Drug Overdoses Have Reached an All-time High in B.C.

By |January 23rd, 2017|Blogs|

In November of last year, the CBC wrote an article that highlighted new figures by the BC Coroners Service which point to the astounding number of overdose-related deaths in the province. According to chief coroner, Lisa Lapointe, 128 people died of an illicit drug overdose in November alone, averaging at more than four people a [...]

Dean Michael Wiwchar Loses Appeal over Firearm Possession

By |January 16th, 2017|Blogs|

In 2015, Dean Michael Wiwchar was sentenced to 10 years in jail for possession of 16 firearms in the spring of 2012. At the time, he was a suspect in the murder of gangster Sandip Duhre, who was shot to death in the lobby of the Sheraton Wall Centre. 2 guns were seized from his [...]

An Overview of R.v Anthony-Cook

By |January 3rd, 2017|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 trial judge imposed a harsher penalty than the Crown and defence had initially agreed on for Matthew Anthony-Cook, who pleaded [...]

Outlining the New Canadian “No Fly” Regime

By |November 4th, 2016|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). The “no-fly” list, known as the Passenger Protect Program has changed from an older model where reviewing of these lists [...]

BCCLA and Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers Launch Legal Challenge

By |October 13th, 2016|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 misrepresentation. The argument The argument made was that any Canadian in this situation should have a full and fair opportunity [...]

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

By |October 4th, 2016|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 poor treatment of marginalized sectors like indigenous people. This type of treatment in the prison community does nothing to rehabilitate [...]

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

By |September 7th, 2016|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 up on his computer. As a result Villaroman was acquitted, but the case was then taken to the Supreme Court [...]

Stingray Surveillance and its Use by the VPD

By |September 7th, 2016|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. Background A Stingray is a cellular phone surveillance device that was initially developed for the military and intelligence communities. They [...]

BCCLA and Additional Claimants: The Death with Dignity Case

By |August 24th, 2016|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 patient withthe degenerative diseaseALS, a couple who traveled to use an assisted suicide clinic for an ill and elderly family [...]

Solitary Confinement Reform in Canadian Prisons

By |August 24th, 2016|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 to isolation for up to 23 hours a day for often months or years at a time – results in [...]