Month: November 2014

Is your church Living Ecological Justice?

From The Catalyst Winter 2014

Facing the Challenge

“Lent is for searching,” said Father Wesley in one of his homilies. What is better than a book study?

But which book?

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Letters to the Editor – Winter 2014

From The Catalyst Winter 2014 We want to hear from you! Submit your letters to Brad Wassink at oenq@pcw.pn or 309 Cooper Street, #501, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0G5. A Response to “Jobs, Training, and the Common Good” – the Catalyst, Summer 2014 It is very true that Canadian workers need the latest training in workplace skills to…

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Editor’s Note – Winter 2014

From The Catalyst Winter 2014 We live in troubled times. Every day there is more news of disease, strife, and war from across the world. We were recently reminded that these atrocities do not stop at our border. October 22 was a horrible, strange, and uncertain day for those who work in downtown Ottawa and, indeed, for…

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Climate March

2015: A Big Year for the Climate

From The Catalyst Winter 2014 Canada is failing. In October, the federal Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development, Julie Gelfand, released a scathing report on our government’s environmental record. If it were a report card, Canada would certainly receive a failing grade and be sent to the Principal’s Office for the severe offense of breaking our word….

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CRA Audits: Six Questions

From The Catalyst Winter 2014 A robust, independent non-profit sector that can freely engage in public debate… is vital for a healthy democracy. The prevention of poverty is not a charitable cause, but the alleviation of poverty is, according to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). That ruling, which required Oxfam Canada to change its purpose statement from prevention…

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Chew on This! a Success

From The Catalyst Winter 2014 October 17, 2014 was the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and for the second year in a row the Dignity for All Campaign organized Chew on This! At 45 events in 36 cities across Canada, food bank workers and anti-poverty advocates joined together to call for a poverty elimination plan….

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Letter to Premiers: Protect Refugee Social Assistance

November 2014

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CPJ wrote to the Premiers of each province and territory calling for them to protect refugees from these cuts and not implement the changes Bill C-43 allows them to make. 

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Gustavo Gutierrez

Mining meets theology in action

Originally published in Embassy News.  Every day in northern Brazil, 12 long trains filled with minerals leave the largest iron ore mine in the world. Estimates put the worth of each train’s cargo at tens of millions of dollars, while the dilapidated houses on the side of the tracks are home to families who somehow survive on…

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Canada’s Invisible Citizens

Canada’s Invisible Citizens

From The Catalyst Winter 2014 June Callwood called children “Canada’s invisible citizens.” In the last years of her life, she worked tirelessly and passionately to bring an end to child poverty in Canada. She believed that “to them we cannot answer ‘Tomorrow.’ Their name is ‘Today.’ ” A Broken Promise In November 1989, the members of the…

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Letter: Budget Bill Restricts Social Assistance for Refugees

November 2014
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160 organizations from across Canada have come together to oppose parts of federal Bill C-43. An open letter was sent to Finance Minister Joe Oliver calling for the withdrawal of sections 172 and 173 in this Bill.

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