Month: March 2016

Refugee Health Care Restored

The federal government will fully restore the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) to all refugees starting April 1, 2016. 

Citizens for Public Justice is celebrating, and across Canada refugees and their sponsors are sighing in relief—they no longer need to worry about how they will pay for their health needs.

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Statement from CPJ on TRC Calls to Action

March 2016
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In June of 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) released 94 Calls to Action to guide us towards a repaired relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and a more just and equitable future. CPJ has released a statement in response to the TRC’s Call to Action #48...

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Faith Rooted in Migration Stories

From The Catalyst, Spring 2016
by Naomi Kabugi

The spirit of migration permeates, and to a large extent defines,the biblical narrative. This theme is found in Genesis, the Psalms, and Revelation.

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The Earth is Our Mother

From The Catalyst, Spring 2016
by Michelle Nieviadomy

The earth provides everything we need: food, water, clothing, and shelter. For Indigenous peoples, she provides cultural and spiritual fulfillment as well. The earth is our source, not a resource.

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Stories from “Prayers for COP21 in Paris”

In the lead-up to the COP21 climate negotiations last December, Citizens for Public Justice produced resources to support faithful worship, action, and reflection on climate change. CPJ also coordinated a national prayer chain. Canadians were praying for climate justice for 296 consecutive hours during the climate negotiations.

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Social Justice Way of the Cross; Good Friday

Social Justice Way of the Cross: Good Friday

Jesus Dies and Is Risen Jesus shows us that even in death, sorrow, and struggle, we can know life, mercy, and hope. The reality of poverty beats down the spirit and isolates people from each other. We know this pain is a daily reality in Canada for so many – the child who goes to...

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Photo Credit: US Papal Visit.Flickr

Faith Perspectives Matter in Seeking Justice

A faith perspective places human dignity, the common good, and the integrity of creation at the centre of economic life. Faith communities are calling for public justice. We want to see Canada’s public policy decisions reflect this understanding of what living together as a beloved community means.

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COP21: Three Next Steps for Churches

From The Catalyst, Spring 2016 Last year saw climate change become a mainstream issue. International leaders gathered to negotiate the Paris Agreement at the COP21 climate negotiations. The Pope delivered his encyclical, Laudato si’: On Care for Our Common Home, and the Canadian Council of Churches released a statement, On Promoting Climate Justice and Ending Poverty...

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Press release: Budget 2016

Significant progress, glaring omissions FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON: March 22, 2016 — The 2016 Federal Budget, released today by Finance Minister Bill Morneau, includes significant measures that work to advance public justice in Canada. However, Citizens for Public Justice, noted that this budget fails to live up to the federal government’s commitments to national plans...

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CPJ staff in support of the Proud to Protect Refugees campaign

Budget 2016: Significant Progress, Glaring Omissions

“Growing the Middle Class” is the title of the first budget presented by Canada’s new federal government. The Liberals hope that citizens will find “sunny ways” inside these pages – and in several ways we should. But this budget also raises some important, longer-term challenges for Canadians.

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