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Canadian Justice: A Changing Landscape

September 13
Vancouver
9:00 am

Micheal Vonn, speaker
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A Criminal Justice System for the 21st Century

September 17
Victoria
Camosun College
7:00 pm

David Eby, Geoff Cowper, Q.C., Robert Mulligan, Q.C. Stephen Owen, Q.C. speakers

British Columbia Information Summit

September 19
Vancouver
9:00 am

This Time, It’s Personal: Freedom of Information & Privacy Under Government 2.0.
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Sunshine Summit 2012: Does Open Government Matter?

September 28
Victoria
8:30 am

Micheal Vonn, panelist
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Canadian Civil Liberties Association Rightswatch conference

October 13
Montreal
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

David Eby, Police Oversight and Accountability
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BCASW Fall Conference

November 2
Vancouver
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Human Rights and Civil Liberties Strategies for Social Workers
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 BC CIVIL LIBERTIES ASSOCIATION UPDATE / AUGUST 2012

BCCLA calls on OPCC and IIO to establish rules around use of force “experts”

Paul BoydThe BCCLA is calling on the bodies that investigate police misconduct in B.C. to establish standardized rules around independent “use of force experts” relied on in making decisions about police conduct.The use of force expert in the Paul Boyd shooting, Bill Lewinski, obtained his psychology degree from a correspondence school, runs a police officer training business, and has been reported as saying that although research he produces could be used to prosecute the police, he doesn’t have time for that. The BCCLA has been unable to find a case where he testified that use of force by a police officer was inappropriate.....more

BCCLA to apply to unseal RCMP defamation search warrant

The BCCLA will be applying to court to unseal a search warrant executed by the RCMP against a blogger in an investigation for criminal “Defamatory Libel”. A warrant is usually sealed by the Court to protect confidential information related to informants; however, applications can be made for the Court to release the warrants where the public interest requires it.. ...more

BCCLA provides submission to Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission

The BCCLA has provided a written submission to Canada’s Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission emphasizing the importance of voter parity, namely that one vote has roughly the same amount of relative influence in electing officials across the country. ...more

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BCCLA call on RCMP to get out of the editorial and media policy business

The BCCLA is calling on the RCMP in Northern BC to get out of the editorial and media policy business. The BCCLA has received allegations that the Terrace RCMP are using RCMP letterhead to advance the business interests of a preferred local television news station, while cutting off their competition, a local news website, from press release distribution. ...more

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August 4 - BCCLA @ Vancouver Pride
Pride Parade

On August 4, the BCCLA took to the streets as a masquerading marching troupe in the Vancouver Pride Parade. In addition to being a good time, this theme referenced an historical and ongoing practice of Pride parade participants wearing masks in regions where individuals risk persecution for their involvement and/or perceived queer sexuality. A masquerade was also a playful take on current policing trends seeking to criminalize mask wearing in public. Here are pictures of the BCCLA’s marching troupe at Pride >>

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August 14 - Reception with Jameel Jaffer, Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU, at the Railway Club
Jameel Jaffer

The BCCLA was delighted to host Jameel Jaffer, Deputy Legal Director at the ACLU and Director of the ACLU’s Center for Democracy for an early evening reception on Tuesday, August 14, at the Railway Club. Jameel Jaffer is the Deputy Legal Director at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Director of the ACLU’s Center for Democracy, which houses the ACLU’s work on national security; human rights; and speech, privacy, and technology. He is particularly notable for the role he played in litigating Freedom of Information Act requests that led to the U.S. government’s release of over one hundred thousand pages of documents related to the torture of prisoners held by the U.S. at Guantanamo and elsewhere.

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