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BC Civil Liberties Association

The BC Civil Liberties Association was established in 1962. We are funded by the Law Foundation of BC and by citizens who believe in what we do. Our mandate is to preserve, defend, maintain and extend civil liberties and human rights in British Columbia and across Canada.

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Moving Toward a Surveillance Society: Proposals to Expand "Lawful Access" in Canada

“Lawful Access” refers to the ability of law enforcement agencies to lawfully conduct surveillance and intercept or collection personal information of individuals, for example, by means of a search warrant. The ...
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Blueprint For An Inquiry

This report describes mistakes made by the government of British Columbia and the Commission in structuring the Inquiry, with the aim of identifying specific lessons for future commissions of inquiry involving ...
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More than we can afford: The costs of mandatory minimum sentencing

This report provides a look at the legal, policy and social implications of Canada’s increasing reliance on mandatory minimums in sentencing. It considers the efficacy, costs and collateral consequences of minimum ...
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Privacy Rights

Individuals should have control over their personal information and who has access to it; privacy rights must be respected by business and government.
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Genetic Privacy and Discrimination: An Overview of Selected Issues

The dangers of genetic technology lie in its ability to provide extensive and highly sensitive information about individuals to governments and other organizations. Loss of control over personal genetic information ...
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The U.N. Security Council's 1267 Regime and the Rule of Law in Canada

The 1267 Regime consists of a blacklist, which subjects individuals on the list to an international travel ban and an asset freeze. Individuals are placed on the list without notice and until recently, could not even be ...
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Racial Profiling

Essays on racial profiling. Although promoted as improving security, it has not been demonstrated to do that. To the contrary, it decreases security, including by undermining the respect to which each member of society ...
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Drug Policy

Drug addiction should be considered a health issue rather than a criminal issue.
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A National ID Card by Stealth? The BC Services Card

The BC Services Card is a key element of unprecedented changes in the way the province collects, accesses and shares personal information, including highly sensitive health information, amongst departments, agencies and ...
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Anti-terrorism

It is important that the government rush to "security" doesn’t trample the rights of individual citizens to free speech, fair and open trials, and other basic freedoms.
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