CCLA Urges Toronto to Delay Purchase of Gunshot-Location Technology ShotSpotter

July 23, 2018

The following is a re-print of a letter sent to Mayor John Tory by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association on July 22, 2018. Dear Mayor Tory, The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has serious concerns regarding the impact of new police surveillance technologies for the city of Toronto. This fundamental shift to state surveillance in Canada […]

March For Our Education

July 23, 2018

On Saturday July 21st, hundreds of people gathered at the March For Our Education event at Queen’s Park in Toronto in opposition of Premier Doug Ford’s repeal of the 2015 sex-ed curriculum. There was overwhelming condemnation of the government’s repeal of the 2015 sex-ed curriculum. A myriad of voices provided a comprehensive look at the […]

We Need Better De-Escalation and Non-Escalation Responses to People in Crisis

July 19, 2018

On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, officers from the Dryden Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) tasered a 33-year-old man, who was refusing medical treatment, at a local health centre. According to initial police reports, the man was uncooperative with medical staff and had attempted to “escape” the health centre, at which point he became “combative with officers […]

CCLA joins coalition calling for Ontario government to reinstate 2015 sex-ed curriculum

July 17, 2018

TORONTO, ON (July 16, 2018) — March for Our Education, Leadnow and the undersigned are unswayed by the Minister of Education’s response to the groundswell of Ontarians who are outraged that this government would deprive students of the fact-based 2015 sex-education curriculum. The groups, who are calling for the Ontario government to reinstate the newer […]

Federal Court Overturns Abdoul Abdi Deportation

July 16, 2018

CCLA’s voice was heard and recognized in the Federal Court decision released in the case of Abdoul Abdi. Mr. Abdi is a former child refugee and recent Crown ward in Nova Scotia, who Canada was trying to deport. In the Federal Court decision, Justice Ann Marie McDonald stated that the government “failed to properly consider” […]

Premier Ford’s back-to-work legislation will violate civil liberties, hurt students

July 16, 2018

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — TORONTO, ON –The Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario have joined with striking workers at York University to voice their opposition to the new Conservative government’s “back-to-work” legislation. “Our members went on strike more than four months ago because we were experiencing firsthand how the quality […]

Smart Sex-Ed

July 12, 2018

We believe that the 2015-18 Sex Education curriculum should NOT be replaced by the 1998 Curriculum, as announced in the Ontario Throne Speech on July 12, 2018 (read the transcript here). Our Facebook Group #SmartSexED is set up to share information and ideas and organize the effort to (a) undo this unconstitutional government action, through […]

Of Counsel Podcast: Micheal J. Bryant On The Circumstance of Equals

July 11, 2018

**The following is from Robichaud’s Criminal Defence Litigation website post: This episode’s guest is former Attorney General of Ontario, Micheal Bryant. Michael’s personal story in law is one that spans the entire spectrum of the justice system. After clerking at the Supreme Court of Canada with former Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin, and obtaining an LL.M. as […]

CCLA & NCCM Successfully Obtain Renewed Stay Against Quebec’s Bill 62

June 29, 2018

Le texte français suivra – For Immediate Release – (Ottawa – June 29, 2018) The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), two prominent civil liberties & advocacy organizations, have successfully obtained a further stay of section 10 of Quebec’s religious neutrality law, commonly known as Bill 62. Last […]

INCLO Report Release: Defending Dissent: State Practices that Protect and Promote the Right to Protest

June 27, 2018

New international report makes recommendations on how the rights to protest can be protected and promoted by governments. (27 June 2018 — Geneva, Switzerland) The International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO) and the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School (IHRC) launched a report today that provides practical guidance on […]