Aliénor leading the September 23rd 2022 youth climate strike in Toronto, where several thousands of students, youth and their adult allies took the streets to demand climate justice.

Finding Your Inner Activist: Debunking Three Myths about Being an Activist

In the face of the climate crisis and growing inequities, all hands are needed on deck to place justice at the top of the agenda. Polls repeatedly show that concern for inequities and climate catastrophe is on the rise. Meanwhile, opportunities to make a life out of activism are more numerous and more accessible than…

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Sowing the Seeds of Justice and Joy

In June, 2000, the city of Windsor, Ontario hosted the Organization of American States General Assembly. I had just started my first full-time public policy job and was excited to attend such a high-profile event. Rallies and protests were already familiar spaces to me and I considered them important opportunities to encourage political change. That…

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Screenshot of an online petition

Does signing petitions actually make a difference?

From calling on a papal apology for residential school abuse to ending poverty in Canada, online petitions have been increasingly present in digital space. But do they actually bring about change? Our own Socio-economic Policy Analyst, Natalie Appleyard, was one of the panellists on “The Agenda,” aired on TVO Today on May 15, 2023. Are…

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Camp for African refugees and displaced people on the outskirts of Hargeisa in Somaliland under UN auspices.

Becoming Agents of Change: Power, Privilege, and Choice

I was still living in the refugee camp in Swaziland when, on the night of October 8, 2014, I woke up to high pitched screams and hysterical, distressed cries of three women—two of whom I would soon learn were my teen peers. It was around 4.30 a.m. I seemed to hear sounds of burning. I…

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Becoming Agents of Change: Youth Leading the Charge

We often see changemakers as those with immense power that can shift societal norms. From politicians to civil society, to activists, we tend to view change through the eyes of social capital. However, more and more youth are being looked to for their leadership and expertise, as we seek to build a better future. And…

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A leaf on a sidewalk

Curiosity as an Expression of Trust

In the final video of the series on poverty and congregational responses by the Flourishing Congregations Institute, I encourage us to embrace a life of curiosity rather than control when facing the unknown – a timely reminder for the Eastertide season. Discover how a curious mindset can help us better understand and address the complex…

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The Catalyst Winter 2022-23 cover photo

The Power We Don’t See

I don’t normally think of myself as “an agent of change.” The problems we face today are so daunting that I often feel powerless to help bring about the kind of change our world so desperately needs. I sense I am not alone in struggling with this sense of powerlessness. Yet I think there is…

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Ruva FLC Fall Symposium

Public Justice Internship 2023-2024

CPJ’s Public Justice Internship Program provides a university graduate with the opportunity to explore the meaning of public justice and join us in Ottawa for a one-year, paid internship.

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The back of the Parliament Building in Ottawa, Canada. The Peace Tower is in the background and the Library is in the foreground.

Budget 2023: A Meaningful Step Forward, But Is It Enough?

The 2023 Federal Budget was announced at a time when Canadian residents share deep concerns about affordability, access to health care, and the ever-accelerating climate crisis. The question that CPJ asks around every federal budget cycle remains the same: Does this budget prioritize systemic solutions that could eradicate poverty, uphold the rights and dignity of…

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St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Guelph

The Good News Is…

Below is a recording of the service from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Guelph where I gave a Christian Perspective on CPJ’s Give it up for the Earth! campaign. Photo credit: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church website.

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