CCLA at SCC: Privacy in the Classroom… and Everywhere Else

April 20, 2018

Should students have privacy rights at school? Do you lose all your privacy rights upon entering a building because of a security camera at the door? Should people generally have some reasonable expectation of privacy even in public spaces where they might be observed by others? CCLA believes they should, and we are at the […]

Bill C75: Re-Criminalizing Cannabis

April 18, 2018

The Prime Minister and Cabinet fully intended to legalize cannabis in 2018.  No doubt about it.  But the truth is that his Justice Minister has re-criminalized pot, to the point where I expect more, not less, cannabis criminal charges, post-“legalization.”  As I submitted to a Senate Committee this week,  the bill lays a minefield of […]

Locking Up the Poor for being Poor: CCLA at Supreme Court to Defend Rights of the Indigent

April 17, 2018

This week the Canadian Civil Liberties Association will be at the Supreme Court of Canada to argue that a mandatory victim surcharge, imposed on all “offenders,” is a cruel and unusual punishment that should be struck down by the Court. The victim surcharge requires individuals to pay a financial sum — over and above any […]

CCLA Court Challenge To Solitary Confinement: The Next Step

April 6, 2018

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association today filed their written brief to the Ontario Court of Appeal, as part of its ongoing efforts to stop the unconscionable federal practice of indefinite solitary confinement, particularly of the indigenous and mentally ill. The written arguments include graphic evidence of the horrors of solitary confinement: The cells are tiny […]

CCLA Writes An Open Letter to Minister of Immigration on Delayed Iranian Applications

April 6, 2018

The following is a re-print of a letter sent by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association to Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship on April 6, 2018.  April 6, 2018 The Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen MP Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Via email RE: Iranian Discrimination […]

Civil Society Statement Regarding Bill C-59

April 5, 2018

(Le texte français suivra) Civil Society Statement Regarding Bill C-59, An Act Respecting National Security Matters Bill C-59 was explicitly introduced with the claim that it fixes “the problematic aspects” of its predecessor, Bill C-51—now Canada’s Anti-terrorism Act, 2015. We, the undersigned civil society organizations and individual experts, are concerned that C-59 does not truly fix […]

Federal Court of Appeal Set a Disturbingly Low Bar for Reporting Charter Problems

April 3, 2018

On March 20, 2018, more than a year after hearing arguments in the matter of Schmidt v. Attorney General of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal released its decision. The ruling affirms that the Minister of Justice only has to report to Parliament regarding inconsistencies between a proposed bill and the Charter of Rights and […]

CCLA Talks Right to Protest at University of Chicago Law School

April 2, 2018

Last week, CCLA’s Director of Public Safety, Rob De Luca, participated in consultation sessions with our partners in the International Civil Liberties Organizations Network (INCLO) for a forthcoming report on the policing of protests. The event was hosted by the The International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School,
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March 29, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CCLA TO YORK U PREZ: CAMPUS FEELS UNDER SIEGE AND BETRAYED BY YOUR TACTICS March 29, 2018 (Toronto, ON) – After exchanges this week between York U’s President and CCLA’s Executive Director, the civil liberties’ defender released its preliminary report on York U strike. “It’s time for York U to remove the private […]

Preliminary Report on Rights Violations at York U – Survey Results

March 29, 2018

Here are the results from our York University survey about the ongoing strike. Nearly 200 people filled out the survey. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association thanks those who participated and shared your stories with us. We built a word cloud to demonstrate the most popular words used in the two short answer questions. See below […]