Deborah Mebude

With a Bachelors in Communications and a Diploma in Journalism, Deb combines her passions for robust research and public dialogue with a vision of gospel-inspired justice. To Deb, public policy provides the perfect opportunity to bridge her concerns for marginalized people with the ability to propose tangible, systemic changes. Inspired by the words of Dr. Cornel West, she truly believes that “justice is what love looks like in public.” Find her on twitter: @deborahmeb

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Ignoring the call for justice is simply not an option for followers of Christ

Ignoring the call for justice is simply not an option for followers of Christ. On this International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17, I celebrate the release of Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy with my fellow advocates and the Chew on this! Dignity for All Campaign, which is working towards a poverty-free Canada. Deep…

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Will the poor always be with us? (and would we notice?)

 On Oct. 17, the world commemorated the UN’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty—but you could be forgiven for not noticing. Canadian media were not paying attention to poverty concerns that day, but readers and viewers were being swamped with an avalanche of reporting about … cannabis. And not to blame journalists, because for some bizarre…

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When a heart-wrenching photo made it better for children

A Canadian study was put together by the group Citizens for Public Justice, a non-governmental organization supported by many of Canada’s churches. It drew on recent information collected from the federal government, Statistics Canada, census data, and other sources. It reported that 19 per cent of Canada’s children were living in poverty and that number increased to nearly 50 per…

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One in six Canadians are poor, CPJ report says

Helping 5.8 million Canadians out of poverty isn’t a charity project. It’s about building a better economy and living up to the human rights we proclaim as a nation.

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Joe Gunn: ‘You aren’t supposed to remain the same after listening to the Word’

The executive director of Citizens for Public Justice says that being part of a faith community means being challenged to walk the talk.

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We need a stronger plan to end poverty in Canada.

All people in Canada should live with dignity. One in six Canadians struggle to make ends meet: to pay rent, feed their families, and address basic needs. On October 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Moderator Richard Bott will be on Parliament Hill with apples and a message for the Prime Minister: We need a stronger,…

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Is Canada’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy a real Opportunity for All?

Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) has worked as co-leads with Canada Without Poverty of the Dignity for All campaign since 2009. The goal of this campaign is the creation of a national anti-poverty plan that is comprehensive, legislated and funded to meet its mandate. The ultimate goal is an end to poverty in Canada.

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Church Members help put Anti-Poverty Vision before Parliament

For over a decade, Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) and its partners have been part of a process of encouraging lawmakers to put a national anti-poverty vision before the Canadian Parliament. In late August there was good news that the effort is paying off as the federal government released Opportunity for All, Canada’s first National Poverty Reduction…

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Have Refugees Created a Housing Crisis in Canada?

An influx of refugee claimants from the U.S. has been making headlines for over a year now. Since the beginning of 2018, the RCMP has intercepted 12,378 irregular border crossers. These numbers, however, are actually down compared to the same period last year and are much lower than initial projections. So why have politicians drawn a connection between refugees and a housing crisis?

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Social assistance requires more accountability and federal leadership

It’s clear that social assistance is in need of reform. Innovative policies and targeted funding can make a difference, but all levels of government need to commit to making it happen.

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Book Review: The Boat People

 From the Catalyst, Summer 2018

The Boat People 

By Sharon Bala

McClelland & Stewart, 2018

Reviewed by Deborah Mebude

The Boat People is inspired by the untold stories of hundreds of Tamil refugees who arrived on British Columbia’s coast in 2009 and 2010. It depicts the tension between the slow pace of government protocols and the urgent needs of refugees in search of protection. 

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