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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

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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

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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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Pipeline approval dashes hopes for climate leadership

Citizens for Public Justice fears that even the most ambitious climate action plan is now unlikely to overcome damage caused by pipelines.

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Ottawa, ON: November 29, 2016 — CPJ is deeply saddened by the federal government’s approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and Line 3 replacement project today. Prime Minister Trudeau’s failure to recognize the climate impacts of these massive projects flies in the face of Canada’s claims to climate leadership.

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Poverty Isn’t a Problem to Be Fixed

By Derek Cook on November 16th, 2016

From the Catalyst, Winter 2016

At its root, poverty is not about money but about distorted and marred relationships and the divisions we create between “us” and “them.” It is a wound that needs to be healed.

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CPJ encouraged by coal commitment

Citizens for Public Justice hopes to see similar measures on oil and gas

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Ottawa, ON: November 21, 2016 — Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) is encouraged by Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna’s announcement today that Canada will phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030.

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