Tax havens are robbing us of our democracy

The Spring 2017 JustNews discussion paper features a sermon by Rev. Steven Epperson, in which he presents what political scientist Edward Luttwak called “the most important book of the decade”: The Panama Papers: Breaking the Story of How the Rich and Powerful Hide their Money. Epperson also looks at a second book, The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of … Read more

Guy Dauncey’s Message of Hope

The most recent JustNews Discussion Paper No. 32 revisits Guy Dauncey’s slideshow, which we enjoyed at the 2016 AGM.  Using humour, memes, and examples from life, Dauncey shows us how we can build a sustainable future for humanity. Dauncey is the founder of the B.C. Sustainable Energy Association, co-founder of the Victoria Car Share Cooperative, and author or … Read more

JustNews Summer 2016 and Discussion Paper TPP

Discussion Paper #31  A Critique of the  Trans Pacific Partnership with contributions from Leslie Kemp, Cym Gomery, Bill Curry, Murray Dobin, US Senator Bernie Sanders, and Frants Attorp.       See also our Summer 2016 Issue of JustNews. Covers themes of democracy, election financing, media, inequality, homelessness, and climate change:  Why Minority Governments by … Read more

Proportional Representation for Canadians (from JustNews DP 30)

JustNews Editor Philip Symon’s note: I was asked by a Board Member of Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice to include an article on proportional representation (PR) in this Autumn 2015 Discussion Paper which is appearing shortly before the October federal election. Upon searching the internet for such an article, I was surprised to find most … Read more

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

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

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 Signs on to Darlington Declaration

July 31st, 2011 After an extensive discussion on the board and the publication of a special discussion paper on Nuclear Power, CUSJ has decided to support the Greenpeace Darlington Declaration calling for renewable energy, not nuclear, to be the centre of Ontario’s future energy policy. CUSJ Nuclear Page

DP#19 — Money, Banking and Financing Health Care

DP#19 – Banking, Money, and Financing Health Care Funding Public Health Care With a Publicly Owned Bank — How Canada Did It, by Ellen Hodgson Brown, J.D. Money and the Economic Crisis — A Short Tutorial,  by Charles Eisenstein, summarized by Caspar Davis Bank Reform, Prime Minister Hacker Style — excerpts from Yes, Prime Minister, … 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

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