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

What you can do–right NOW–to stop the madness of continued oil sands expansion

Are you feeling frustrated with the fact that the Kinder Morgan trans-mountain pipeline project, and other pipelines, seem to be unstoppable? The Coast Protectors held a webinar this week to discuss actions that are being taken. Inspired by that webinar, here are some actions that all of us can take, right now, to show solidary with … 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

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.  

Tsilkqot’in win big victory in Supreme Court

Tsilkqot’in Win Big Victory in Supreme Court CUSJ First Nations Page Tsilhqokt”in Nation Supreme Court Victory will be a Game Changer for government and  resource industries, in BC, Quebec, and other areas of Canada, CBC by Amber Hildebrandt, 20`4 06 27 Time to Grow Up Canada, by Rafe Mair Tyee.ca Tsilhqokt’in Nation Give Canada A New … Read more

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

CUSJ joins Sept 26 2011 action on Tar Sands

e-mail To the Ottawa Action Network Organizing the September 26th Rally against the Tar Sands September 21, 2011 Dear organizers of the Ottawa Action on the Tar Sands. At its September 16th board meeting, Canadian Unitarians For Social Justice voted to support this action against the tar stands and that it agrees with the following … Read more

Sisters in Spirit and Walk 4 Justice

Sisters in Spirit are walking again with other aboriginal women from Vancouver to parliament hill, seeking justice and solutions for the extreme violence against aboriginal women, especially the many women who have just disappeared across the country. Ottawa Unitarians provided dinner for the final feast on September 19th, 2011. As they walked, more and more people … Read more

JUSTnews – Summer 2009 – Vol 13, No. 1

Justnews Vol. 13 No 1 Cover Story The Earth is Hiring by Paul Dawkin:  Commencement Address to the class of 2009, University of Portland, May 3rd, 2009.  A vision of how we will change and who is leading us. Other Articles The Revitalization of CUSJ by Philip Symons Canada Should Endorse and Implement the UN … Read more