Above: Salvador Dali’s persistence of time Imagine that you are enveloped in darkness. So dark, that you cannot see the hand in front of your face. There is no day, and there is no night. There is no sound. You are utterly alone, and you are trapped. Hours, days, weeks, months, years might have passed…you … Read moreOut of sight, out of mind
This op-ed is part of a series inspired by CUSJ’s resolution to explore ways to reform Canada’s criminal justice system. What if psychoactive drugs were legal in Canada? No need to wonder what would happen–we have only to look to countries like Portugal and New Zealand , which have legalized psychoactive drugs. Here’s the scoop: … Read moreWhat if psychoactive drugs were legal in Canada?
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 moreJudge orders Hassan Diab released, for the sixth time (may this one take)
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 moreWe could reduce violent crime by 50 percent: Here’s how
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 moreThe Shadow knows
The Federal Government will be using these recommendations as it considers what approach to take for legislation on assisted dying.
Editor’s Note: The board passed a resolution at the May 12, 2017 AGM to amend this resolution to request on no uncertain terms that Hassan Diab be released, and that change is reflected herein. 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 … Read moreCUSJ Board Motion in Support of Hassan Diab
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 moreTime to set Mo Harkat Free!
2015 09 29 The Canadian Drug Policy Coalition issued 3 new briefs on Drug Policies around the world and in Canada: Harm Reduction Overdose Cannabis
by Penney Kome In 2014 the Federal Government conducted public discussions and supported a decision to go with some form of Nordic Model for Canada. It passed legislation making it legal to sell sex, but illegal to buy it with fines and potential jail terms for the Johns. We have not heard of any money … Read moreWhy the Nordic Model is the Right One For Canada!
Criminal Code review board chairs across Canada state that the Conservative government’s Criminal Code change to the Not Criminally Responsible bill is misdirected. Once again, the government did not engage in consultation in proposing the changes, which take a punative, ideologically driven approach to dealing with mentally-ill individuals who commit offences. The bill pits offenders against … Read moreBill C-54 goes to Senate for approval
CUSJ Letter to The Hon. Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety Dear Hon. Vic Toews; I was very disappointed to learn that you are cutting non-Christian chaplains from the Prison system in Canada. It is my belief that the Chaplaincy service in prisons is extremely important and that spiritual care is an essential service for … Read moreMinister of Public Safety: Don’t bar minority faith chaplains from prisons
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 moreBill C-10 Senate Letter Writing Campaign
Hassan Diab Needs Our Help Now! At its board meeting of January 8th, 2011, CUSJ voted to send a letter of support to the Minister of Justice on behalf of Dr. Hassan Diab. April 6th, Minister Rob Nicholson decided to issue the extradition order. Mr. Diab is ordered to return to France. According to the … Read moreCUSJ supports Hassan Diab
CUSJ encourages all its members to sign up for Thursday, November 24th at 1pm and join others in presenting a petition of over 100,000 Canadians to your MP opposing this bill. Sign up here! For more information see our Criminal Justice Page
By Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett Bloomsbury Press, New York, Berlin, London ©2009 This post is a backgrounder by Frances Deverell Chapter 10 – Violence: Gaining Respect P132 tells us that the majority of violence is committed by males, and mainly between the ages of 15-29. After that it declines sharply. It also shows that in England … Read moreBackgrounder from The Spirit Level (Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger)
CUSJ joined with Elizabeth Fry Society and John Howard Society to ask Harper and the Minister of Justice to make changes to the Omnibus crime bill. We would like to emphasize a harm-reduction approach to drug crimes, and to ensure measures are included that support crime prevention as well as punishment. Resources See our letter … Read moreCUSJ calls for changes to Omnibus crime 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 moreCUSJ Opposes C-4 Refugee Bill
Subject: Prison Farm Update, Jan. 26, 2011 — Important Events this Week! Sent: January 26, 2011 12:07 PM If you have been following the prison farm issue, please consider writing your MP this week. E-mail or phone. Hello, Prison Farm Supporters! Next Wednesday, Feb. 2, MPs will be voting on the Public Safety Committee’s … Read moreSave Our Prison Farms
Prostitution remains a hot debate on CUSJ list. Penny Kome describes why she believes we must support the Nordic Model in Canada and work to free women from sexual slavery, prostitution because of poverty, and on-going negative attitudes of men toward women, whether prostitutes or not. If our bodies are sacred and we have inherent worth … Read moreProstitution and Society