Judge orders Hassan Diab released, for the sixth time (may this one take)

25 April, 2017, Ottawa – Yesterday, two French anti-terrorism investigative judges ordered again the release of Dr. Hassan Diab, the Canadian academic who was extradited from Canada to France in November 2014. The French judges found that there is “consistent evidence” that Dr. Diab was in Lebanon at the time of the 1980 Paris bombing. … Read more

We could reduce violent crime by 50 percent: Here’s how

CUSJ Past-President Frances Deverell, together with several members of First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, has been working on the CUC Criminal Justice Monitoring Group mandate. This Group was formed after the May 2016 CUC AGM to address: the over-incarceration of Indigenous peoples; the excessive use of solitary confinement; and greater use of restorative justice in our system. The … Read more

The Shadow knows

In his article on the Hassan Diab case, entitled, No evidence? No problem! Matthew Behrens shows how the entire Hassan Diab case is full of holes, and time and again the judicial system keeps deciding to release him, and then, mysteriously, reversing their decision without explanation. Recounting the history of the case, in which Diab was arrested … Read more

CUSJ Board Motion in Support of Hassan Diab

Editor’s Note: The board passed a resolution at the May 12, 2017 AGM to amend this resolution to request on no uncertain terms that Hassan Diab be released, and that change is reflected herein. CUSJ’s mission is to defend and promote Unitarian principles, such as the inherent worth and dignity of every person, justice and equity in human … Read more

Time to set Mo Harkat Free!

Motion in Support of Mo Harkat passed by the CUSJ Board 2016 01 10 CUSJ‘s mission is to defend and promote Unitarian principles, such as the inherent worth and dignity of every person, justice and equity in human relations, democracy, peace, and liberty for all. These principles call upon us to be a witness for … 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

Minister of Public Safety: Don’t bar minority faith chaplains from prisons

CUSJ Letter to The Hon. Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety Dear Hon. Vic Toews; I was very disappointed to learn that you are cutting non-Christian chaplains from the Prison system in Canada. It is my belief that the Chaplaincy service in prisons is extremely important and that spiritual care is an essential service for … Read more

Bill C-10 Senate Letter Writing Campaign

CUSJ has just posted a set of talking points and sample letters to help you in your letter writing campaign.  We have also posted the proposed Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Policy for discussion at the CUC annual meeting.  We hope we have provided all the information congregations will need to discuss these issues and form their own … Read more

CUSJ supports Hassan Diab

Hassan Diab Needs Our Help Now! At its board meeting of January 8th, 2011, CUSJ voted to send a letter of support to the Minister of Justice on behalf of Dr. Hassan Diab. April 6th, Minister Rob Nicholson decided to issue the extradition order.  Mr. Diab is ordered to return to France.  According to the … 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

CUSJ calls for changes to Omnibus crime bill

CUSJ joined with Elizabeth Fry Society and John Howard Society to ask Harper and the Minister of Justice to make changes to the Omnibus crime bill.  We would like to emphasize a harm-reduction approach to drug crimes, and to ensure measures are included that support crime prevention as well as punishment. Resources See our letter … Read more

CUSJ Opposes C-4 Refugee Bill

CUSJ Opposes C-4 Refugee Bill July 31, 2011 CUSJ signed on, today, to the Canadian Council of Refugees campaign against Bill C-4.  (Formerly Bill C-49 and re-introduced into the house as Bill C-4 this spring.)  This Bill would exempt the Canadian Government from honouring the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the Canadian Constitution.  It … Read more

Prostitution and Society

Prostitution remains a hot debate on CUSJ list.  Penny Kome describes why she believes we must support the Nordic Model in Canada and work to free women from sexual slavery, prostitution because of poverty, and on-going negative attitudes of men toward women, whether prostitutes or not.  If our bodies are sacred and we have inherent worth … 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