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CPJ Responds to National Consultations on the 2009 Budget

The federal government recently launched a National Consultation on Budget Actions to Protect Canada’s Economy. In the coming weeks, Canadians are invited to share their views and priorities on an economic stimulus plan for the 2009 Federal Budget.

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Press Release: Stand Up against poverty: Coalition organizes anti-poverty event

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Ottawa, ON: October 17, 2008 – Friday, October 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ), along with the National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO) and the Ottawa District Labour Council (ODLC), invites individuals to come out and Stand Up against poverty.

Stand Up, a global movement to end poverty, brings together people across the world to speak out against inequality. Over 43 million committed individuals stood up last year – and this year, even more people are expected to Stand Up and Take Action in solidarity against poverty.

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Press Release: Social Justice Groups Demand Attention to Poverty and Inequality Down Home Stretch of Election

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Ottawa, ON: , October 2, 2008 – Three Canadian social justice groups with members across Canada today demanded that poverty and social inequality issues be given greater attention by the political parties entering the home stretch of the 2008 federal election. These groups voiced their demands as a preface to a national debate on poverty and inequality. This televised, public event is being held on Monday, October 6th, 7pm to 9pm, Dominion Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper Street, Ottawa (wheelchair accessible from Cooper Street entrance).

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The world needs our voices

In this thoughtful reflection, Jennifer deGroot comments on the inspiration of two strong women who stood up for change. She notes that while most of us may not have opportunities for such forceful, vocal action, the world still needs our voices. In our everyday lives, she argues, we can live out a commitment to justice and to change.

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Vision to Action: 2008 pre-budget submission

Canada without Poverty
Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance Pre-Budget Consultations
20 years ago, the House of Commons passed an all-party resolution to end child poverty in Canada by 2000. As we approach the 20th anniversary, Budget 2009 should make good on that promise

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Eating local: a new take on an old theme

Annie McKitrick’s review of The 100-Mile Diet: A year of local eating by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon.

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Discovering “unexpected moments of fullness”

Emily Hutten reviews sub-merge: Living deep in a shallow world: Service, justice and contemplation among the world’s poor by John B. Hayes.

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Taking up the mantle – CPJ gives thanks

In this 45th anniversary year, we look back with thankfulness to the many different people who helped lay the foundations for CPJ and public justice in Canada. From the founding members to our new supporters, CPJ has been blessed with many dedicated, strong voices for justice.

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Equality and Diversity: Which is trump?

Kathy Vandergrift’s review of Uneasy Partners: Multiculturalism and Rights in Canada by Janice Gross-Stein, et al.

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Igniting a revolution of hope

Henni Helleman’s review of Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crises, and a Revolution of Hope by Brian D. McLaren.

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Aboriginal and church leaders herald Canada’s TRC

Aboriginals in Canada have long awaited the upcoming Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian residential schools in Canada. The TRC, heralded by leaders from Aboriginal groups and by church leaders, will be a rare collective space to talk, listen and heal. Ali Symons explores how people are getting more and more eager to begin this process, and describes the deep possibilities for healing and forgiveness to occur.

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Press Release: CPJ Board announces new Executive Director

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Ottawa, ON: April 29, 2008 – The Board of Directors of Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Executive Director, Joe Gunn.

“We are very excited about Joe’s vision for CPJ,” said Janet Wesselius, board chair. “His extensive knowledge of Canadian justice issues will complement the in-depth research CPJ has already done, augmenting CPJ’s strong and unique public justice presence in Canadian policy debates.”

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