ByMay 25, 2020
CPJ calls for a just recovery from COVID-19, sharing specific policy recommendations aligned with the Principles of a Just Recovery.
Today, Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) released its recommendations for a just recovery from COVID-19 in Canada. These recommendations are aligned with the Principles of a Just Recovery, drafted by a coalition of over 150 Canadian organizations from various sectors and regions across the country.
CPJ joined Campaign 2000 and over 250 other groups and individuals in sending a letter calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal COVID Cabinet Committee to ensure children living in poverty from marginalized communities are central to the pandemic response and recovery plan.
The campaign, called “For the Love of Creation,” launched April 22, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. It sets out several ways they hope to harness the “long history of work in ecological conservation, environmental activism and advocacy for climate justice.”
In response to the announced federal financing for economic recovery, and the oil and gas sector in particular, CPJ joined university and non-profit sector researchers in calling on the federal government to instead invest in a transition that includes retraining fossil fuel workers.
A major priority for Canadian action on climate change needs to focus on cities. Successful international examples offer Canada a road map for moving towards carbon neutrality and resource efficiency. We can look to Copenhagen as they rapidly approach their target of becoming the first carbon-neutral city in the world by 2025.
As CPJ responds to the COVID-19 crisis, we were forced to make the difficult decision to put the Public Justice Internship on hold for the coming year.
Karri Munn-Venn has been watching the changes in practice wrought by the pandemic and the shifts in perspective it might produce.
Stephen Kaduuli, a refugee rights analyst with CPJ, said that detainees “feel like sitting ducks.”