Karri Munn-Venn

Karri Munn-Venn is CPJ's senior policy analyst.

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End fossil fuel subsidies

Letter to Minister Sohi: End Fossil Fuel Subsidies

August 14, 2018

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CPJ welcomes Minister Sohi on his new natural resources portfolio and urges support for immediate action to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies. 

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Invest in a Just Transition, Not Pipelines

In the midst of protests, politicking, and global proclamations, the Government of Canada bought the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project on May 29, 2018 for $4.5 billion.

While the federal government’s action polarized Canadians, it also emphasized the need for serious reflection on how we can move forward most constructively.

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Book Review: The Patch

​ From the Catalyst, Summer 2018

The Patch: The People, Pipelines, and Politics of the Oil Sands

By Chris Turner

Simon & Schuster, 2017

Reviewed by Karri Munn-Venn

Who knew that a 319-page book on bitumen could be so captivating? The Patch is undoubtedly the best book I have read in a long time.

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McKenna encouraged by Give it up for the Earth! campaign

McKenna encouraged by Give it up for the Earth! campaign

In 2017, as part of CPJ’s inaugural Give it up for the Earth! climate campaign, people from across the country took action to reduce their personal greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and encourage the federal government to respond boldly to the global climate crisis. This year we did it again! On July 17, a CPJ delegation…

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Reflecting on Earth Day 2018

Earth Day is the most celebrated secular holiday in the world. Still, I’m not quite sure what to make of it.


There is no doubt that the level of environmental awareness has risen immensely over the last generation. And, there is real power in being part of a community, a larger movement based in common concern and purpose.


But the celebratory sounds of these Earth Day events may be overwhelmed by the cries of the people on the front lines of climate change. Which begs the question: why are we celebrating?

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Canada Must End Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Give it up for the Earth! – CPJ’s Lenten climate campaign –  has prompted me to think seriously about my personal Lenten journey. In 2017, I decided to “give up” overpackaged goods, and, as much as possible to purchase food in bulk, using reusable jars and bins. 

The way we spend our money reflects what we deem important. And the same is true of government spending. That is why Give it up for the Earth! is calling on the Canadian federal government to end all subsidies to the fossil fuel industry right away.

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CPJ at the UN Climate Conference

CPJ at the UN Climate Conference

Welcome! Bula! Willkommen!

These were the words of greeting at the site of the UN Climate Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany. I was there for CPJ, to learn, to meet others in the climate justice community, and to bring a voice of Canadian Christians into the conversation. And I wanted to see firsthand how the Canadian government would frame their priorities in this international context.

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The problem with productivity

Budget 2018 should focus on personal well-being, social cohesion and a healthy environment, and not just on productivity. Productivity and competitiveness matter. They are important economic indicators and key to the success of private sector business. But they make up only a portion of who we are as citizens. And focusing the budget discussion narrowly…

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Book Review: After the Sands

From the Catalyst, Summer 2017

After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians

By Gordon Laxer

​Douglas & McIntyre, 2015

Reviewed by Karri Munn-Venn

After the Sands is a fascinating, if dense, history of Canadian energy policy, offered by prominent Alberta political economist, Gordon Laxer.

At its core, After the Sands is a call for a fundamental reorientation of government approaches to energy policy and societal understanding of the urgency of the climate crisis.

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Is This Not the Fast I Choose?

Is This Not the Fast I Choose?

From the Catalyst, Spring 2017

Fasting is not my strong suit.

I have done it occasionally, but not at all gracefully. I really enjoy good food and I’ve been known, on occasion, to get a little “hangry” (you know, hungry-angry) if I haven’t properly fueled my body. For many years, however, I have given something up for Lent.

As we approached Lent this year, I found myself reflecting on the purpose of it all.

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Federal carbon price falls short

On Monday, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the Government of Canada plans to introduce a national price on carbon in 2018. This demonstrates the government’s firm acknowledgement of the integral role of carbon pricing in Canada’s climate action plan. Sadly, however, the level at which this price is to be set – beginning at $10 per tonne in 2018 and rising $10 per year to reach $50 per tonne in 2022 – will do little to meaningfully reduce Canadian GHG emissions.

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Today, We Pray for Creation

Today is the World Day of Prayer for Creation. It coincides with the Orthodox commemoration of how God created the world and marks the beginning of the “Season of Creation” which continues through to the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4. Please join us as together, with our brothers and sisters around the world, we offer our prayers for the well-being of creation.

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