Month: July 2015

Living Justice

Looking for a resource to discuss, reflect, and take action on poverty in your community?

Living Justice: A Gospel Response to Poverty is a book for Christian faith communities trying to live out the justice mandate to love the stranger, the widow, and the orphan, and to seek just relations within society. It is a resource for people interested in learning more about the situation of poverty in Canada, exploring the Christian call to respond, and searching for ways to engage and create change. It includes reflections, discussion questions, activities, and prayers that will provide insight into the situation of poverty in Canada, the challenges and opportunities we face as a society, and actions that we, as Christians, can take.

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Thank you, your submission has been received! CPJ is producing the 2015 Election Bulletin as a special additional issue of our award-winning magazine, the Catalyst. As such, we have incurred additional costs. Yes! I can help CPJ with a special donation for this important work!  

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DfA Calls on Premiers to Support National Anti-Poverty Plan

DfA Calls on Premiers to Support National Anti-Poverty Plan

July 2015
Read the Letter

The Dignity for All campaign has asked Canada’s premiers to bring their concerns about federal responsibility on poverty to the forefront of their priorities.

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Uncertain Future for Refugee Claimants After Cuts

Last year, with the passage of C-43 – the omnibus budget implementation bill, the federal government removed the financial penalty for imposing a residency requirement for social assistance. There are exceptions. Canadian citizens, permanent residents, victims of human trafficking with a temporary resident permit, and accepted refugees would not have to meet this requirement. It is those who are not explicitly named who would be most adversely affected, and these are refugees who file their claims in Canada.

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Glorious and Free

Book Review: Glorious and Free by Bryce Dymond

From The Catalyst, Summer 2015

Glorious and Free
By Bryce Dymond

FriesenPress, 2015

Reviewed by Naomi Kabugi

Bryce Dymond reminds the reader that poverty is not entirely an issue for developing countries nor does one need to travel outside Canada to see it. Child poverty is a reality in Canada. The cycle of child poverty is a result of, among many other things, abusive homes, addictions, bullying, and mental illness. The story of Glorious and Free invites the reader to contemplate child poverty with an action plan not just to raise awareness about it, but to also contribute to programs that work towards eliminating child poverty in Canada.

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Our Only World

Book Review: Our Only World: Ten Essays by Wendell Berry

From The Catalyst, Summer 2015

Our Only World: Ten Essays
By Wendell Berry

Counterpoint, 2015

Reviewed by Janelle Vandergrift

Before reading it, I assumed Our Only World would focus solely on climate and environment issues. Instead, Wendell Berry weaves an analysis of today’s social and environmental issues as one in the same.

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This Changes Everything:

Book Review: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein

From the Catalyst, Summer 2015

​This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate
By Naomi Klein

Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2014

Reviewed by Karri Munn-Venn

Author and activist Naomi Klein has done it again. This Changes Everything, is at once thick with academic research and deeply grounded in human narrative. It is a profoundly personal account of coming to understand that climate change is the issue of our time.

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Letters to the Editor

From The Catalyst Summer 2015 Submit your letters to Brad Wassink, at or 309 Cooper Street, #501, Ottawa, ON K2P 0G5. God’s Call to Reconcile God’s focus in the world (or mission, if we use church-y words) is all about reforming and restoring relationships. This work is primarily done through God’s communal life (the Trinity)…

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Canadian Medicare

Book Review: Canadian Medicare: We Need It and We Can Keep It by Stephen Duckett and Adrian Peetoom

From the Catalyst, Summer 2015

Canadian Medicare: We Need It and We Can Keep It
By Stephen Duckett and Adrian Peetoom

McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013

Reviewed by Adrian Helleman

In this book, Stephen Duckett, an expert in public health, and Adrian Peetoom, an author and publisher who is well-known to some CPJ members, describe the current medicare system in Canada and also prescribe some much-needed improvements.

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Fighting Over God

Book Review: Fighting Over God by Janet Epp Buckingham

From the Catalyst, Summer 2015

Fighting Over God: A Legal and Political History of Religious Freedom in Canada
By Janet Epp Buckingham

McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014

Reviewed by Kathryn Teeluck

​In Fighting Over God, Janet Epp Buckingham offers a fascinating exploration of the historical role of religion in Canadian political life.

She begins her analysis by examining the status of religion before Confederation when religion, particularly Christianity, held a prominent role in every aspect of society.

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