OCLA letter to Hon. Caroline Mulroney, Attorney General of Ontario

The OCLA has sent a letter asking incoming Attorney General of Ontario Caroline Mulroney not to consent to prosecution under the censorship provisions of Canada’s Criminal Code, and to retract the Attorney General’s consent for ongoing prosecutions initiated with the consent of her predecessor.

The letter can be read here, and is embedded below:

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Interview on The Evan Soloman Show

OCLA Executive Director Joseph Hickey was interviewed on The Evan Soloman Show yesterday, about the OCLA’s July 16, 2018 letter to the Ministers of Justice and Foreign Affairs of Canada re: Imprisonment of Canadian Monika Schaefer in Germany for a video expressing a view about the Nazi holocaust.

The interview is here: http://ocla.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/2018-07-17-EvanSolomanShow-interview.mp3

The call-in segment following the interview is here: http://ocla.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/2018-07-17-EvanSolomanShow-callers.mp3

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OCLA letter re: Imprisonment of Canadian Monika Schaefer in Germany for a video expressing a view about the Nazi holocaust

The OCLA sent a letter today to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada and the Minister of Justice of Canada asking for their intervention in the case of Monika Schaefer.

A link to the letter is here, or the letter can be read below.

Update: 2018-07-23 – Response from Brian Szware, Director, Consular Case Management, Consular Operations Bureau, Global Affairs Canada

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OCLA statement on #ReconnectAssange

The Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA) vigorously advocates for authentic and unqualified freedom of expression of individuals, on all topics and in every form, in accordance with the universal rights of freedom of expression and freedom of association. The OCLA also advocates for unimpeded civil liberties and civil rights of all persons, in dealings with public and private institutions and corporations.

By providing a channel for people to make the actions and intentions of governments transparent for all to see, Julian Assange and Wikileaks are doing a great service to the world. Citizens of all countries need to know when our governments are committing crimes.

Wikileaks is a radical journalism organization, in that it adopts and acts in accordance with the fundamental principles of journalism, including independence from powerful entities and groups, truthful reporting of facts, and the exercise of conscience.

As such, and due to its reputation and bravery in exposing the crimes of the powerful, Wikileaks’ presence on the global scene exerts pressure on establishment media organizations and journalists to return to journalistic principles, and exposes these organizations and individuals when they abandon these principles.

For these reasons, the work of Assange and Wikileaks is a key factor in the battle to stop and reverse the erosion of democratic principles in the West.

The OCLA urgently asks the government of Ecuador to immediately #ReconnectAssange so that he can continue his vital work.

The OCLA calls on the Ontario and Canadian governments to do everything in their power to protect the human rights of Julian Assange. This includes the right of safe passage to freely leave the UK, as affirmed by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in its February 2016 decision on the detention of Julian Assange.

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Media Advisory: Ontario must fix its uniquely defective privacy protection laws

Media Advisory: The Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA) asked each of the leaders of the four main political parties of Ontario to commit to fixing the egregiously flawed access to information and protection of privacy laws of Ontario.

To this date, the government and the leaders have refused to answer.

The OCLA letters of request are posted here: http://ocla.ca/letters-to-on-party-leaders-employees-personal-information/

The issue is not complicated. Public institution employers cannot be shielded from privacy protection obligations in a free and democratic society, and employees must be allowed access to their own personal information, following universal norms among all free nations.

Ontario has gone astray in this vital area of human decency.

No other province or jurisdiction in Canada excludes employee records from the protection of its access and privacy law.   

For example, a government employer can capture and use the most intimate childhood, relational and personality information of an employee, without ever obtaining authorization or consent or ever informing the employee. 

There is a present case in Ontario in which precisely such an abuse has occurred at a public institution. The case has given rise to a lengthy ongoing constitutional challenge of the impugned statutory provision.

But the ultimate solution is for Ontario lawmakers to avoid such problems by simply fixing undemocratic laws, irrespective of the outcomes of constitutional challenges. The applicant in the constitutional challenge has asked the Attorney General Yasir Naqvi to do this, but has received no response.

Furthermore, there is a history of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for Ontario formally requesting that lawmakers fix the law by removing the offending provisions in two Ontario information laws. The said history is reviewed and documented in the court-filed record of the constitutional challenge. The OCLA has posted the said court-filed record on its web site here: http://ocla.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/ALL-PUB-ONDC-17-DC-2279-All-arguments-unconstitutionality-of-FIPPA.pdf

The Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA) advocates for civil and human rights, including the rights of all persons in dealings with public and private institutions and corporations.  The OCLA will continue to attempt to get provincial politicians to learn about and fix the Ontario access to information and privacy protection statutes.

Contact:

Joseph Hickey
Executive Director
Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA) http://ocla.ca
joseph.hickey@ocla.ca

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