Gov’t dragging its feet on reforms to the Access to Information Act

CUSJ has joined over 50 Canadian civil society organisations and citizens in sending a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking him to renew the commitment of his government to reform Canada’s woefully outdated Access to Information Act. Notwithstanding strong pledges to amend the Act during the election campaign and afterwards, including in its 2016-2018 Open … Read more

Trudeau risks populist backlash by breaking key promise

About-face on democratic reform commitment fuels cynicism, anger   TORONTO – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s abandonment of a key election promise on democratic reform risks fuelling the cynicism, anger, and disenfranchisement that resulted in a Brexit referendum victory in the UK and propelled Trump to the US Presidency.   “Justin Trudeau has broken faith with … Read more

CUSJ Submits Brief On Electoral Reform

The CUSJ is proud to participate in the government’s consultative process to determine if Canadians want a new electoral system and what kind of a system we want.  They also want to know if we would support electronic voting.  CUSJ came down firmly on the side of Electoral Reform to achieve Proportional Representation.  We hope … Read more

FVC’s Meet your MP Campaign

Fair Vote Canada is undertaking to have its members and supporters visit their local MPs between January 2nd and January 24th 2016, when the MPs are most likely to be in their home ridings, in order to educate MPs about Proportional Representation, and hopefully motivate them to champion this issue going forward. Now is the time … Read more

CUSJ supports bill for gender neutral national anthem

Liberal MP Mauril Belanger is putting a private members bill through the house asking for an amemendment to the National Anthem from “All our sons command” to “All of us command.”  CUSJ adds a request for a Theologically Neutral National Anthem as well by returning to the original wording.  This is especially appropriate given the … Read more

Gender-neutral national anthem a first step to equality

CUSJ calls on MPs to vote in favour of bill C-624 TORONTO – Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice (CUSJ) is calling on Members of Parliament to vote today in favour of making Canada’s national anthem more inclusive to all Canadians, by supporting Private Members’ Bill C-624, An Act to Amend the National Anthem Act (Gender) … Read more

The Spiritual Imperatives of Our Time

Frances Deverell’s sermon to close the Ottawa Social Forum plus reading. Find out what people were thinking about at the social forum.  What has to change for us to “decolonize Canada?”  See Frances Deverell’s sermon given at the end of Ottawa’s Social Forum, August 2014 at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa.  

CUSJ Declares Support for Common Causes

The Council of Canadians been working with 47 organizations (Idle No More, all key labour organizations affiliated with the CLC, Canadian Federation of Nurses, Greenpeace, National Farmers Union, Voices, Alternatives, Canadian Peace Alliance, Lead Now,  many, many more… including Oxfam,) to pull together a common front to tackle the social issues of our day and … 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

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 supports Supreme Court Challenge To Electoral System

CUSJ Supports Supreme Court Challenge to First Past the Post November 7th, 2011 The board of CUSJ declared its support, today, for L’Association Pour La Revendication Des Droits Démocratiques, the Quebec organization that is taking it’s challenge to the first-past-the-post voting system to the Supreme Court of Canada.  The suit has made its way through … Read more

CUSJ supports the occupy movement

BRAVO THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT! You are acting for many Canadians from all walks of life who share your frustrations. Canadian Unitarians For Social Justice support your action to protest growing income inequality and corporate greed. You are exposing the underlying unfairness of an economic system that has left a tiny elite with a disproportionate amount of wealth … Read more

Latest Discussion Paper on Equality Now on Line

Discussion Paper No. 22 on Equality – Oct 2011 Discussion paper #22 is a summary of the book The Spirit Level by Richardson and Picket.  It demonstrates using the best epidemiological approach that societies that are more equal have better outcomes in most of the factors that make a good society.  Both the paper and … 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

Push the Senate to pass C-393

CUSJ calls on all its members to bombard the Senate with requests to expedite the passage of Bill C-393 before any election may be called.  Let democracy be respected.  Let Senators rise above party politics and do the right thing.  We have the opportunity to remove the roadblocks and have inexpensive generic drugs sent to … Read more

Protect integrity of parliament: Fire Bev Oda

Protect the Integrity of Parliament:  Fire Bev Oda CUSJ is concerned about the loss of integrity in parliament as ministers feel free to mislead parliament with false information and change documents after senior civil servants have signed them without acknowledging where the changes are coming from.  For the full letter calling Harper to accountability see: … Read more

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