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

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.[1] Because of this, criminal laws and their application engage one of the most important civil liberties protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

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 canadienne des droits et libertés est une disposition unique en son genre en droit canadien

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 1984.

Rights Watch

Prosecutorial Discrimination and Jury Selection

March 23, 2019
Curtis Flowers has been tried six times, for a crime he committed in 1996. Flowers has been convicted to death three times, however each conviction has come from the same prosecutor. Doug Evans—the lead prosecutor—violated...

Unconstitutional Refugee Provision Struck Down, Designated Country of Origin Regime Rebuked in Federal Court

March 22, 2019
In a decision from the Federal Court this week, Justice Boswell declared paragraph 112(2)(b.1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) to be inconsistent with section 15(1) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and...

Part One: British Columbia Defends its Amendments to the Environmental Management Act at the Court of Appeal

March 22, 2019
In April, 2018, British Columbia’s Attorney General presented the Reference to the Court, which sought an opinion on the constitutionality of the proposed legislation, which aimed to amend the Environmental Management Act by adding a...