Explore current civil liberties issues arising in the news, before the courts, in government and in the streets.


This page includes two great sources to learn more about current issues relating to civil liberties in Canada.

First, CCLA is now excited to include  in-depth breakdowns of new bills and legislation and other new material produced by volunteers, under the heading “Current Issues”.

This space is also the new home of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association’s longstanding rights and freedoms monitoring blog, RightsWatch. RightsWatch is a joint project of CCLA and Pro Bono Students Canada. Updated and maintained by law students across the country, it compiles local and national news and events regarding basic rights and freedoms in Canada.

The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent CCLA or Pro Bono Students Canada’s policies or positions. For official publications, key reports, position papers, legal documentation, and up-to-date news about CCLA’s work check out the In Focus section of our website.

Current Issues

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 Webber. At the top of each video you can see the key questions the clip will discuss. Amara introduces it as follows: Ella Webber is an old friend of mine. We grew up a street away from one another […]

Cell phones and Canadian Courts: Some Recent Cases

April 11, 2018

Because the Learn section of TalkRights features content produced by CCLA volunteers and interviews with experts in their own words, opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent the CCLA’s own policies or positions. For official publications, key reports, position papers, legal documentation, and up-to-date news about the CCLA’s work check out the In Focus section of […]

The Genetic Non-Discrimination Act- An Overview

April 11, 2018

The Genetic Non-Discrimination Act (GNDA), or Bill S-201, passed into law on May 4th 2017. The bill, along with amendments in the Canadian Labour Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act, prohibits companies and employers from requiring genetic testing or the results of genetic tests.

Rights Watch

Court Upholds Protection Order on Sherman Estate Files

August 9, 2018
Recently, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (ONSCJ) released a decision considering how to balance the public interest in open courts with respecting the privacy and safety of the families of high profile murder victims...

Laxisme chez la SQ en matière de droit à l’avocat

July 24, 2018
Selon nos tribunaux, la Sûreté du Québec ne respecterais pas toujours le droit d’avoir recours sans délai à l’assistance d’un avocat, qui est pourtant consacré par la Charte des droits et libertés et sur lequel...

Ontario Attorney General to Appeal Non-Guilty Verdict for Peter Khill

July 23, 2018
Last week, the Ontario Attorney General declared its intent to appeal the not guilty verdict delivered last month that acquitted Peter Khill from second-degree murder charges for the death of Jon Styres. Styres, an Indigenous...