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

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.

Medical Assistance in Dying (former Bill C-14)

April 11, 2018

Much has changed since the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in Carter v Canada. In this ruling, the court decided that the prohibition on physician assisted dying was unconstitutional and that assisted dying was a right to adults suffering from “grievous and irremediable” medical illnesses.[1] In response, parliament drafted and ratified Bill C-14, Medical Assistance in Dying.

Rights Watch

Rights of Parents and Children Re-explored as SCC Orders Retrial of Case Against Alberta Parents

May 18, 2018
  This week, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ordered a new trial for the parents of a toddler who died from meningitis in 2012. When their son fell ill, the Stephans, an Alberta couple,...

Ontario Court of Justice Mandates Judicial Impartiality in Ex Parte Trials

May 15, 2018
Anyone charged with a criminal offence, regardless of their presence or absence at trial, has a constitutional right to a fair and impartial trial at which they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.[1] In Mississauga...

Allégation de discrimination fondée sur la déficience

April 9, 2018
André François Gauthier, a déposé une plainte à la Commission canadienne des droits de la personne au sujet de son employeur, Services publics et Approvisionnement Canada (SPAC). Il y allègue que ce dernier a fait...