The Canadian Civil Liberties Association celebrates its fiftieth anniversary with this overview of its activities–sometimes quiet and sometimes strident–as a watchdog and safeguard for Canadians and their rights as citizens. Through a series of discussions and interviews, a picture of Canada over the last half-century evolves. From the Charter of Freedoms to life and death matters such as abortion and the death penalty through to public security vs. the right to privacy, and a look forward into issues concerning the next fifty years, comes a picture of Canadian society, past and present. This is a fascinating look at civil rights, of which many Canadians may be unaware or take for granted–until they are needed on a personal level. Illustrated with political cartoons and photographs.