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Talk Rights is an online space for the Canadian public to learn about their rights and freedoms. We invite you to explore our growing collection of resources, to contribute your own ideas, stories and priorities to the conversation, to ask the CCLA your burning civil liberties questions, and get involved in the CCLA’s advocacy campaigns. There’s never been a better time to join the conversation about civil liberties in Canada — so let’s talk rights!

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Check out our selection of articles, videos and interviews on a range of rights issues and topics.

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In The News: National Security

March 15, 2019
Want to learn about national security issues and Canada’s national security agencies but don’t know…

Qu’est-ce que la discrimination ?

March 15, 2019
La discrimination est une action ou une décision défavorable envers une personne ou un groupe…

Vous avez des questions sur la discrimination ?

March 15, 2019
Vous trouverez ci-dessous une liste de ressources diversifiées qui vous permettra d’en apprendre davantage sur…

Qu’est-ce la liberté de religion ?

March 15, 2019
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…

La vague de migrants au Canada: Ce qu’il faut savoir

March 15, 2019
Au début de l’année 2017, l’administration Trump a annoncé son intention de mettre fin au…

Non-Citizen Voting Rights

March 11, 2019
In recent decades, the right to vote and meaningfully participate in the democratic process has…

Useful Links And Resources About National Security

December 12, 2018
Check out our growing collection of useful links and resources about privacy rights compiled by…

Ella Webber Talks Trans-Non-Binary Rights With The CCLA

June 13, 2018
This series of 12 video clips documents a conversation between CCLA volunteer Amara McLaughlin-Harris and Ella…

An Interview With Gary Malkowski, Director Of The Canadian Hearing Society

April 11, 2018
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…

In The News: Canada’s Privacy Commissioner Proposes Tools To…

April 11, 2018
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…

What’s A VPN? How Does It Work? And What…

April 11, 2018
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…

Discrimination Against Gender Non-Conforming Individuals: Academic Sources And Debates

February 12, 2018
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…

Workplace Accessibility In Canada

January 25, 2018
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…

Gender-Based Discrimination at a Glance

January 25, 2018
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…

Voting in Canada: The First Past The Post System

January 25, 2018
Because the Learn section of TalkRights features content produced by CCLA volunteers and interviews with…

Ask The CCLA: Where Can I Go for Help as A Victim of Gangstalking?

April 3, 2017
Ask The CCLA: Where Can I Go for Help As a Victim af Gangstalking?

Peer Privacy Protectors Guidebook

March 30, 2017
The Peer Privacy Protectors Project (PPPP) was created by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association to…

Who Polices The Police? Civilian Police Oversight in Canada

March 20, 2017
Have you ever wondered who polices the police? This question sounds paradoxical but the answer…

The State Of Mental Health In Canada

February 9, 2017
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…

10 Key Resources: Canadian Government Surveillance

December 1, 2016
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…

Consumer Tracking And Surveillance: Who Is Watching You?

October 3, 2016
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…

Protest Rights: Useful Links And Resources

May 19, 2016
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…

Canada & The UN: Conventions And Treaties

May 17, 2016
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…

Talking About Biometrics and Privacy

July 17, 2015
Have you heard about biometrics and wondered what they are or how they are used?…

Talking About Community Treatment Orders and Discrimination

May 19, 2015
In 1995, an ex-National Hockey League player Brian Smith was killed by Jeffrey Arenburg, a…

An Overview of Relevant Legislation Related to Mental Health and Disability

May 19, 2015
Looking to learn about laws connected to issues of mental health, addiction, and disability in…

Useful Links and Resources About Police Accountability

May 19, 2015
Useful Links And Resources About Police Accountability

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Change of Name for Trans Persons

May 19, 2015
This page is intended to help trans persons with issues related to changing the name…

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Change of Sex Designation For Trans Persons

May 19, 2015
This page is intended to help trans persons with issues related to changing the sex…

Useful Links and Resources About Privacy Rights

May 16, 2015
Check out our growing collection of useful links and resources about privacy rights, including related…

Useful Links and Resources Related to Discrimination on The Basis of Disability or Mental Health

May 16, 2015
Check out our growing collection of useful links and resources about mental health and disability…

Useful Resources for People With Disabilities Related to Employment and Access

May 13, 2015
In December 2013, David Lepofsky addressed a room full of lawyers at the Advocates’ Society’s…

Legal Resources, Clinics, and Referral Information

May 11, 2015
Below you’ll find a list of organizations across Canada that provide legal support, information, advice…

Cases & Laws (formerly Current Issues)

Read about topical legal cases and recent or new legislation, broken down by our volunteers to identify key provisions and identify rights issues that arise.

