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)
The Federal Government will be using these recommendations as it considers what approach to take for legislation on assisted dying.
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
CUSJ has been following refugee issues, and working with the Canadian Council For Refugees for some time. See our Refugee Page under Issues for a complete record of our actions to date. June 17th Support the National Day of Action toSTOP CUTS TO REFUGEE HEALTH CARE!Unitarians attended Rallies around the country in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, … Read moreCUSJ’s History of Action on Refugees
Dying with Dignity: WE WON! But We Can’t Rest Now. 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. The Liberals have proposed to pass a bill that gives far less access to assisted dying than the Supreme Court recommended. … Read moreCUSJ launches lobby campaign on Medically Assisted Dying
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.
Unitarian Ministers of Canada have approved a Policy Statement on the right of a person who is mentally competent and terminally ill to choose the manner and timing of their death and to ask for assistance. See full statement here.
CUSJ, along with many scientific and public health groups, wrote to Indian decision-makers about the real dangers of asbestos. Now that most western countries have outlawed this dangerous substance, the industry focuses its marketing efforts on Asian countries like China, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Sri Lanka. Russia and Brazil both produce and use asbestos.
In September 2013, CUSJ wrote a letter to support insite-style safe injection sites. We can learn from the experience of Portugal, where the twelve-year-old drug decriminalization policy has been declared a success. The drug problems there have plateaued, and in many ways they are getting better. Portugal uses drug policy for addiction assessment, disease prevention, and voluntary treatment. Criminal charges … Read moreWhy CUSJ supports insite-style safe injection sites
National Day of Action CUSJ, Toronto Chapter, has invited all of us to support Doctors For Refugee Care in their campaign to stop the cuts to refugee healthcare Refugees June 17th Support the National Day of Action to STOP CUTS TO REFUGEE HEALTH CARE!!! Rallies around the country in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Sudbury, … Read moreStop Cuts to Refugee Health Care
June 12, 2013 – Just moments ago, the National Assembly of Quebec tabled Bill 52, historic legislation in support of better end-of-life care, including the right to medically assisted dying for the grievously ill. The tabling of the bill was met with a standing ovation. If this legislation becomes law, Quebec will become the … Read moreDying with dignity: Quebec tables legislation
By: Wanda Morris,Executive Director | Dying With Dignity Just moments ago, the National Assembly of Quebec tabled Bill 52, historic legislation in support of better end-of-life care, including the right to medically assisted dying for the grievously ill. The tabling of the bill was met with a standing ovation. If this legislation becomes law, Quebec will … Read moreQuebec tables right-to-die legislation
CUSJ has added a new page on Food Security. There are many important issues facing our society on our food system, food prices, the quality of food, the way it is produced, and the way food is distributed. Our food security page outlines the basic issues and then links you to groups that are trying … Read moreFood security and the Wheatboard
North Shore Unitarian member, Jon Cooksey, a writer and show runner for television, has recently been nominated for a Best Documentary Gemini award for his one hour film, How to Boil a Frog. A number of other NSUC members/friends worked on it, and part of it was shot in our sanctuary. The film is still being broadcast from time to time … Read moreHow to Boil a Frog!
Margaret Rao and Rev. Frances Deverell presented the CUSJ Brief on Nuclear Power to the Darlington Review Panel on March 31st, 2011. We asked the Panel to say NO to new nuclear reactors and to tell the province to put their money and effort into renewable energy. The Nuclear Home Page contains references to all … Read moreCUSJ Advocates No to Nuclear Power
CUSJ calls on all its members to bombard the Senate with requests to expedite the passage of Bill C-393 before any election may be called. Let democracy be respected. Let Senators rise above party politics and do the right thing. We have the opportunity to remove the roadblocks and have inexpensive generic drugs sent to … Read morePush the Senate to pass C-393
Canadian Unitarians For Social Justice call on the Harper government to support Bill C-393 and unplug the road blocks to generic AIDS Drugs production for Africa and other developing countries with an AIDS crisis. Either that or come up with a better solution that will get those drugs flowing. We have been waiting since the … Read moreSupport cheap AIDS drugs for Africa