Yearly Archives: 2016


Outlining the New Canadian “No Fly” Regime

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 [...]

BCCLA and Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers Launch Legal Challenge

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

Stingray Surveillance and its Use by the VPD

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 [...]

BCCLA and Additional Claimants: The Death with Dignity Case

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 [...]

Solitary Confinement Reform in Canadian Prisons

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 [...]

Canada Introduces Bill-C16 to Fight Transphobia

August 24th, 2016|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 [...]

The B.C Civil Liberties Association and Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

August 24th, 2016|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. [...]

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

August 24th, 2016|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 [...]