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The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS): Past And Present

March 15, 2019
Canada’s national security interests have been enforced by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) since…

Un bref historique sur l’article 33 de la Charte canadienne

March 15, 2019
Mieux connu sous les noms clause dérogatoire ou clause nonobstant, l’article 33 de la Charte…

An Overview of The Criminalization of HIV Non-Disclosure

March 15, 2019
Being convicted of an offense in the Criminal Code has the potential for imprisonment. Because…

Medical Assistance In Dying (Former Bill C-14)

April 11, 2018
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…

The Genetic Non-Discrimination Act: An Overview

April 11, 2018
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…

Cell Phones And Canadian Courts: Some Recent Cases

April 11, 2018
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…

“Cyberspace Law” And Web Privacy Violations

March 12, 2018
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…

Gender Identity and The Human Rights Act (Former Bill C-16)

March 12, 2018
Since its tabling in 2016, Bill C-16 (whose official title is An Act to Amend…

How Do Us Privacy Laws Impact Canadians?

February 21, 2018
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…

R. V. Spencer: Keeping Your Digital Identity Private

April 13, 2017
Every time you retrieve any digital resource, your computer tells the Internet your digital location…

Bill 87: Protecting Patients Act, 2017

April 12, 2017
The government of Ontario is currently considering Bill 87: An Act to Implement Health Measures…

Supreme Court: Implied Consent For “Less Sensitive” Information Under…

November 28, 2016
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…

Canada & The UN: In The News

May 19, 2016
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…

Understanding Bill C-44: The Protection of Canada From Terrorists Act

May 19, 2015
Bill C-44 (the “Bill”), which was sponsored by the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency…

CSIS and Your Rights: What You Need to Know

May 19, 2015
CSIS is Canada’s spy agency. CSIS collects and analyzes information and security intelligence within Canada…

Understanding Bill C-51 in Canada: The Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015

May 19, 2015
Bill C-51 (the “Bill”), which was sponsored by the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency…

Understanding Bill C-24 and Recent Changes to The Citizenship Act

May 19, 2015
Bill C-24 An Act to amend the Citizenship Act and to make consequential amendments to…

Understanding Bill C-50, The Citizen Voting Act

May 13, 2015
Bill C-50 (“the Bill”), also called the Citizen Voting Act, is sponsored by the Minister…

Understanding Bill C-36, The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act

May 13, 2015
In 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada decided Canada (Attorney General) v. Bedford. In Bedford,…

Meet Our Volunteers

CCLA is grateful for the contributions of the following volunteers.

Current Volunteers for 2020/2021

  • Marie Aspiazu
  • Khisnika Dassoruth
  • Myles Goodman-Vincent
  • Heather Warren

Past Volunteers

  • Adil Abdulla
  • Melanie Adamsons
  • Amena Ali
  • Andrea Anderson
  • Erik Arsenault
  • Neil Bhatt
  • Chelsea Bland
  • Marie-Pierre Boudreau
  • Dora Chan
  • Laurent Crépeau
  • Angela Danko
  • Nicholas Ettinger
  • Daniel Del Gobbo
  • Christine Gorgi
  • Stephanie Figliomeni
  • Alannah Fotheringham
  • Edwidge Gedna
  • Fernando Gonzales
  • Mark Gulla
  • Christopher Hogg
  • Amy Jazienicki
  • David Jol
  • Rahul Kaushal
  • Garrett Lafferty
  • Victor Lakoff
  • Alexander Langer
  • Sékou Michel Loua
  • Connor W. Macorin
  • Annie Macdonald
  • Hudson Manning
  • Chris Mantelos
  • Oksana Maskulka
  • Benjamin Mayer-Goodman
  • Alan McCallum
  • Joseph Morin
  • Ashley Naipaul
  • Kimvy Ngo
  • Michael Ochotta
  • Daniel C. Park
  • Allison Render
  • Kerrin Rodrigues
  • Ben Roizes
  • Daanish Samadmoten
  • Nadia Sayed
  • Zack Shefman
  • Brenna Slawish
  • Eric Suderman
  • Delana Tavakol
  • Alexandra (Sasha) L. Toten
  • Mayooran Thevaraja
  • Emma White
  • Mary Wong

The TalkRights project was funded with generous support from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s Community Investment Program. We thank CIRA for their recognition of the importance of civil liberties advocacy and education in Canada. The site is updated and expanded by law student volunteers from across Canada through a National Project with the Pro Bono Students Canada.