Challenges Regarding Freedom of Expression and Access to Information During a Pandemic: International and Domestic Perspectives

27 April 2020, 9:15 a.m. (Disponible en français : Défis associés à la liberté d’expression et à l’accès à l’information en temps de pandémie : points de vue national et international) Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive, and impart…

Freedom of Expression – A Continuing Debate

(Disponible en français : La liberté d’expression : un débat qui se poursuit) “Everyone has the … freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication.” – Section (2b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Freedom of Expression The constitutional right to expression is a…

COVID-19 and the Federal Correctional System

Note: This publication was updated in June, 2020: COVID-19 and the Federal Correctional System 7 April 2020, 9:05 a.m. (Disponible en français : La COVID-19 et le système correctionnel fédéral) In recent weeks, Correctional Service Canada (CSC) reported cases of COVID-19 in some of Canada’s federal penitentiaries. Both federally sentenced persons and guards have been…

Human Rights in Emergency Situations

1 April 2020, 2 p.m. (Disponible en français : Le respect des droits de la personne dans les situations d’urgence) In addition to obligations during peacetime, States have duties to respect and ensure human rights during wartime and national emergencies. In situations that represent a severe threat to a nation, however, the International Covenant on Civil…

Income Supports and Labour Protections Available to Federally Regulated Employees During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Revised on 6 July 2020, 12:25 p.m. Any substantive changes in this HillNote that have been made since the preceding issue are indicated in bold print. (Disponible en français : Mesures de soutien du revenu et de protection de la main-d’œuvre pour les employés des secteurs sous réglementation fédérale pendant la pandémie de la COVID-19) Some…

Taming State Surveillance: Reconciling Camera Surveillance Technology with Human Rights Obligations

(Disponible en français : Encadrer la surveillance exercée par les États : Concilier l’utilisation des technologies de vidéosurveillance avec les obligations en matière de respect des droits de la personne) Centralized state camera surveillance is but one component of a burgeoning practice of personal data collection paired with artificial intelligence (AI). Camera surveillance is not…

Executive Summary – Sanctions: The Canadian and International Architecture

(Disponible en français : Résumé – Sanctions : l’architecture canadienne et internationale) Sanctions are measures implemented by governments to restrict or prohibit certain types of interactions with a foreign state, individual or entity. Governments impose sanctions in pursuit of foreign policy objectives, most often in response to breaches of international peace and security, but also…

New Rights for Canada’s Air Passengers

(Disponible en français : Nouveaux droits des passagers aériens au Canada) There have been many media reports in recent years about the plight of Canadian airline passengers being denied boarding, having their flights delayed or cancelled, or having to wait hours on the airport tarmac before takeoff. These reports suggest that passengers are often unsure…