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Words do Matter in the Refugee Debate

Over the past decade, refugees have been called all sorts of names in Canada. Refugees have been labeled: “queue jumpers,” “asylum shoppers,” “illegal immigrants,” “economic migrants,” and “illegal border crossers.”. To mention “illegal” when describing refugees is to paint them with criminality. To call them “asylum shoppers” implies that they are economic migrants and not...

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Job Opportunity: Socio-Economic Policy Analyst

CPJ is accepting applications for a Socio-economic Policy Analyst to provide high-quality policy analysis and public justice framing of a range of socio-economic policy issues.

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The Most Vulnerable

“The Most Vulnerable” examines how the federal Government, Churches, and Advocacy Groups can apply an intersectional approach to their respective areas of policy making and advocacy efforts.

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National Anti Poverty Plan

Report on climate change impacts in Canada demands urgent action

Report on climate change impacts in Canada demands urgent action.

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Christians Must Rise Up Against Islamophobia

Last week, New Zealand experienced a horrific terrorist attack targeting two mosques during Friday prayers. I, like many others, watched local news coverage of the massacre unfold on social media, distraught that others were watching these murders on a live stream. Emotions of anger, sadness, despair, and helplessness, all ran through my head. Sadly, however, the one feeling I never...

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Join CPJ’s Board

Citizens for Public Justice is no longer accepting nominations to our Board of Directors. 

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Public Justice Internship

We are no longer accepting applications for CPJ’s 2019-2020 Public Justice Internship Program. Please check back here in February 2020.

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There is no “loophole” for refugees

Tune into Question Period in the House of Commons and you will periodically hear the words “close the loophole” being thrown around in heated debates concerning refugee claimants. It is a catchphrase used by some Members of Parliament to describe the changes they wish to see in the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA). Its...

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The Right to Truly “Universal” Healthcare

The simple fact is that Canada needs a pharmacare plan. This would not only improve the health of those within the country and uphold their right to health, but it would also make more fiscal sense.

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Willard Metzger

CPJ board welcomes new Executive Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON: January 9, 2019 – The Board of Directors of Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) is pleased to announce the hiring of Willard Metzger as Executive Director. “As chair of CPJ’s Board of Directors, I was privileged to be part of our five-person Hiring Committee. The committee’s decision was difficult, but eventually, it became...

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