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An Interview with Professor Andrew Clement

May 19, 2015

Andrew Clement is a Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, where he coordinates the Information Policy Research Program. He holds a cross-appointment (status-only) in the Department of Computer Science. His recent research has focused on public information policy, internet use in everyday life, digital identity constructions, public participation in information/communication infrastructures development, and […]

Understanding Bill C-51: the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015

May 19, 2015

Bill C-51 (the “Bill”), which was sponsored by the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (the “Minister”) Steven Blaney, received royal assent on June 18, 2015. It makes significant and controversial changes to national security, anti-terrorism, and privacy law. The Bill amends the Criminal Code of Canada (the “Criminal Code”) and the Canadian Security […]

Video: Former CCLA Executive Director Sukanya Pillay Talks Privacy Rights

May 19, 2015

Watch CCLA Executive Director Sukanya Pillay talk about privacy rights in Canada.

CSIS and Your Rights: What You Need to Know

May 19, 2015

What does CSIS do? If CSIS takes or accesses my cellphone or computer or monitors or intercepts my activities, can I find out what information they obtained? Check out answers to these questions and more.

An Interview with Ian D. Scott

May 19, 2015

Ian D. Scott is a lawyer working in the areas of criminal and administrative law. He has served as both a Crown prosecutor and defence counsel, and spent five years as Director of Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit. This article is part of a series of interviews with advocates, legal thinkers, community organizers and academics on issues related to Canadian […]

An Interview with David Christopher

May 19, 2015

David Christopher is the Communications Manager of OpenMedia and blogs regularly for the organization. We spoke to him about privacy rights online. This article is part of a series of interviews with advocates, legal thinkers, community organizers and academics on issues related to Canadian civil liberties produced by CCLA volunteers. All responses are the interview […]

Video: CCLET Director Danielle McLaughlin Talks Rights and Education

May 19, 2015

Watch CCLET Director Danielle McLaughlin discuss the importance of rights education in a democracy.

An Interview with John Sewell

May 19, 2015

John Sewell is a Canadian political activist and writer. He served as Toronto’s mayor from 1978 to 1980 and frequently comments on municipal affairs.He is currently a member of the Toronto Police Accountability Coalition (TPAC), an organization which has focused on issues such as strip searching, the independent review of complaints, racial profiling, video surveillance and police […]

An Interview with Ratna Omidvar

May 19, 2015

Ratna Omidvar is the founding Executive Director of the Global Diversity Exchange at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University. Her career has focused on articulating pathways to inclusion for immigrants and visible minorities in host societies, both in Canada and globally. Ratna is both a Member of the Order of Canada and Order of Ontario with the […]

An Interview with Kristen Bellows

May 19, 2015

Kristen Bellows (BSW) is a self-identified Mad person and mental health activist. She views mental illness and the mental health system through a critical lens and believes in neurodiversity. Kristen currently works for a new Toronto-based youth mental health organization called Young Ones Breaking Barriers Organization as the Peer Support Group Facilitator and Educator. She […]