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

Ella Webber Talks Trans-Non-Binary Rights with the CCLA

June 13, 2018

This series of 12 video clips documents a conversation between CCLA volunteer Amara McLaughlin-Harris and Ella Webber. At the top of each video you can see the key questions the clip will discuss. Amara introduces it as follows: Ella Webber is an old friend of mine. We grew up a street away from one another […]

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.

Rights Watch

Hiding the Holy Grail: Manitoba’s Provincial Government Risks Reducing Access to Justice for the Most Vulnerable

July 14, 2018
On April 19, 2018, representatives from Winnipeg Harvest, the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association, and Make Poverty History Manitoba patiently listen to discussion inside the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. The...

New Ontario police oversight laws put on hold

July 5, 2018
The provincial government passed an omnibus police bill – Bill 175 – in March, making changes to police services and police oversight agencies. Bill 175 includes the Ontario Special Investigations Unit Act. The SIU Act...

Defining Death: Does Brain Death Violate Freedom of Religion?

June 29, 2018
This week, the Ontario Superior Court ruled on what Justice Lucille Shaw described as “the first instance where the court has been asked to consider the values associated with the common law definition of death.”[1]...