A victory for journalists (and everyone) at the Supreme Court

September 27, 2019

Cara Zwibel Director of Fundamental Freedoms Programczwibel@ccla.org   If you care about press freedom and the vital role of the media in exposing injustice, you’ll want to celebrate this win with us! In a landmark decision issued this morning, the Supreme Court of Canada has affirmed the vital importance of protecting confidential journalistic sources. The […]

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CCLA Takes Ontario Government to Court on Compelled Political Messages

September 4, 2019

– For Immediate Release – (Toronto – September 4, 2019) As promised, today the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) filed its legal challenge to the mandatory anti-carbon tax gas stickers required by Ontario law, failing which gas retailers will be fined up to $10,000 per day.  The government stickers direct consumers to a website to […]

CCLA: Top 25 Influencer in Canada

August 14, 2019

We’re happy to share some good news! Our small but mighty Canadian Civil Liberties Association received noteworthy recognition this week, being voted Canadian LawyerⓇ Top 25 Most Influential in the justice system and legal profession in Canada. Although our Executive Director was singled out, we all agree that this was one for the entire team. […]


July 23, 2019

UPDATE: Tuesday July 23, 2019 La version française suit. – For Immediate Release – CIVIL LIBERTIES GROUPS SEEK LEAVE TO APPEAL BILL 21 DECISION NCCM & CCLA file an application for leave to appeal Justice Yergeau’s decision (Montreal – June 23, 2019) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) […]

Solitary Confinement: the case goes on

June 18, 2019

Canada’s solitary confinement regime is due to end on Monday but the government has sought yet another extension. Courts have ruled the current practice unconstitutional, and the government did not appeal aspects of those decisions. CCLA has responded, objecting to the extension. Read our materials below.

CCLA and NCCM’s Application Regarding Quebec’s Religious Symbols Ban

June 17, 2019

Bill 21, An Act Respecting the Laicity of the State, passed in the Quebec National Assembly this past weekend. Bill 21, of course, is the law that will ban Jews, Muslims, Sikhs and others who wear symbols of their faith from pursuing careers in numerous public sector jobs. CCLA and NCCM argue that Bill 21 […]

CCLA Written Submission to Toronto City Council Executive Committee Regarding Quayside Project

June 6, 2019

CCLA provided a written submission to Toronto’s Executive Committee for their consideration during their recent meeting to discuss and approve a staff report regarding the city’s proposed strategy to evaluate the Master Innovation Development Plan soon to be submitted to Waterfront Toronto by Sidewalk Labs. The text is below.   See the publicly available documents […]

CCLA Deputation on Facial Recognition Technology Used by Toronto Police Services

May 30, 2019

Michael Bryant, CCLA’s Executive Director and General Counsel, will be presenting this deputation on facial recognition technology today at the Toronto Police Services Board meeting. This is a public meeting and will be taking place at 1:30 PM in the auditorium of the police headquarters.  

CCLA at the Supreme Court: Journalistic Source Protection

May 16, 2019

Cara Zwibel Director of Fundamental Freedoms Program czwibel@ccla.org         Refusing to burn a confidential source is a hallmark of journalistic integrity.  But does Canadian law protect journalism confidentiality? That’s what we went to the Supreme Court of Canada to argue today. CCLA is before the Supreme Court of Canada today intervening in […]

Access to abortion, dying with dignity, and more upheld by Ontario Court of Appeal – and doctors must help provide this access!

May 15, 2019

Noa Mendelsohn Aviv Director of Equality Program mendelsohnaviv@ccla.org         Doctors in Ontario will not be required to personally perform abortions, medical assistance in dying, or other healthcare services if the denial is based on the doctors’ religious beliefs – but they must provide an effective referral. This decision by the Ontario Court […]