Moving From Reaction to Crime Prevention

We all worry when we hear about over-representation of Indigenous people in jail, solitary confinement, and incidents of police brutality. We want these things to stop. This is why the Canadian Unitarian Council has recommended to The Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, that our focus and our resources should be pointed at CRIME PREVENTION. We must address the root causes of violence. We know the programs that work, but we don’t fund them consistently. To reduce violence we have to build in effective evaluation, track what is working and what is not, and only finance what works. Those programs should receive stable, multi-year funding in First Nations communities, in our cities, and in our rural areas.

See our letter and brief to the Minister calling for action on Prevention.

Listen to Dr. Irvin Waller’s Call to Action at the Holtom Peace Lecture giving us the big picture. (this video is the presentation of an individual and does not necessarily express the opinion of the CUC)

What You Can Do

1. Help the Minister of Justice and Provinces achieve their mandates to prevent violence.

2. Meet with Politicians at all levels to share what works.

3. Foster a National Coalition of municipalities, Indigenous groups, churches, NGO’s, professional associations and others to promote a prevention agenda.

4. Volunteer for an organization with a proven track record to prevent crime.

Supreme Court Support for Assisted Dying

On February 6 the Supreme Court of Canada announced its unanimous decision to end the ban on assisted suicide. This decision will decriminalize physician assisted dying for individuals with a grievous and irremediable medical condition that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual. Although these terms (“grievous and irremediable” and “enduring suffering”) remain undefined at the moment, they allow for those competent Canadians who are suffering to choose a death with dignity.

The CUC has a long history of advocating for the recognition of the right to death with dignity and holds a deep belief that this is a human right. Resolutions dating back to 1973 have guided us through our involvement at every level of appeal as intervener with the Taylor and Carter cases. Continue reading