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Book Review: Journeys to Justice - Finding Hope in History

From the Catalyst, Summer 2018

"Dangerous memory" is how Rev. Christine Boyle characterizes the heritage of Christian social action in the ten stories in Journeys to Justice.  Hopeful, inspiring memories is the intent of Joe Gunn, according to his introductory letter to his children and the next generation.  Can they be both dangerous and inspiring?

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A Carbon Price that Reduces Poverty

As the summer road-trip season is upon us, gas prices are, as usual, on the rise. The public narrative in Ontario puts the blame squarely on carbon pricing. To be sure, gas prices in Ontario rose 4.3¢ (of a total of $1.35/litre) overnight when the province’s cap and trade program came into effect in January 2017. And despite the many other factors at play, confusion about carbon pricing makes it an easy target when prices at the pump go up.

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Invest in a Just Transition, Not Pipelines

In the midst of protests, politicking, and global proclamations, the Government of Canada bought the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project on May 29,  2018  for $4.5 billion.

While the federal government’s action polarized Canadians, it also emphasized the need for serious reflection on how we can move forward most constructively.

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Let's Stop Asking Refugees to Pay for Travel

Most refugees arrive in Canada already indebted to the government by $3,000 to $10,000 for the costs incurred in bringing them to this land, including medical exams, travel documents, and plane tickets. They must begin repaying this loan within one year, when they have barely begun to regain their footing.

Here’s our proposal: waive the loan repayment requirement for all refugees.

 
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Here’s what Canada’s first national anti-poverty plan needs

Hill Times

The time is long overdue for Canada to eliminate poverty.

The federal government is set to launch the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy (CPRS) in the next few weeks. For anti-poverty groups awaiting the release of the country’s first national plan to address poverty, it is a momentous occasion and the result of years of tireless work. For the 4.8 million people living in poverty in Canada, it is a sign of hope a long time in the making.

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Setting a Course to End Poverty

After nine years of calling for a national anti-poverty plan, we have finally been told that the government’s Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy (CPRS) will be released this year.  With this in mind, the Dignity for All (DfA) campaign took advantage of a critical moment. From May 14 to 18, supporters were asked to meet with or call their MPs with a united message: pass legislation that will set us on a course for dignity for all!

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The Politics of the Safe Third Country Agreement

Political pressure is mounting as refugee claimants continue to face barriers to protection at the Canada-U.S. border. With our latest report, Reclaiming Protection, CPJ amplifies the call for an overhaul to the Safe Third Country Agreement. As the countdown has begun to the 2019 Federal election, it’s useful to take a deeper look at exactly what the major parties are saying about the issue, and why. 

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A Tale of Two Witnesses

Faith Today

We know we are called to love our neighbour, and to varying degrees we are aware of the oppression of poverty. We feel we maybe ought to do something – that someone ought to – but we are paralyzed by our sense of insignificance in the face of seemingly insurmountable issues.

There are many simple steps individuals and churches can take to live out our calling to love our neighbour not only in word, but in deed.

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Canadian churches still an ally for social justice

Policy Options

Some say the time of the churches is over in Canada. Others may say that it did not come soon enough. But what many Canadians may not be aware of is there is a long history of churches working together for social justice and peace, efforts that contributed significantly to the progressive social programs and international stature our country enjoys today.

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How Canadians can help stop children being torn from their parents at the U.S. border

UC Observer

Anger. Disbelief. Grief. Outrage. Many of us are feeling emotionally overwhelmed and exhausted as we grapple with the news reports coming out of the United States. As part of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, over 2,000 migrant children have been forcibly separated from their parents since April.

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