Come Join the BCCLA at Vancouver Pride!

August 5
Vancouver / Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

The BCCLA is once again taking to the streets in the Vancouver Pride Parade!

Join our colourful ensemble as we celebrate 50 years of fighting for rights and freedoms in Canada.

Our theme this year is a ‘Masquerade.’ Email [email protected] if you’d like to show your support for LGBTTQ rights and join in the festivities.

Reception with Jameel Jaffer, Director of the ACLU’s Centre for Democracy

August 14
Vancouver / Tuesday
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for an early evening reception with Jameel Jaffer, Director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Centre for Democracy.

Registration for this event will be available on our website on August 24th.

50th Anniversary Celebrations

We couldn’t have asked for a better anniversary celebration and we can’t thank our members and supporters enough for making it so special. Visit our website for a summary of the events, as well as pictures and video. Support Our Work

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Federal government to appeal death with dignity case

Gloria TaylorThe Federal government has announced that they have assigned government lawyers to try to prevent seriously and incurably ill Canadians from seeking the assistance of a physician in a medically assisted death. Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P., posted the announcement that the government would appeal the BCCLA’s successful “death with dignity” case on the Attorney General’s website....more

Families who called RCMP for help left to cope with the consequences

The BCCLA says three families who called the RCMP for assistance with family members over a five week period are now coping with major injuries caused during the RCMP intervention. The injured include a 15 year old girl in Prince Rupert whose arm was broken by an RCMP officer; Robert Wright who suffered a serious head and brain injury while in Terrace RCMP cells after his wife called police out of concern for his safety; and, William Watts, who received serious head injuries in Terrace when he was arrested after calling police for assistance with his sister. ...more

Final report in Afghanistan Public Interest Hearing released

The Military Police Complaints Commission released its Final Report following its inquiry into the conduct of the military police relating to the transfer of detainees captured by Canadian Forces in Afghanistan to risk of torture in Afghan prisons. The Commission’s public interest hearing was established in response to complaints filed by Amnesty International Canada and the BCCLA in 2007. These complaints were filed as part of an effort by the two human rights organizations to have the legalities of the policy and practice of Afghan prisoner transfers examined. ...more

Prompt response to BCCLA call for review of Boyd case a welcome change in tune

The BCCLA is pleased that the Province and BC’s police oversight bodies have reversed their previously dismissive attitudes towards the organization’s concerns about the Paul Boyd case. After the release of the Paul Boyd shooting video, the BCCLA called for the Boyd file to be re-opened, marking the BCCLA’s third such call for review. But unlike previous requests, the BCCLA received notice that the Coroners’ Service of B.C. was re-opening their file on the death. In addition, the BCCLA was notified that the Police Complaint Commissioner, Minister of Justice and Vancouver Police Department had asked an outside police agency, Alberta’s “ASIRT” team, to re-investigate the file. ...more

BCCLA Board selects new President

Lindsay LysterThe BCCLA is excited to announce that lawyer Lindsay Lyster is the organization’s new President. Lindsay, who practices labour law with Vancouver firm Moore Edgar Lyster, was previously the Association’s Vice-President. She replaces Robert Holmes, Q.C., who stepped down after five years in the role. The Association’s Board and staff thank Rob for his years of work for our organization, and welcome Lindsay into her new responsibilities as head of the BCCLA. ...more

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B.C. Civil Liberties Association
900 Helmcken Street, 2nd floor, Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 1B3

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