Contact your MP re Medically-Assisted Dying (updated)

Update: Bill C-14, introduced in spring 2016 by the Liberals to legalize doctor-assisted dying, was supported on the third reading 186-137, with most Liberals in favour and most opposition MPs opposed, although 19 Conservatives supported it. Here is a letter from CUSJ President Margaret Rao, urging amendments to the bill. Dear friends, Unitarians have been on the forefront of … Read more

Role of CUSJ within the UU faith community

Under current laws, Canadian UU congregational chapters are prohibited, since the CUSJ is not a charity, and this would constitute a derogation from the neutrality required in order for congregations to maintain their charitable status.  See “Engaging in Allowable Activities” on the CRA website. Note, however, that the CUC encourages individual UUers to join the CUSJ, and to … Read more

Dying with dignity: Quebec tables legislation

  June 12, 2013 – Just moments ago, the National Assembly of Quebec tabled Bill 52, historic legislation in support of better end-of-life care, including the right to medically assisted dying for the grievously ill. The tabling of the bill was met with a standing ovation. If this legislation becomes law, Quebec will become the … Read more

Discussion Paper No. 23: Immigrants, Multiculturalism, and the God Problem – Summer 2012

DP #23 – Multiculturalism, Religion, and Canadian Culture (The Paper opens in its own window, for easy comments on this page) In this Discussion Paper our search for truth and meaning takes us from the practical to the esoteric.  Articles: “Immigrants, Multiculturalism, and the God Problem” by Jerry Storie “In the Beginning” – Excerpted from … Read more

DP20 Why people vote against their interests?

Why do people vote against their own interests? Discussion Paper #20 – (opens own window & keeps this page open for convenient commenting whilst reading) Intro: Last year, in a series of “town-hall meetings” across the country, Americans got the chance to debate President Obama’s proposed healthcare reforms. What happened was an explosion of rage … Read more

CUSJ Listserv Discussion on Prostitution – 2010

On September 28th, 2010, Ontario Supreme Court Madame Justice Susan Himel declared the Federal Government laws on prostitution unconstitutional, effectively throwing them out. She gave governments 30 days to adjust to her ruling. The Federal Government will appeal. This situation stimulated a vigourous discussion on the CUSJ listserve, which is summarized below: First comment: If … Read more

Canada Out of Afghanistan

Discussion Paper #15 (opens own window & keeps this page open for convenient commenting whilst reading) Those members who do not subscribe to the e-list and were not present at the AGM may be unaware of the CUSJ resolution, and perhaps of some of the reasons occasioning it. This Discussion Paper therefore presents the resolution … Read more

How Best to Return Canada to a Peace Promoting Nation

Discussion Paper #13 (opens own window & keeps this page open for convenient commenting whilst reading) Spring 2007 This Discussion Paper contains two articles by authors who propose different ways to return Canada from a war-promoting nation to its more historic and honourable role as a peacekeeping and peace-building nation. The articles were written specifically … Read more

JUSTnews- Winter 2006-07- Vol 10, No. 2

Justnews Vol. 10 #2 WarResistors LoRes Cover Story The War Resistors Support Campaign by Valerie Lannon :  The current version of Draft Dodging is War Resisting.  Since there is no draft, the current resistors have usually seen the field of action for themselves, and decided not to play anymore.  This is the story of Jeremy … Read more

JUSTnews – Autumn 2007 – Vol 11, No. 1

Justnews Vol. 11 No. 1 Cover Story Government by Greed by Silver Donald Cameron :  An analysis of the Security and Prosperity Partnership, what policies it really represents.  Is this what Canadians want? Other Articles Euro English Ontario Votes on MMP, City of Yellowknife Votes Against TILMA, CCPA Monitor Guaranteed Livable Income by Cindy L’Hirondelle … Read more

JUSTnews – Spring 2008 – Vol 12, No. 1

Justnews Vol. 12 #1 Apr. 08 Cover Story Economic Growth:  Our Common Foe by Neil K. Dawe:  Our economic system depends on the unending depletion of natural capital — the earth which is our home.  What do we do about it? Other Articles Harold Koehler – In Memorium Meet the CUSJ Board Unitarians in Action … Read more

JUSTnews -Winter 2008-09 -Vol 12, No. 2

Justnews Vol. 12 No. 2 Cover Story How Harper has Embedded Conservative Economic Policy for the Future by Frances Russel:  A look at Canada’s revenue and tax strategies and their long-term impact. Other Articles Getting Kids to School Letters to the Editor Liberals and Conservatives Live on Different Planets Intelligent People and God by Graeme … Read more