CCLA concerned by Coroner’s report findings of Soleiman Faqiri’s death

July 21, 2017

The CCLA is greatly troubled by findings of the Coroner’s report concerning the death of Soleiman Faqiri, who died while in custody in an Ontario jail last December. Mr. Faqiri, who had a schizophrenia diagnosis, was reportedly being held in segregation due to “behavioural issues”. During an incident in which Mr. Faqiri resisted being taken […]

Toronto Star op-ed Omar Khadr

July 6, 2017

The following is a re-print of an op-ed from the Toronto Star by Adriel Weaver (Goldblatt Partners LLP) on behalf of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Adriel served as counsel to CCLA in the 2010 Supreme Court Khadr case. A link to the op-ed in the Star can be found here.  The Canadian government’s recent announcement […]

Court Denies Canada’s Attempt to Adjourn CCLA’s Segregation Challenge

July 6, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 6, 2017 TORONTO, Ont.  ̶   Associate Chief Justice Marrocco ruled today that the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA’s) challenge of segregation (solitary confinement) practices will go ahead, denying a motion by the government to adjourn the case. The hearing will be held, as scheduled, on September 11, 2017. Canada sought to […]

83 organizations and experts from 5 nations demand “Five Eyes” respect strong encryption

June 30, 2017

The following is a re-print of a letter sent by concerned organizations and individuals, including CCLA. Senator the Hon. George Brandis Attorney General of Australia Hon. Christopher Finlayson Attorney General of New Zealand Hon. Ralph Goodale Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness of Canada Hon. John Kelly United States Secretary of Homeland Security Rt. […]

Fight the Ban: Canadian Coalition of Lawyers and Advocates Staff Airports

June 29, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fighting the Ban: Canadian Coalition of Lawyers and Advocates Facilitate a Coordinated Effort Across Canada and Beyond Travel and Refugee ban goes into effect June 29, 2017 at 8:00pmEST June 29, 2017 Toronto, ON, Ottawa, ON, Winnipeg, MB, Vancouver, BC – The Canadian Cross-Border Legal Coalition (“CCBLC”) is deploying volunteer lawyers and […]

SUPREME COURT CASE UPHOLDS ORDER AGAINST GOOGLE

June 28, 2017

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SUPREME COURT CASE UPHOLDS ORDER AGAINST GOOGLE – BUT RECOGNIZES FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION June 28, 2017 TORONTO, Ont.  ̶  Today’s Supreme Court of Canada decision against Google permits Canadian courts to make orders against the internet giant outside of Canadian borders. CCLA had intervened in the case to raise concerns about restricting […]

CCLA fighting to preserve segregation challenge and testimony of torture expert

June 27, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 27, 2017 TORONTO, Ont.  ̶  On Thursday June 29th, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will be in court to ensure that its Charter challenge against Canada’s solitary confinement regime moves forward. CCLA has already presented valuable evidence and expert testimony to the court. The challenge seeks to protect individuals from the harms of […]

CCLA Concerned by U.S. Travel Ban

June 26, 2017

CCLA is deeply concerned for Canadians and Canadian residents who may be affected by today’s United States Supreme Court decision to re-instate a modified version of President Trump’s travel ban against individuals from six predominantly Muslim countries. This travel ban was proclaimed by Executive Order on March 6 and almost immediately blocked by two lower […]

A Win for Online Privacy Rights at the Supreme Court: Douez v Facebook

June 23, 2017

CCLA’s voice was heard and recognized in the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision released today, Douez v Facebook, Inc. The case addressed whether a Vancouver woman, Deborah Douez, should be able to pursue a claim against the social media giant under Canadian law, in Canada. CCLA argued, and the Court agreed, that one reason […]

CCLA Marches at Trans Pride March 2017

June 23, 2017

On Friday, June 23rd, CCLA marched alongside thousands of people at the Toronto Trans* Pride March. Each year, CCLA is proud to participate in this event in support of trans rights, LGBTQ+ communities, and to celebrate rights and freedoms for all people. The Trans* Pride Rally and March is a “grass-roots community focused event, providing safe […]