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

Aug 222016
 
New issue of Quaker Concern

The summer issue of Quaker Concern (PDF) is here!    The 8 page newsletter shares stories from the work of Canadian Friends Service Committee on criminal justice, Indigenous rights, and peace concerns. In this issue you’ll find:   An update on the annual national gathering of Quakers, Canadian Yearly Meeting 2016 (don’t forget to check out the pictures on … read more

Aug 192016
 
CFSC endorses charter to stop Islamophobia

Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers) is pleased to endorse the National Council of Canadian Muslims’ Charter for Inclusive Communities.   We are deeply concerned by Islamophobia in Canada, as discussed in our 2015 statement Quakers appalled at growing Islamophobia.   We are very encouraged by the work that the National Council of Canadian Muslims is … read more

Aug 022016
 
CFSC endorses No On Prison Expansion (#NOPE)

Prison expansion is costly and damaging to our communities when more successful alternatives exist. In the following open letter we explain our reasons for endorsing the No On Prison Expansion initiative.   #NOPE c/o Justin Piché, PhD Department of Criminology University of Ottawa Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5   Re: Endorsement of the No On … read more

Jul 042016
 
What does Canada Revenue Agency mean by "political"?

We are often asked about the regulations on charities, including charities’ political activities and overseas work. This typically happens in response to news stories about charities not being in compliance with Canada Revenue Agency requirements. As this is happening so often, we felt it would be worthwhile to write up a few points that registered … read more

Jun 242016
 
Have your say - reinstate Kingston Prison Farms

Canada reviewing prison farms – have your say!   According to one 2013 case study prison farms: provide much needed rehabilitation programs: development of work ethic and responsibility skills, animal therapy, productive labour and physical exercise, working collaboratively with others, and training in farm management and operation. Have been proven to prevent re-offending and increase … read more

May 252016
 
CFSC calls for an end to segregation in prisons

Canadian Friends Service Committee has made a submission to the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Service regarding its review of segregation (more commonly called solitary confinement) in adult correctional facilities.   The statement raises Friends’ serious concerns with the potential harms produced by various forms of solitary confinement. It notes, “As pointed out … read more