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Ontario alone in locking down inmates due to staff shortages: lawsuits

Ontario is the only province where inmates are regularly locked down due to staff shortages, according to expert evidence in a pair of class-action lawsuits. Former inmates of provincial correctional facilities and immigration detainees who were held there are suing the Ontario and federal governments, alleging that inmates are commonly held in their cells for […]

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Supreme Court decision a victory for freedom of expression

MEDIA RELEASE January 26, 2017 Supreme Court of Canada forces Elections BC to use proper interpretation of Third party advertising law VANCOUVER, January 26, 2017 – In a decision released this morning, the Supreme Court of Canada has made it clear that election advertising laws do not apply to those who are merely expressing their own […]

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Supreme Court of Canada decision on Election Act expected this Thursday

MEDIA ADVISORY JANUARY 20, 2017 Supreme Court of Canada to hand down decision on striking down ban on unregistered speech in BC’s election law on Thursday, January 26, 2017 Ottawa, January 20, 2017 – On Thursday, January 26, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada will hand down its decision on the BC Freedom of Information […]

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FIPA’s intervention re VPD’s refusal to disclose records relating to their use of IMSI-catchers

On March 23, 2016, FIPA filed an intervention in response to BC Information and Privacy Commissioner’s inquiry into the Vancouver Police Department’s refusal to disclose records relating to their use of IMSI-catchers (“Stingrays”), in response to an FOI request from Pivot Legal Society. You can read the submission in full here. We argued that: “…the Applicant [Pivot] is entitled […]

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Our challenge to BC’s Election Act in the Supreme Court of Canada

FIPA has been fighting against free speech restrictions in BC’s Election Act for years, and that battle will culminate in our upcoming appeal in the Supreme Court of Canada. This is an important case for freedom of speech during BC elections – and for setting the standard the government must meet in order to impose […]

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BC Election Act Challenge goes to Supreme Court of Canada

On June 22, 2015, FIPA filed an Application for Leave to appeal the judgment of the Court of Appeal for British Columbia on our Election Act challenge. The BC Election Act makes something as simple as putting a handwritten sign in your window during the election period without registering with the authorities an offense, which […]

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Press Release: BC Court of Appeal splits on Election Act third party spending

PRESS RELEASE April 23, 2015 BC Court of Appeal splits on Election Act third party spending FIPA calls on BC government to fix Election Act third party advertising provisions VANCOUVER, April 23, 2015 – In a 2-1 ruling handed down this morning, the BC Court of Appeal has upheld an earlier decision which found that […]

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FIPA court challenge to BC Election Act in Court of Appeal

The BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association is continuing its battle to protect freedom of expression during elections in this province. The latest round in FIPA’s Charter challenge to the BC Election Act was heard by the BC Court of Appeal on Friday, February 13, 2015. Links to court documents in this case can […]

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FIPA court challenge to the BC Election Act in the Court of Appeal

To read FIPA’s factum, click here To read FIPA’s reply factum, click here To read the factum of the respondent (the Attorney General of BC), click here To read the BC Civil Liberties Association’s (BCCLA) intervenor factum, click here

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Release May 15 2014: Charter challenge to BC Election Act continues

FIPA continues to fight for freedom of expression by appealing the Supreme Court of BC’s decision in the Provincial Election Act case.   Download release  

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BC FIPA Intervener’s Factum in SCC 34828 (appeal from 2012 ONCA 125)

BC FIPA’s intervener’s factum in SCC 34828 (case docket at SCC website).  BC FIPA takes the position that greater deference to the adjudicative tribunal should have been taken by the lower court and that “access to information legislation, such as in Ontario and British Columbia, fulfils a particularly critical role in nourishing our democracy. It creates […]

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BC FIPA’s Notice of Civil Claim challenging the limits on 3rd party election advertising

BC FIPA filed a notice of civil claim in BC Supreme Court on January 28, 2013 challenging the legality of the provisions in the BC Election Act dealing with 3rd party advertisers. BC FIPA submits that the restrictions on 3rd party election advertising and the registration requirements for 3rd party election advertisers in the BC […]

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