Accessible Housing Human Right

  October 13, 2021 UNITARIANS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE SAY ACCESSIBLE HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice urge government to comply with UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities Members of Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice (CUSJ) have voted unanimously to urge the governments of Canada and all … Read more

Compelling Case for PR

CUSJ’s partner, Fair Vote Canada, makes a compelling case for Proportional Representation in Canada by comparing the results of the recent Canadian federal election with the recent election in Germany, a country that has had a proportional system of representation since the Second World War. See Full Article Here  

CUSJ Supports Coalition for Violence Prevention

PRESS RELEASE. 2021 03 09 Petition Launched to Free Canada from Violence. (Sign the Petition here) A broad group of Canadians is calling on the public to sign a petition to free Canada from violence. They include victim advocates, public health, faith-based communities, social justice, municipalities, and academics. Rev. Frances Deverell led the creation of … Read more

Black Lives Matter

CUSJ Outraged at Brutal Murder of George Floyd. 2020 06 04 For Immediate Release As Canadian Unitarians we are touched profoundly by the events in the U.S., arising out of the murder of George Floyd by police. The massive uprising of anguish and rage that has gripped the U.S. has moved people around the world. … Read more

Help workers not oil companies

LA VERSION FRANÇAISE SUIT Canadian Unitarians For Social Justice joined with many other NGO’s, unions, and faith organizations to call our Federal Government to direct subsidies toward helping workers through transition rather than bailing out oil companies once again. March 23, 2020 To the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau,  Cc: Federal Cabinet Ministers  COVID-19 is presenting … Read more

Why do elected and hereditary Wet’suwet’en chiefs disagree?

Editor’s note: Former JUSTnews editor Philip Symons published this timely op-ed in the CUSJ Googlegroup, and we felt it was so informative we had to share! Why do elected and hereditary Wet’suwet’en chiefs disagree on whether pipelines should go through their territory? Just like our elected members of parliament, Wet’suwet’en elected Chiefs and Councils keep … Read more

CUSJ supports the Wet’suwet’en

Letter of January 21, 2020, from CUSJ President Bill Woolverton TO: Honourable Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources; Premier John Horgan; Adam Olsen, Interim Leader, Green Party of BC; Andrew Wilkinson, Leader of the BC Liberal Party; Federal Justice Minister David Lametti; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; Jagmeet Singh, New Democratic Party of … Read more

Segal Report Misses Point

For immediate Release

The Murray Segal Report Misses the Point

The Board of the Canadian Unitarians For Social Justice (CUSJ) call on Prime Minister Trudeau to immediately to establish a full independent public inquiry on the case of Dr. Hassan Diab.  Its purpose would be to examine the Canadian system of extradition and to recommend how the law should be changed to better protect the democratic and human rights of Canadian citizens.

CUSJ is a national faith-based organization of members that works for social justice, democracy, human rights, a healthy environment, and peace.  We have been following the case of Dr. Diab and supporting him and his family since he was arrested in November, 2008. 

The Segal report claims that the Government of Canada is completely exonerated because they followed the law in every detail.  Bill Woolverton, President of CUSJ challenges the conclusion. “This is a whitewash report to protect the government,” he said.  “The unjust and unconscionable treatment of Hassan Diab over the past 11 years cannot be acceptable to Canada as a standard of practice. If this can happen, then there are serious flaws in Canada’s extradition laws. If Canadians are to be protected from unfair arrest and extradition on flimsy evidence, the law must be improved.”

The litany of injustices:

  • Dr. Diab was incarcerated without charge for 160 days in maximum security in Canada. 
  • On bail for over 6 years, he had to pay $2000 a month for his own security anklet. 
  • He was not allowed to see the evidence against him.  Some of that evidence had no known source and could have been obtained by torture.
  • The federal team tried to help the French improve the handwriting evidence, to make the case credible.  Our government was working for the French, not for our Canadian citizen. 
  • Canada extradited Dr. Diab to France in 2014, even though the judge said the evidence was too flimsy to meet Canadian legal standards.  The Supreme Court decision (Ferras: 2006) that directed judges to refuse extradition if the evidence is flimsy was ignored.
  • In France Dr. Diab was held in maximum security with two hours a day to read or exercise.  He was held without charge or trial for 4 years.  There was never enough evidence for charges or a trial.
  • Judicial investigators from France proved that Hassan Diab was not in Paris at the time of the incident.  They recommended at a minimum a release on bail but the French prosecutor refused to release him.
  • A case could be made that both Canada and France took advantage of the societal fear of terrorism to scapegoat Dr. Diab because he was Arab and Muslim. 

Dr. Hassan Diab has conducted himself peacefully and with dignity through all these trials.  He has only ever asked for justice.  He has demonstrated over and over who he is as a human being.  What was done to him, in both Canada and in France, is both unjust and unconscionable.

It is time that we demonstrate who we are as a democratic country that respects human rights.  Canada must take a strong independent look at our extradition law with a view to improving it to better protect Canadians.

For further information contact

Bill Woolverton, president

Devastated by his ordeal, Hassan still fights for justice and change so No Canadian will ever have to face what he has faced.

Does this lady look like a “security threat” to you?

For over two hours hours on January 15, members of Homes not Bombs and Ottawa Raging Grannies staged a sit-in at the entrance to Global Affairs Canada, demanding a meeting with Chrystia Freeland, with what seemed like a tantalizing proposal: Freeland could, with the stroke of a pen, cancel the $15 billion Saudi weapons contract, … Read more

Gov’t dragging its feet on reforms to the Access to Information Act

CUSJ has joined over 50 Canadian civil society organisations and citizens in sending a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking him to renew the commitment of his government to reform Canada’s woefully outdated Access to Information Act. Notwithstanding strong pledges to amend the Act during the election campaign and afterwards, including in its 2016-2018 Open … Read more

Trudeau risks populist backlash by breaking key promise

About-face on democratic reform commitment fuels cynicism, anger   TORONTO – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s abandonment of a key election promise on democratic reform risks fuelling the cynicism, anger, and disenfranchisement that resulted in a Brexit referendum victory in the UK and propelled Trump to the US Presidency.   “Justin Trudeau has broken faith with … Read more

CUSJ Submits Brief On Electoral Reform

The CUSJ is proud to participate in the government’s consultative process to determine if Canadians want a new electoral system and what kind of a system we want.  They also want to know if we would support electronic voting.  CUSJ came down firmly on the side of Electoral Reform to achieve Proportional Representation.  We hope … Read more

FVC’s Meet your MP Campaign

Fair Vote Canada is undertaking to have its members and supporters visit their local MPs between January 2nd and January 24th 2016, when the MPs are most likely to be in their home ridings, in order to educate MPs about Proportional Representation, and hopefully motivate them to champion this issue going forward. Now is the time … Read more

CUSJ supports bill for gender neutral national anthem

Liberal MP Mauril Belanger is putting a private members bill through the house asking for an amemendment to the National Anthem from “All our sons command” to “All of us command.”  CUSJ adds a request for a Theologically Neutral National Anthem as well by returning to the original wording.  This is especially appropriate given the … Read more

Gender-neutral national anthem a first step to equality

CUSJ calls on MPs to vote in favour of bill C-624 TORONTO – Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice (CUSJ) is calling on Members of Parliament to vote today in favour of making Canada’s national anthem more inclusive to all Canadians, by supporting Private Members’ Bill C-624, An Act to Amend the National Anthem Act (Gender) … Read more