But wait… it gets worse

CUSJ’s JUSTnews editor Philip Symons has just published a new Discussion Paper from the July 10 2017 New York Times article on Climate Change, providing example after example of what awaits us. To summarize: Doomsday ‘Over the past decades, our culture has gone apocalyptic with zombie movies and Mad Max dystopias, perhaps the collective result of … Read moreBut wait… it gets worse

A religious conflict

On November 2, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a ski resort could be built in Jumbo Valley, on land sacred to the Ktunaxa Nation. The Ktunaxa Nation had opposed the ski resort near their community in southeastern British Columbia, arguing that it would affect a grizzly-bear habitat and drive away the Grizzly Bear … Read moreA religious conflict

Day of action in support of the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty (update)

Update: Public Response has created a video that highlights some of the actions taken on Sept. 20th. Look closely and you will see CUSJ’s logo! Our September 20, 2017, NDP Global Affairs Critic Hélène Laverdière announced a Day of Action in Support of the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty. CUSJ is one of many organizations participating in … Read moreDay of action in support of the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty (update)

Pipelines status update

Note: The topmost image was added on March 13 2018. This article was updated on Nov 28th 2017, to add Keystone XL information and to add links to Trans-mountain pipeline news items.  Prior to that, the article was updated on October 5th to show the news that the Energy East pipeline was cancelled. I have been … Read morePipelines status update

What if psychoactive drugs were legal in Canada?

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?

Palestinian children suffer

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

Canada supports a nuclear holocaust… yes, you read that right

On July 7th, the United Nations member nations held a vote on a global treaty that, if successful, would lead to the destruction of all nuclear weapons and forever prohibit their use. Negotiators representing two-thirds of the 192-member United Nations finalized Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons this week after months of talks. Canada did … Read moreCanada supports a nuclear holocaust… yes, you read that right

CUSJ Québec Chapter at the UU Estrie picnic

Left to right: Rachel Garber, John Mackley, Adele Ernstrom, Sheila Laursen, Phyllis Baxter, Nancy Graham, Patricia Phillip, Rev. Carole Martignacco, Christina Duvander, Cym Gomery On July 2nd 2017, the CUSJ Québec Chapter met in a bucolic setting–at the home of Uma Nigam in Canton de Hatley, the site of the UU Estrie summer picnic. The picnic … Read moreCUSJ Québec Chapter at the UU Estrie picnic

National Security Legislation: Bureaucrats 2; Citizens 0

By Jack Dodds The House of Commons and the Senate have adjourned for the summer, after making decisions on two bills related to our national security agencies: the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians Act (C-22) and the Preclearance Act, 2016 (C-23). The first was passed by the Senate, received royal assent and is … Read moreNational Security Legislation: Bureaucrats 2; Citizens 0

Stop playing games with this man’s life: Press Conference for Hassan Diab

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

A Disturbance in the Force

By Mike Bell, Comox Valley Climate Change Network, Comox, B.C. Editor’s note: This is number 11 from a series of articles on Climate Change by UU activist Mike Bell. Star Trek afficionados will recognize the references, but for those less familiar, I have added a couple of images.  As I sat down to start writing the next climate … Read moreA Disturbance in the Force

Dismissal of COMER’s lawsuit keeps Canada’s finances in hock to foreign interests

“Once a nation parts with the control of its currency and credit, it matters not who makes the nation’s laws. Usury, once in control, will wreck any nation. Until the control of the issue of currency and credit is restored to government and recognized as its most sacred responsibility, all talk of the sovereignty of parliament and … Read moreDismissal of COMER’s lawsuit keeps Canada’s finances in hock to foreign interests

More CUC churches confirmed fossil-free

Anti-pipeline activists were celebrating yesterday, May 29th, with the news that Kinder Morgan had warned its investors that the Trans-Mountain pipeline might never be built. This is momentous news, because it suggests that proponents of the age of oil might be passing from the Denial stage to the Anger stage, or even beyond that. CUSJ members will recall that … Read moreMore CUC churches confirmed fossil-free

Good news, bad news on security agency consultations

First, the good news: CUSJ’s substantial brief to the Consultation was posted late last week on the government website. There was no size limit on this submission, which is unusual, so it is the most comprehensive brief that we have submitted on this subject. The government received  59,000 responses to the Consultation. (Wow!) Now, the bad news: It is a Herculean task … Read moreGood news, bad news on security agency consultations

Our 2017 AGM in Toronto: Reviewing and renewing!

Photo: President Margaret Rao thanks our keynote speaker Tim McSorley of the ICLMG, and Rev. Lynn Harrison, who provided the Invocation. On Friday, May 12th 2017, CUSJ members from across Canada gathered in Toronto for our AGM, an occasion to look back on our activities and successes in the past year, to take stock of the … Read moreOur 2017 AGM in Toronto: Reviewing and renewing!

Highlights of Tim McSorley’s speech at the CUSJ 2017 AGM

On Friday, May 12th, the CUSJ topped off its AGM with a speech from Tim McSorley of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG). The topic of the speech was Our Rights! Our Freedoms!… Our National Security? McSorley began by introducing himself and describing how the ICLMG came into being in 2001, in the wake of the … Read moreHighlights of Tim McSorley’s speech at the CUSJ 2017 AGM

Senators: Please reinstate amended version of security bill

If you have been following the progress of Bill C-22, you will know that this bill, intended to improve oversight of security agencies, has thus far endured a rather tumultuous existence: On June 16, 2016: First Reading. On December 8, it was amended by SECU*. On April 4, 2017, the government overturned the amended version on … Read moreSenators: Please reinstate amended version of security bill

We could reduce violent crime by 50 percent: Here’s how

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

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

Israeli smear campaign shows that BDS is working

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), of which CUSJ is a member, has reported this week that peace activist and BDS movement co-founder Omar Barghouti was arrested, interrogated and harassed by Israeli authoriites. This seems to be part of the Israeli government’s campaign to criminalize the BDS movement, intimidate activists and stop free speech. CUSJ has issued a statement, copied below. … Read moreIsraeli smear campaign shows that BDS is working