Defending mobility in nl

Bill 38 gives “inspectors” – as defined by the Minister – the ability to conduct warrantless searches and gives the police the right to remove individuals to a point of entry, such as an airport or ferry terminal. The province has also used a Special Measure to ban non-residents from entering the province, with limited exceptions. This amounts to a Newfoundland “travel ban”, as well as essentially legalizing banishment.

We think this is unconstitutional. Provinces with much higher population densities and COVID cases than Newfoundland have been effectively managing the COVID crisis without resorting to these extreme measures.

fighting for safe shelter

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we are deeply concerned that the City continues to operate and oversee shelters that do not adhere to physical distancing standards.The overcrowded conditions in Toronto’s homeless facilities have created a humanitarian crisis that threatens the people who use these spaces, along with the shelters’ staff and volunteers, and the city’s broader neighbourhoods and communities.The City is endangering those who use the shelter system.

those in prison

Prisons are densely populated making social distancing protocol impossible and living conditions hazardous during the COVID-19 pandemic. Proactive steps are immediately needed to reduce the population of prisoners in institutions to the greatest extent possible consistent with public safety, especially for those who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 due to age or underlying health conditions.

Bill 21:

Bill 21 is a bigoted law which disproportionately impacts people who are already marginalized. New Quebec laws ban Canadians working as teachers, lawyers, police officers, and more from wearing religious symbols such as crosses, hijabs, turbans and yarmulkes. This not only affects people currently working in the public sector, but also the youth who aspire to those careers.


Solitary confinement is the practice of confining someone in conditions of extreme isolation.

Getting the practice ruled unconstitutional has been a major goal of both CCLA and BCCLA.  This year we go to Canada’s highest court for a showdown with the federal government.


Waterfront Toronto contracted with Google’s sibling Sidewalk Labs to create a smart city project in downtown Toronto. This project would be a sensor-laden neighbourhood, collecting data on people who live, work, or visit the area. Losing the ability to be a face in the crowd, and so much of our privacy, is what’s at stake. So we launched a legal action to reset the project.


On June 27th, 2010, Toronto hosted the G20 summit, the fourth global meeting of the G20 heads of state. Many protests occurred during the week leading up to the summit; with protesters asking world leaders to make transparent decisions. Antifascists, climate activists, labor activists, students and just about anyone else who’s opposed to capitalism converge at summits to demonstrate against the economic decisions being made behind closed doors by major governments. In Toronto in 2010, a mass influx of police officers were brought in to control protests during the G20, leading to the arrest of over a thousand protestors.

free sPEECH

The Ontario legislature passed a law that forces gas station owners to put up stickers with the government party line on pollution pricing or the carbon tax.

The government should not force anyone to share their message. If the station owners choose to not put up the stickers, they can be handed a new fine every day. That’s called “compelled political speech.” That’s unconstitutional.