PRESS RELEASE: Supreme Court Unanimously Affirms Correct Test for Discrimination

July 24, 2015
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 24, 2015 – Toronto “There is a silver lining in yesterday’s decision from the Supreme Court of Canada,” says Faisal Mirza, the head of advocacy with the Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association (CMLA). “While dismissing the Commission’s appeal, the Supreme Court accepted the essence of the CMLA legal arguments and advanced the.. read more →

CMLA Publishes Submissions to House of Commons Committee on Bill C-51

March 23, 2015
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The CMLA will be appearing before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security on March 26, 2015 on the subject of Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015.  In conjunction with its appearance, the CMLA has prepared written submissions to the Committee.  Figure 1 of our submissions, The Big Picture: A.. read more →

LSUC Racialized Licensees Consultation Paper: CMLA Makes Written Submissions

March 1, 2015
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The CMLA provided its written submissions to the Law Society of Upper Canada, the professional regulatory body for Ontario lawyers.  The CMLA makes submissions that cover the following three area: (i) cultural differences and their impact on the legal workplace; (ii) particular challenges faced by internationally-trained lawyers; and (iii) strategies to enhance the participation of.. read more →

CMLA issues a joint Press Release re: Committee Hearings for Bill C-51

February 26, 2015
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The Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association issued a joint press release with other Canadian Rights groups calling on the government to withdraw its motion for limiting committee hearings on Bill C-51. The CMLA takes the position that Bill C-51 grants the Canadian government with vague and unnecessary powers that pose a risk to the civil and.. read more →

CMLA joins the discussion on CBC’s Power and Politics re: Bill C-51

February 23, 2015
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The CMLA appeared on CBC’s Power and Politics to voice their concerns regarding Bill C-51 as it underwent a second reading vote in Parliament. Ziyaad Mia of the CMLA’s Legal Advocacy Committee commented on the fundamental flaws of the Bill which can be read in full detail in our Briefing Note. The Power and Politics.. read more →

CMLA Publishes Briefing Note on Bill C-51

February 22, 2015
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The CMLA has published a briefing note on Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015.  The briefing note may be downloaded here or you can view the document below.   CMLA Briefing Note on Bill C-51 by Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association – Association Canadienne des Avocates Musulmanes read more →

CMLA Quoted in Global News

February 14, 2015
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Ziyaad Mia of the CMLA’s Legal Advocacy Committee was quoted in Global News on a piece exploring the definition of terrorism in light of Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015 and comments by the Minister of Justice, Peter MacKay on the arrests in Nova Scotia. read more →

CMLA appears on English and French Media re: Bill C-51 (Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015)

February 2, 2015
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CMLA members have been appearing on various media outlets to discuss Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015 as well as Prime Minister Harper’s comments linking Canadian mosques to the promotion terrorism.  CMLA members also commented that the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015 potentially infringes the constitutionally protected freedom of expression and transforms CSIS into a secret.. read more →

For Immediate Release: Canadian Muslims ‘deeply troubled’ by Prime Minister’s comments implicating mosques in terror promotion

February 2, 2015
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In a joint statement, the CMLA and the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) urged Prime Minister Harper to unequivocally apologize for his troubling comments regarding mosques and terrorism. During his announcement of Bill C51, titled the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015, Harper implicated mosques as places where terrorism is advocated. In response to the joint statement,.. read more →

CMLA appears before the Supreme Court

January 23, 2015
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The CMLA and the National Council of Canadian Muslims made oral submissions before the Supreme Court of Canada as joint interveners in the case of Latif v. Bombardier. The CMLA and NCCM argued that the link the Court was seeking between the decision to exclude Latif and a finding of discrimination could be found in part.. read more →