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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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The Arrest Handbook

The police are responsible for enforcing the law. While they are deserving of respect and assistance, they must also respect your legal rights. This booklet has important information about how you can expect the police ...
Also available in: Arabic, Spanish, Vietnamese
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Rights Talk: Students and Civil Liberties at School

In this handbook, you’ll learn about a variety of civil liberties issues that affect you – everything from dress codes to sniffer dogs to whether or not your teacher can go through the contents of your phone. Become as ...
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The Citizenship Handbook

A resource created for students and new Canadians, but also a useful reminder for all Canadians who take their citizenship for granted. Topics discussed include protecting your rights, making the democratic process work ...
Also available in: Chinese (simplified), Punjabi, Vietnamese
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Privacy  - Why It's Important and How to Protect It

Privacy laws, individual rights, threats to privacy, consumer privacy, privacy in employment, identity theft, spyware, privacy and law enforcement, privacy of personal health information, social networking, drug ...
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Enforcement of Public Health Orders in B.C. during COVID-19 Pandemic

Are police and bylaw officers allowed to enforce provincial public health orders? Read our factsheet to learn more about public health order enforcement power in BC and your rights in a pandemic as governments take ...
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HIV Testing Handbook: A Guide to Your Rights

This handbook covers some of the topics that you need to know to understand your rights in regards to HIV testing. It covers topics like informed consent, “non-nominal” (no name) testing, how to safeguard your ...
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Making a Complaint Against the Police

This guide will help you with making a complaint against municipal police or the RCMP.
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HIV and Occupational Exposure: A Guide for First Responders and their Families

This handbook is about occupational exposure (workplace accidents) and HIV transmission. It is designed specifically for first responders – emergency medical personnel, police officers, firefighters and corrections ...
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How to file an access to information request

The Access to Information Act allows individuals and groups to access information held by federal government bodies, but preparing an Access to Information (ATI) request and the follow-up process can be confusing. This ...
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Know Your Rights: Injunctions and Contempt of Court

NOTE: This resource is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice. If you are arrested for contempt of court, contact a lawyer. - What is an injunction? - What is contempt of court? - ...
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