Rights groups welcome statement from eminent Canadians calling for review and oversight of national security activities

February 19, 2015

RELEASE: Rights groups welcome statement from eminent Canadians calling for review and oversight of national security activities February 19, 2015 – Today, a group of 22 eminent Canadians, comprised of former Prime Ministers, Ministers of Justice, Ministers of Public Safety, Solicitors General, Supreme Court of Canada Justices, and members of national security, law enforcement and privacy […]

CCLA Launches Lawsuit Challenging Solitary Confinement in Prisons

January 27, 2015

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is challenging the inhumane practice of placing individuals in solitary confinement in Canadian prisons. CCLA  filed a petition in the Ontario Superior Court to challenge the constitutionality of legislative provisions, which allow for solitary confinement, in January 2015 and we continue to work to move the case forward. “In 2011, the […]

CCLA Disappointed by Federal Government’s Inadequate Response to Ashley Smith Inquest Recommendations

December 12, 2014

On December 11, 2014, the Correctional Service of Canada released its response to the findings of the Ashley Smith inquest, nearly one full year following the inquest jury’s verdict and detailed recommendations. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association – which participated in the Ashley Smith inquest – is deeply disappointed with the Government’s response, which we […]

Press Release – CCLA Welcomes Report on the Use of Lethal Force by Toronto Police and Persons in Crisis

July 24, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CCLA Welcomes Report on Toronto Police Use of Lethal Force – and Encounters with People in Crisis Toronto – The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) welcomes Justice Frank Iacobucci’s Report of the Independent Review of the Use of Lethal Force by the Toronto Police Service — focusing on encounters with persons in […]

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Report into RCMP G20 Complaint Bolsters CCLA Concerns, Highlights Need for Answers from Toronto, Ontario Police

May 14, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO, May 14, 2012 – The Canadian Civil Liberties Association welcomes the long-awaited report into RCMP conduct during the 2010 G8 and G20 summits. This report was produced by Commission for Public Complaints Against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (“the Commission”) and responds to the concerns set out in CCLA’s G20 complaint, […]

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CCLA responds to Ontario government’s expanded Taser use

August 27, 2013

On August 27, 2013, the Ontario government announced its decision to expand Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) deployment amongst the police forces in the province. As a leading voice on rights and freedoms in Canada, CCLA responded to the announcement with the following media release: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CCLA: Government focus should be on police de-escalation […]

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CCLA to Address Toronto Catholic District School Board on Proposed Motion to Ban Gay-Straight Alliances in Schools

May 23, 2013

Media contact: Noa Mendelsohn Aviv 647-780-9802 mendelsohnaviv@ccla.org www.ccla.org Canadian Civil Liberties Association to Address Toronto Catholic District School Board on Proposed Motion to Ban Gay-Straight Alliances in Schools MAY 23, 2013 – The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will address the Toronto Catholic District School Board this evening expressing its concerns regarding a motion by […]

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CCLA Joins With Civil Society Organizations From Across The Globe To Call On The UN To Protect The Right To Protest

March 20, 2013

From the Toronto G20 to the Occupy movement, the widespread (and continuing) protests in Quebec and the nation-wide Idle No More actions, individuals in Canada have been participating in their democracy through diverse and creative expressive acts. As a society we have also witnessed a range of government and police responses to these grassroots movements. […]

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CCLA Supports Call For A Public Inquiry On Police Actions During Quebec Protests

November 13, 2012

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association joins 50 other organizations in calling for a public inquiry on police actions during the Quebec student protests. “Student associations, human rights groups, trade unions and affinity groups are coming together to avoid that one of the biggest police crackdowns in the history of contemporary Quebec falls into oblivion. Disappointed […]

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New CCLA Report: Police Background Checks That Include Non-Conviction Records Undermine the Presumption of Innocence

September 17, 2012

Toronto – September 17, 2012 – The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has released a new report entitled Presumption of Guilt? The Disclosure of Non-Conviction Records in Police Background Checks. The report sheds light on the impact of police background checks – which contrary to popular belief frequently disclose a wide range of “non-conviction” information, including […]