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 […]

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Manitoba Homicide Stats Generating More Heat Than Light

May 8, 2019

Michael Bryant  Executive Director and General Counsel mbryant@ccla.org         Now what?  It’s darkest before the dawn, to be sure, but what does Winnipeg or Portage la Prairie or Selkirk look like once the dust settles after another reported homicide?  Some politicians’ words to date have been restrained, reasonable and grief-stricken; some not. […]

A Phone Is Not a “Good”, It’s a Private Window into Our Lives

May 5, 2019

Brenda McPhail Director of Privacy, Technology & Surveillance Project bmcphail@ccla.org         Yet another story has emerged about an intrusive attempt to search a traveller’s phone and laptop at the Canadian border. This time, it was a lawyer, travelling home after an extended trip with a laptop and phone containing materials from his […]

CCLA Letter to Ontario Government Regarding Carbon Tax Stickers

April 30, 2019

We have put Ontario government on notice that we will challenge their unconstitutional, compelled speech if the carbon tax sticker scheme becomes law.     Related blog: Carbon Tax “Notice” Requirement is Provincial Government Propaganda, Plain and Simple

Solitary confinement is no joking matter – and the courts are not amused – AGAIN! Here are where things stand

April 29, 2019

Noa Mendelsohn Aviv Director of Equality Program mendelsohnaviv@ccla.org         The Ontario Court of Appeal has once more handed down a scathing decision to the government on its use of solitary confinement, and its failure, again, to fix flaws as ordered 16 months ago. If you are concerned about the use of solitary […]

Canada’s Privacy Commissioner’s Office Is Furious, and he’s Deleting their Facebook Page

April 25, 2019

Brenda McPhail Director of Privacy, Technology & Surveillance Project bmcphail@ccla.org         A blistering report issued by Canada’s and British Columbia’s Privacy Commissioners accuses Facebook of violating Canadian law following their joint investigation into the Cambridge Analytica scandal—and then refusing to comply with the Commissioner’s recommendations to make sure it doesn’t happen again. […]

CCLA at the Supreme Court: Privacy Lost

April 19, 2019

Brenda McPhail Director of Privacy, Technology & Surveillance Project bmcphail@ccla.org         It’s a loss for privacy in a disappointing Supreme Court decision released April 18 in R v Mills. The Court issued four different reasons in this decision, a reflection of the complicated issues at stake in a case that combines a […]

Canada Responds to CCLA’s Demand for Waterfront Toronto Quayside Project Reset

April 18, 2019