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Safe Third Country Agreement: FAQ

Current immigration developments in the United States call for a closer look at the place of the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) in Canada’s refugee policy. The United States’ restrictive executive orders on immigration and deportation raids have raised much concern among immigration and refugee advocates, and fear in refugees and asylum seekers. As immigration tensions rise in the United States, many refugees set their eyes on Canada. Thus, it is important to know what the STCA means for refugees who may seek refugee in Canada from the United States.

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On Canada 150, What Are First Nations Kids Losing Out To?

By Jennifer King & Cindy Blackstock on March 23, 2017

From the Catalyst, Spring 2017

As the federal government prepares to spend half a billion dollars to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, First Nations in northern Ontario are mourning the loss of three young girls to suicide. These tragedies could have been prevented if Canada provided equitable mental health and other children’s services on reserve.

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You’ve been asked how to end poverty in your community

Prairie Messenger

OK, how would you respond? You’ve just been asked for advice on how to end poverty in your community. What can you suggest?

CPJ has endeavoured to simplify the process, making it easier for you to share your concerns and ideas with government in just a few minutes. You can act, expressing your views online, just by going to www.cpj.ca/CPRS.

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Budget 2017 moves ahead cautiously on poverty and climate

Positive steps that lack needed urgency for low-income Canadians and refugees

With Budget 2017, Finance Minister Bill Morneau has made tentative financial commitments to key priorities identified in their consultations on housing and climate change, though not on international development.

However, the government’s spending priorities fail to understand the depth of the problems of poverty in Canada, climate change, and the concerns of refugees and newcomers – leaving these problems for our children to resolve.

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St. Patrick's Anticipatory Interruption

By Shawn Sanford Beck on March 15th, 2017

From the Catalyst, Spring 2017

Nestled in the liturgically purple lenten desert is a tiny green shard of resurrection.

Like a verdant weed sprouting up in the newly-ploughed spring garden mud, the feast day of blessed Patrick feels like it should belong to the Paschal season, rather than the penitential 40 days which precede it. I'm drawn to St. Patrick's Day as a parable: a tiny, homely hologram of the power of the Spirit to break in where she is not expected, an anticipatory interruption.

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"Climate Change Is Eating Us"

By Thea deGroot

This February, my husband, Art and I had the privilege of participating in a Tanzania tour with Farm Radio International, a Canadian charity supporting broadcasters in developing countries to strengthen small-scale farming and rural communities providing impact programming, broadcaster resources and training.

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Anglican Parishes Pledge to ‘Give it up for the Earth’ this Lent

Anglican Journal

In a twist on the traditional practice of giving something up for Lent, Anglicans across Canada are pledging to make personal lifestyle changes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions—and challenging the federal government to match them by pursuing policy changes to fight climate change.

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Towards a Guaranteed Livable Income

Towards a Guaranteed Livable Income March 2017
Download the Briefing Note (PDF)

This Briefing Note lays out CPJ’s position on guaranteed annual income (GAI) / basic income (BI) programs to support CPJ’s participation in current debates, and to inform the development of a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy. It complements CPJ’s work in support of the Dignity for All campaign and its proposals to eliminate poverty contained in A National Anti-Poverty Plan for Canada, published in 2015.

 

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Is This Not the Fast I Choose?

From the Catalyst, Spring 2017

Fasting is not my strong suit.

I have done it occasionally, but not at all gracefully. I really enjoy good food and I’ve been known, on occasion, to get a little “hangry” (you know, hungry-angry) if I haven’t properly fueled my body. For many years, however, I have given something up for Lent.

As we approached Lent this year, I found myself reflecting on the purpose of it all.

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This Lent, Give up Complacency

Do Justice

Lent might well be the most challenging season in the Christian calendar. Advent is about anticipation of things to come. Christmas and Easter are both celebrations of good news.

But Lent? Lent is a season of sacrifice.

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