Civil Liberties

Alberta Continues to Erect Human Rights Fences

Kelly Ernst | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Alberta
Kelly Ernst

Bill 10 as a response to Bill 202 makes it clear that students can have any range of clubs they wish, except if it applies to homosexuals, then restrictions apply. Such clubs require school board approval and there is no guarantee that approvals will occur. If a school board or its parents are intolerant in anyway, a board can easily disapprove any homosexual tolerating clubs.

Canada Should Remember the Afghanistan War With Shame

Larry Rousseau | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Larry Rousseau

It was five years ago today that Richard Colvin delivered his explosive testimony to a House of Commons committee examining Canada's role in the torture of Afghan detainees. In no uncertain terms, he told the House committee on November 18, 2009, that Canadian Forces personnel were capturing Afghans and turning them over to Afghan authorities to be tortured in contravention of the Geneva Conventions. Indeed, Canada's war in Afghanistan was a shameful episode in our history. There was damage inflicted in Afghanistan and damage done to our democracy and civil liberties at home -- things we ought to reflect on as we now get involved in the new Iraq war.

Let's Slow Down Before We Erode Our Civil Liberties With New Laws

Kelly Ernst | Posted 10.30.2014 | Canada Politics
Kelly Ernst

History tells us the worst laws are hastily made in the heat of crisis. It is far too easy to create greater police powers, while our civil liberties are eroded in the process. Speed can be a dangerous thing in this regard. It would be premature to enact laws when not all the facts are known.

Now, More Than Ever, Canada Must Remain Free and Open

Josh Tabish | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Josh Tabish

It has never been clearer that Canada has a growing privacy deficit that needs to be addressed. Unless we work together, we could end up with a society that's more spied on and policed than ever before.

Canada's New Privacy Legislation Fails

Steve E. Anderson | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Business
Steve E. Anderson

This week, Industry Minister James Moore quietly tabled a new Digital Privacy Act in the Senate. The proposed legislation should safeguard Canadians' privacy online but sadly does not. The proposal is likely to reinforce the feeling that the Conservatives are just bad on privacy issues.

How Would You Explain a Picket Line to Your Child?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Business
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Has your child ever seen a picket line? If you plan to shop at a Walmart in the U.S. you and your child may well see one this weekend. If your children ask what is happening, how will you explain it? The Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust and TVO Parents can help you make the most of that "teachable moment" with a discussion about rights and freedoms.

Everybody's Talking About it

David Christopher | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Impact
David Christopher

We're off to a great start! Just weeks after the launch of Canada's largest-ever pro-privacy Coalition, it seems the whole country is demanding answer...

If You Have Nothing to Hide, Why Wear Pants?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

If our youngest citizens grow up not understanding their rights and freedoms, we may all find, likely too late, that we have lost something very valuable: our privacy.

Watching the Watchdog: Famed Surveillance Watchdog Warns Canada

Tim Knight | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada Politics
Tim Knight

William Binney is a man on a mission. He spent nearly 30 years as a top executive in America's super-secret National Security Agency (NSA), now he wants you to know that same spy agency is pushing western democracies -- including Canada -- toward fascism.

We Want to Know: What Are Your Concerns About Privacy in Canada?

David Christopher | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

These are worrying times for privacy in Canada. We've seen shocking revelations in recent months about the ways secretive Canadian government spy agencies like CSEC may be monitoring the everyday Internet usage of law-abiding Canadians -- and storing your private information in giant, unsecured databases.

What Canadians Need to Know About CSEC Spying

Camille Crowther | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada
Camille Crowther

Thousands of Canadians are speaking out to defend their privacy rights, after recent revelations that an ultra-secretive government agency is spying on our everyday online activities. This agency, the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), was revealed to be systematically collecting the private information of law-abiding citizens, including Canadians, from around the world. This is real.

Teaching Our Kids What Equality Really Means

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada Impact
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Do your children know what equality means? Let's celebrate International Youth Day by helping our children to become the citizens we want them to be. Let's teach them to think critically about rights and freedoms so they can grow up to be the fair-minded people we need in this world.

The Turban Ban Doesn't Teach Kids to Play Fair

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 08.13.2013 | Canada
Danielle S. McLaughlin

If we want our own children to learn to be courageous defenders of rights, we must first engage them in thinking critically about those rights. While adults may feel uncomfortable talking to children about the place of religion in society, we can still teach our children that people whose beliefs and practices differ from their own are deserving of respect and understanding.

Whistleblowers Should Be Celebrated, Not Silenced

Michael Scarfo | Posted 08.12.2013 | Canada
Michael Scarfo

In a society that values liberty, a whistleblower should be a hero. A whistleblower should not be forced to choose between their personal well-being and coming forward. Edward Snowden's insider announcement on the scope of the NSA's ability to gather, archive, and analyze information should come as no shock to the more cynical among us. It was easy enough to assume, but now we're staring down the truth of it. If we don't find a way to pressure the powers that be to give up some of their hidden power, contrary to all of their self-aggrandizing instincts, we're in for a very stark decline into a classically dystopian future.

B.C. Election Gag Law Fix Should Be In Throne Speech

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 04.14.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

The government had a clear opportunity to fix the gag on free political speech built into our province's Election Act last spring, when the act was being amended by the legislature. For reasons unknown, they chose not to.

Innocence of Muslims and Fear of the Other

Michael Scarfo | Posted 11.24.2012 | Canada
Michael Scarfo

One of the most frustrating things about watching a story like the one surrounding The Innocence of Muslims unfold is knowing that there are a whole lot of people set to profit on the chaos. These puppet masters of public opinion know that in both the west and the Islamic world, most people will have knee-jerk reactions that are fueled primarily by hate and mistrust of the other.

Hey Officer -- Get Out of My Backyard

Peter Jaworski | Posted 10.28.2012 | Canada Politics
Peter Jaworski

Section 436 of the Ontario Municipal Act allows municipalities to pass bylaws that give their officers permission to walk into your backyard, and onto your private property, without having to give the property owner notice, and without a warrant.In short. Don't we have a reasonable expectation of privacy in our backyards?

Should By-Law Officers Have All That Power?

Peter Jaworski | Posted 10.14.2012 | Canada Politics
Peter Jaworski

Did you know that while a police officer must have a warrant to enter your home, a by-law officer can come by any time without so much as a hello? No notice to the landowner is required, no warrant needed. Apart from a requirement that the officer present "proper identification" upon request, there are no hoops to jump through whatsoever. By-law might argue that it's because by-law offenses are minor -- typically resulting in nothing more than a fine -- that power of entry is warranted. But this reasoning is precisely backward.

Generation Terror

Michael Scarfo | Posted 09.25.2012 | Canada
Michael Scarfo

I don't feel safer at all, and both fronts in Iraq and Afghanistan have proven themselves to be quicksand for the world's mightiest military. They were drains of money, manpower and lives.

Dying With Their Rights Intact

Marvin Ross | Posted 02.14.2012 | Canada
Marvin Ross

Even though people suffer from a disease of the brain that impairs their rational thinking, most jurisdictions in North America have stringent legislation that makes it difficult to impose treatment. And, because society allows them to refuse treatment, some die. But, their civil liberties remain intact. Or do they?

B.C. Court Hears Euthanasia Case

CP | Terri Theodore, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.14.2012 | Canada

VANCOUVER - The legal review of Canada's assisted suicide laws came too late for a British Columbia man who suffered from a terminal illness and hoped...