Public Campaigns


Supreme Court Registrar’s conduct towards self-represented litigants

This public campaign relates to the OCLA’s concerns about the conduct of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada, which deprives unrepresented litigants from access to the Court.


York University’s removal of student group status

This public campaign relates to the removal of student group status from the group Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) at York University, in relation to political protests organized by the group on campus.


Justice for Deepan Budlakoti

Deepan Budlakoti is a born and raised Canadian who faces deportation by Canada to India, a country he has never lived in. The civil liberties of all members of a free and democratic society must be upheld if they are to mean anything at all.

Visit the Justice for Deepan Budlakoti Support Committee to sign the petition and get the latest information on Deepan’s case.

Public Money is Not for Silencing Critics

The Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA) is demanding that the University of Ottawa stop financing a private defamation lawsuit against its long-time and outspoken critic Denis Rancourt.


Motion for Leave to Intervene in Supreme Court appeal of Thibodeau et al. v. Air Canada et al.

The Ontario Civil Liberties Association and Dr. Gábor Lukács filed a motion for leave to intervene to the Supreme Court of Canada in Thibodeau et al. v. Air Canada et al. to address the issue of whether an international treaty (the “Montreal Convention”) bars actions for damages against Air Canada arising from human rights and civil liberties abridgements to passengers onboard international flights.

Two other parties filed motions for leave to intervene at the same stage: the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Key documents from this motion are listed and linked to below:


Motion for Leave to Intervene in Supreme Court leave to appeal of Denis Rancourt v. Joanne St. Lewis, et al.

The Ontario Civil Liberties Association filed a motion for leave to intervene to the Supreme Court of Canada in the application for leave to appeal of Denis Rancourt v. Joanne St. Lewis, et al.

OCLA’s motion brought forward new evidence about the ongoing legislative debate surrounding Ontario’s proposed anti-SLAPP law, in order to address the national importance of non-party funding in a defamation lawsuit. (See OCLA’s Public Money is Not for Silencing Critics campaign for our position on non-party public funding of defamation lawsuits.)

Documents from the motion are listed and linked to below:


Searches at cadet summer camps (National Defence)

OCLA has written to Rear Admiral Jennifer Bennet expressing concerns over blanket searches of youth participants in Canada’s cadet summer camps programs:


Hate speech charges against Arthur Topham

OCLA has a public campaign calling on the Attorney General of BC, The Honourable Suzanne Anton, to withdraw her consent for prosecution of Mr. Arthur Topham under Canada’s “hate speech” Criminal Code provisions. Mr. Topham is being prosecuted regarding content on his self-published internet blog.

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