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

Bill C-22 Update: Liberals toss out the SECU recommendations

By Jack Dodds Bill C-22 is the Liberal government’s bid to fulfill their election promise of parliamentary oversight of Canada’s security agencies. As first introduced in the Commons, C-22 was criticized for creating an oversight committee that had too little power and independence to allow it to restore public confidence in the security agencies. After second reading in … Read more

Bill C-23 would give US officials expanded authority over travellers

CUSJ has submitted comments to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (SECU) regarding Bill C-23. This bill could compromise the Canadian government’s ability to ensure the privacy and rights of its own citizens when they travel, by expanding the powers of US officials. At present, the US Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) operates preclearance … 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

Hassan Diab trial expected in March or April 2017

Above: Feb. 2016 rally to show support for Hassan Diab. Photo: Matthew Behrens. Canadian Unitarians are deeply concerned about Canada’s ongoing impassivity as a Canadian citizen languishes in Fleury-Merogis prison (near Paris) in “pretrial detention” since 2014. In 2008, Dr. Diab, a professor at University of Ottawa and Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, was summarily arrested for allegedly bombing … Read more

Bill C-22: Security agency activities may be legal, but are they democratic?

This is one of the questions posed by CUSJ today, in a letter to Senator Jaffer, Deputy Chair of the Senate committee on National Security and Defense (SECD) that is studying Bill C-22. As you may recall, CUSJ has already submited a brief on Bill C-22. This letter is a follow-up, that draws Senator Jaffer’s attention to three relatively … Read more

CUSJ Brief on Public Safety, National Security, & Human Rights

We are grateful to Jack Dodds, CUSJ member from Toronto, for stepping up and presenting our brief during the government public hearing process.  The link to the final brief submitted to the public safety committee is here. CUSJ is concerned that the government is going too far and that pervasive surveillance of innocent people without … Read more

Juggling democracy, fairness, and security

Presentation to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (SECU)  by CUSJ member Jack Dodds*, and CUSJ President Margaret Rao. On October 19th, 2016 in downtown Toronto, these two CUSJ representatives spoke to the SECU about their concerns that the democratic rights of Canadians are being threatened by over-zealous attention to national security. They pointed out … Read more

Threat to Canadian Democracy and Free Speech

Voices/Voix, an organization dedicated to documenting threats to the Canadian democracy, human rights, and freedom of speech, has just published a new case study on the issue of the right of Canadians to participate in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.  Many Canadians from churches, students, labour unions, and other walks of life are choosing … Read more

Time to bring Hassan Diab Home!

CUSJ Board Motion in Support of Hassan Diab 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 justice on behalf of those who … 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

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

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 launches lobby campaign on Medically Assisted Dying

Dying with Dignity: WE WON!  But We Can’t Rest Now. Supreme Court of Canada in a unanimous decision overturns the law prohibiting doctor assisted death for mentally competent, terminally ill adults.  CUSJ Press Release here. The Liberals have proposed to pass a bill that gives far less access to assisted dying than the Supreme Court recommended. … 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.  

A call for peace between Israel and Palestine

(The Discussion Paper will open in its own window. Comments can be submitted here) CUSJ joins with many other faith communities to support an active search for peaceful solutions to the on-going crisis in Israel and Palestine.  It is time both Israel and the International Community comes to the table to honour the commitments made … Read more

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