This booklet sets out the rights of a person who is stopped, questioned, searched, arrested, or detained by the police. It also explains when the police can enter or search someone’s home.
From the B.C. Civil Liberties Association: Publications page
The Arrest Handbook: A Guide to Your Rights
This handbook explains in plain
language the range of conduct citizens can expect from police in the lawful
exercise of their duties. The Arrest Handbook(PDF) The Arrest Pocketbook (PDF)
Rights Talk: Students and Civil Liberties at SchoolWebsite | PDF
This guide outlines some basic ideas and concepts concerning civil liberties for students. But, it can be used by anyone who is interested in civil liberties, including parents, guardians, teachers and school staff. Knowledge is power: if you know what rights are and how they work, you can better understand and protect your rights, and protect and respect the rights of others.
Pivot Legal Society
Pivot Legal Society is a non-profit legal advocacy organization located in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
"A valuable portion of 'Beat the Heat' is devoted to explaining just how police get people to waive their rights -- intimidation, false friendliness, lies -- and how to avoid falling into those traps... It's also a primer for those who have been arrested... Komarisuk covers it all, from getting out on bail to working with your lawyer to what to do if all else has failed and you're headed for prison. There's also a chapter on how to witness and accurately report police misconduct, as well as chapters on the legal rights of minors and non-citizens."
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled today that two random searches conducted by dog sniffers were unlawful.
The Court ruled 6-3 that the searches were a violation of section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which protects Canadians from unlawful search and seizure of their property.
In both cases, police did not have reasonable grounds to conduct the searches, the Court said. (Court rulling: R. v. Kang-Brown)
"The Harper government is miffed at two Supreme Court judgments restricting sniffer-dog searches in schools and other public places, and it's hinting it will take action to offset them."
Smell of weed no longer grounds for arrest, search
February 12, 2008 - TheStarPhoenix.com (Saskatoon)
"The scent of marijuana wafting from an open car window doesn't give an officer grounds to make an arrest and search a vehicle, according to a recent decision from the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal. But city police don't believe the verdict will deter them from arresting dope-smoking drivers."
Ruling needed on vehicle searches: judge Moncton courts divided on constitutionality of warrantless searches
August 13th, 2008 - Times & Transcript (NB)
"Lampert said there are many cases involving the same officer and the same pattern of investigation, and the provincial court is obviously divided on the constitutionality of the searches."