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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”.
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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. In response, parliament drafted and ratified Bill C-14, Medical Assistance in Dying.
Would you want the government to know every webpage you’ve seen? Every Google search you’ve run? Every social media post you’ve clicked? Every file, photo, or video you’ve downloaded? If not, you can thank R. v. Spencer, 2014 SCC 43, 2 SCR 212
The government of Ontario is currently considering Bill 87: An Act to Implement Health Measures and Measures Relating to Seniors by Enacting, Amending or Repealing Various Statutes, which sounds like a series of pedantic bureaucratic changes irrelevant outside of the medical community. But behind that boring veneer is a threat to privacy worth taking seriously.