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

Alberta Queen’s Bench Strikes Down Overbroad Provisions of the Mental Health Act Permitting Involuntary Detention

July 19, 2019
This week, the Alberta Queen’s Bench released a decision assessing the constitutionality of involuntary detention under the Alberta Mental Health Act, both declaring the applicant’s rights had been violated through his detention, and striking down...

A Bittersweet Day for American Democracy in the Supreme Court

July 10, 2019
On June 27, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) released two major decisions dealing with partisan politics that will shape America’s democratic elections for years to come. In short, the proposed citizenship...

Alberta Government Rolls Back Protections for Students in GSAs in Passing Bill 8

July 8, 2019
After the “longest debate in the Alberta legislature’s history” last week, Bill 8, the Education Amendment Act, passed its third and final reading. Since its introduction by Premier Jason Kenney and the United Conservative Party,...