Month: July 2017

How Taxes Can Reduce Inequality

How Taxes Can Reduce Inequality

By Dennis Howlett on July 24th, 2017

We need to tackle inequality at both ends of the income scale. Everyone, even the rich, benefits from a more equal society with better population health, reduced crime, better educational and employment opportunities, and a more vigorous economy.

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Meeting the Needs of the Dear Neighbour

Meeting the Needs of the Dear Neighbour

By Leah Watkiss on July 24th, 2017

On May 12, 60 Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, along with their associates and partners, gathered to illustrate the faces of poverty and offer solutions. At the Sisters’ residence, they hosted Meeting the Needs of the Dear Neighbour, a story-telling event in response to the federal government’s poverty reduction strategy consultation...

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Book Review: An Army of Problem Solvers

From the Catalyst, Summer 2017

An Army of Problem Solvers: Reconciliation and the Solutions Economy

By Shaun Loney

McNally Robinson, 2016

Reviewed by Asha Kerr-Wilson

An Army of Problem Solvers is about empowering people to be the problem solvers of the big social, economic, and environmental problems faced by their...

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Book Review: Towards a Prairie Atonement

From the Catalyst, Summer 2017

Towards a Prairie Atonement

By Trevor Herriot

University of Regina Press, 2016

Reviewed by Dennis Gruending

Trevor Herriot is a gifted Saskatchewan writer who has published five acclaimed books within the past 16 years. His grandparents were European settlers on land just north of the...

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Book Review: Living on the Land

From the Catalyst, Summer 2017

Living on the Land: Indigenous Women’s Understanding of Place

Edited by Nathalie Kermoal and Isabel Altamirano-Jiménez

Athabasca University Press, 2016

Reviewed by Michelle Nieviadomy

Living on the Land is a beautiful and complex collection of perspective, story, knowledge, and wisdom. This book captures the traditional...

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Book Review: Wrongs to Rights

From the Catalyst, Summer 2017

Wrongs to Rights: How Churches Can Engage the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Edited by Steve Heinrichs

Mennonite Church Canada, 2016

Reviewed by Amie Nault

There has been a lot of discussion lately about how to best respond to the calls...

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Book Review: After the Sands

From the Catalyst, Summer 2017

After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians

By Gordon Laxer

​Douglas & McIntyre, 2015

Reviewed by Karri Munn-Venn

After the Sands is a fascinating, if dense, history of Canadian energy policy, offered by prominent Alberta political economist, Gordon Laxer.

At its core, After the...

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Book Review: Better Now

From the Catalyst, Summer 2017

Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians

By Dr. Danielle Martin

Allen Lane, 2017

Reviewed by Sally Guy

Better Now will likely find itself preaching to the choir. That is not to say that Martin is ever preachy—in fact, her...

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Book Review: Finding Home in the Promised Land

From the Catalyst, Summer 2017

Finding Home in the Promised Land: A Personal History of Homelessness and Social Exile

By Jane Harris

J. Gordon Shillingford, 2015

Reviewed by Darlene O’Leary

“I fought my way out of the wilderness, but I still wear cuts inside my body and soul.”

In Finding...

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Book Review: Hopeful Realism in Urban Ministry

From the Catalyst, Summer 2017

Hopeful Realism in Urban Ministry: Critical Explorations and Constructive Affirmations of Hoping Justice Prayerfully

By Barry K. Morris

Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2016

Reviewed by Lee Hollaar

To all involved in any seemingly overwhelming ministry, this is an important and refreshing read. While dealing...

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