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Climate Change as a Matter of Faith and Justice

Canada Helps

I recently heard the story – as told by the Anglican National Indigenous Bishop, Mark MacDonald – of a Lakota elder, who, upon hearing a proposal to develop a list of “green” scripture passages, replied, “But isn’t the whole Bible about caring for creation?”

This perspective, one that sees environmentalism at the heart of Christian action, is deeply held by our work at Citizens for Public Justice.

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AGM 2017: Reconciliation Needs Problem Solvers

At CPJ's Annual General Meeting in Winnipeg, Shaun Loney delivered a keynote address on the real essence of reconciliation in Canadian society. Loney’s book, An Army of Problem Solvers, provides deep insights into the connections between reconciliation and economic prosperity in Indigenous communities.

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HUMA poverty report reflects many DfA recommendations

Committee calls for improved supports for vulnerable communities and a national poverty measure

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Ottawa, ON: June 1, 2017 — The HUMA Parliamentary Committee has released a report on its recent study on poverty reduction strategies. The report, Breaking the Cycle: A Study on Poverty Reduction, summarizes what the committee heard its six-month study from the testimony of 162 witnesses and 74 submitted briefs. It outlines five areas of focus, including: income security; education, training, and employment; housing; mental health; and communities and neighbourhoods.

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Battle for a living wage is a key to Church’s drive for social justice

Catholic Register

Even as the Ontario government moved to enact new labour laws and increase the minimum wage to $15, experts agree there is no quick fix to protecting workers from the threat of poverty.

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Refugees to Canada Receive Only a Half Welcome

Christian Courier

Imagine that you are a member of a church that was so moved by the refugee crisis in Syria that you decided to sponsor a Syrian family. Imagine further that the family you sponsored was not among the first 25,000 to come to Canada after the Liberal government won a majority mandate, and that family ended up waiting four or six months to arrive in Canada rather than the mere days or weeks of the earlier families.

It doesn’t take much imagination because this is what happened after February 2016. 

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Bishops join CPJ Board for discussion of social justice

By ​Thea deGroot

On May 25 the Board of Citizens for Public Justice met in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Board was honoured to have the Archbishop of Winnipeg, Richard Gagnon, and the National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Susan Johnson, join us for a lunch-time discussion on how CPJ’s efforts and the work and insight that these two church leaders bring to their own denominations overlap and enhance social justice in Canada.

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A Settler’s Atonement

Christian Courier

“The prairie landscape,” Trevor Herriot says, “has become one of the most altered on the planet.”

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Making the Links: Refugees, Climate Change, and Poverty

By Asha Kerr-Wilson and Bolu Coker

When we think of the Syrian refugee crisis, political unrest and terrorism immediately come to mind. Very rarely do we ever think of climate change and poverty as casual factors in this crisis, or in our current global refugee situation. It’s not an obvious connection many of us have made.  A closer look at these links is necessary to ensure we can address the ever-evolving conflict situations of our times.

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Sponsors are waiting too long to welcome refugees

Christian Week

When Janet’s Ottawa-based sponsoring group decided to sponsor a Syrian family in 2015, they expected a swift resettlement process.

“At the time, there was a lot of momentum and enthusiasm”, she said, as many of the group’s members were keen on supporting Syrian refugees at the cusp of the crisis in 2015.

Now, however, it seems this momentum may have waned a bit.

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Immigration minister vows faster processing times for refugees

The Catholic Register

The problem of long processing times for refugees to Canada will be fixed by 2019, promises Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen.

A survey by Christian think tank Citizens For Public Justice reveals that 97 per cent of the agencies who bring privately-sponsored refugees to Canada are concerned about processing times.

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