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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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Political Rights

The right to vote and participate in selecting and shaping our government is one of the most fundamental rights in Canada. Transparency and accountability of our democratic systems is necessary to ensure that citizens' ...
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50 Years of Freedom: A Festschrift Celebration for the Golden Anniversary of the BCCLA

The BC Civil Liberties Association decided to endorse a project of inviting contributions to a Festschrift in honor of the association and its work. This edited collection is the result. Essays cover topics such as the ...
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Justice Denied: The Causes of BC's Criminal Justice System Crisis

The Province of BC and the judiciary of BC agree: The province’s criminal justice system is in a crisis. What is not clear is how we got here, and who is to blame. Justice Denied answers the question of whether ...
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Oversight at the Border: A Model for Independent Accountability at the Canada Border Services Agency

In this report, BCCLA proposes a model for providing independent oversight and accountability to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). It also includes detailed recommendations on the components necessary to ensure ...
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Police-Involved Deaths: The Need For Reform

Deaths as a result of police action or while in police custody happen with tragic frequency across Canada. Despite a remarkable number of deaths, Canada still has no comprehensive statistical collection or analysis of ...
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Anti-Torture

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Hungry For Justice: Advancing a Right to Food for Children in BC

The right to food is protected in human rights agreements that Canada has agreed to uphold. Yet despite Canada’s commitments under human rights law to respect, protect and fulfil the right to food, there is a ...
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