Supreme Court victory to stop unlawful arrest

November 29, 2019

  “In a free and democratic society, police officers may interfere with the exercise of individual freedoms only to the extent provided for by law” – Supreme Court of Canada. A big win for civil liberties in a Supreme Court of Canada case of last week: thanks to Sylvie Rodriguez and her legal team at […]

Preserving judicial independence in Ontario

November 29, 2019

“The system is made up of more than just a political branch. The whole point of having a judiciary is to hold [the premier] in check in the event that he does something that is tyrannical or oppressive.” – Michael Bryant, CCLA Executive Director & General Counsel. Judicial independence must be preserved in Ontario. Our […]

Protecting your civil liberties

November 29, 2019

We believe each person’s circumstances, such as mental and physical disability, poverty, or homelessness, should be taken into consideration when a court makes a decision to convict someone of bail offences. We have been granted leave to intervene in the R. v Zora case, as it has the potential to impact the civil liberties of […]

Another Supreme Court victory!

November 29, 2019

If you are charged with a crime, and your assets are taken away, how do you hire a lawyer?  “The law doesn’t allow the Crown to charge someone and then raid their defense fund, and that’s what we were fighting for … the presumption of innocence, the right to a fair trial and the right […]

How can you help fight Bill 21 – share your story!

November 26, 2019

How can you help fight Bill 21 – the religious symbols ban? Tell us your story! “I do not wear a religious symbol. I am not religious. However, I will not be a bystander in the discrimination of a marginalized group of women who will lose their basic human right to earn a living based […]

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Asking The Wrong Question on Facial Fingerprinting

November 22, 2019

Your face is not the same as your debit card number or your credit card number. It cannot be replaced and we don’t currently have systems to monitor fraudulent uses of our biometrics. Warrantless facial recognition technology ought to be banned in Canada, until further notice, except where it is used by an individual to […]

CCLA Blasts Police For Its Overuse of Strip Searches Of Innocent People.

November 21, 2019

A tool designed to make strip searches seem less invasive helps them make it easier to justify being invasive. “The Toronto Police Service continue having this obsession with searching where the sun don’t shine — without legal authority” – Michael Bryant Read our deputation here.

Hidden microphones in your thermostat, secret recordings, and three other Google privacy breaches

November 1, 2019

The Ontario Government served the Canadian Civil Liberties Association with their Statement of Defence today, in the Ontario Sticker law challenge by CCLA.  Their Defence is that the Ford Government’s sticker does not contain a political message.  We disagree.

Court challenge to Waterfront Toronto/Sidewalk Lab’s smart city continues

October 31, 2019

– For Immediate Release – (Toronto – October 31, 2019) Waterfront Toronto and the three levels of government who are parties to CCLA’s application to the Ontario Divisional Court ought to immediately comply with their obligations to respond to the application served and filed months ago. There is no reason to further delay the hearing […]

Ford Government to Gas Stations: Stick ‘Em Up!

October 30, 2019

The Ontario Government served the Canadian Civil Liberties Association with their Statement of Defence today, in the Ontario Sticker law challenge by CCLA.  Their Defence is that the Ford Government’s sticker does not contain a political message.  We disagree.