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Budget 2008 and Government Values

Budget 2008, introduced last week, was billed as “Responsible Leadership.” Yet the values and priorities evident in the budget do not include measures to reduce poverty, address homelessness or protect the environment. Public justice calls governments to take responsibility on these issues – and Budget 2008 drastically failed to answer this call.

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CPJ’s backgrounder & position paper on homelessness

June 2008
A growing number of Canadians today face concerns of housing affordability and feel the impact of inadequate housing and homelessness. CPJ believes governments are responsible for protecting the rights of their citizens and for promoting the well-being of communities by investing in affordable housing and providing necessary funding and infrastructures. There is a great need for strong political leadership to create a comprehensive housing strategy that ensures all Canadians, regardless of income, have access to affordable housing.

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CPJ’s backgrounder & position paper on GLI

June 2008
CPJ believes that an income security program, or guaranteed livable income (GLI), would ensure that everyone in Canada has access to the basic necessities of life, while respecting dignity and encouraging participation in society.

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Beyond stillness to the richness of shalom

Writing about his work with people who are homeless at Sanctuary Ministries of Toronto, Greg Paul reveals that a deep need for peace can be found throughout our society. He calls for us to live out shalom of Jesus: “justice for those who are oppressed; health and wholeness for those who are sick in body, mind or soul; prosperity for those who are poor. Take it; make it work. Announce this peace and grow it in others.”

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Citizenship as Ministry

Thinking about our role as citizens in terms of ministry makes a big difference in how we approach the challenge of shaping the way our society works. Whether we have legal citizenship or not, we exercise citizenship through the variety of ways in which we engage in the public square.

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Contributing to the Common Good: 2007 pre-budget submission

Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance Pre-Budget Consultations
The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance has asked what criteria should guide changes to Canada’s tax system. CPJ has submitted a brief underscoring that paying taxes is an important way that citizens contribute to the common good – funding the public infrastructure and services that create a shared and sustainable prosperity.

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Stories of Exile and Asylum

Tim Wichert’s review of Refugee Sandwich: Stories of Exile and Asylum by Peter Showler.

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How to Make Sick Societies Healthier

Mike Bulthuis’s review of The Impact of Inequality: How to Make Sick Societies Healthier by Richard Wilkinson.

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Singh to Suresh: Non-Citizens, the Canadian Courts and Human Rights Obligations

Jack Costello’s review of Singh to Suresh: Non-Citizens, the Canadian Courts and Human Rights Obligations by Tom Clark.

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Unlikely but valuable guide to Aboriginal worldview

Jase Cowan’s review of Dancing With A Ghost: Exploring Aboriginal Reality by Rupert Ross.

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Pray always and do not lose heart

Esther Epp-Tiessen challenges us to remember that seeking justice must be rooted in relationships with real people who are hurting and in the knowledge that it is God’s own persistent patient way of redemption.

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CPJ responds to 2007 Federal Budget

Federal budgets should inspire our deepest commitments as citizens; commitments to live out the values of compassion and solidarity. We share as a matter of public justice a responsibility to look out for, not just our own needs, but also for the needs of our neighbours. From this perspective, Budget 2007 leaves a lot more for which to aspire.

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