Editor’s Note – Winter 2014

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From The Catalyst Winter 2014

We live in troubled times. Every day there is more news of disease, strife, and war from across the world.

We were recently reminded that these atrocities do not stop at our border. October 22 was a horrible, strange, and uncertain day for those who work in downtown Ottawa and, indeed, for all people across Canada. On the cover of this edition, you will see an excerpt of a prayer by Richard Schwass (from Living Justice: A Gospel Response to Poverty). This was a source of comfort for CPJ staff in the days after the shooting on Parliament Hill.

But we face many other immense challenges in Canada. In this edition, Michael Cooke (p. 5) tells us about our child poverty rate, which remains too high for a wealthy nation like Canada. Joe Gunn (p. 6) notes that the changing climate threatens God’s creation and that time is running out. Ashley Chapman (p. 4) reports on how the shameful treatment of refugees is making it much more difficult for those who have come to Canada to seek a better life.

The problems we face require both personal and systematic changes. As a way forward, Kathy Vandergrift (p. 10) and Thomas Coldwell (p. 11) remind us about the importance of political engagement.

Yet in this Advent season, we know that our hope is ultimately found in Christ. Brian Walsh (p. 12) suggests that his presence brings about an alternative reality where our love of neighbour trumps our own desires.

This is what CPJ exists to do. Not only to shine a light on injustices in Canada, but also to work for and declare the good we see in the world.

We are grateful that you have joined us in this pursuit of justice in Canada.

About the author

  • Brad Wassink rejoined CPJ in 2013 as Communications Coordinator after serving a year as Public Justice Intern. He has experience as a policy researcher and community organizer for several non-profit organizations, working on environmental advocacy, supportive housing, and restorative justice for organizations such as ACORN, Prison Fellowship Ministries, and Clean Water Action. He grew up in the Christian Reformed community and has also attended Presbyterian and Anglican churches. These traditions have fostered his passion for social justice which, coupled with his interest in political science, has made the intersection of faith and political life especially intriguing to him. Brad has a B.A. in International Relations from Calvin College and he studied abroad in Jamaica and Ghana. For two years he and his wife, Erin, taught ESL in Seoul, South Korea. They now live in Ottawa where they attend St. Peter & St. Paul’s Anglican Church.

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