Saturday, March 10th 2018 was a day for the history books, as thousands marched in an indigenous-led protest against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline. Coast Salish spiritual leaders and members raised a traditional Coast Salish Watch House* near the pipeline route, which will act as a base for resistance to the project. In addition … Read more“We will never give up!” Thousands protest Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project
This particular JUSTnews issue–winter 2018–deals with the history of the CUSJ, giving it a timeless quality. It is former editor Philip Symons’ last issue. This issue could be a useful resource to have on hand for anyone who wants to know more about CUSJ! Click here to view it.
Mary Bennet of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver reports: What an event we hosted last night [Feb 19 2018] at UCV. Thanks to the Environment Committee, the Board, the musicians, the speakers, the artists and groups who donated items for the silent auction.. and Tamiko Suzuki – our great emcee for the evening. I was … Read moreVancouver UUs host event for wild salmon and for indigenous defenders
Above: (left to right) Bob Stevenson, Marlene Campbell, Jane Lindsay and Bill Van Iterson holding the CUSJ banner. Did you know that First Nations children on reserve receive far less funding for education, child welfare and health services than all other Canadian children? On Wednesday, February 14th over 500 schoolchildren gathered on Parliament Hill for … Read more“Have a heart” rally for First Nations kids’ education
CUSJ was one of several of social justice organizations that submitted a brief in response to Bill C-59, “An Act Respecting National Security Matters.” The bill sets out the scope of powers of the Intelligence Commissioner, makes amendments to the criminal code, and much more. To weigh in on every provision of the act would … Read moreCUSJ Bill C-59 recommendations: Amend vague wording and improve transparency
We also connect Unitarians to larger coalitions who share our values and work to increase our impact on the issues we care about. Over the years we have actively supported: Aboriginal Rights Coalition Association of Community Organizations For Reform Now (ACORN) Canada without Poverty (formerly the National Anti-Poverty Organization). Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) Canadian Council for … Read moreCUSJ Partners
Editor’s note: Margaret Rao’s letter has been updated to correct the date, as per Christine Johnston’s comment. This season of ‘extreme’ cold weather from coast to coast to coast is just one version of the “climate of change” that Canadians are facing, in every season, and every sense of the phrase. No doubt, there will … Read morePhilip Symons – A Man For All Seasons
You are busy divesting, exploring alternative energies, signing petitions to end megaprojects, and generally doing what you can as a citizen to promote a fossil-free future. Meanwhile, did you know that, according to the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the Canadian government is subsidizing fossil fuel industries to the tune of $3.3 billion? As the … Read moreCUSJ joins the call for an end to fossil-fuel subsidies
On December 1, 2017, CUSJ President Margaret Rao wrote to the Prime Minister, select ministers of the environment and natural resources, and a few newspapers, to request that the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project be put on hold. There are too many issues that have not been addressed. In particular, the government has not fulfilled its … Read moreMuskrat Falls NFLD hydroelectric megaproject: Bad idea!
CUSJ was shocked to learn of US President Donald Trump’s sychophantic plan to recognize occupied Jerusalem as the “capital of Israel”. We echo the sentiments of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), whose statement appears below. [This] plan to recognize occupied Jerusalem as the “capital of Israel” is an appalling attempt to give legitimacy to Israel’s … Read moreCUSJ supports Palestinian BNC statement regarding Jerusalem
CUSJ President Margaret Rao wrote once again today to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the Hassan Diab case. The text of this letter is pasted below. Dear Prime Minister, I am writing to you, once again, on behalf of Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice (CUSJ), a faith-based organization that promotes ‘the inherent worth and dignity … Read moreMr Trudeau: Please speak to President Macron, without delay
In his infamous tome The Prince, Machiavelli could have been presaging Lord Balfour’s Declaration when he wrote: ”You can be much more generous with what does not belong to you or your subjects, as Cyrus, Caesar and Alexander were. This is because giving away what belongs to others in no way damages your reputation; rather, it … Read moreBalfour gave away something that was not his to give
About 50 people from the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa attended the Ottawa Pride parade on August 27th 2017, and this number included CUSJ members Gary Campbell (our national treasurer), Rev Len De Roche, Alec Campbell, Maryon O’Hagan and Bob Stevenson. Our banner was also on display last Wednesday on Parliament Hill during the event organized … Read moreCUSJ at the Pride parade in Ottawa
The International Day of Peace is an annual holiday on September 21st, dedicated to ending war and violence. CUSJ’s partner, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) organized Peace Circles in different towns and cities, to celebrate a much needed spirit of love and peace and spread it all over the world. CUSJ accepted the invitation of Canadian … Read moreHolding hands for peace
Update: Public Response has created a video that highlights some of the actions taken on Sept. 20th. Look closely and you will see CUSJ’s logo! Our September 20, 2017, NDP Global Affairs Critic Hélène Laverdière announced a Day of Action in Support of the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty. CUSJ is one of many organizations participating in … Read moreDay of action in support of the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty (update)
CUSJ has added its voice to the No Way to Treat a Child – Canada campaign, coordinated by Defense for Children International – Palestine, which aims to influence Canadian voters and decision-makers in an effort to end Israeli military occupation and secure a just and viable future for Palestinian children living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Palestinian … Read morePalestinian children suffer
Update: Bill C-14, introduced in spring 2016 by the Liberals to legalize doctor-assisted dying, was supported on the third reading 186-137, with most Liberals in favour and most opposition MPs opposed, although 19 Conservatives supported it. Here is a letter from CUSJ President Margaret Rao, urging amendments to the bill. Dear friends, Unitarians have been on the forefront of … Read moreContact your MP re Medically-Assisted Dying (updated)
Under current laws, Canadian UU congregational chapters are prohibited, since the CUSJ is not a charity, and this would constitute a derogation from the neutrality required in order for congregations to maintain their charitable status. See “Engaging in Allowable Activities” on the CRA website. Note, however, that the CUC encourages individual UUers to join the CUSJ, and to … Read moreRole of CUSJ within the UU faith community
CUSJ vote to promote Fee & Dividend. Click here for the Press Release announcing that members voted to join the movement for a Fair Price on Carbon at the CUSJ AGM May 18, 2015 in Ottawa.
WE WON! 2015 02 06 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.