Canada. Cash bails would not have solved those […]

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May 31, 2017

Should the minister responsible for Canada Post be able to prohibit access to the mail without providing substantive reasons? CCLA recently made submissions to an administrative board currently deciding whether an order prohibiting individuals from using the mail should be revoked. On May 26, 2016, Judy Foote, the minister then responsible for Canada Post, issued […]

Balancing doctors’ and patients’ rights key in Charter case

May 24, 2017

John has ALS and feels he is reaching the end of his life. He’s confined to a hospital bed as he’s almost completely paralyzed, unable to speak, and being kept alive by a breathing machine. His mind, however, is still sharp. Every day he faces endless pain. Wanting to die with dignity, he approaches his […]

Vice Media ruling raises serious questions about press freedoms

March 22, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO  ̶  In a ruling today that raises serious questions about reporters’ ability to protect their sources and bring important stories to light, the Ontario Court of Appeal refused to quash the order compelling Vice Media reporter Ben Makuch to provide the RCMP with his background materials. “Protection of sources is the […]

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Drug Recognition Expert’s opinions shouldn’t be taken as incontrovertible evidence

February 23, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO, Ont.  ̶  The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is disappointed that the Supreme Court of Canada is allowing a subjective evaluation by a Drug Recognition Expert to be used as evidence without a safeguard test. At issue in the before the SCC in R. v. Bingley was whether the road-side opinion evidence […]

CCLA argues for higher standard in lawmaking

February 9, 2017

After having heard from counsel in Schmidt v. Attorney General of Canada on Feb. 8, three Federal Court of Appeal judges – justices David Stratas, Donald Rennie, and David Near – will now evaluate the standard the Minister of Justice has been using when declaring that a bill tabled in Parliament complies with the Charter […]

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Privacy in sent text messages cases going to Supreme Court

February 9, 2017

UPDATED MARCH 22, 2017 CCLA will present oral arguments at the Supreme Court of Canada March 23 and 24 in two cases looking at issues of privacy protections and sent text messages: R v Marakah and R v Jones. The cases address questions around reasonable expectations of privacy in text messages, once they have been […]