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ChewOnThis! 2018: Bigger and more important than ever

For the sixth year, CPJ and the Dignity for All campaign have marked October 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, with our nation-wide Chew on This! outreach and advocacy activities.

This year’s Chew on This! was our largest to date, with over 100 groups participating across the country – in every province and territory.

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We're Stronger Because of You

Citizens for Public Justice is a movement of Christians who are passionate about public justice, the political dimension of loving our neighbour. As a supporter, you are driving positive changes in Canadian public policy through your involvement in campaigns, dialogue, and financial support. ​

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Irregular vs. Illegal – Why Language Matters

The ‘immigrant story’ has long been the basis on which Canadians unite to embrace multiculturalism. This narrative presents the idea that families from across the world seek out the True North with hopes of a better future for themselves and their children, a future that is contingent on reaching safety. Yet, the means through which this story of migration becomes fulfilled is often forgotten.

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Gender-Based Analysis should prioritize marginalized voices

Since the 2015 election, the federal government has continually expressed their desire to commit to a feminist structure of governance. One of the tools they use to do so is GBA+ (Gender-based Analysis Plus), which aims to analyze how different people experience policies and programs based on gender diversity. The added factor to this is the “plus” that attempts to incorporate intersecting identities  for  example, race, religion or socio-economic status, alongside gender.

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Fall economic update too "middle" minded


Ottawa, ON: November 22, 2018 – Write-offs for business in the name of boosting Canada’s middle-class formed the focus of the Liberal government’s latest fall economic statement.

Missing, however, was any mention of Canada’s new poverty reduction strategy, support for refugees, or investments to keep global temperature increases below 1.5 C.

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Child poverty in Canada is our failure

One of the most obvious issues that people in Canada can agree on is that children are precious and should have the support and care needed to thrive. So, it baffles the mind that 29 years after all federal parties unanimously supported a resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000, Canada’s child poverty rate is 19.6 per cent. 

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Health, Dignity, and Dollars: Poverty Costs Canada

Poverty costs Canadians our health, our dignity, and our dollars.

When we crunch the numbers, there is a good business case to be made that being more ambitious in addressing poverty simply makes economic sense.

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Joe Gunn: Strategy to eradicate Canadian poverty needs an action plan

Catholic Register 

Faith communities need to continue serving the poor, but even more important, let’s remain vigilant to ensure that political promises to reduce poverty do not simply go up in smoke.

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Canadian refugee plan falls short, advocates say

Catholic Register

The Canadian government needs to speed the processing for refugee claimants and raise the number of government-sponsored refugees, say advocates.

Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) and the Canadian Council for Refugees both argue the level of Government Assisted Refugees (GAR) is too low, and should match that of the Privately Sponsored Refugee program. 

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Hopeful Citizenship in a Time of Crisis

In early October 2018, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a much-anticipated report about the implications of allowing global temperatures to rise 1.5 C over pre-industrial levelsThe global community has just 12 years to dramatically change course and avoid serious climate consequences. 

Now, are you ready for the good news?

We know what needs to be done and we have the means to make it happen.

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