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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The Politics of the Safe Third Country Agreement

The Politics of the Safe Third Country Agreement

Political pressure is mounting as refugee claimants continue to face barriers to protection at the Canada-U.S. border. With our latest report, Reclaiming Protection, CPJ amplifies the call for an overhaul to the Safe Third Country Agreement. As the countdown has begun to the 2019 Federal election, it’s useful to take a deeper look at exactly what the major parties are saying about the issue, and why. 

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A Tale of Two Witnesses

We know we are called to love our neighbour, and to varying degrees we are aware of the oppression of poverty. We feel we maybe ought to do something – that someone ought to – but we are paralyzed by our sense of insignificance in the face of seemingly insurmountable issues. There are many simple steps individuals and…

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A Haitian man talks with an RCMP officer while waiting to cross the U.S.-Canada border into Quebec last August. (CNS photo - Christinne Muschi, Reuters)

Churches among advocates challenging agreement that sends refugees to U.S.

The Safe Third Country Agreement faces an important test this summer as political opponents keep an eye on the number of asylum seekers using irregular border crossings. Meanwhile, a federal court challenge of the Agreement as a violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms mounted by the Canadian Council for Refugees, the Canadian…

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On the Road Together Towards Justice

How should churches deal with political issues? That question has long sparked incandescent discussions among Christians. Many hold that God calls Christians to promote public justice. Yet we differ strongly on what those policies and which political parties, if any, Christians should support. Joe Gunn’s new book, Journeys to Justice: Reflections on Canadian Christian Activism (Novalis) doesn’t give a final response…

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How Canadians can help stop children being torn from their parents at the U.S. border

Anger. Disbelief. Grief. Outrage. Many of us are feeling emotionally overwhelmed and exhausted as we grapple with the news reports coming out of the United States. As part of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, over 2,000 migrant children have been forcibly separated from their parents since April. While we can’t exert influence as voters…

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Gender and Refugee Integration in Canada

Gender and Refugee Integration in Canada

EUUNICEF, and scholarly reports show that women refugees often have a more difficult time securing employment, lack adequate access to important health services, and face a double discrimination effect of being minorities and women. Similar data is found among refugees in Canada, with reports showing consistently lower employment rates for refugee women. 

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CPJ Launches Journeys to Justice in Toronto

By Dennis Gruending

At CPJ’s AGM in Toronto on May 31, contributors to Joe Gunn’s new book spoke about the successes, and limits, of Christian political engagement. Gunn interviewed ten Canadian Christians who he considers “role models in the pursuit of public justice.” 

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Pipeline

No faith in Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

Signing onto the David Suzuki Foundation letter asking Ottawa to reverse course on the Trans-Mountain pipeline was not any mere whim, said Citizens for Public Justice executive director Joe Gunn. The ecumenical social justice organization understands that working people who depend on the oilsands to pay their mortgages can’t be bystanders in the national debate about just…

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Tanya Granic Allen’s campaign exit opens space for other voices of faith

Canada’s faith communities have a proud record of activism.  A recent collection of essays, Journeys to Justice: Reflections on Canadian Christian Activism, tells the story well.

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Bishops’ actions a blow to reconciliation efforts

In 2015 Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) issued its final report on Indian residential schools, relating the “cultural genocide” that took place, along with much physical and sexual abuse. The report specifically directed to the four churches that ran the schools and challenged every faith community, all governments and the entire Canadian public. Reconciliation must involve…

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Lack of bishops’ consensus, concerns over cost behind Pope apology decision: Archbishop

Joe Gunn, who worked for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops from 1994 to 2005, said if the bishops had “put forward a strong and united invitation to the Pope” the outcome could have been different. Gunn, who is now executive director of Citizens for Public Justice, said he believes financial concerns are playing a…

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A Pope Given to Apologies Has Nothing for Indigenous Canada

So now would seem a particularly good time to ask for an apology. And if Canada’s bishops supported it, it is hard to see that the pope would refuse because a hallmark of the Francis papacy is to decentralize authority to the bishops conferences around the world. Joe Gunn, who spent a decade at the…

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