Backgrounder: Bill 62

January 20, 2018
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Background of Bill-62: An Act to foster adherence to State religious neutrality and, in particular, to provide a framework for requests for accommodations on religious grounds in certain bodies (modified title) (“Bill-62”). (1) 1. OVERVIEW Bill-62 comes at a time when Islamophobia in Quebec and in Canada is on the rise. According to Statistics Canada,.. read more →

Statement of Principles

November 23, 2017
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The CMLA supports the Statement of Principles requirement derived from the “Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group Final Report.”  The CMLA contributed submissions to this study that was established to find ways to combat the long-standing problem of systemic racism in the legal profession. The Statement of Principles requirement for lawyers is a small.. read more →

National Canadian Muslim Organizations Joint Statement on Bill 62

October 20, 2017
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October 19, 2017 Quebec Bill 62 Is a Direct Attack on Religious Freedoms of Muslim Women Joint Statement by National Canadian Muslim Organizations Montreal and Toronto, Canada: The Canadian Council of Imams (CCI), the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW), the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Canada,.. read more →

CMLA and CABL Letter to Ministers of Public Safety and Immigration Re: RCMP Oversight

October 19, 2017
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October 18, 2017 The Honourable Ralph Goodale and The Honourable Ahmed Hussen House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Dear Honourable Ministers of Public Safety and Immigration: Re:       RCMP Racial and Religious Profiling at the Quebec Border The Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association (CMLA) with the support of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) is.. read more →

CMLA Masters Series CPD with Nader Hasan

October 10, 2017
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We hope to see you on November 7, 2017 for a CMLA Masters Series talk by leading litigator and CMLA legal advocacy committee member Nader Hasan about Public Interest Advocacy from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Ontario Bar Association 20 Toronto St, Toronto, ON M5C 2B8. Nader will discuss public interest advocacy and professionalism.  He will provide insight into the importance of perseverance in litigation.. read more →

Bill C-59 Requires More Reforms

September 19, 2017
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The CMLA has partnered with several civil rights organizations and experts to express our concerns with the revised national security legislation known as Bill C-59.  Although the amendments in Bill C-59 address some of the problems in the predecessor legislation (Bill C-51) more reforms are needed to improve oversight of agencies, procedural fairness, and limits.. read more →

The CMLA Granted Leave to Intervene in Two Supreme Court of Canada Cases

September 12, 2017
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We are proud to announce that the CMLA has been granted Intervenor status in 2 cases at the Supreme Court of Canada. 1) Canadian Human Rights Commission v. Attorney General of Canada.   Hearing date: November 28, 2017 The CMLA will be represented by counsel:  Kumail Karimjee Nabila F. Qureshi Case Summary: Canadian Charter of.. read more →

Unconditional Ban on Torture

February 1, 2017
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The CMLA, along with seven other human rights organizations, wrote to the Honourable Ralph Goodale, the Minister of Public Safety, highlighting the “urgent need for Canada to revise the Ministerial Directives on torture issued by the previous government to conform to the unconditional ban on torture in international law.” The full letter may be found.. read more →

CMLA submits comments on Government of Canada Green Paper on National Security

December 16, 2016
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The CMLA submitted its comments to the Government of Canada on the ‘Our Security, Our Rights: National Security Green Paper, 2016′, which may be accessed here. In keeping with its previous submissions and testimony on the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015 (Bill C-51) before the House of Commons Committee on Public Safety and National Security, the CMLA reiterated its.. read more →

CMLA makes submissions before the Quebec National Assembly re: Bill 62

December 12, 2016
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On November 2, 2016, the CMLA presented its brief on Bill 62 regarding state religious neutrality and religious accommodation before a committee of the Quebec National Assembly. L’ACAM était en commission parlementaire à Québec, le 2 novembre 2016, pour y présenter son mémoire sur le projet de loi 62 concernant la neutralité religieuse de l’État et les.. read more →