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.

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 […]

An Even Bigger Victory for Equality, Abortion, and the Rights of Vulnerable Patients

May 15, 2019

UPDATED May 15, 2019 The Court of Appeal for Ontario has ruled in favour of vulnerable patients and their access to healthcare. CCLA was an intervener in the appeal, arguing for the Charter rights of patients – and welcomes this decision.   January 31, 2018 Today, an important decision for a patient’s right to equal access to […]

CCLA Voices Concern Over Several Measures in Budget Bill

May 13, 2019

Executive Director and General Counsel, Michael Bryant, speaks on behalf of CCLA at the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs on May 7, 2019 considering Bill 100, An Act to implement Budget measures and to enact, amend and repeal various statutes.

In the fight for free speech, where does Facebook fit?

May 10, 2019

Cara Zwibel Director of Fundamental Freedoms Program czwibel@ccla.org         As an organization with a strong commitment to freedom of expression, CCLA has traditionally focused on prohibitions and restrictions on speech put in place by government or state institutions. We have challenged the breadth of hate speech and child pornography laws, advocated for […]

CCLA at the Supreme Court: When the Immigration Act Meets Habeas Corpus

May 10, 2019

Noa Mendelsohn Aviv Director of Equality Program mendelsohnaviv@ccla.org         The right to habeas corpus is a centuries-old remedy intended to protect individuals from “wrongful restraints upon their liberty.” The Supreme Court of Canada today extended this remedy to individuals held in immigration detention. CCLA was an intervenor in the case of Canada […]