Month: November 2016

Electoral system must be more accessible

CPJ encouraged by committee’s call for greater voter participation FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON: December 1, 2016 — Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) was encouraged to see today’s report from the Special Committee on Electoral Reform include a call to promote greater voter participation. “Any changes to Canada’s voting system must also be coupled with…

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Pipeline approval dashes hopes for climate leadership

Citizens for Public Justice fears that even the most ambitious climate action plan is now unlikely to overcome damage caused by pipelines.


Ottawa, ON: November 29, 2016 — CPJ is deeply saddened by the federal government’s approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and Line 3 replacement project today. Prime Minister Trudeau’s failure to recognize the climate impacts of these massive projects flies in the face of Canada’s claims to climate leadership.

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House and Front yard garden

9 ways to reduce your GHG footprint

Identifying specific Canadian GHG emission sources and what they contribute to Canada’s GHG footprint helps us understand the need for climate action across sectors. And knowing which of your daily choices produce GHG emissions is the first step in making climate-friendly habit changes (see What is a tonne of greenhouse gas emissions?). Once you have this information, the question becomes, how can you use it to reduce the impact and help drive Canada towards ambitious emissions reductions?

Here are some suggestions for how you can contribute to the reduction of Canada’s GHG footprint in nine key emitting areas.

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Cement Manufacturing

Infographic: What is a tonne of greenhouse gas emissions?

Understanding GHG emissions can be challenging. We cannot actually see them accumulate. And they come from a variety of sources. It doesn’t help either that we usually talk about these emissions in big units which are hard to wrap our heads around. One megaton is a million tonnes.

So, to make it easier to understand we can ask: what Canadian sources are equivalent to one tonne of GHGs? How does it translate to the real world, and how do these sources contribute to overall emissions?

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Timelines and collaboration key to housing strategy

CPJ calls for clear timelines and collaboration with Indigenous Canadians FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON: November 22, 2016 — Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) looks forward to strong commitments out of today’s housing consultation report. Today, on National Housing Day. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, reported on the public consultations conducted…

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CPJ encouraged by coal commitment

Citizens for Public Justice hopes to see similar measures on oil and gas FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON: November 21, 2016 — Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) is encouraged by Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna’s announcement today that Canada will phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030. “The commitment of transitioning electricity production to…

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Meaningful Measures of Progress

By Kathy Vandergrift on November 16th, 2016

From the Catalyst, Winter 2016

Sunny ways are clouded these days.

With the approvals of the Site C Dam and the Petronas liquefied natural gas project in B.C., there are fears that environmental goals are being sacrificed. First Nations’ high hopes for a new relationship are turning into protests and lawsuits as decisions are made about projects on their lands without their consent. 

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Homeless young man living on the street

Poverty Isn’t a Problem to Be Fixed

By Derek Cook on November 16th, 2016

From the Catalyst, Winter 2016

At its root, poverty is not about money but about distorted and marred relationships and the divisions we create between “us” and “them.” It is a wound that needs to be healed.

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Climate Action Through the Arts

By Monica Lambton on November 16th, 2016

From the Catalyst, Winter 2016

An Experience at the 2016 World Social Forum

At the People’s Climate March, participants were organized into different groups. We were with the interfaith contingent. As I looked around, I saw representatives from just about every sector of society: students, scientists, families, the labour movement, women’s groups, political parties, and more. One group that was noticeably missing was the arts community.

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Breaking the Barriers

From the Catalyst, Winter 2016

Canada is a wealthy country. So when there are 4.9 million people living in poverty, something is not working. National data, as outlined in CPJ’s 2016 poverty report, Break the Barriers, tell us an important part of the story.

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