CCLA at the Supreme Court: What happens when the police arrest you for a non-existent offence?

April 18, 2019

Cara Zwibel Director of Fundamental Freedoms Program czwibel@ccla.org         Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. It may be hard to believe, but earlier this week the Supreme Court of Canada – nine of the finest legal minds in the country – spent the morning hearing arguments in a case that involved […]

Demanding our Privacy Rights Get a Seat at the Table

April 16, 2019

Brenda McPhail Director of Privacy, Technology & Surveillance Project bmcphail@ccla.org         CCLA is going to court to reset the Waterfront Toronto/Sidewalk Labs smart city project.  A lot of people say, “wait for the plan, nothing has happened yet. Even if the plan is approved, it will take a long time for shovels […]

CCLA Commences Proceedings Against Waterfront Toronto

April 16, 2019

Today, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association along with co-applicant Lester Brown, commenced proceedings against Waterfront Toronto, and all three levels of government. We are seeking a reset of the Sidewalk Toronto project. Court document below:   “The Google-Waterfront Toronto deal is invalid and needs to be reset. These agreements are contrary to administrative and constitutional […]

Statement on Julian Assange’s Detention by CCLA and INCLO Members

April 15, 2019

Mr. Julian Assange’s arrest and potential extradition to the U.S. threaten media freedom The undersigned members of the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO) express concern over Mr. Julian Assange’s arrest and detention on Thursday April 11 by police officers in the United Kingdom. Mr. Assange was arrested after Ecuador revoked his political asylum […]

Carbon tax “notice” requirement is provincial government propaganda, plain and simple

April 15, 2019

Cara Zwibel Director of Fundamental Freedoms Program czwibel@ccla.org         Forcing an opinion on someone, or putting words in their mouth, is a violation of their liberty, freedom of thought, association and expression.  When someone does it from a position of power, it is demeaning and an abuse of authority. When a government […]

Letter to Quebec Minister of Justice Regarding Child Pornography Prosecution Against Author/Editor

April 12, 2019

The Honourable Sonia Lebel Ministère de la Justice Édifice Louis-Philippe-Pigeon 1200, route de l’Église 9e étage Québec (Quebec) G1V 4M1 ministre@justice.gouv.qc.ca April 12, 2019 Dear Minister, I am writing on behalf of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) regarding your decision to prosecute author Yvan Godbout and editor Nycolas Doucet for production and distribution of […]

Letter to Prime Minister Regarding Refugee Measures in Budget Bill

April 11, 2019

Letter from Amnesty International Canada (English Branch), British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Canadian Council for Refugees 11 April 2019 The Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A2 Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, We are […]

Sex Offender Registries That Discriminate Against Those With Mental Illness Offend Charter Equality Guarantee

April 4, 2019

Cara Zwibel Director of Fundamental Freedoms Program czwibel@ccla.org         Ontario’s highest court handed advocates a significant victory today, finding that the sex offender registration schemes in both Ontario and Canada discriminate against individuals with a mental illness. In G. v. Ontario (Attorney General), the Ontario Court of Appeal was asked to look […]

Student Walkouts: You’ve Got the Power, We’ve Got Your Back.

April 3, 2019

Dear Chairperson of the School Board, We are writing about the student walkout planned for Thursday, April 4, 2019, at public and Catholic schools in some Ontario districts. Our organization takes no position on the walkout’s purpose or the message conveyed. We do take a position on the students’ right to free speech and free […]

End to Solitary Confinement as we know it

March 28, 2019

UPDATE: Thursday, March 28, 2019 In an extraordinary decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal has ordered an end to prolonged solitary confinement in Canada’s prisons – in 15 days. Prolonged solitary is the confinement of a person for over 15 consecutive days in extreme isolation. In effect, the Court has ordered an end to the practice […]