Month: October 2017

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We Need Refugees

By Danielle Steenwyk-Rowaan

We are called to welcome the stranger, because we need them. I need them, in a deep and sometimes mysterious way. This subversive biblical teaching, along with the call to welcome because we have been welcomed, breaks down the charity mindset and the delusion of self-sufficiency.

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Bill Morneau

Economic statement a step in the right direction on poverty

Fiscal update suggests the human and economic potential of a comprehensive, fully-funded National Anti-Poverty Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ottawa, ON: October 24, 2017 — The Liberal government’s Fall Economic Statement made a strong case for the potential of strategic investments to reduce poverty among seniors and low-income families with children. Targeted spending on the Canada Child Benefit, for example, was reported to have lifted hundreds of thousands of children out of poverty, and adjustments to the eligibility and funding of Employment Insurance and various income supports for seniors were held up as lifelines for those “working hard to join the middle class.”

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European Commission DG ECHO

CPJ Supports the CCR’s “It’s Time to Lead” Campaign

October 2017

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The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) recently launched a campaign encouraging the Canadian government to be a leader in refugee resettlement. Canada’s long and generous history of welcoming refugees, along with escalating needs worldwide, point to the necessity for our nation to step up its global leadership in refugee resettlement.CPJ stands with CCR’s “It’s Time to Lead” campaign, and asks that our government set an example before the global community of a justice-based, humanitarian approach towards refugees.

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Canada should cover refugee travel costs

Letter: Canada Should Cover Refugee Travel Costs

October 2017

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CPJ wrote to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, to express our support for. proposed changes to interest charges on travel loans offered to refugees. The new policy changes outlined that no interest charges would apply to future loans and any outstanding loans would not accrue additional interest. We also repeated our recommendation for the federal government to cover costs for resettled refugee travel to Canada.

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Chew on This 2017

CPJ marks International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Dignity for All hosts over 80 events in every province and territory

FOR IMMIEDIATE RELEASE

Ottawa, ON, October 17, 2017 — Today is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, and Chew On This! events are being held by over 80 groups in more than 30 cities and towns across the country – from Vancouver to St. John’s to Yellowknife. Volunteers will be handing out 22,000 campaign postcards calling for a national anti-poverty plan that is based in human rights and fully-funded in Budget 2018.

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Poverty Trends 2017

High poverty rates for vulnerable populations in Canada

Canada needs a strong, national anti-poverty plan FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON: October 12, 2017 — People with disabilities and single adults in Canada are experiencing poverty at alarming rates. Both groups are being overlooked by Canada’s current policies. Today, Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) released Poverty Trends 2017, its annual report on poverty in Canada….

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Poverty Trends 2017

Poverty Trends 2017

October 2017
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CPJ released Poverty Trends 2017, our annual report on poverty in Canada, a week ahead of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. It reports that a staggering 4.8 million people in Canada (or 13.9%) live in poverty. The report uses the Low-Income Measure (LIM), which defines the poverty rate as 50 per cent of the median Canadian household income.

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