Backgrounder from The Spirit Level (Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger)

By Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett Bloomsbury Press, New York, Berlin, London ©2009  This post is a backgrounder by Frances Deverell Chapter 10 – Violence: Gaining Respect P132 tells us that the majority of violence is committed by males, and mainly between the ages of 15-29. After that it declines sharply. It also shows that in England … Read more

September 26th, 2011 Pipeline Protest on Parliament Hill

On September 26, hundreds of people from across Canada risked arrest in Ottawa to send a message to Prime Minister Harper that we must turn away from the tar sands, respect treaty and Indigenous rights, and start building the green energy future all our communities deserve. CUSJ President Rev. Frances Deverell and Board Member Ahti Tolvanen participated … Read more

CUSJ calls for changes to Omnibus crime bill

CUSJ joined with Elizabeth Fry Society and John Howard Society to ask Harper and the Minister of Justice to make changes to the Omnibus crime bill.  We would like to emphasize a harm-reduction approach to drug crimes, and to ensure measures are included that support crime prevention as well as punishment. Resources See our letter … Read more

CUSJ joins Sept 26 2011 action on Tar Sands

e-mail To the Ottawa Action Network Organizing the September 26th Rally against the Tar Sands September 21, 2011 Dear organizers of the Ottawa Action on the Tar Sands. At its September 16th board meeting, Canadian Unitarians For Social Justice voted to support this action against the tar stands and that it agrees with the following … Read more

Sisters in Spirit and Walk 4 Justice

Sisters in Spirit are walking again with other aboriginal women from Vancouver to parliament hill, seeking justice and solutions for the extreme violence against aboriginal women, especially the many women who have just disappeared across the country. Ottawa Unitarians provided dinner for the final feast on September 19th, 2011. As they walked, more and more people … Read more

How to Boil a Frog!

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 more

CUSJ Calls for Environmental Review – Quarry

CUSJ Calls for a Complete Environmental Review from both the Provincial and Federal Governments on the Highland Quarry Project in Dufferin County. CUSJ wrote letters in August 2011 to both the Federal and Provincial Governments asking them to hold full environmental assessments in their areas of jurisdiction: CUSJ Request for a Provincial Review CUSJ Request for a … Read more

CUSJ Opposes C-4 Refugee Bill

CUSJ Opposes C-4 Refugee Bill July 31, 2011 CUSJ signed on, today, to the Canadian Council of Refugees campaign against Bill C-4.  (Formerly Bill C-49 and re-introduced into the house as Bill C-4 this spring.)  This Bill would exempt the Canadian Government from honouring the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the Canadian Constitution.  It … Read more

CUSJ Signs on to Darlington Declaration

July 31st, 2011 After an extensive discussion on the board and the publication of a special discussion paper on Nuclear Power, CUSJ has decided to support the Greenpeace Darlington Declaration calling for renewable energy, not nuclear, to be the centre of Ontario’s future energy policy. CUSJ Nuclear Page

Darlington new nuclear power plant project: CUSJ weighs in

On March 31st, 2011, Margaret Rao and Frances Deverell attended the Darlington Review panel and presented our brief.  This brief came out of extensive discussions on the listserve, among individuals, and at the board level.  We did not have 100% consensus on the position to take, but the majority of the board wanted to take a … Read more

Push the Senate to pass C-393

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 more

Protect integrity of parliament: Fire Bev Oda

Protect the Integrity of Parliament:  Fire Bev Oda CUSJ is concerned about the loss of integrity in parliament as ministers feel free to mislead parliament with false information and change documents after senior civil servants have signed them without acknowledging where the changes are coming from.  For the full letter calling Harper to accountability see: … Read more

Support cheap AIDS drugs for Africa

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 more

Invitation to Toronto-AGM

The CUSJ Annual General Meeting (AGM) is in Toronto – May 20, 2011 We have a dynamic program planned with great speakers.  Mike Nickerson, Mairy Beam and Judy Velland will help us explore what we can do to make the future we all want — living sustainably with the planet — real.  For the full … Read more

Vandalism against Jews in Montreal unacceptable

“The Unitarian Universalist Ministers of Canada and the Canadian Unitarian Council condemn the recent acts of vandalism against Jewish institutions in Montreal. We are committed to a society based on mutual respect, where people are free to express themselves and practice their beliefs, provided those expressions do not endanger or harm others. Acts of terrorism, … Read more