Ashley Chapman

Ashley is the former Public Justice Intern at CPJ. She has a communications background, having worked as an editor, writer, researcher, filmmaker, and communications coordinator with organizations and publications including Food for the Hungry, Power to Change, Love Ottawa (Vanier Neighbourhood Study), Converge magazine, and Geez magazine, where she currently edits the Catholic Worker news section. Ashley studied communications and political studies at Trinity Western University and documentary filmmaking at Vancouver’s Pull Focus Film School. She also received a certificate in Leadership and Applied Public Affairs from the Laurentian Leadership Centre. With an interest in co-housing, sustainable living, neighbourhood ministry, and asset-based community development, she is passionate about finding ways to bring her Christian faith and convictions to everyday life. Ashley is from White Rock, B.C., but also calls Ottawa home.

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Posts by Ashley Chapman

Churches Fear Future of Refugee Sponsorship

From The Catalyst Winter 2014 The government has been in hot water lately over its refugee policies. First for the underwhelming response to refugees fleeing Syria, and then for the refugee health care cuts which were deemed “cruel and unusual” by the Federal Court. Everyone from doctors to lawyers to frontline refugee service providers have spoken out….

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refugee rules

Canadian government tightens rules on refugee children

As of August 1, 2014, new regulations mean that many refugees will have to decide whether safety in Canada is worth leaving their 19-year-old son or daughter behind in a potentially life-threatening situation. (This article was first published in the Toronto Star.)

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Why the govenrnment’s refugee health appeal is wrong

Refugees and their advocates joined an interesting mix of doctors, provincial politicians, and lawyers this month to cheer a 268-page decision from Justice Anne Mactavish. The Federal Court ruled that the June 2012 refugee healthcare cuts went against Section 12 of the Charter and constituted “cruel and unusual” treatment for claimants and their children.

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Syrian Refugees

Time for Canada to step up on Syrian refugee crisis, now

Download CPJ’s Petition calling on the Government of Canada to increase the resettlement quota for Syrian refugees to 10,000 under an accelerated program. (PDF) Read CPJ’s letter to Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander calling on Canada to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees.  Originally published in The Hill Times. To stay true to its word, and its…

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Think Green

4 Ways to Think Green at Church

Why getting rid of paper bulletins and disposable coffee cups won’t cut it.

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Human Rights Day Statement

Human Rights Day Statement: What About Refugee Rights?

Activists, former politicians, and national church leaders found something to agree on this morning. All were among the 47 distinguished signatories of a Human Rights Day statement urging the government to change their refugee policies.

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