Press Releases

CPJ is prepared to speak to the media about a number of issues pertaining to our areas of work and organization.

Please contact: Brad Wassink, Communications Coordinator, at or 613-232-0275, ext 225.

Press Release: Stand Up against poverty: Coalition organizes anti-poverty event


Ottawa, ON: October 17, 2008 - Friday, October 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ), along with the National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO) and the Ottawa District Labour Council (ODLC), invites individuals to come out and Stand Up against poverty.

Stand Up, a global movement to end poverty, brings together people across the world to speak out against inequality. Over 43 million committed individuals stood up last year – and this year, even more people are expected to Stand Up and Take Action in solidarity against poverty.

Press Release: CPJ launches new website and advocacy toolkit


Ottawa, ONOctober 9, 2008 – Citizens for Public Justice today launched its newly redesigned website, an interactive and accessible platform for increasing public justice dialogue and encouraging hopeful citizenship. Exciting new features include a blog, with daily postings from policy staff on current justice issues, bookmarking tools, and a thorough search engine.

Press Release: Social Justice Groups Demand Attention to Poverty and Inequality Down Home Stretch of Election


Ottawa, ON: , October 2, 2008 – Three Canadian social justice groups with members across Canada today demanded that poverty and social inequality issues be given greater attention by the political parties entering the home stretch of the 2008 federal election. These groups voiced their demands as a preface to a national debate on poverty and inequality. This televised, public event is being held on Monday, October 6th7pm to 9pm, Dominion Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper Street, Ottawa (wheelchair accessible from Cooper Street entrance).

CPJ offers questions for leaders’ debate

Read CPJ’s press release here.

CPJ was pleased to respond to the media consortium’s call for questions for the leaders’ debate. Our submission included questions on topics from poverty reduction and the growing income gap to action on global warming and care for the environment.

CPJ calls media consortium to respect democracy

Read CPJ’s press release here.

In a letter to the national chair of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council and to the president of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, CPJ expressed disappointment with the exclusion of Green Party Leader Elizabeth May from the televised leaders’ debates, and called on the media consortium to respect democracy and act to reverse their decision immediately.

Press Release: CPJ Board announces new Executive Director


Joe Gunn - photo by Marie Weeren Ottawa, ON: April 29, 2008 – The Board of Directors of Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Executive Director, Joe Gunn.

“We are very excited about Joe’s vision for CPJ,” said Janet Wesselius, board chair. “His extensive knowledge of Canadian justice issues will complement the in-depth research CPJ has already done, augmenting CPJ’s strong and unique public justice presence in Canadian policy debates.”


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