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Is Canada on the cusp of change for 4.9 million people living in poverty?

National Newswatch

This October, an important policy commitment has begun to take shape that could affect the lives of almost 5 million people in Canada, including 1.3 million children, who are suffering.

It has been years since significant public policy on poverty has seen any movement. Yet recently, the Government of Canada took steps to begin consultations for a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy – a promise that was laid out in the mandate letters of ministers last year.

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Let’s Do More to Help All Refugees

From the Catalyst, Winter 2016

Alan Kurdi, a two-year-old Kurdish-Syrian boy, drowned alongside his family members in the Mediterranean on September 2, 2015. The world vowed to do more. Many developed a greater compassion for refugees, but more is required.

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Paris climate deal can go further, proponents say

Catholic Register

Groups concerned about man-made climate change are applauding Canada’s ratification of the Paris climate accord Oct. 5.

“This is all very good news and we’re going to continue to push for more so we can see real meaningful action to address climate change and support the well-being of Canadians across the country,” said Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) senior policy analyst Karri-Munn Venn.

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Restoring Dignity: A Strong National Anti-Poverty Plan

Submission to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities
October 2016
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Canada is one of the world’s wealthiest countries, yet 4.9 million people live in poverty. That is 14.4% of us, or 1 in 7 people. The impact of poverty is far-reaching, hitting communities across Canada hard. 

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Climate Action Plan Needs Transparency

October 2016
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Along with 27 other environmental and faith organizations, and community leaders from across Canada, CPJ has called on Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna to include the voices of Canadians in the federal government's Climate Action Plan.

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Federal carbon price falls short

On Monday, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the Government of Canada plans to introduce a national price on carbon in 2018. This demonstrates the government’s firm acknowledgement of the integral role of carbon pricing in Canada’s climate action plan. Sadly, however, the level at which this price is to be set – beginning at $10 per tonne in 2018 and rising $10 per year to reach $50 per tonne in 2022 – will do little to meaningfully reduce Canadian GHG emissions.

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Faith in Our Vote

A Public Justice Case for Proportional Representation 

Submission to the Special Committee on Electoral Reform
October 2016
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CPJ recommends that the Canadian government adopt a system of mixed-member proportional representation (PR) that is effective, legitimate, engaging, accessible, inclusive, and representative.

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Faith leaders speak out for fairness and decent work

October 2016
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Joe Gunn, CPJ's executive director, has signed on to the Faith Leaders' Statement for fairness and decent work. He joins 22 Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, and Jewish faith leaders from across Ontario. Read their call for an increased minimum wage and improved working conditions.

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Canada’s Refugee Policy Must Be Improved Before Export

The United Nations’ 71st Annual General Assembly was very different this year.

Unlike other years, where the focus has been on economic or political issues, there was a predominant focus on migrants and refugees. Canada’s refugee resettlement policy was highlighted as a good example for the international humanitarian effort on refugees. In many ways, Canada’s resettlement system is indeed a model for the world. However, it still needs a lot of improvement before it’s ready to be exported.

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Today, We Pray for Creation

Today is the World Day of Prayer for Creation. It coincides with the Orthodox commemoration of how God created the world and marks the beginning of the “Season of Creation” which continues through to the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4. Please join us as together, with our brothers and sisters around the world, we offer our prayers for the well-being of creation.

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