CSJ Newsletter

April 6, 2023



Justice for Hassan Diab

This week, April 3–7, please take a few minutes to telephone Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and urge him to protect Dr. Hassan Diab and refuse any future request from France for Hassan’s extradition.

The baseless and shameful trial in absentia of Hassan Diab opened in a Paris court on April 3, 2023. This wrongful prosecution is a clear distortion of justice and confirms the French authorities’ obsession with finding Hassan guilty of the horrendous bomb attack that took place outside a Paris synagogue over 42 years ago.


Limit oil production

Petition to the Minister of Natural Resources
– To restrict global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius, world oil consumption must be cut significantly by 2030;
– Damage from climate change already affects many parts of Canada, for example, in the 2021 BC flooding, the 2022 heat dome there, the 2022 hurricane damage to the maritime region;
– The consumption of exported Canadian oil adds to global CO2 emissions…

We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Minister of Natural Resources to direct the Canada Energy Regulator to limit Canada’s oil exports by requiring that they not exceed Canada’s current percentage of total world exports and by banning the transfer of licences for domestic consumption to export when Canada’s domestic consumption declines.



The Intersection of Care and Action

When: April 6th, 12pm

Join us for another learning session by The Youth Harbour, a project of the Foundation for Environmental Stewardship. Today’s topic is on: “The Intersection of Care and Action in Youth-led Climate Movements” where we’ll discuss why care is a critical component of climate action, as quoted by Tricia Hersey (author of Rest is Resistance): “Rest, in its simplest form becomes an act of resistance and a reclaiming of power because it asserts our most basic humanity. We are enough.”


Nuclear Winter

When: April 7th, 2:30pm

Informative webinar with renowned atmospheric scientist, Professor Brian Toon, as he discusses the environmental risks and climate impacts of a nuclear exchange. Professor Toon, known for his popular TED talk with 9 million views, will provide a scientific assessment of agricultural failures, climate concerns, and complications with food supply that would follow any international nuclear conflict. Politicians and military planners must be made aware of global climate and agricultural complications that can ensue. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and engage with this vital conversation.


Canadian Foreign Policy Hour with Yves Engler

When: Mondays at 6pm

Join author Yves Engler on Mondays for a weekly news roundup and interactive discussion about Canada’s role abroad. This weekly session will delve into the latest developments on subjects ranging from military affairs and Canada’s role in Ukraine to its contribution to Palestinian dispossession and exploitation of African resources. Join Yves for a critical take on Canada’s foreign policy. Questions, comments and criticisms are all welcome.


Book Launch Webinar: Cleaning Up

When: April 11th, 7pm

TWHP and Rise Up! are proud to present a live Zoom event with Cleaning Up: Portuguese Women’s Fight for Labour Rights in Toronto authors Susana P. Miranda and Franca Iacovetta.


Film: Threads

When: April 13th, 6:30pm
Where: Paul Cadario Conference Centre, U of T

Time to have some fun and also learn about nuclear warfare. Come to Science for Peace’s Movie Night on Thursday, April 13th at 6:30 at what was formerly the Croft Chapter House at University College, U of T (direct entrance from King’s College Circle at southwest corner of UC). Show begins at 6:45 with songs from Snakeoil Blues. The movie “Threads” follows, focusing on what happens in Sheffield, UK, following a strike by a nuclear missile. Q & A and discussion follows with Dr Arnd Jurgensen. Admission is free, though donations are welcome.

The night will begin with a live performance by ‘SNAKEOIL BLUES,’ featuring songs by Arnd and group.



Ending the War in Ukraine

By Science for Peace

Science for Peace condemned the invasion of Ukraine by Russa last year as we have denounced all resort to force to setlle political disputes around the world, Violence as a means of advancing state policy goals is simply unacceptable in the 21st century. We thus demand an immediate cessation of all hostlites and a return to negotiations to settle all issues related to the conflict.

Source: Science for Peace

The West Against the Rest? The EU, the Ukraine War, and Its Collaterals

By Klaus Drager

The invasion of Ukraine by Putin’s army heralds a global ‘turning point’, so western pundits and politicians claim. How is the European Union (EU) dealing with this? And what about the EU’s aspirations to become a leading independent world power? Not so long ago, the EU grandees were startled by the policies of US President Donald Trump: punitive tariffs on EU trade goods, ‘NATO is obsolete’, support for Brexit, etc. They were getting very worried about the stability of the transatlantic alliance between the US and the EU.

Source: The Bullet No. 2803

Democracy for All? IJV Statement on the Ongoing Unrest in Israel

By Independent Jewish Voices

On Monday, after weeks of mass protests, Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu finally announced that he would be pausing his far-right government’s controversial plan to overhaul the country’s judiciary. In order to get his fascist National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir to agree to the pause, Netanyahu has granted him power to establish a new “national guard,” which would act as his own private militia to terrorize Palestinians. Such a force under the command of Ben-Gvir could have disastrous consequences.: punitive tariffs on EU trade goods, ‘NATO is obsolete’, support for Brexit, etc. They were getting very worried about the stability of the transatlantic alliance between the US and the EU.

Source: The Bullet No. 2804

The First Signs of an Ecological Class Struggle in Germany

By Franziska Heinisch and Julia Kaiser

During the global climate strike on 3 March, climate activists and public transport workers in Germany went on strike together in around 30 cities. This could be the first step toward ecological class struggles – and their coordination on an international scale. On 3 March 2023, on the occasion of the global climate strike, a special political alliance took to the streets in Germany: side-by-side, climate activists and public transport workers went on strike.

Source: The Bullet No. 2805

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