CCLA appears before Senate on C10, the Omnibus Crime Bill

February 16, 2012

CCLA’s general counsel Nathalie Des Rosiers testifies before the Senate Committee considering Bill C10, the omnibus crime bill. Listen to the hearings live on Thursday February 16, 2012, from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm EST. Links to archived video will be posted as soon as it is available. Find out more background on the Bill […]

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Op-ed: Warrants are democratic instruments — Let’s keep them

February 16, 2012

Op-ed originally published by PostMedia News on February 16, 2012. Minister Toews has tabled the much vilified Investigating and Preventing Criminal Electronic Communications Act, a bill that provides additional powers to law enforcement to obtain information from Internet providers, at times without warrant. The Bill is flawed because it makes the ISP providers agents of […]

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CCLA Reacts To Senator’s “Give Them Rope” Idea

February 3, 2012

Email sent to Senator Boisvenu by CCLA general counsel Nathalie Des Rosiers on February 3, 2012 Senator, Many efforts are being made to prevent suicide particularly for people who suffer from depression. Remarks from a public figure like you, Senator, that encourage people to commit suicide are particularly damaging to the various campaigns for suicide prevention. On behalf of the families who have lost one of theirs to suicide, I ask […]

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(Un)Lawful Access: Stop Online Spying

December 31, 2011

Every day, Canadians connect and communicate by phone, email, text message and an ever-growing range of social media networks. Our communications and our Internet browsing patterns reveal a great deal of sensitive personal information about us. What happens when the government wants to access and monitor that information? When can law enforcement agencies track our […]

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Call for Guidelines Regarding Non-Disclosure of HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections

December 23, 2011

In light of some very serious charges laid against individuals who had, in a variety of circumstances, not disclosed their HIV status to sexual partners, CCLA has written to the Attorney General for Ontario calling on him to develop guidelines concerning the criminal investigation and prosecution of allegations of non-disclosure of HIV and other sexually […]

12 Core Legal Principles For The Canada-U.S. Security Perimeter

December 12, 2011

CCLA – ACLU – Privacy International (UK): In February 2011, U.S. President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Harper reached an agreement to create a “North American Security Perimeter.” This plan outlined the following objectives: “addressing threats early, trade facilitation, integrated cross-border law enforcement, and critical infrastructure and cybersecurity.” However, greater harmonization of U.S. and Canadian […]

CCLA registers privacy concerns over ongoing Canada-U.S. information exchange negotiations

December 4, 2011

Canada recently announced that it would engage in negotiations regarding “expanded information exchange” with the United States to increase tax compliance.  The United States is pursuing these agreements with multiple countries to facilitate the foreign information collection that will be mandated by the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). International information-sharing can result in significant […]

Mandatory minimum sentences are just plain wrong

October 17, 2011

This op-ed was originally published by Post Media News on October 17th 2011 There are many reasons why people object to minimum sentences: they do nothing for victims, they do not deter offenders, they cost too much money and they displace power from judges, who give their reasons in open court, to Crown prosecutors, who […]

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No Secular School Option In Alberta Community Of Significant Concern To CCLA

July 26, 2011

The CCLA is deeply concerned about the situation in Alberta, where a community has been repeatedly denied a public secular school option for their children. The Greater St. Albert Catholic Regional Division (“GSACRD”) is the public school board in the Greater St. Albert region. This school division offers an education where “Catholic theology, philosophy, practices […]

Op-ed: Canada must demonstrate its commitment to protect human dignity

July 5, 2011

The federal government’s ongoing attempts to shield documents relating to Canada’s actions in the transfer of Afghan detainees are deeply disturbing. As much as we may look forward to the day when the controversy is over and the case closed, sweeping this issue under the rug does our country and our fundamental values serious disservice. […]