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As part of our mission to keep you informed of your legal rights, we have created this blog to cover a wide range of topics and useful information regarding criminal defence. Be sure to check back regularly for our latest entries.

An Overview of R.v Anthony-Cook

By |January 3rd, 2017|Categories: Blogs|

An article by the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) was written last month to highlight the R.v Anthony-Cook case that took place in 2013 that had its final ruling in November of 2016. The original [...]

Outlining the New Canadian “No Fly” Regime

By |November 4th, 2016|Categories: Blogs|

In September, policy director and author Michael Vonn of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) wrote an article about the new policies Bill C-51 has brought in to the Secure Air Travel Act (SATA). [...]

BCCLA and Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers Launch Legal Challenge

By |October 13th, 2016|Categories: Blogs|

On September 26th, 2016, the BCCLA and Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL) challenged the current government to protect the rights of Canadians who are facing revocation of their Canadian citizenship based on allegations of [...]

British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) Challenges Health and Human Rights in Prisons

By |October 4th, 2016|Categories: Blogs|

We have previously written posts that have cited the far-from-humanitarian practices of prisons in Canada. This includes issues regarding the abuse of solitary confinement, the poor treatment towards the mentally ill, as well as the [...]

Queen V. Oswald Villaroman: Can a person be held accountable for files on their computer?

By |September 7th, 2016|Categories: Blogs|

Early last year, Quebec resident Oscar Villaroman challenged his 2013 conviction for possession of child pornography. The Alberta Court of Appeals overturned the conviction as it excluded other possibilities as to how the pornography showed [...]

Stingray Surveillance and its Use by the VPD

By |September 7th, 2016|Categories: Blogs|

Recently, an article was written by the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) summing up the ongoing debate of the highly controversial use of Stingrays by the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) and Canadian Police overall. [...]

BCCLA and Additional Claimants: The Death with Dignity Case

By |August 24th, 2016|Categories: Blogs|

In 2011, several claimants challenged the Federal Court of Canada against the laws that surround an ill person’s ability to end their life with the help of a physician. The British Columbia Civil Liberties, a [...]

Solitary Confinement Reform in Canadian Prisons

By |August 24th, 2016|Categories: Blogs|

On January 19, 2015, the BCCLA and John Howard Society sued the Federal government over issues regarding solitary confinement in Canadian prisons. The lawsuit describes that the use of solitary confinement – subjecting a prisoner [...]

Canada Introduces Bill-C16 to Fight Transphobia

By |August 24th, 2016|Categories: Blogs|

As a response to heated debates taking place next door in the U.S, Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that legislation ensuring “full protection” of transgender Canadians would be tabled on Tuesday morning this week. [...]

The B.C Civil Liberties Association and Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

By |August 24th, 2016|Categories: Blogs|

In April of 2015, the B.C Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) reacted to two Supreme Court of Canada decisions which deemed some of the previous government’s legislation regarding criminal law unconstitutional. The cases Lloyd andSafarzadeh-Markhali have presented [...]

Recent Changes to Canadian Legislation: The Repeal of Bill C-24 under the Citizenship Act

By |August 24th, 2016|Categories: Blogs|

In 2014, Bill C-24 stirred up huge controversy. Essentially, the bill offered two tiers of citizenship – natural born and naturalized – a convoluted and rather controversial move that differentiated between those who were born [...]

Recent Cases: Canada (Attorney General) v. Federation of Law Societies of Canada

By |August 24th, 2016|Categories: Blogs|

One recent case that has gotten some attention in Canadian law circles is Canada (Attorney General) v. Federation of Law Societies of Canada. The case concerned legislation surrounding anti-money laundering and anti-financing legislation also collectively [...]

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