Dec 052016
 
160 groups 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

Oct 052016
 
Churches call for restored funding to UNRWA

A new joint letter is calling on Canada to restore and increase funding of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). The letter, signed by the Anglican Church of Canada, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Canadian Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mennonite Central Committee, Presbyterian Church, and United Church … read more

Oct 042016
 
Strategic Plan summary released

In 2014 and 2015 CFSC underwent a process of re-envisioning and focusing our work and witness for a more peaceful and just world. This process of reflection and discussion led us to develop a strategic plan. We’re very pleased to say that we’ve now distilled this 22 page strategic plan down to a short summary. … read more

Sep 212016
 
Embracing the New Global Framework for Peace

A shared statement by peacebuilding organizations   International Day of Peace, 21 September 2016   The 70th anniversary year of the United Nations saw bold new agreements from member states to “foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence” and to “bring sustained international attention to sustaining peace”, in the … read more

Sep 142016
 
The Ontario government must end its intimidation of Palestinian rights advocacy

The following is a joint statement signed by CFSC and many other organizations. Learn more about our work for a just peace in Israel/Palestine and read Frequently Asked Questions about our support for a boycott of the products of illegal Israeli settlements.   We, the undersigned organizations, call on the Ontario government to immediately refrain … read more