CCLA welcomes amendement to fix gap in citizenship bill

April 11, 2017

On April 4, the Senate of Canada passed an amendment to Bill C-6, creating a right to a Federal Court hearing for Canadian citizens who are alleged to have misrepresented themselves in their original citizenship application. This important amendment ensures due process rights are upheld for individuals at risk of having their citizenship revoked. CCLA […]



April 10, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO – The RCMP held a press conference on April 5 to publicly confirm it uses a particular technology, an IMSI catcher, to conduct cellphone surveillance in investigations. This does not come as a surprise, as details have emerged via revelations in court cases in recent months of their use in investigations […]

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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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#Privacyprotectors: Teens reflect on privacy in digital age

March 22, 2017

This desire for privacy is why most people close doors, why individuals do not post things such as social security numbers on social media, and why people sometimes turn off their cell phones and computers. It is not an attempt to be antisocial, but rather simply not wanting to share parts of our lives and […]


International Women’s Day: Highlighting issues of indigenous women in prison system

March 8, 2017

On this International Women’s Day, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association recognizes the many women in Canada who still fight for the realization of their rights.  In this infographic, the CCLA spotlights concerns about indigenous women in Canada’s criminal justice system, who are disprortionately represented in Canadian prisons  and are more likely to be placed in […]

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Hamilton approves cutting-edge trans rights protocol

March 7, 2017

In an overflowing hearing room on March 6, a committee of the Hamilton, Ont. city council considered a protocol to protect the rights of transgender and gender-non-conforming people. The is the outcome of a human rights complaint filed by a trans woman who was barred from a woman’s washroom by a security guard at a […]

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Statement on release of new U.S. travel restrictions

March 6, 2017

The CCLA is still seriously concerned by the potential impact on refugees and asylum seekers of the new executive order released today by U.S. President Donald Trump restricting travelers from 6 mostly Muslim nations. “None of the major concerns in our Jan. 29 statement [see below] are abated,” says CCLA Executive Director and General Counsel Sukanya Pillay. […]

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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 […]

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Canada has its own legacy of racist policies to confront

February 21, 2017

In light of recent calls in government and civil society to systemically examine religious intolerance in Canada, it’s important to look at the role that laws play. Originally published by TVO here, this op-ed by Executive Director Sukanya Pillay was written just days after the terror attack on a Quebec City mosque on Jan. 29, 2017, and […]


CCLA Responds To Questions On M-103

February 17, 2017

Yesterday, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association was asked why it was not standing up for free speech and arguing against Motion 103 (“M-103”). The answer is simple.  M-103 does not restrict free speech. Not only does M-103 not restrict or censor speech, it is also not a bill and is not law.  It is of […]