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2013: 50 years of work for public justice!

In 2013 we celebrated CPJ's 50th anniversary: a time to share and honour all the ways CPJ inspired and transformed public policy in Canada, to learn more about people whose courage and insight have led to lasting change, and to lift up visions for the future. Thank you to everyone who joined us in this celebration!

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Joe Gunn receives Diamond Jubilee Medal

Senator Grant Mitchell of Alberta awarding Joe Gunn with the Diamond Jubilee Medal Congratulations to Joe Gunn, who was recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding service to his community and to Canada.

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Charity is not enough: ending child poverty in Canada

Universal Children's Day, November 20, was a day of creative action, learning, and reflection across the country on all the changes that are needed for the most impoverished children in Canada to live in dignity.

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Bring our Tax Dollars Home

Meet the Canadian Tax Dollar, the mascot for the Tackle Tax Havens campaign. He has been sent off to a tax haven by some wealthy individuals and large corporations in order to avoid paying taxes. He had a good time at first, but now he is homesick and wants to come home so he can do something useful, like help fund health care or education.

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Poverty Trends Scorecard: Canada 2012

October 2012
The first report in CPJ's Poverty Trends Scorecard series examines the impact of poverty on people across Canada and shows that while some progress toward ending poverty in Canada has been made, but much more work remains for us all to do.
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A tale of two provinces: a case for action against poverty

Twelve years ago, British Columbia & Newfoundland and Labrador shared the distinction of having some of the highest poverty rates in the country. Ten years later, Newfoundland had one of the lowest poverty rates amongst the provinces while BC still had the highest. What made the difference?

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AGM 2012: A Call to Speak Truth to Power

Sheila Regehr, former executive director of the National Council of Welfare speaks as CPJ's 2012 Annual General Meeting in Ottawa. 

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Dreaming of a Canada for All Kids

Imagine a Canada where all kids have access to adequate housing, clean water, a good education, and the opportunity to be the best they can be, regardless of their background. It’s a dream aboriginal children’s advocates are bringing to the forefront by highlighting the extreme inequities First Nations children experience in Canada. CPJ is shedding its own light on the issue through a recently launched video contest. It’s time for Canadians to look at life in Canada through the lens of a First Nations child.

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Smoke and Mirrors: What Budget 2012 Really Delivered

Pundits have written this budget off as modest, and even better than expected after all the hype over predicted austerity measures. Finance Minister Flaherty himself emphasized that cuts to spending are much smaller than the reductions in the mid-1990s.

In truth, Canadians are about to lose a lot more than pennies in a budget that delivers substantial and politically symbolic cuts. In combination with unilateral changes to federal-provincial transfers, actions taken in the budget are designed to further erode the presence of the federal government in the lives of Canadians—a strategy that translates into the laying off thousands of public servants and elimination of key public programs.

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Looking beyond the numbers

The federal government's announcement last week of possible reforms to the retirement income system highlights the fact that financial decisions are never just that. We must consider the social implications behind the numbers and how they reflect our values as a nation. The 2012 federal budget will soon be tabled, and Canadians have the opportunity to make their voice heard.

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