CUSJ supports Hassan Diab

Hassan Diab Needs Our Help Now! At its board meeting of January 8th, 2011, CUSJ voted to send a letter of support to the Minister of Justice on behalf of Dr. Hassan Diab. April 6th, Minister Rob Nicholson decided to issue the extradition order.  Mr. Diab is ordered to return to France.  According to the … Read moreCUSJ supports Hassan Diab

DP20 Why people vote against their interests?

Why do people vote against their own interests? Discussion Paper #20 – (opens own window & keeps this page open for convenient commenting whilst reading) Intro: Last year, in a series of “town-hall meetings” across the country, Americans got the chance to debate President Obama’s proposed healthcare reforms. What happened was an explosion of rage … Read moreDP20 Why people vote against their interests?

CUSJ Endorses CCC Interfaith Call for Leadership and Action on Climate Change

Religious leaders from all faiths, through the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC), are encouraging the Canadian Government to take action and exercise leadership in the area of climate change.  The science is solid, telling us that if we do not turn this boat around and reduce our greenhouse gases, there will be dire consequences around … Read moreCUSJ Endorses CCC Interfaith Call for Leadership and Action on Climate Change

CUSJ supports Supreme Court Challenge To Electoral System

CUSJ Supports Supreme Court Challenge to First Past the Post November 7th, 2011 The board of CUSJ declared its support, today, for L’Association Pour La Revendication Des Droits Démocratiques, the Quebec organization that is taking it’s challenge to the first-past-the-post voting system to the Supreme Court of Canada.  The suit has made its way through … Read moreCUSJ supports Supreme Court Challenge To Electoral System

Food security and the Wheatboard

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

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 moreCUSJ supports the occupy movement

Latest Discussion Paper on Equality Now on Line

Discussion Paper No. 22 on Equality – Oct 2011 Discussion paper #22 is a summary of the book The Spirit Level by Richardson and Picket.  It demonstrates using the best epidemiological approach that societies that are more equal have better outcomes in most of the factors that make a good society.  Both the paper and … Read moreLatest Discussion Paper on Equality Now on Line

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

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 moreSeptember 26th, 2011 Pipeline Protest on Parliament Hill

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 moreCUSJ calls for changes to Omnibus crime bill

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 moreCUSJ joins Sept 26 2011 action on Tar Sands

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 moreSisters in Spirit and Walk 4 Justice

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 moreHow to Boil a Frog!

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 moreCUSJ Calls for Environmental Review – Quarry

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 moreCUSJ Opposes C-4 Refugee Bill

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 moreDarlington new nuclear power plant project: CUSJ weighs in

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 morePush the Senate to pass C-393