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Jobs, Training, and the Common Good

An interview with Mike Luff, who presented at the Dignity for All policy summit on Employment.​

CPJ: Which groups in Canada typically face high levels of unemployment?
Mike Luff: Too many workers are currently being locked out of opportunity and prosperity. This includes immigrants, Aboriginal peoples, women, persons with disabilities, at-risk youth, older workers, and less-skilled individuals (those with a high school diploma or less).
Faced with an aging population and increasing global competition, it is critical that we do everything we can to maximize the size and skills of our workforce. We cannot afford to leave anybody on the sidelines.

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Banks should expand no-fee accounts to all poor Canadians

June 2014
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In a letter to the CEOs of eight banks, CPJ's Board Chair, Will Postma, pointed to the need to, “widen the net of benefit to include the many more Canadians who are also low-income.”

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The State of Refugee Care and the Common Good

Join CPJ to read Dr. Gruner's address in The Catalyst.

We’re not going anywhere.

That was the message Dr. Doug Gruner delivered on behalf of the medical community last Thursday night as he spoke about the Interim Federal Health (IFH) cuts to refugee health care coverage.

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Jesus’ Values Revolution

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2014 edition of the Catalyst.
by David Pfrimmer

Last year, Pope Francis released his apostolic exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel).” In discussing the Roman Catholic Church’s renewed sense of mission, Pope Francis highlighted “the structural causes of inequality” and reaffirmed the social teaching of the churches: “No to the economy of exclusion. No to the new idolatry of money. No to a financial system that rules rather than serves. No to inequality, which spawns violence.”

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Warnings we would do well to heed

When a tree falls in the forest, does anybody hear?

We might do well to ask, “when a glacier collapses into the sea, does anybody care?” Perhaps not as poetic, but certainly a question that requires an answer.

The urgency of the global environmental crisis isn’t new. Climate scientists have been studying the issue for decades with ever-more sophisticated modeling that clearly demonstrates that drastic changes are necessary to prevent global catastrophe.

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Living Ecological Justice: Keep and Till the Earth

"Hear the word of the Lord, O people of Israel; for the Lord has an indictment against the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or loyalty, and no knowledge of God in the land. Swearing, lying, and murder, and stealing and adultery break out; bloodshed follows bloodshed. Therefore the land mourns, and all who live in it languish; together with the wild animals and the birds of the air, even the fish of the sea are perishing. Yet let no one contend, and let none accuse, for with you is my contention, O priest."

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Is There Any Reason to Celebrate this Earth Day?

Originally published in The Hill Times.

Community clean-ups and tree planting events are taking place across the country this week. But the celebratory sounds of these Earth Day events may be overwhelmed by the echoing alarm bells sounded by the global scientific community. Leaving us to question: is there any reason to celebrate?

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The Moral Case for Fair Elections

Free and fair votes are the basis of any truly democratic system, something people of faith have a long history of promoting. Yet Christians in Canada have been relatively silent on details such as campaign financing, advertising and even the increasing use of electronic campaign tools. If our approach to politics is rooted in love of neighbour, we will recognize that these issues have moral implications and are worthy of periodic review and revision.

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Nova Scotia is Cleaning Up Its Act

"These standards make Nova Scotia one of the most progressive energy jurisdictions in the world”

- Darrell Dexter, former Premier of Nova Scotia 

Nova Scotia is making major moves to renewable energy sources that can be seen as a benchmark for the rest of the country. The province, notorious for its reliance on coal, has begun a shift towards renewable resources. In April 2010, Nova Scotia passed the Renewable Energy Plan, committing to have 25% of its energy come from renewable resources by 2015 and 40% reliant on renewables by 2020. Nova Scotia is seeing the results of these measures already with the use of renewable energy sources increasing from 11 to 17% between 2006 and 2011 and it is expected that the 2020 target will be met.

How is Nova Scotia meeting these ambitious commitments? Here are five key changes:

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Truth and Reconciliation with Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples

“You shall be called the repairer of the breach…”

- Isaiah 58:12

In over 20 situations across the planet, truth commissions of various sorts have attempted to overcome past injustices. Most often, the process begins with telling a fuller story of what really happened (the truth), as histories are often written by the winners in dominant societal groups. Then apologies for past wrongs are often offered. The most difficult and long-term step (reconciliation) follows: trying to re-establish right relationships.

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