the Catalyst, Winter 2015

Winter 2015 – Vol. 38, No. 4

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What Election 2015 Means for Public Justice
by Joe Gunn

In this election, CPJ focused on democratic reform, poverty in Canada, climate justice, and refugee rights. On all four issues, our members hope to see Prime Minister Justin Trudeau take quick action to fulfill his party’s commitments. But we will also push his new government to fill in the gaps in its platform.

Shouting It From the Rooftops
by Michèle Biss

Action on poverty is long overdue. It’s time for our federal government to step up and put in place a comprehensive, rights-based approach to poverty. Over the past year, the Dignity for All Campaign has been shouting this message from the rooftops, spreading the word wherever and whenever we can – at events, through media and social media, and directly in the ears of our federal candidates.

Inter-faith Statement Links Poverty and Climate Justice
By Randolph Haluza-DeLay, PhD

Demanding action on both climate change and poverty, the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) has released On Promoting Climate Justice and Ending Poverty in Canada: Faith Communities in Canada Speak Out. Citizens for Public Justice helped to draft this inter-faith statement, which also adds a call for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

A Better Future for Our Children
by Karri Munn-Venn

Last winter, my nine-year-old son accompanied me to a climate talk at our church. But rather than bored, Oscar was captivated and took to writing about climate change, flooding and drought, and the significant oil and gas reserves that must stay underground.

Then I began to worry. How much did he understand about what the world might look like when he’s my age? And did he (as I do) have faith that we could muster the ambition necessary to take action?

5 People Who Are Praying for Paris
by Miriam Mahaffy

In the lead up to COP21, CPJ launched Prayers for Paris, a suite of worship materials, advocacy tools, and a nation-wide prayer chain designed to help people of faith engage with climate justice.

Here are five citizens across Canada that are joining CPJ in Prayers for Paris.

Groundings: An Advent Call to Listen in the Face of Fear
by Dena Nicolai

The longing of Advent and the celebration of Christmas this year must also involve preparing for the arrival of thousands of Syrian refugees. In the midst of these preparations, God’s word in 1 John 4:18 continues to exhort us, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.

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