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

Federal Accessibility Law Is in the Works…

December 1, 2016

The federal government has initiated action on the nation’s first accessibility legislation. This legislation hopes to promote the equality of opportunity and increase the inclusion of Canadians who have disabilities or functional limitations.

Supreme Court: implied consent for “less sensitive” information under PIPEDA

November 28, 2016

  The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision in Royal Bank of Canada v. Trang is important to the discussion of privacy rights in Canada. The decision highlights that consent to the disclosure of personal information can be implied under the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”) “when the information is ‘less […]

Canada & the UN: Conventions and Treaties

May 17, 2016

Want to learn about Canada’s long history of engagement with the United Nations, but don’t know where to begin? Here’s a list of the conventions and treaties that Canada has ratified to get you started. TalkRights features content produced by CCLA volunteers. For official publications, key reports, position papers, legal documentation, and up-to-date news about the […]

Rights Watch

Sexual Assault on Campus: Trends of Sexual Assault Across Atlantic Canada

March 22, 2017
Recently, there have been two high profile sexual assault cases coming out of Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia. The case in Newfoundland involved an on-duty police officer who had sexual intercourse with an intoxicated...

Update: Webber Academy Appeals Court of Queen’s Bench Decision and Still Prohibits Prayer

March 20, 2017
Two students from Webber Academy in Calgary filed a human rights complaint against their school, which was heard by the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal in February 2012. As discussed in a previous post, these two...

Support for Nova Scotia’s First Nations People Facing Domestic Violence

March 19, 2017
From Peace Bonds to Emergency Protection Orders Until recently, those living in First Nations communities in Nova Scotia did not have the same emergency protections against domestic violence as other Nova Scotians. That meant that First Nations...