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

Victory for Native American Hunting Rights

May 22, 2019
On 20 May 2019, the US Supreme Court (“SCOTUS”) released its decision in Herrera v. Wyoming, a landmark case for Indigenous tribes across the country. The Court held that treaty hunting rights are not impliedly...

Consentement automatique pour le don d’organes: une première au Canada

May 19, 2019
En avril dernier, la Nouvelle-Écosse a adopté un projet de loi qui présume le consentement pour le don d’organes et de tissus. Cette loi entrera en vigueur dans 12 à 18 mois. Le premier ministre,...

Paramount Restaurant Owner Awarded $2.5 Million in Defamation Case

May 17, 2019
  This week, the Ontario Superior Court awarded $2.5 million to the owner of Paramount Fine Foods after the restaurateur sued FreedomReport.ca and its owner for defamation. [1] In 2017, the defendant posted several videos...