Privacy fears demand real solutions: Privacy Commissioner of Canada releases annual report

September 22, 2017

CCLA has long been concerned that changes in technology and expanding uses of personal information are outstripping Canada’s privacy laws. The Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s 2016/17 annual report expresses this same concern, and makes a series of constructive recommendations to help fix the problems. Commissioner Daniel Therrien makes a strong case for much-needed updates to […]

CCLA Addresses Committee on Impaired Driving Laws (Bill C-46)

September 20, 2017

Should the police have the power to demand a breathalyzer test without reason or suspicion of wrongdoing? On September 18, 2017, CCLA Director of Public Safety, Rob De Luca, made submissions on CCLA’s behalf to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights to address several areas of concern with the government’s […]

CCLA with Civil Society Groups Issue Joint Letter on Bill C-59 and National Security Law in Canada

September 19, 2017

September 19, 2017 — Today, 40 organizations and individuals from across Canadian civil society issued a joint letter to the Hon. Minister Ralph Goodale, the Hon. Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, and the Hon. Minister Ahmed Hussen that lays out overarching concerns with Bill C-59, An Act respecting national security matters. Bill C-59 makes some meaningful and […]

CCLA Segregation Challenge

September 13, 2017

Update – Week of September 11-15, 2017 This week, CCLA is in court challenging solitary confinement practices in Canadian federal penitentiaries. Check this page for our materials, press, and updates regarding our week-long hearing. Hearing details: Date: September 11, 13, 14, 15, 2017 Time: 10:00am Location: Osgoode Hall, Courtroom #4           […]

CCLA CALLS ON COURT TO END SOLITARY CONFINEMENT – Hearing Starts September 11th

September 8, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO, Ont. – On September 11th, 13th, 14th and 15th, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will be before the court challenging the solitary confinement regime in Canadian federal penitentiaries. The challenge seeks to do so to protect individuals from the severe harms of solitary confinement, in particular young adults, inmates in […]

A WIN FOR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS

September 7, 2017

On September 6, 2017, the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador Trial Division (General) released its decision in Mitchell v. Jackman, 2017 NLTD(G) 150, finding certain provisions of Newfoundland’s Elections Act unconstitutional. CCLA intervened in the case and welcomes the decision as a significant advance for democratic rights. CCLA’s arguments were frequently cited throughout the […]

Meet our 2017-2018 Articling Fellow

September 5, 2017

Victoria Cichalewska first joined the CCLA as a legal intern in 2016 and now rejoined the organization as a 2017/2018 Articling Fellow. She obtained a B.C.L/LL.B. degree at McGill University’s Faculty of Law in December 2015. During her law degree, Victoria translated her academic legal education into practical experience by working with various legal clinics […]

HOW RELIGIOUS TEACHINGS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS VIOLATES HUMAN RIGHTS: JOINT PRESENTATION BEFORE ARGENTINA’S SUPREME COURT

August 30, 2017

On Wednesday, August 30, the Argentine Supreme Court held a public hearing on the constitutionality of laws permitting religious education in the public schools of Salta province. As friends of the court, Argentine human rights group CELS and five other members of the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO) explained how such practices violate […]

CCLA JOINS COALITION OF COMMUNITY AND ADVOCACY GROUPS CALLING FOR ACTION ON POLICE OVERSIGHT

August 16, 2017

Today, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association joins a coalition of community and advocacy groups calling for action on Justice Tulloch’s police oversight recommendations. The following is a re-print of the August 16, 2017 press release issued by the Ontario Human Rights Commission. For immediate release TORONTO – Today, a coalition of community and advocacy groups, […]

CCLA Summer Highlights

August 8, 2017

Update and Announcements: Sukanya Pillay, formerly Executive Director and General Counsel of the CCLA, has resigned effective June 30, 2017 to relocate to Windsor with her family. We thank Sukanya for her many valuable contributions to the CCLA over many years and wish her well.  Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, who has been with CCLA since 2002, […]