the Catalyst

the Catalyst is CPJ’s newsletter, published three times a year.

400 Students Gave it Up for the Earth

Last year, our school La Source, in Orleans, chose a few students to do a leadership project with the theme “Beyond the Borders of my Environment”. We had to partner with an organization to solve a problem in the world. We knew we wanted to help the environment because we knew our planet is in…

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Finding My Voice

CPJ has an important role to play in our Canadian society. We need to have an eye on the Canadian government to help assure that the policies developed to represent the best of public justice.

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In Review – Spring 2019

CPJ On the Hill In November and December, CPJ attended the House of Commons’ All Party Anti-Poverty Caucus (APAPC) meetings on the topics of child poverty and poverty among newcomers in Canada. In December, CPJ’s joint travel loan petition was presented in the House of Commons by NDP MP Jenny Kwan. The petition, was created…

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Making the big shift and getting to zero

We don’t have much time. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) November report, we have just over a decade to take drastic action and keep global temperatures below  a  1.5 C increase. To do so, we are going to need to mobilize society and our governments. In a timely intervention, activist and…

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10 Years of pursuing Dignity for All

It’s hard to believe, but 2019 marks the 10-year anniversary of Dignity for All, the campaign for a poverty-free Canada, a campaign co-led by CPJ and Canada Without Poverty (CWP). Dignity for All started out with a vision of ending poverty in Canada and a conviction that it was possible through a strong, comprehensive national…

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Christians are Called to Advocate for “The Most Vulnerable”

The Church has long been a defender of those who we consider to be the most vulnerable members of society. We take from scripture that these are the oppressed and persecuted, the poor and the weak, the widows and the orphans, the prisoners and the foreigners. We are meant to provide for those who fit…

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Book Review: Climate Justice: Hope Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future

By Mary Robinson Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018   Review by Karri Munn Venn   I’m a sucker for a good story and Mary Robinson tells them in spades. Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future is a captivating collection of personal accounts compiled by the Former President of Ireland and UN Special…

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Book Review: Leaving Christianity – Changing Allegiances in Canada since 1945;

By Brian Clarke and Stuart MacDonald McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017   Review by Joe Gunn   “Canada is no longer a Christian society and its culture has become de-Christianized.” According to these two Protestant professors at the Toronto School of Theology, the collapse of the vitality of Christian religion in Canada is “very recent.” This…

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Book Review: All Our Relations – Finding the Path Forward

By Tanya Talaga House of Anansi Press, 2018   Review by Serisha Iyar   Acclaimed author of Seven Fallen Feathers, Tanya Talaga’s newest work, All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward is a product of the CBC’s Massey Lectures Series. Through this important piece, Talaga provides critical insight into the increased levels of youth suicide…

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Book Review: The Boy on the Beach

By Tima Kurdi Simon & Schuster, 2018   Review by Deborah Mebude   The Boy on the Beach is an intimate retelling of a family’s tragedy, one that woke up the world to the Syrian refugee crisis. Author and Syrian-Canadian Tima Kurdi brings to life the story of her nephew Alan Kurdi, the two-year-old boy…

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