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Interview with Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Brian Beamish

May 19, 2015

Brian Beamish is the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC). Previously, he had served as the IPC’s Assistant Commissioner since 2005 and has been with the office since 1999. 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 […]

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Change of Sex Designation for Trans Persons

May 19, 2015

This guide is focused on issues relating to how trans persons can change the sex designation on their birth certificates. It includes a general overview of the process, and links to up to date provincial resources and requirements.

An Interview with Professor Margaret Beare

May 19, 2015

Professor Margaret Beare teaches both within York University’s Department of Sociology and at Osgoode Hall Law School. She previously served eleven years with the Department of the Solicitor General Canada and two as Director of Police Policy and Research. She has been involved in research related to policing for over 20 years and has published numerous […]

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.