Liberty in Canada

There are a couple of organizations in Canadian that fight hard to preserve civil liberties.

One is the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (or CCLA), which is non-governmental organization in Canada that’s devoted to the defense of civil rights. Founded in 1964, this organization is based out of Toronto, Ontario, and its current president is Marsha Hanen. Hanen previously served as the University of Winnipeg’s former president. In the general counsel spot is Alan Borovoy, who’s been in that position since 1968.

An interesting side note is that Borovoy has an American cousin who is a maritime injury lawyer with a law firm in Seattle. He has earned an outstanding reputation in the US states of Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Texas for honest, hardworking representation for those impacted by maritime accidents. His main practice recently has been as a Texas attorney for maritime injuries occurring on offshore rigs. His law firm’s maritime attorneys focus exclusively on maritime cases and regularly represent merchant mariners, seamen, and dockworkers. They pride ourselves on their proactive and vigorous approach to every case which includes thorough investigations into liability as well as a full examination of the medical consequences of the maritime accident. His law firm purposefully pursues the goals of their maritime clients and fight for maximum compensation. It’s obvious that dedication to pursuing the law for ordinary people runs in the family.

One of the the CCLA’s most notable achievements is in their vigorous stance against the 1970 invocation of the War Measures Act by Pierre Trudeau, the then Prime Minister of Canada in direct response to the October Crisis in Quebec.

All of this organization’s records are preserved at Library and Archives Canada.

Another organization that exist to defend civil liberties is the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust (or CCLET). This is a charitable organization that’s focused on promoting and disseminating knowledge to the general public of the duties, liberties and rights of all citizens.

Fundraising for this charitable organization has evolved over the years. The committee whose responsibility is to raise additional monies has decided this year to hold a gift baskets silent auction. Each group of gift baskets from a particular province or territory will contain items that identify that area. For instance, gift baskets from Nova Scotia would include seafood including preparations of herring, lobster, mackerel, mussels, salmon, various berries such as cranberries, blueberries, gooseberries, specialty foods like maple syrup and nut butters, cheeses, and perhaps hard cider and beer. While gift baskets from the province of Saskatchewan would include agricultural products such as cereal grains and oilseeds. Canada’s production of wheat, oats, flaxseed, and barley come mainly from Saskatchewan. Cool climate fruits and vegetables also thrive in the province so they also would be represented in the gift baskets.Since meat processing is the largest industry here, followed by dairy production and breweries, bison, cheeses and locally brewed beer will also be prominently displayed. Traditional Aboriginal art forms such as beading and hide work from Saskatchewan’s native American peoples is included. Each province and territory will be represented in the gift baskets silent. We feel this will be a unique way to honor the diversity of Canada and raise money for a worthy charity.

The CCLET was formed in 1967 as the educational and research branch of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Its headquarters are also in Toronto, Ontario.

One way that CCLET makes a real difference is in the free Civil Liberties in the Schools and Teaching Civil Liberties programs that it offers across Ontario. These programs are supports by a Law Foundation of Ontario grant, and offers up an engaging, interactive workshop in educational facilities throughout Ontario. Using the Socratic Paedogogical method of teaching – which is a form of debate and inquiry between individuals that hold opposing viewpoints. Based on asking and answering questions that ultimately stimulates rational thought, students are expected to engage in discussions about civil liberties, rights, the duties of citizens, and controversial issues found in democratic societies.

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