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CPJ board welcomes new Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) is pleased to announce the hiring of Willard Metzger as Executive Director.

We are confident that Willard will continue to follow the visionary leadership that Joe Gunn has shown for the last ten years. Willard will begin working on January 31, 2019.

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Climate change caught in political battle over carbon tax

Catholic Register 

Climate politics are shaping up as a federal election issue in a partisan scenario cautioned against by Pope Francis in Laudato Si’, his 2015 encyclical on the environment.

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Reports and campaigns and policy, oh my!

2018 has been a good year for CPJ!

We’re grateful to our supporters and donors, those who have participated in our initiatives and those who have financed them. To those who have asked hard questions, and those who have helped us to answer them. Those who have advocated for change, and to the politicians that made it happen!

Working for policy change is more akin to a marathon than it is to a sprint, except that there are also hurdles! We’re grateful that as 2018 comes to a close, the finish line is in sight on some important policy gains. (Read on to learn more!)

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The Christmas Story: Displacement and Migration

As Christmas approaches, Christians around the globe prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Amid the carols, trees, lights, presents and food, we give thanks for the Saviour and the resilience of His mother, Mary. While we hold steadfast in prayer for the coming new year filled with joy and hope, it is imperative that we do not ignore the surrounding reality. The battle continues in fighting for ecological justice, eradicating poverty by advancing Dignity for All, and advocating for the rights of refugees.

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Once we start to act, hope is everywhere

Environmentalists and climate justice advocates have been sitting with the outcomes of the UN climate conference in Katowice, Poland (COP24) for the last few days, trying to decide what to make of it.

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On International #MigrantsDay, let's keep welcoming refugees

This Dec. 18 we acknowledge International Migrants Day and reaffirm CPJ’s commitment to standing up for the rights of refugees.

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Global Compact for Migration Consistent with Canadian Values

The Global Compact for Migration represents an opportunity for Canada to share best practices, learn from the experiences of others, and highlight areas where we can provide support. To suggest that Canada should steer away from its well-developed international reputation and dismiss such multilateral frameworks is reckless and irresponsible.

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Journeys to Justice: Reflections on Canadian Christian Activism by Joe Gunn

The Banner

How should churches deal with politics? Christian Reformed members are no strangers to this incandescent question. Many promote public justice as individuals but oppose any institutional church activism. Others believe the denomination should “advocate” but not “lobby” for social justice—but the distinction is not always clear.

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The Vulnerable Voices

One of the astounding things about the Bible is the way that it repeatedly gives voice to those whose stories are normally ignored, the marginalized. These are the stories our culture would like to keep hidden. They are the stories of those suffering from economic oppression (the slaves), violence (the women), exclusion (the stranger) and land loss (Indigenous peoples). But these stories are also about those who dare to name the pain, and so dare to hope for God’s newness. When we hear their voices, we too can glimpse the kingdom. 

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A Decade of Justice

Citizens for Public Justice is grateful for the leadership of Executive Director Joe Gunn, who has served CPJ since 2008. Joe’s passion for public justice has propelled CPJ to where it is today, establishing the organization as a leader on faith and public policy in Canada. Joe will be finishing his tenure of service on February 1, 2019. He sat down with CPJ’s Communications Coordinator to reflect on the last 10 years. 

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