Month: October 2014

The Advent of Justice

The Advent of Justice… Again

From The Catalyst Winter 2014

Advent is cheapened by the secular sentimentality of Christmas. The Advent of Justice is a book of meditations that leads readers into a costly time of waiting and longing.

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The Advent of Justice

The Advent of Justice: A Book of Meditations

By Brian J. Walsh, J. Richard Middleton, Mark Vander Vennen 

Edited by Sylvia Keesmaat

The Advent of Justice was first published in 1993 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the CJL Foundation and Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ). Responding to God’s call for love, justice, and stewardship, the CJL Foundation and CPJ have been at the forefront of research and advocacy in areas such as poverty and unemployment, economics, and social justice, aboriginal rights, refugees, energy policy and the environment.

The republication of The Advent of Justice by Wipf and Stock Publishers celebrates more than 50 years of faithful witness for justice by CJL and CPJ.

In this book of reflections, four friends come together to lead us more deeply into Advent as a time of profound hope for the coming of God’s good kingdom of shalom while also a time of lament and anguish in the face of injustice.

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Sunset behind a refugee boat on Lake Tanganyika

Welcoming the Stranger

Imagine that you suddenly hear a massive explosion. Close enough that you can see buildings collapsing and dust filling the air. You can hear the screams of those nearer to the epicentre. This is followed by another explosion, and another, each one closer than the last. Now imagine that this is a daily occurrence. You live…

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The Burden of Poverty

October 2014
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“The Burden of Poverty: A snapshot of poverty across Canada” uses the most recent data from Statistics Canada to demonstrate the reality of poverty across the country and provides an accessible set of materials to support national and community-level anti-poverty work across the country.

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Chew on This!

Chew on This! We Need a Plan to End Poverty in Canada

Most Canadians are not aware that 1 in 7 people in this country experience poverty. More than 800 000 rely on food banks each month and 13.3% of Canadian children live in poverty. And on any given night, about 30, 000 Canadians are homeless. But what does poverty actually look like in Canada? Poverty is…

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Canadians Agree, We Need a Plan to Eliminate Poverty


Ottawa, ON: October 17, 2014 – Today, marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. People passionate about ending poverty will use the lunchtime on that day to draw attention to the 833,000 Canadians who have to rely on food banks each month to put food on their tables.  As part of Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty Free Canada, volunteers at “ChewOnThis!” events are asking people across Canada to join the strong call for a federal plan to address poverty by simply going online to

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Making Sense of Poverty Measures

“If we don’t make sense of poverty measures, we will limit our ability as a society to make good decisions about poverty and related issues” (Cutting through the Fog, 2010, p. 20) Every Fall, many in the anti-poverty movement in Canada report on poverty trends. First with CPJ’s annual poverty report on October 17th,  the…

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Letter: Speed up Private Sponsorship for Syrian refugees

October 2014

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CPJ’s Board Chair, Will Postma, and Executive Director, Joe Gunn, respond to Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander. In this second letter, we again request Canada step up and commit to resettle 10,000 Syria refugees.

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Refugee Camp

Churches Fear Future of Refugee Sponsorship

From The Catalyst Winter 2014 The government has been in hot water lately over its refugee policies. First for the underwhelming response to refugees fleeing Syria, and then for the refugee health care cuts which were deemed “cruel and unusual” by the Federal Court. Everyone from doctors to lawyers to frontline refugee service providers have spoken out….

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