the Catalyst, Winter 2016

Winter 2016 – Vol. 39, No. 3

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Breaking the Barriers
By Darlene O’Leary

Canada is a wealthy country. So when there are 4.9 million people living in poverty, something is not working. National data, as outlined in CPJ’s 2016 poverty report, Break the Barriers, tell us an important part of the story.

In Review

Faith and the Way We Vote
By Brad Wassink

Canadians are eager to see changes to our electoral system – and soon. That was the promise made by the Liberals during the last campaign. But what does our Christian faith have to say about the way we vote in Canada?

Climate Action Through the Arts
By Monica Lambton

At the People’s Climate March, participants were organized into different groups. As I looked around, I saw representatives from just about every sector of society: students, scientists, families, the labour movement, women’s groups, political parties, and more. One group that was noticeably missing was the arts community.

Poverty Isn’t a Problem to Be Fixed
By Derek Cook

At its root, poverty is not about money but about distorted and marred relationships and the divisions we create between “us” and “them.” It is a wound that needs to be healed.

Let’s Do More to Help All Refugees
By Bolu Coker

Alan Kurdi, a two-year-old Kurdish-Syrian boy, drowned alongside his family members in the Mediterranean on September 2, 2015. The world vowed to do more. Many developed a greater compassion for refugees, but more is required.

Meaningful Measures of Progress
By Kathy Vandergrift

Sunny ways are clouded these days. With the approvals of the Site C Dam and the Petronas liquefied natural gas project in B.C., there are fears that environmental goals are being sacrificed.

Groundings: Fishing for Solutions to the Climate Crisis
By Lois Mitchell

If you were to sit down with a group of fishermen or farmers anywhere in the world and ask them about climate change, it might surprise you to hear the things they could tell you.

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