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Canadian churches still an ally for social justice

Policy Options

Some say the time of the churches is over in Canada. Others may say that it did not come soon enough. But what many Canadians may not be aware of is there is a long history of churches working together for social justice and peace, efforts that contributed significantly to the progressive social programs and international stature our country enjoys today.

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How Canadians can help stop children being torn from their parents at the U.S. border

UC Observer

Anger. Disbelief. Grief. Outrage. Many of us are feeling emotionally overwhelmed and exhausted as we grapple with the news reports coming out of the United States. As part of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, over 2,000 migrant children have been forcibly separated from their parents since April.

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Faith Groups Cross Borders in Support of Refugees

A strong display of global support for refugees was present at the International Refugee Rights Conference, held at York University from June 7 to 9, 2018. More than 800 participants from all parts of the world gathered for the three-day event, hosted by the Canadian Council for Refugees. Citizens for Public Justice sponsored a workshop exploring the topic of how various faith communities can work jointly to advocate for refugees.

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CPJ Launches Journeys to Justice in Toronto

By Dennis Gruending

At CPJ’s AGM in Toronto on May 31, contributors to Joe Gunn's new book spoke about the successes, and limits, of Christian political engagement. Gunn interviewed ten Canadian Christians who he considers “role models in the pursuit of public justice.” 

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Gender and Refugee Integration in Canada

EUUNICEF, and scholarly reports show that women refugees often have a more difficult time securing employment, lack adequate access to important health services, and face a double discrimination effect of being minorities and women. Similar data is found among refugees in Canada, with reports showing consistently lower employment rates for refugee women. 

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Letter: Stop calling refugee claimants "illegal"

June 2018

As refugee claimants continue to arrive at Canada's border from the United States, Canadians have been engaged in vigorous debate on how we should respond. International refugee law is clear that crossing the border outside of an official port of entry is legal. CPJ has asked that all Members of Parliament be careful in their use of language surrounding border crossers from the United States. A more appropriate term is "irregular refugee claimants."

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CPJ’s New Board Members

CPJ is excited to welcome four new Board members. As our Board, staff, and supporters gathered in Toronto, CPJ elected Rene Adams, Harold Roscher, Cherilyn Spraakman, and Tiffany Talen. We are excited about the contributions they will bring to our work! Read on to learn more about these new additions to CPJ's Board of Directors.

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Mobilizing Young Adults for Social Action

Young adults often get a bad rap. If they aren’t failing to launch, they are too addicted to their “likes,” unreliable, and unengaged. Besides for a few small caveats, I couldn’t  disagree more.

But young adults really care, and when given the proper space, place, and some tools, they exercise incredible levels of ingenuity and creativity to raise awareness among their peers and take action in their communities.

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CPJ joins call to halt Kinder Morgan pipeline project

May 2018
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CPJ joined with friends and colleagues from community groups, environmental organizations, coastal businesses, and Indigenous networks to call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to step away from the contentious Kinder Morgan pipeline project. The letter was signed by over 70 civil society organizations from across Canada.

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Letter to Morneau: End fossil fuel subsidies

May 2018
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CPJ wrote to Minister Morneau to urge him to stop subsidizing the fossil fuel industry starting by working with his Cabinet colleagues to develop an implementation plan and clear timelines for action. The oil and gas sector is the largest single contributor to Canada’s GHG emissions, and by extension, the main Canadian driver of climate change.

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