BC Civil Liberties Association

B.C. RCMP Sued Over Teen's Alleged Beating

CP | Camille Bains, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A woman who alleges she was beaten by a Mountie in Williams Lake, B.C., when she was 17 has now filed a civil suit against the city and th...

Watchdog Orders Review Of Agency's Greg Matters Investigation

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's police watchdog has appointed its own watchdog to review the agency's handling of its very first case — the probe int...

Mother-Child Program Back In B.C. Jail

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A program allowing women prisoners to keep their newborns with them while behind bars has resumed at Alouette Correctional Centre for Wome...

How To Conduct A Legal Pipeline Protest

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 06.14.2014 | Canada British Columbia

As the federal government's decision on Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline looms closer, one B.C. civil rights group is making sure activists know t...

B.C. Lawyers Ignored the Law in Their Case Against Trinity Law School

Georgialee Lang | Posted 08.13.2014 | Canada
Georgialee Lang

Lawyers arguing against the motion could not match the often inflammatory rhetoric of their impassioned colleagues. These lawyers argued the law. They reminded the members that B.C's Human Rights Code specifically exempts religious groups. They confirmed that Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms does not apply to a private educational institution.

B.C. Group Taking Right To Die Fight To Supreme Court

CP | Steven Chua, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A B.C. civil liberties group has filed their written argument against an appeal court decision upholding the country's ban on assisted sui...

Spying Feds Should Pay Cellphone Users: Lawsuit

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Anyone who has used a cellphone, smartphone, laptop or tablet in Canada over the past 13 years deserves payment or other remedies for pote...

No Loosening For B.C. Drunk-Driving Laws

CP | Vivian Luk, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The British Columbia Appeal Court has refused to water down the province's tough drunk-driving laws that allow for heavy fines, penalties ...

Inquest Called Into Mexican Woman's Death

The Canadian Press | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A coroner's jury will examine what happened when a Mexican woman died after hanging herself while in custody of border agents at Vancouver...

Should We Be Tracking Seniors?

CBC | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A B.C. lawyer and privacy advocate is raising questions about the ways CCTV cameras and other technologies are being used to keep track of seniors. ...

Concerned About A B.C. ID Card? Have Your Say Before the Deadline Passes

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

The ID Card, known as the BC Services Card, has been rolling out since February, and it combines both the drivers license and the provincial health care card, with lots more to come. If you are concerned about the implications for our privacy and our pocketbooks, you should definitely put your opinions to the consultation panel -- but hurry: the deadline for submissions is Nov. 27.

Was He Shot In The Chest Or The Back?

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Several justice groups have written to the director of the province's independent police watchdog asking for an outside review of the watc...

A BC Service Card Offer We Can't Refuse?

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

The province's new ID card, known as the BC Services Card, began rolling out earlier this year. At present, it combines both drivers licence and provincial health care card. Given the hundreds of millions of dollars the government has spent on other high-profile IT projects that failed miserably -- including BCeSIS, Integrated Case Management -- the provincial government has real reason to be concerned about what citizens think of their latest project.

The Right To Die?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.14.2012 | Canada

VANCOUVER - A group challenging Canada's laws against doctor-assisted suicide is expected to get an answer Friday from the B.C. Supreme Court.The B.C....

Former Vancouver Cop Stabbed In Neck While Serving Time

CBC | Posted 02.01.2012 | Canada

A former Vancouver police officer was stabbed in the neck while serving a sentence for drug trafficking despite prison officials being war...

Dying Woman Challenges Canada's Assisted Suicide Laws

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.13.2012 | Canada

VANCOUVER - It's been nearly 20 years since Canada's laws on assisted suicide have been challenged by a terminally ill person, and now a similar right...

Saskatoon Man On Mysterious, Unknown 'No-Fly List'

CBC | Posted 11.06.2011 | Canada

A Saskatoon man is fed up with being stopped every time he tries to fly within Canada — mistakenly flagged as a security threat — bec...