man praying

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 […]

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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 […]

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Rights group launches FOI request on U.S. border agency travel ban actions at Canadian airports

February 10, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 10, 2017 TORONTO  ̶  Opponents of President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 Executive Order restricting the travel of individuals from seven predominantly Muslim nations scored a victory in appeals court in Washington state last night, but many questions remain about how the ban was and could once again be enforced, particularly at overseas […]

CCLA argues for greater consideration of the constitution in lawmaking

CCLA argues for higher standard in lawmaking

February 9, 2017

After having heard from counsel in Schmidt v. Attorney General of Canada on Feb. 8, three Federal Court of Appeal judges – justices David Stratas, Donald Rennie, and David Near – will now evaluate the standard the Minister of Justice has been using when declaring that a bill tabled in Parliament complies with the Charter […]

CCLA calls on Canada to take concrete steps in light of U.S. travel ban

CCLA calls for concrete action from Canadian government on U.S. travel ban

February 4, 2017

STATEMENT FROM THE CANADIAN CIVIL LIBERTIES ASSOCIATION REGARDING IMPACT IN CANADA ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS OF THE JAN. 27 UNITED STATES EXECUTIVE ORDER (“PROTECTING THE NATION FROM TERRORIST ATTACKS BY FOREIGN NATIONALS”) TORONTO — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association deplores the Executive Order (“Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals”) issued by United […]

Write to your MP: Ask Canada to act on U.S. travel

Contact Your MP: Ask Canada to Act on US Travel Ban

February 4, 2017

The CCLA has produced a template for a script to call or write to your member of Parliament asking Canada to act regarding the recent US travel ban. EMAIL YOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT Exemple de lettre pour contacter votre député(e) en français ci-dessous. Merci aux bénévoles qui l’ont écrit! IN ENGLISH Here is a sample email script to […]

Materials for Legal Volunteers at Airports and Borders

Materials for Legal Volunteers at Airports and Borders

February 4, 2017

CCLA is part of the Canadian Cross-Border Legal Coalition, a network of Canadian lawyers fighting against the discriminatory impact in Canada–and to Canadian immigrants and refugees–of the U.S. President’s January 27th, 2017 Executive Order, or travel ban. We are collaborating with colleagues in the US and around the world. The Coalition brings together leading Canadian organizations and groups […]

CCLA calls for action on NEXUS revocations

CCLA concerned by NEXUS revocations

February 3, 2017

CCLA is concerned by reported cases of Canadian permanent residents, and some dual citizens having their Nexus cards revoked. A Nexus card is a travel document, issued after extensive screening, to allow faster passage through customs controls. The program is jointly run by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). […]

Letter signatories

Open letter on ministerial directives on torture

January 30, 2017

The Honourable Ralph Goodale Minister of Public Safety 269 Laurier Avenue West Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P8 January 30, 2017 Dear Minister Goodale, We are writing to you about the urgent need for Canada to revise the Ministerial Directives on torture issued by the previous government to conform to the unconditional ban on torture in international […]

‘Small voices’ could still be silenced by B.C. election rules

‘Small voices’ could still be silenced by B.C. election rules

January 26, 2017

Supreme Court  ruling clarifies ‘self-expression’   TORONTO, Ont.  ̶  The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is pleased the Supreme Court of Canada has clarified that wearing t-shirts or displaying a bumper sticker does not equate to advertising during elections. However, today’s decision in B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association v British Columbia (Attorney General) could […]