Month: March 2019

Groundings: A Shared Vision of Social Justice

For much of my journey of faith, walking in the way of Christ was discussed largely on the individual level (i.e. your personal relationship with Christ). Several years ago, however, I began exploring a more communal vision of our calling and witness. I was also engaging more with social justice issues and was learning to...

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Working together for more than a “Half Welcome”

In 2017, CPJ released the report A Half Welcome profiling some of the challenges of the refugee sponsorship system. As an advocate in the field I appreciated the report’s thoughtful illumination of well-known challenges in Canada’s sponsorship system. So we began working with CPJ staff to discuss the findings of A Half Welcome and the...

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A Voice for All – Why Voting Reform Matters

For those of us who were hoping that British Columbia would become the first jurisdiction in Canada in modern times to move away from our divisive, unfair and exclusionary way of voting, December’s electoral reform referendum loss was a bitter disappointment. Despite the fact that post-referendum polls showed that BC voters continue to hold strongly...

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400 Students Gave it Up for the Earth

Last year, our school La Source, in Orleans, chose a few students to do a leadership project with the theme “Beyond the Borders of my Environment”. We had to partner with an organization to solve a problem in the world. We knew we wanted to help the environment because we knew our planet is in...

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Finding My Voice

CPJ has an important role to play in our Canadian society. We need to have an eye on the Canadian government to help assure that the policies developed to represent the best of public justice.

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In Review – Spring 2019

CPJ On the Hill In November and December, CPJ attended the House of Commons’ All Party Anti-Poverty Caucus (APAPC) meetings on the topics of child poverty and poverty among newcomers in Canada. In December, CPJ’s joint travel loan petition was presented in the House of Commons by NDP MP Jenny Kwan. The petition, was created...

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Making the big shift and getting to zero

We don’t have much time. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) November report, we have just over a decade to take drastic action and keep global temperatures below  a  1.5 C increase. To do so, we are going to need to mobilize society and our governments. In a timely intervention, activist and...

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10 Years of pursuing Dignity for All

It’s hard to believe, but 2019 marks the 10-year anniversary of Dignity for All, the campaign for a poverty-free Canada, a campaign co-led by CPJ and Canada Without Poverty (CWP). Dignity for All started out with a vision of ending poverty in Canada and a conviction that it was possible through a strong, comprehensive national...

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Christians are Called to Advocate for “The Most Vulnerable”

The Church has long been a defender of those who we consider to be the most vulnerable members of society. We take from scripture that these are the oppressed and persecuted, the poor and the weak, the widows and the orphans, the prisoners and the foreigners. We are meant to provide for those who fit...

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Book Review: Climate Justice: Hope Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future

By Mary Robinson Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018   Review by Karri Munn Venn   I’m a sucker for a good story and Mary Robinson tells them in spades. Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future is a captivating collection of personal accounts compiled by the Former President of Ireland and UN Special...

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