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Irregular vs. Illegal Language Matters

Irregular vs. Illegal – Why Language Matters

The ‘immigrant story’ has long been the basis on which Canadians unite to embrace multiculturalism. This narrative presents the idea that families from across the world seek out the True North with hopes of a better future for themselves and their children, a future that is contingent on reaching safety. Yet, the means through which...

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Poverty Costs Canada

Health, Dignity, and Dollars: Poverty Costs Canada

Poverty costs Canadians our health, our dignity, and our dollars. When we crunch the numbers, there is a good business case to be made that being more ambitious in addressing poverty simply makes economic sense.

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Hopeful Citizenship in a Time of Crisis

Hopeful Citizenship in a Time of Crisis

In early October 2018, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a much-anticipated report about the implications of allowing global temperatures to rise 1.5 C over pre-industrial levels. The global community has just 12 years to dramatically change course and avoid serious climate consequences. Now, are you ready for the good news?...

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Book Review: Journeys to Justice – Who’ll Carry the Mission?

From the Catalyst, Summer 2018 Journeys to Justice includes stories and reflections offered by a variety of justice seekers these past forty years. [Gunn] reveals in his own words and through the words of others, a desperation to make our world right and holy. This is not work done in isolation but rather it is...

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Book Review: Journeys to Justice – Finding Hope in History

From the Catalyst, Summer 2018 “Dangerous memory” is how Rev. Christine Boyle characterizes the heritage of Christian social action in the ten stories in Journeys to Justice.  Hopeful, inspiring memories is the intent of Joe Gunn, according to his introductory letter to his children and the next generation.  Can they be both dangerous and inspiring?

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The Language of Love in Activism

The Language of Love in Activism

On the evening of May 22, 2018 a group of people gathered in a small community meeting room in the People’s Place Library in Antigonish, Nova Scotia to celebrate the launch of Journeys to Justice, and to hear reflections from Joe Gunn and several folks who, for many years, have committed their lives to a...

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In Review – Summer 2018

From the Catalyst, Summer 2018 Remembering Thea DeGroot On May 16, 2018, Thea DeGroot, CPJ’s board secretary, passed away at her home in Sarnia, Ont. Thea was a long- time, active member of CPJ and will be sorely missed by all of us. On the Hill CPJ’s public justice intern Deborah Mebude joined MCC Ottawa’s Nicholas Pope and Lydia McGeorge of the Chris- tian Reformed Centre...

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A Carbon Price that Reduces Poverty

As the summer road-trip season is upon us, gas prices are, as usual, on the rise. The public narrative in Ontario puts the blame squarely on carbon pricing. To be sure, gas prices in Ontario rose 4.3¢ (of a total of $1.35/litre) overnight when the province’s cap and trade program came into effect in January 2017. And...

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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: Engagement Organizing

 From the Catalyst, Summer 2018 Engagement Organizing: The Old Art and New Science of Winning Campaigns By Matt Price On Point Press, 2017 Reviewed by Natalie Appleyard The let’s-do-this-together organizer in me had many a great a-ha moment while reading this book. I had to stop taking notes because it was essentially turning into copyright infringement. This is an excellent book...

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