Karri Munn-Venn

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

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3 Reasons to Feel Hopeful After COP20

The world was watching as delegations from over 190 countries gathered in Lima, Peru for the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP20) of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. With a December 2015 deadline for a new international agreement to drastically lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (at COP21 in Paris), the goal for Lima a…

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Video: Living Faithfully into a New Climate

Through a sense of wonder with creation we are invited to seek insights into God’s will for a just society, a fair economy, and a flourishing land. This short video explores major themes related to climate change and identifies ways in which we are called to respond. We encourage you to share this video widely.

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St. Peter's

St. Peter’s Ottawa is Caring for Creation

Originally published in Canada Lutheran – July/August 2014 How do we restore our covenantal relationship with God and creation? This was the question put to a gathering of parishioners in the fellowship hall at St. Peter’s Lutheran, Ottawa, on a Sunday morning late in February. Seminarian (and St. Peter’s intern) JoAnne Lam had just preached…

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Churches commit to climate justice

This article originally appeared in Christian Courier in print and at www.christiancourier.ca. Desmond Tutu is certainly no stranger to the pursuit of justice. The South African Anglican Archbishop Emeritus and Nobel Laureate was in Canada in early June at the invitation of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. Best known for his part in the anti-apartheid…

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Glacier in Antarctica (Niko Harbour)

Warnings we would do well to heed

When a tree falls in the forest, does anybody hear? We might do well to ask, “when a glacier collapses into the sea, does anybody care?” Perhaps not as poetic, but certainly a question that requires an answer. The urgency of the global environmental crisis isn’t new. Climate scientists have been studying the issue for…

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Oilsands Fort McMurray

Is There Any Reason to Celebrate this Earth Day?

Originally published in The Hill Times. Community clean-ups and tree planting events are taking place across the country this week. But the celebratory sounds of these Earth Day events may be overwhelmed by the echoing alarm bells sounded by the global scientific community. Leaving us to question: is there any reason to celebrate? “Global emissions…

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Carbon pricing would boost government’s credibility

(Originally published in Embassy News) The timing seems all too perfect. The critical COP 21 climate conference in Paris at the end of 2015 comes but a few months after the next federal election here in Canada. Nearly two years out, preparations for both events have already begun. But will they actually coincide to bring…

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MP Panel Discussion

Faith. Justice. Impact?

The spirit and presence of Gerald Vandezande was undeniable as CPJ’s board and staff received two opposition Members of Parliament, NDP Paul Dewar and Liberal John McKay, for a recent discussion on faith and public policy. The discussion was held as part of the November 1-2 Board of Directors meeting, and aimed to explore how best CPJ could translate its prophetic voice on key public justice issues into policy impact.

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AGM 2013: Reaching for Right Relationships: CPJ at 50

John Olthuis delivered the keynote address as CPJ’s 2013 Annual General Meeting in our 50th anniversary year in Edmonton.

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Canada’s affluence a reason to improve human rights

The UN’s 82 member delegations gathered in Geneva on April 26 to review Canada’s human rights performance. Together, they issued 162 recommendations dealing with everything from racial profiling to food security and basic sanitation. Canada has committed to responding to the UPR recommendations by September. CPJ will join other civil society and Aboriginal organizations tomorrow, Tuesday, May 28, in a consultation with federal, provincial and territorial government officials (convened by the Department of Canadian Heritage) to provide input into the development of the official response. At this meeting, we will continue to urge government officials to take action on poverty, Aboriginal rights, and affordable housing.

In an article published in Embassy on May 8, CPJ unpacks the recommendations we made to Canada’s human rights review and the reasons action is so urgently needed.

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Are you Living Eco-Justice?

As Canadians, we are famous for our constant conversations about the weather, but when it comes to larger environmental questions are we able to do more than just talk?

CPJ’s forthcoming worship and action guide, Living Eco-Justice: A Gospel Response to the Environmental Crisis (coming out later in 2013) will provide with information and inspiration to Canadian Christians looking for active ways to engage in the pursuit of abundant life for all creation.

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You don’t always get what you want… But sometimes, you do

Early in 2008, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills Development, Social Development and Status of People with Disabilities (HUMA) initiated a study on the federal role in reducing poverty. Since then, there has been a federal election and Parliament has been prorogued twice. There were times when we wondered if the results of this study would ever see the light of day. Then, last week Federal Poverty Reduction Plan: Working in Partnership Towards Reducing Poverty in Canada was released. The publication of the HUMA report seemed a victory in and of itself, but the content has us really excited.

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