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Refugees to Canada Receive Only a Half Welcome

Christian Courier

Imagine that you are a member of a church that was so moved by the refugee crisis in Syria that you decided to sponsor a Syrian family. Imagine further that the family you sponsored was not among the first 25,000 to come to Canada after the Liberal government won a majority mandate, and that family ended up waiting four or six months to arrive in Canada rather than the mere days or weeks of the earlier families.

It doesn’t take much imagination because this is what happened after February 2016. 

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Bishops join CPJ Board for discussion of social justice

By ​Thea deGroot

On May 25 the Board of Citizens for Public Justice met in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Board was honoured to have the Archbishop of Winnipeg, Richard Gagnon, and the National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Susan Johnson, join us for a lunch-time discussion on how CPJ’s efforts and the work and insight that these two church leaders bring to their own denominations overlap and enhance social justice in Canada.

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A Settler’s Atonement

Christian Courier

“The prairie landscape,” Trevor Herriot says, “has become one of the most altered on the planet.”

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Making the Links: Refugees, Climate Change, and Poverty

By Asha Kerr-Wilson and Bolu Coker

When we think of the Syrian refugee crisis, political unrest and terrorism immediately come to mind. Very rarely do we ever think of climate change and poverty as casual factors in this crisis, or in our current global refugee situation. It’s not an obvious connection many of us have made.  A closer look at these links is necessary to ensure we can address the ever-evolving conflict situations of our times.

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Sponsors are waiting too long to welcome refugees

Christian Week

When Janet’s Ottawa-based sponsoring group decided to sponsor a Syrian family in 2015, they expected a swift resettlement process.

“At the time, there was a lot of momentum and enthusiasm”, she said, as many of the group’s members were keen on supporting Syrian refugees at the cusp of the crisis in 2015.

Now, however, it seems this momentum may have waned a bit.

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Immigration minister vows faster processing times for refugees

The Catholic Register

The problem of long processing times for refugees to Canada will be fixed by 2019, promises Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen.

A survey by Christian think tank Citizens For Public Justice reveals that 97 per cent of the agencies who bring privately-sponsored refugees to Canada are concerned about processing times.

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Because It’s 2017...It’s Time to End Poverty in Canada

From the Catalyst, Spring 2017

At CPJ, we’ve decided that the best way to participate in Canada’s 150th anniversary is to renew our resolve to work for public justice and the flourishing of God’s shalom in the land. 2017 is an historic moment, worthy of our every effort to show what love looks like in public.

There is perhaps no better way to do this, than by ensuring our federal leaders complete the development and implementation of a robust poverty reduction plan.

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6 Ways Christians Are Marking Earth Day 2017

The Huffington Post

There has often been some distance between celebrations of faith and environmental action -- between Easter and Earth Day. This year, however, these two springtime celebrations lined up pretty closely. Not only are they just days apart but their messages of sacrifice and renewal have also come together for people of faith around the world.

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An Ice Road to Reconciliation

From the Catalyst, Spring 2017

Climate change affects the lives, lands, and cultural heritage of Indigenous peoples more directly and dramatically than most Canadians. But many communities in the more isolated and northern regions go unseen and unheard. Climate justice is a part of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

One road to get us there may well be made of ice and serve a small Ojibway Nation in northwestern Ontario.

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Giving it up for the Earth! from Coast to Coast to Coast

Over the last six weeks, throughout the season of Lent, Christians across Canada have spoken up for climate justice. A faith-in-action campaign, Give it up for the Earth! supported Canadian Christians in raising awareness about climate change in their communities, and taking personal action as a demonstration of support for stronger and more urgent climate action from the federal government. 

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