On March 22 2019, World Water Day, McGill University and the City of Montréal were awarded Blue Community certification. Montréal thus joined a proud cohort of about 40 international cities with this certification, including Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Victoria B.C. and Burnaby B.C. (which became the first Blue Community in 2011). McGill is the fourth university … Read moreMontréal becomes a blue community
NOTE: CUSJ President Margaret Rao sent this letter to the PMO on February 20th 2018. Copies were sent to Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Global Affairs, and Jody Wilson Raybould, Minister of Justice. Dear Prime Minister, On behalf of Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice (CUSJ), I would like to thank you and Minister Freeland, and the staff at … Read moreCUSJ requests changes to Canada’s flawed extradition laws
Thanks to the French justice system, Hassan Diab is finally free today, January 12, 2018. Tim McSorley of International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group states, “This time is different. The other times were orders to release him on bail, not to end the charges. This decision actually ends the charges and orders his unconditional release. Apparently … Read moreHassan Diab is finally freed–this time unconditionally
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
Hundreds of people, including many prominent Canadian professors, lawyers and human rights defenders, have signed an open letter urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to help Hassan Diab, detained without trial in a Paris jail. The first paragraph reads, We address this Open Letter to you to express our deep concern about the unjust situation of … Read moreCanadian human rights defenders and citizens proclaim Hassan Diab’s innocence
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
On June 21, 2017, the group Justice for Hassan Diab held a press conference in Ottawa to appeal to the Canadian government to free political prisoner Hassan Diab, in jail without fair trial since 2014. A recap of the story: In 1980, a synagogue in Paris was bombed. Initial news articles blamed right-wing neo-nazis (implicated … Read moreStop playing games with this man’s life: Press Conference for Hassan Diab
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)
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
Above: Feb. 2016 rally to show support for Hassan Diab. Photo: Matthew Behrens. Canadian Unitarians are deeply concerned about Canada’s ongoing impassivity as a Canadian citizen languishes in Fleury-Merogis prison (near Paris) in “pretrial detention” since 2014. In 2008, Dr. Diab, a professor at University of Ottawa and Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, was summarily arrested for allegedly bombing … Read moreHassan Diab trial expected in March or April 2017
Voices/Voix, an organization dedicated to documenting threats to the Canadian democracy, human rights, and freedom of speech, has just published a new case study on the issue of the right of Canadians to participate in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Many Canadians from churches, students, labour unions, and other walks of life are choosing … Read moreThreat to Canadian Democracy and Free Speech
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!
Communiqué FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: 17 September, 2015 By: Margaret Rao, CUSJ President Changes to refugee process needed if Canada is to make real impact on refugee crisis TORONTO – Key changes are urgently needed if Canada is to open its doors wide enough to make a difference in the current Syrian refugee crisis. “Amendments to … Read moreRefugees all but shut out of Canada: CUSJ Press release
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.
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.
CUSJ Opposes Quebec Charter of Values December 10, 2013 On UN Human Rights day CUSJ writes an open letter to Mme. Pauline Marois opposing the Quebec Charter of Values. See Our Human Rights Page
(The Discussion Paper will open in its own window. Comments can be submitted here) CUSJ joins with many other faith communities to support an active search for peaceful solutions to the on-going crisis in Israel and Palestine. It is time that both Israel and the International Community came to the table to honour the commitments … Read moreA call for peace between Israel and Palestine