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 of Queen’s Bench of Alberta Grants Reduced Sentence to Ryan Prystay After More than a Year in Administrative Segregation

January 14, 2019
Ryan Prystay was arrested in 2016 after police found meth-amphetamine and a loaded weapon in his car, following a “meth-fueled”[1] car chase which injured a police dog. Since his arrest Ryan has remained at the...

Mandat d’arrêt déposé à l’égard de Patrice-Édouard Ngaïssona: l’état de la situation en République centrafricaine

January 14, 2019
Arrestation  C’est le 12 décembre 2018 dernier que Patrice-Édouard Ngaïssona, ex-leader du groupe armé anti-balaka, a été arrêté par les autorités françaises alors qu’il était de passage à l’aéroport Roissy, et ce, conformément au mandat...

12-Year Time Limit Not Applicable to Labor Abuses in Brazil

January 12, 2019
A December ruling in a Brazil federal court shows promise of progress in the country amidst its continued fight against slave labour and labor abuses after the official recognition of the continued use of slave labor in its borders in...