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CCLA urges Elections Ontario to move promptly on accessible voting

May 5, 2010

The CCLA is concerned about difficulties that voters with disabilities have had in exercising their basic civil right to vote in elections.  New legislation recently passed by the government of Ontario takes some steps to ensure voting accessibility, but does not go far enough to ensure that Ontarians with disabilities will have barrier-free access to […]

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CCLA argues against the introduction of RBT in Canada

April 30, 2010

On April 30, CCLA delivered its submissions on the Department of Justice’s Discussion Paper, “Modernizing the Transportation Provisions of the Criminal Code.” While CCLA expressed concerns about various aspects of the consultation document, the predominant issue addressed in our submissions is the proposed introduction of Random Breath Testing (RBT).   While police are presently required […]

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Government must end segregation of mentally ill prisoners

March 21, 2010

CCLA recently joined with forces with six other organizations to voice concern regarding the over-use of solitary confinement in Canadian prisons.  CCLA is particularly concerned about the impact that significant periods of isolation and deprivation has on those with mental health issues.   The 2008 Correctional Investigator’s report into the death of Ashley Smith, who committed […]

Solitary confinement is not a mental health treatment program

November 21, 2009

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is joining with the Criminal Lawyers’ Association to call for an immediate government response to the alarming increase in the use of solitary confinement in Canada’s federal penitentiaries.  Statistics show that both the prevalence, and the duration, of solitary confinement have increased over the past ten years.  Moreover, in the […]

CCLA Urges Changes to Sex Offender Registry Legislation

November 5, 2009

November 5th, 2009 CCLA recently sent a letter to the federal Public Safety Committee urging reconsideration of proposed changes to the sex offender registry that would result in automatic inclusion of certain offenders and broader use of registry data. In its letter, the CCLA suggested that courts should be given more discretion to determine which […]

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Cornwall Police Agree to Stop Posting Drug Search Signs

October 21, 2009

The Cornwall police have agreed to stop their unorthodox and controversial practice of posting signs in front of homes where drug search warrants have been executed following a recommendation from Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner that the program be ceased. CCLA had written to both the Commissioner and the Cornwall Police Services Board to voice […]

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CCLA Criticizes Alberta’s Bill 44, Saying It Undermines The Critical Educational Goals Of Fostering Democratic Debate, Diversity And Respect For Fundamental Freedoms

May 22, 2009

On May 22nd, CCLA spoke with and wrote to Minister Blackett, outlining the association’s concerns regarding Bill 44’s proposed amendments to the Alberta Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Act. In CCLA’s view, there is no legitimate public interest in allowing children to be withdrawn from all material that touches on religion, sexuality, or sexual orientation. […]

CCLA opposes limits on credit for pre-sentence custody

May 11, 2009

On May 8, 2009 the Canadian Civil Liberties Association wrote to Canada’s Minister of Justice to urge the government to abandon Bill C-25, the Truth in Sentencing Act. The legislation, which limits judicial discretion to grant extra credit for pre-sentence custody, restricts judges’ power to address certain inequities in the administration of justice, such as […]

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CCLA to Kathleen Wynne: End Public Funding of Religious Schools

September 21, 2007

CCLA sent the Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Education, a copy of its brief on the public funding of religious schools. Read the CCLA letter that accompanied that brief