Month: October 2016

Housing for All

Ensuring Safe, Affordable, and Adequate Housing for All

A National Housing Strategy for Canada

Submission to the National Housing Strategy Team

October 2016

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The urgent need for a long-term, well funded National Housing Strategy is clear. 235,000 people in Canada experience homelessness each year.

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Faith and the way we vote

From the Catalyst, Winter 2016

A similar version of this article was published by ChristianWeek.

Canadians are eager to see changes to our electoral system – and soon. That was the promise made by the Liberals during the last campaign. 

But what does our Christian faith have to say about the way we vote in Canada?

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Thousands Across Canada Call for Federal Action on Poverty

Volunteers call for forthcoming national anti-poverty plan to assure the rights of people in living in poverty

For Immediate Release

Ottawa, ON, October 17, 2016 — Today, October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Volunteers across Canada are taking to the streets to participate in the fourth annual “ChewOnThis!” campaign. The campaign is organized by the Dignity for All campaign which is co-led by Canada Without Poverty (CWP) and Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ).

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Break the Barriers

“Break the Barriers”

October 2016

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People living in poverty in Canada face multiple barriers. As a country, we can do better to address these persistent challenges. We need a national anti-poverty plan that takes a comprehensive approach to the complex reality of poverty. “Break the Barriers” is CPJ’s annual report on poverty in Canada. While overall poverty rates have not seen significant change in the last several years, particular groups are increasingly vulnerable.

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Help Refugees Flourish in their New Homes

Let’s Do More to Help All Refugees

From the Catalyst, Winter 2016

Alan Kurdi, a two-year-old Kurdish-Syrian boy, drowned alongside his family members in the Mediterranean on September 2, 2015. The world vowed to do more. Many developed a greater compassion for refugees, but more is required.

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Faith in Our Vote

A Public Justice Case for Proportional Representation 

Submission to the Special Committee on Electoral Reform

October 2016

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CPJ recommends that the Canadian government adopt a system of mixed-member proportional representation (PR) that is effective, legitimate, engaging, accessible, inclusive, and representative.

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Human rights key to poverty reduction plan

Anti-poverty group calls for Duclos to listen to Canadians with lived experiences of poverty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ottawa, ON: October 4, 2016 — Today, Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development announced that he will be consulting with Canadians to develop a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy (CPRS).

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Federal carbon price falls short

On Monday, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the Government of Canada plans to introduce a national price on carbon in 2018. This demonstrates the government’s firm acknowledgement of the integral role of carbon pricing in Canada’s climate action plan. Sadly, however, the level at which this price is to be set – beginning at $10 per tonne in 2018 and rising $10 per year to reach $50 per tonne in 2022 – will do little to meaningfully reduce Canadian GHG emissions.

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Restoring Dignity: A Strong National Anti-Poverty Plan

Submission to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities

October 2016

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Canada is one of the world’s wealthiest countries, yet 4.9 million people live in poverty. That is 14.4% of us, or 1 in 7 people. The impact of poverty is far-reaching, hitting communities across Canada hard. 

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More stringent carbon price needed to achieve climate goals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON: October 3, 2016 — Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) is encouraged by the spirit of Prime Minister Trudeau’s announcement of a carbon price as a central pillar of Canada’s climate action plan, but laments that the established pricing levels will do little to meaningfully reduce Canadian GHG emissions. As Prime…

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