CCLA finds promise and peril in C-59—the new anti-terror bill

June 20, 2017

On June 20, 2017 the federal government released Bill C-59, An Act Respecting National Security Matters, which includes major proposed changes to many aspects of Canadian national security law. The 150-page bill addresses some of the problems CCLA identified in our legal challenge to provisions of former Bill C-51 (the existing Anti-terrorism Act, 2015) that […]

CCLET Awarded CIRA Grant To Develop Online Rights Education

June 15, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 15, 2017 TORONTO, Ont – The Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust (CCLET) is launching a project to work with rural, remote, and Indigenous communities to develop web-based, relevant, and culturally appropriate civil liberties and human rights education. This project is made possible by a grant from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s […]

INCLO International Intelligence-Sharing Project

June 13, 2017

CCLA JOINS INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF CIVIL LIBERTIES ORGANIZATIONS SEEKING ACCOUNTABILITY IN INTELLIGENCE SHARING TORONTO – The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), in a coordinated effort with the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO) launches a global public information campaign today. We seek to uncover international information-sharing agreements between intelligence agencies. These arrangements potentially allow […]

Supreme Court of Canada

CCLA WELCOMES CLARITY ON BAIL DECISIONS

June 1, 2017

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is pleased that today the Supreme Court of Canada has reinforced an accused’s constitutional right to not only reasonable bail, but to the least restrictive form. “The CCLA is delighted with this decision. There are many problems in the bail system in Canada. Cash bails would not have solved those […]

CCLA COMMENDS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION ON RACIAL PROFILING REPORT

May 4, 2017

TORONTO – Racial profiling in Ontario is an issue the Canadian Civil Liberties Association is deeply concerned about and has been working for many years to address in policing, the criminal justice system, corrections, private security, and other sectors. CCLA strongly commends the Ontario Human Rights Commission on its new report on racial profiling, Under […]

RCMP ADMIT TO USING IMSI CATCHERS

April 10, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO – The RCMP held a press conference on April 5 to publicly confirm it uses a particular technology, an IMSI catcher, to conduct cellphone surveillance in investigations. This does not come as a surprise, as details have emerged via revelations in court cases in recent months of their use in investigations […]

Vice Media ruling raises serious questions about press freedoms

March 22, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO  ̶  In a ruling today that raises serious questions about reporters’ ability to protect their sources and bring important stories to light, the Ontario Court of Appeal refused to quash the order compelling Vice Media reporter Ben Makuch to provide the RCMP with his background materials. “Protection of sources is the […]

Peer Privacy Protectors Project

#Privacyprotectors: Teens reflect on privacy in digital age

March 22, 2017

This desire for privacy is why most people close doors, why individuals do not post things such as social security numbers on social media, and why people sometimes turn off their cell phones and computers. It is not an attempt to be antisocial, but rather simply not wanting to share parts of our lives and […]

Press Releases

Statement on release of new U.S. travel restrictions

March 6, 2017

The CCLA is still seriously concerned by the potential impact on refugees and asylum seekers of the new executive order released today by U.S. President Donald Trump restricting travelers from 6 mostly Muslim nations. “None of the major concerns in our Jan. 29 statement [see below] are abated,” says CCLA Executive Director and General Counsel Sukanya Pillay. […]

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Drug Recognition Expert’s opinions shouldn’t be taken as incontrovertible evidence

February 23, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO, Ont.  ̶  The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is disappointed that the Supreme Court of Canada is allowing a subjective evaluation by a Drug Recognition Expert to be used as evidence without a safeguard test. At issue in the before the SCC in R. v. Bingley was whether the road-side opinion evidence […]