Site-C dam decision leaves Canadians feeling betrayed (again)

Two-thousand seventeen has been a roller-coaster year for progressives (and I write this as someone who dislikes amusement parks). We started the year on a high note, eager to usher in electoral reform, only to learn that  Liberal PM Justin Trudeau was backing out on his electoral reform promise. A big lie. However, we took … Read more

CUSJ joins the call for an end to fossil-fuel subsidies

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 more

Muskrat Falls NFLD hydroelectric megaproject: Bad idea!

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 more

Power without limits: engineering our own destruction (film review)

Castor Inc. is a documentary by Jean-François Vallée and Thibaud Mony that exposes the dark side of Hydro-Québec’s ‘clean’ hydro-electric energy: Québec, once the land of rivers and lakes, has become a land of dams and reservoirs.  This documentary is a bit slow moving, taking its tone from its subject, the once-mighty rivers that have … Read more

Trans-Mountain and Line 3 approval = another broken promise

CUSJ President Margaret Rao wrote to Prime Minister Trudeau on February 23 2017, urging him to rethink his approval of these backward-looking pipeline projects. The reasons are obvious: These pipelines make it impossible for Canada to honor the CO2 limits that it promised when it ratified the Paris agreement; These two pipelines would increase Canada’s emissions by … 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

What does each province have to do to move toward climate solutions?

This report from the National Observer shows us how much green energy each province produces and which ones are most dependent on carbon and have few renewable resources developed.  It also shows how far we have to go in our personal lifestyles and carbon consumption.  We are now at the stage where we are ready … Read more

CUSJ Endorses anti-nuclear statement

CUSJ Endorses Declaration of the World Uranium Symposium 2015 It calls for an end to Uranium mining, and opposes the use of Uranium for Nuclear Power or Nuclear War. It identifies the harm caused by Uranium to people, plants, and animals and in particular to First Nations people, and calls for full support for the … 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.  

Kamloops Congregation’s unwelcome neighbour: a toxic gold mine

Kamloops Congregation is facing new challenge — a Gold Mine project with toxic potential right next door. The linked article describes effect of large open pit gold mine on Salt Lake City. Updates: In May 2016, the National Observer describes how this open-pit mining project would involve draining a pristine lake, trespassing on unceded First Nations … Read more

Stop the Mega Quarry in Melancthon Township, Dufferin County

The county continues its struggle to preserve prime agricultural land for agriculture: Newsletter 2014 03  Melancthon residents – the mayor, farmers, residents -share their opinions on the proposed mega quarry that threatens the area’s agricultural industry. Highland sells land to Bonneville Financial, A Farmland Investment and Management Firm. This wonderful farmland will continue to grow food. … Read more

Tar Sands Updates

Westcoast Chapter of CUSJ presents a brief to the National Energy Board making a business case against the Enbridge Pipeline Proposal. Globe and Mail Article on Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings.  A Group of First Nations people envision an energy corridor controlled by First Nations to bring oil from the tar sands to the West Coast. … Read more

CUSJ Declares Support for Common Causes

The Council of Canadians been working with 47 organizations (Idle No More, all key labour organizations affiliated with the CLC, Canadian Federation of Nurses, Greenpeace, National Farmers Union, Voices, Alternatives, Canadian Peace Alliance, Lead Now,  many, many more… including Oxfam,) to pull together a common front to tackle the social issues of our day and … Read more

CUSJ supports the occupy movement

BRAVO THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT! You are acting for many Canadians from all walks of life who share your frustrations. Canadian Unitarians For Social Justice support your action to protest growing income inequality and corporate greed. You are exposing the underlying unfairness of an economic system that has left a tiny elite with a disproportionate amount of wealth … Read more