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BILL 21: We’re seeking leave at the Supreme Court.

December 18, 2019

– For Immediate Release – CIVIL LIBERTIES ORGANIZATIONS SEEKING LEAVE TO APPEAL BILL 21 DECISION (Ottawa– December 18, 2019) The Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), along with the plaintiff Ichrak Nourel Hak, have sent formal correspondence to the Supreme Court of Canada announcing their intention to seek leave […]


December 12, 2019

Le texte françias suit – For Immediate Release – BILL 21 DECISION ANNOUNCED The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) have received the decision of the Quebec Court of Appeal. “Today’s devastating decision brings no relief to the teachers who cannot work in their professions, the parents worried about supporting their children, and the individuals concerned […]

Protecting your right to protest in the Ontario Court of Appeal

December 11, 2019

“This isn’t a country where the police stop people based on broad state powers that are not grounded in the constitution” – Michael Bryant, Executive Director – Canadian Civil Liberties Association  CCLA will be in the Ontario Court of Appeal on December 17th, 2019 defending the right to protest and protecting against unconstitutional police interference. […]

23rd Annual Borovoy Conference!

December 11, 2019

    Almost 300 students from 16 Toronto high schools took part in the 23rd annual Borovoy Conference on Right and Freedoms on December 5th 2019. The conference is an annual opportunity for Toronto District School Board students to meet and talk with human rights and civil liberties experts and to share their views and […]

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 […]