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On Canada’s 150th, What’s Next for Alberta’s Oil Sands?

By Kerry Oxford on July 4, 2017

As Canada marks 150 years since Confederation, I find myself reflecting on Alberta’s role in the Canadian economy as an engine. The past few years have been critical to our development and deepening understanding of who we are as Albertans. I am grateful for the opportunities afforded me living in a strong economy. And I am hopeful that our next 150 years will not only be economically strong, but more principled as well.

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Towards Reconciliation and Climate Justice

There are many things Canada needs to do in order to truly move forward in reconciliation, but one vital piece is acknowledging the right and connection to land.

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Letter: Increase Legal Aid Funding for Refugees

June 2017
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Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) joins the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) to call on the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, to increase legal aid funding for refugee claimants and migrants. In a letter addressed to the Minister, CPJ noted that recently proposed cuts to legal aid funding by the provinces will reduce refugee claimants’ access to legal counsel, especially when such claimants cannot afford to hire a lawyer.  

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McKenna receives Give it up for the Earth! postcards

On Friday, June 16, CPJ delivered close to 2,000 Give it up for the Earth! postcards to an enthusiastic and visibly moved Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.

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Flourishing Together

A Public Justice Approach to the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy

Submission to Employment and Social Development for Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Consultations
June 2017
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CPJ is very pleased to see that the federal government is moving forward in the development of a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy (CPRS). We want to ensure that this strategy is comprehensive, accountable, and enhances the dignity of all people.

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We Have Tough Work Still To Do On Poverty In Canada

Huffington Post

Have you ever planned a party, but worried that nobody would come?

In February, the Liberal government launched consultations with Canadians on what should be included in the country's first-ever poverty reduction strategy. Similarly, the Minister launched a "national conversation" at the end of June 2016 -- but on the specific and more limited topic of housing. Over 7,000 Canadians participated.

So far, the consultation process on a poverty reduction plan for Canada, however, seems to be attracting a more limited response. 

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Climate Change as a Matter of Faith and Justice

Canada Helps

I recently heard the story – as told by the Anglican National Indigenous Bishop, Mark MacDonald – of a Lakota elder, who, upon hearing a proposal to develop a list of “green” scripture passages, replied, “But isn’t the whole Bible about caring for creation?”

This perspective, one that sees environmentalism at the heart of Christian action, is deeply held by our work at Citizens for Public Justice.

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AGM 2017: Reconciliation Needs Problem Solvers

At CPJ's Annual General Meeting in Winnipeg, Shaun Loney delivered a keynote address on the real essence of reconciliation in Canadian society. Loney’s book, An Army of Problem Solvers, provides deep insights into the connections between reconciliation and economic prosperity in Indigenous communities.

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HUMA poverty report reflects many DfA recommendations

Committee calls for improved supports for vulnerable communities and a national poverty measure

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Ottawa, ON: June 1, 2017 — The HUMA Parliamentary Committee has released a report on its recent study on poverty reduction strategies. The report, Breaking the Cycle: A Study on Poverty Reduction, summarizes what the committee heard its six-month study from the testimony of 162 witnesses and 74 submitted briefs. It outlines five areas of focus, including: income security; education, training, and employment; housing; mental health; and communities and neighbourhoods.

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Battle for a living wage is a key to Church’s drive for social justice

Catholic Register

Even as the Ontario government moved to enact new labour laws and increase the minimum wage to $15, experts agree there is no quick fix to protecting workers from the threat of poverty.

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