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Fishing for Solutions to the Climate Crisis

By Lois Mitchell on November 16th, 2016

From the Catalyst, Winter 2016

If you were to sit down with a group of fishermen or farmers anywhere in the world and ask them about climate change, it might surprise you to hear the things they could tell you.

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2016: A Year of Speaking Out

When the new government in Ottawa laid out its ambitious policy agenda at the end of 2015, a major part of the process was to engage with Canadians. Throughout the past year, the government met with individuals and organizations, asking how Canadians feel things should take shape. CPJ has been front and centre at many of these events, meeting with cabinet ministers, policy analysts, and officials to bring your voice, the voice of Christians who have a vision for a just and loving society, into the discussions. CPJ does not shy away from asking the hard questions, and we present comprehensive, thoughtful, and compassionate policy alternatives to the issues at hand. 

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A Warm Welcome for Refugees this Christmas

We cannot claim to celebrate Christ this Christmas without caring for refugees.

This Christmas, Christians across the globe will, once again, celebrate the life of a special gift—Jesus Christ—whose work and ministry revolutionized the quality and purpose of human life.

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This Christmas, contemplate the challenges refugees face

Prairie Messenger

I’ll always remember the first time I spent the Christmas “holidays” in a refugee camp.

It was the early days of 1982, on the Honduran border. Close enough to spit into El Salvador, we could sometimes hear bombardments. Families had next to nothing: they had fled the army’s “scorched earth” campaigns by swimming across the bordering Rio Lempa.

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Canada's Climate Plan Is Only A Starting Point For Serious Climate Action

The Huffington Post

The first ministers have delivered Canada's climate plan.

This is no doubt, a historic development. For the first time, Canada's climate target is backed by an actual plan. And this plan is supported by (almost) all of the provincial and territorial premiers.

Unfortunately, however, that's about where the good news ends.

The new climate framework is only a starting point for serious climate action.

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Climate plan good, but target falls far short

Prime Minister Trudeau has announced that Canada will indeed respond to the greatest ecological and moral challenge of our time. In a joint press release with provincial and territorial premiers and Indigenous leaders, Trudeau presented the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

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Federal action on poverty delayed once again

Poverty Reduction Act voted down in House of Commons


Ottawa, ON: December 6, 2016 — Yesterday, MPs voted down sending Bill C-245, the Poverty Reduction Act, to committee. This bill would have legislated a framework for a national poverty reduction strategy.

As co-leaders of Dignity for All: The campaign for a poverty-free Canada, Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) is disappointed that low-income people living in Canada must continue to wait for a comprehensive federal response to poverty.

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Poverty is not inevitable

The Hill Times

Poverty in Canada is a complex reality. Social policy experts, researchers, and anti-poverty advocates are continually analyzing the data and recommending the most effective policy responses, while working to engage and strengthen communities.

We see the hardship suffered by millions of Canadians struggling to get by, but we also see positive policy impacts. So, for our organizations, there is nothing inevitable about poverty in Canada.

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7 ways to reduce your GHG footprint

Identifying specific Canadian GHG emission sources and what they contribute to Canada’s GHG footprint helps us understand the need for climate action across sectors. And knowing which of your daily choices produce GHG emissions is the first step in making climate-friendly habit changes (see What is a tonne of greenhouse gas emissions?). Once you have this information, the question becomes, how can you use it to reduce the impact and help drive Canada towards ambitious emissions reductions?

Here are some suggestions for how you can contribute to the reduction of Canada’s GHG footprint in seven key emitting areas.

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Electoral system must be more accessible

CPJ encouraged by committee’s call for greater voter participation


Ottawa, ON: December 1, 2016 — Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) was encouraged to see today’s report from the Special Committee on Electoral Reform include a call to promote greater voter participation.

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