CCLA at the Supreme Court: When the Immigration Act Meets Habeas Corpus

May 10, 2019

Noa Mendelsohn Aviv Director of Equality Program mendelsohnaviv@ccla.org         The right to habeas corpus is a centuries-old remedy intended to protect individuals from “wrongful restraints upon their liberty.” The Supreme Court of Canada today extended this remedy to individuals held in immigration detention. CCLA was an intervenor in the case of Canada […]

Solitary confinement is no joking matter – and the courts are not amused – AGAIN! Here are where things stand

April 29, 2019

Noa Mendelsohn Aviv Director of Equality Program mendelsohnaviv@ccla.org         The Ontario Court of Appeal has once more handed down a scathing decision to the government on its use of solitary confinement, and its failure, again, to fix flaws as ordered 16 months ago. If you are concerned about the use of solitary […]

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Ontario Court of Appeals on Federal Governments Second Request for an Extension on Solitary Confinement

April 26, 2019

CCLA at the Supreme Court: Privacy Lost

April 19, 2019

Brenda McPhail Director of Privacy, Technology & Surveillance Project bmcphail@ccla.org         It’s a loss for privacy in a disappointing Supreme Court decision released April 18 in R v Mills. The Court issued four different reasons in this decision, a reflection of the complicated issues at stake in a case that combines a […]

CCLA at the Supreme Court: What happens when the police arrest you for a non-existent offence?

April 18, 2019

Cara Zwibel Director of Fundamental Freedoms Program czwibel@ccla.org         Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. It may be hard to believe, but earlier this week the Supreme Court of Canada – nine of the finest legal minds in the country – spent the morning hearing arguments in a case that involved […]

Demanding our Privacy Rights Get a Seat at the Table

April 16, 2019

Brenda McPhail Director of Privacy, Technology & Surveillance Project bmcphail@ccla.org         CCLA is going to court to reset the Waterfront Toronto/Sidewalk Labs smart city project.  A lot of people say, “wait for the plan, nothing has happened yet. Even if the plan is approved, it will take a long time for shovels […]

CCLA Commences Proceedings Against Waterfront Toronto

April 16, 2019

Today, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association along with co-applicant Lester Brown, commenced proceedings against Waterfront Toronto, and all three levels of government. We are seeking a reset of the Sidewalk Toronto project. Court document below:   “The Google-Waterfront Toronto deal is invalid and needs to be reset. These agreements are contrary to administrative and constitutional […]

Sex Offender Registries That Discriminate Against Those With Mental Illness Offend Charter Equality Guarantee

April 4, 2019

Cara Zwibel Director of Fundamental Freedoms Program czwibel@ccla.org         Ontario’s highest court handed advocates a significant victory today, finding that the sex offender registration schemes in both Ontario and Canada discriminate against individuals with a mental illness. In G. v. Ontario (Attorney General), the Ontario Court of Appeal was asked to look […]

CCLA at the Supreme Court: A Momentous Bail Decision for Automatic Reviews of Detention

March 29, 2019

Christine Mainville, LL.B., LL.M. Partner Henein Hutchison LLP     In R. v. Myers, the Supreme Court was tasked with interpreting a somewhat obscure Criminal Code provision dealing with review of pre-trial detention. The case has up until now received scant attention in the press or in the legal community. And yet, in its unanimous […]

End to Solitary Confinement as we know it

March 28, 2019

UPDATE: Thursday, March 28, 2019 In an extraordinary decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal has ordered an end to prolonged solitary confinement in Canada’s prisons – in 15 days. Prolonged solitary is the confinement of a person for over 15 consecutive days in extreme isolation. In effect, the Court has ordered an end to the practice […]