Jan 182017
CFSC joins joint statement on nuclear disarmament

CFSC has joined the international joint statement A Nuclear-Weapon-Free World: Our Common Good. Signing the statement, which has been issued jointly by faith leaders, mayors, and members of parliament, is part of our concern for nuclear disarmament. The statement reads:   From the ashes of World War II, and in the wake of the nuclear … read more

Jan 062017
Apply to be the 2017 CFSC Program Assistant

Based at our Toronto office from May 1 to August 31, the Program Assistant (PA) position is a full-time summer job for young people 20-29.   The PA is an entry-level position established to offer young people the opportunity to gain paid employment experience and skills by engaging in the work of CFSC and our … read more

Dec 142016
Our views on national security

As Quakers, we are well aware how dangerous surveillance and a “police state” can be. ~ CFSC, December 2016

Dec 082016
Canada's involvement in the arms trade

“We note with sadness that arms sales are an increasingly lucrative industry for Canada, which has become the second largest supplier of arms to the Middle East.”   So starts a new minute approved by representatives of Quaker Meetings from across Canada. The minute has been sent by Canadian Yearly Meeting to the Minister of … read more

Dec 052016
Groups from around the world call for moratorium on gene drives

Canadian Friends Service Committee has joined a major call from around the world for a moratorium on gene drives.   We’ve written about gene drives in our brief synthetic biology updates. They aim to overcome evolution by forcing a trait through an entire population (or even an entire species). The intention is to pass on … read more

Nov 112016
Reflections on Muskrat Falls

The Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Project at Muskrat Falls has been contentious since construction began in 2013. Recent studies by Harvard University scientists have shown that if the dam reservoir is not fully cleared of vegetation before flooding begins, there will likely be a significant increase in methylmercury in the watershed.   Labradorians have united to … read more

Nov 072016
CFSC releases 2015-2016 Annual Accountability Report

We’re pleased to release our Annual Accountability Report 2015-2016! On the report website you will read the highlights of actions that CFSC has been engaged in, and the positive impacts of the work that CFSC staff, members, and associates do on behalf of Friends in Canada. Learn more about key activities for 2015-2016: Indigenous Peoples’ … read more

Nov 032016
Editing humans, weapons, and ecosystems - new synthetic biology update released

Editing humans, weapons, and ecosystems – new synthetic biology update released   A new update (PDF) on synthetic biology outlines what’s making headlines in the industry. Topics covered include: gene drives with the potential to one day eradicate species; editing humans – medical trials of synthetic biology with live patients; human-animal hybrid “chimeras”; allergies to … read more

Oct 272016
CFSC endorses recommendations on policing

Friends support recommendations to improve policing in Ontario There are many long-standing human rights issues around policing in Ontario. These include racial profiling, discriminatory use of force on people with mental health disabilities and/or addictions, inequality in funding for First Nations police services, and racism and sexism in investigations of missing and murdered Indigenous women … read more