Ethical Actions

From time to time, OHS will issue statements concerning current events or will endorse such statements and actions issued by like-minded organizations.
We encourage members and others to submit items of concern which may be considered for our news page or for OHS statements. You may send information to the Ethical Action Committee:

Position Papers

  1. Medically Assisted Dying, October 2015
  2. Fracking, November 2013
  3. Charter of Quebec Values, October 2013
  4. Towards an Inclusive Definition of Creed (Submitted to the OHRC) January 2012
  5. Enbridge Northern Gateway Project Review, January 2012
  6. OHS Same Sex Marriage Policy, January 2012
  7. OHS LGBTQ Statement, January 2011


The following is a selection of endorsements made by OHS over the past few years. Future endorsements will be published on our blog.

Endorsement of Statements issued by the Secular Policy Institute (Ongoing)
As Coalition members of the Secular Policy Institute (SPI), OHS has endorsed many of their statements covering a wide range of issues related to secularism and Human Rights.

Endorsement of the Dignity Initiative, September 2015
OHS was pleased to support this initiative that recommends actions Canada should take to support and defend the human rights of LGBTI people globally.

Endorsement of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network statement on LGBT rights in Russia, September 2013

In light of the attention drawn to Russia, and its attacks on LGBT rights, during the Sochi Olympics, OHS endorses this statement.

Endorsement of the Protect Our Privacy Coalition statement, October 2013
OHS has joined a broad-based group of citizens, experts, organizations, and businesses known as The Protect Our Privacy Coalition which endorses the following Statement:

More than ever, Canadians need strong, genuinely transparent, and properly enforced safeguards to secure privacy rights. We call on Government to put in place effective legal measures to protect the privacy of every resident of Canada against intrusion by government entities.

Endorsement of the International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance, September, 2013
OHS has recently endorsed this declaration of international principles that should guide state surveillance of our communications. The principles were developed over the last couple of months by an international network comprised of several International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG) international partners. The “Principles” will be launched publicly in several countries (including Canada) later this month or in early October.