The Zatoun project: planting trees, growing hope

Zatoun is a Canadian registered non-profit organization, run mostly by volunteers, to promote peace and understanding of Palestinian society, history, culture and art, to establish commercial links, and to support the economic viability of a Palestinian state. The best-known Zatoun product is its fair trade extra virgin olive oil, but Zatoun also produces olive oil soap, za’atar (a mix of … Read more

Election 2015 campaign results

The 42nd general election is now behind us, and one can almost feel the land reverberate with our collective sigh of relief. The CUSJ championed many election-related actions on this site, and here we will review the success of each. Proportional representation campaign: huge strides CUSJ supported the Fair Vote Canada “Make Every Vote Count” Campaign to urge … Read more

Proportional Representation for Canadians (from JustNews DP 30)

JustNews Editor Philip Symon’s note: I was asked by a Board Member of Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice to include an article on proportional representation (PR) in this Autumn 2015 Discussion Paper which is appearing shortly before the October federal election. Upon searching the internet for such an article, I was surprised to find most … Read more

The Little Engine that Could: New Climate Pricing System

New climate pricing system could reduce greenhouse gas emissions…and poverty By: Andy Blair Member, Citizens’ Climate Lobby; CUSJ; and UUCH Climate Action Team By now, everyone knows it: we need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions drastically if we are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change on our environment, our health, and our economy. But … Read more

Refugees all but shut out of Canada: CUSJ Press release

Communiqué FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: 17 September, 2015 By: Margaret Rao, CUSJ President Changes to refugee process needed if Canada is to make real impact on refugee crisis TORONTO – Key changes are urgently needed if Canada is to open its doors wide enough to make a difference in the current Syrian refugee crisis. “Amendments to … Read more

It is not a crime to criticize Israel: Press release

Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice P.O. Box 40011, Ottawa, ON, K1V 0W8 President, Margaret Rao president@cusj.org www.cusj.org Communiqué FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: 16 April 2015 CIVIL SOCIETY REJECTS CRIMINALIZATION OF CRITICISM  OF STATE OF ISRAEL CUSJ joins other civil society organizations in defending freedom of speech Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice (CUSJ) has issued a … Read more

Election 2015: Get informed, take action

Get Informed Find out which party matches your priorities Find out if you are registered to vote (and, if not, register) Step-Up Canada:  Party Positions on Climate Change Party positions on proportional representation Check the polls CUSJ Press Release:  2015 05 18 Unanimous vote to work for proportional representation at AGM Get involved! Fair Vote Canada Campaign CUSJ supports the … Read more

Bill C-51 uses terrorism as a pretext for a new secret police

EROSION OF CIVIL LIBERTIES  CUSJ members to join demonstrations coast to coast against “anti-terrorism” bill TORONTO – On Saturday, March 14 2015, Unitarians will join with other concerned Canadians coast to coast for a National Day of Action to oppose the federal government’s latest security legislation, Bill C-51. Peaceful #StopC51 demonstrations that day are to be held in over … Read more

CUSJ President’s Report, Nov. 2014

Early Winter Greetings CUSJ Members All! I know most of the country, even our members in Victoria, have been hit with unseasonably cold temperatures in November. Colder than normal temperatures are predicted across the country for the month of December too, according to Environment Canada. At least the feds haven’t cut funding to the weather … Read more

Why the Nordic Model is the Right One For Canada!

by Penney Kome In 2014 the Federal Government conducted public discussions and supported a decision to go with some form of Nordic Model for Canada.  It passed legislation making it legal to sell sex, but illegal to buy it with fines and potential jail terms for the Johns.  We have not heard of any money … Read more

Bill C-54 goes to Senate for approval

Criminal Code review board chairs across Canada state that the Conservative government’s Criminal Code change to the Not Criminally Responsible bill is misdirected. Once again, the government did not engage in consultation in proposing the changes, which take a punative, ideologically driven approach to dealing with mentally-ill individuals who commit offences. The bill pits offenders against … Read more

Kamloops Congregation’s unwelcome neighbour: a toxic gold mine

Kamloops Congregation is facing new challenge — a Gold Mine project with toxic potential right next door. The linked article describes effect of large open pit gold mine on Salt Lake City. Updates: In May 2016, the National Observer describes how this open-pit mining project would involve draining a pristine lake, trespassing on unceded First Nations … Read more

Backgrounder from The Spirit Level (Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger)

By Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett Bloomsbury Press, New York, Berlin, London ©2009  This post is a backgrounder by Frances Deverell Chapter 10 – Violence: Gaining Respect P132 tells us that the majority of violence is committed by males, and mainly between the ages of 15-29. After that it declines sharply. It also shows that in England … Read more

Congregational democracy: Gradients of agreement

By Joy Silver I participated in a very informative workshop called, Gradients of Agreement at the BC Regional Gathering this past weekend, (November 2007),– A Participatory Decision Making Process. I would like to pass on to you the highlights of this workshop for your consideration for future congregational decisions that require significant buy-in to a motion. This … Read more