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No Real Improvement on Poverty in Canada

Today, Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) released “On the Margins." It shows the far-reaching impact of poverty, hitting communities across Canada. It also highlights the fact that some groups are hit harder than others. Poverty rates for Indigenous people are at 25.3%, while the national poverty rate for Indigenous children is a staggering 40%. And some First Nations communities are seeing up to 64% child poverty. Meanwhile, poverty rates for single parent-led families and new immigrants are more than double the national rate at 34.5% and 34.2% respectively.

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2015 Federal Election

As we always do in an election year, CPJ has prepared a 2015 Election Bulletin that includes a public justice analysis, as well as policy recommendations and questions for candidates on our priority issues: poverty elimination, climate justice, and refugee rights.

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Climate Justice: more than a footnote to sustainable development

Climate change is now on the post-2015 global development agenda.

“Agenda 2030” was approved by the 70th session of the U.N. General Assembly on September 25.  Its 17 “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) will replace the Millennium Development Goals on January 1, 2016.  This critical new framework for global action towards public justice includes a call to action on climate change.

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Thousands Across Canada Call for Federal Action on Poverty

For Immediate Release

Ottawa, ON, October 6, 2015 — As the federal election campaign nears its end, people in over 50 communities across Canada are taking to the streets on Tuesday, October 6 to call for a National Anti-Poverty Plan.

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What to do with the Senate?

Canadians are fed up with the scandals, spending irregularities, and other scurrilous activities of the members of our Senate.

During the federal election, the question of Senate reform has received heightened attention. But moving beyond the current public disgust with senatorial misbehaviour, what reforms are desirable and realistically possible?

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Divestment and Election 2015

The movement to divest from fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy and climate solutions has exploded, growing fifty-fold in the past year. To date, 430 institutions and 2,040 individuals across 43 countries and representing $2.6 trillion in assets have committed to divest from fossil fuel companies.

Faith communities cannot, in good conscience, be strong advocates for addressing climate change while continuing to profit from fossil fuel companies.

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Press Release: Faith Communities in Canada Speak Out

On Promoting Climate Justice and Ending Poverty in Canada


Ottawa, ON: September 25, 2015 – As Pope Francis addresses the United Nations this morning, his message is already having an impact in Canada.

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Degrees of Justice

The climate we experience results from complex chemical, physical, and biological processes that interact with complicated social and political structures. As creatures and citizens of both ecological and political societies, our impact extends to all organisms with whom we share the safe harbor of Earth’s climate.

Climate change is a tragically urgent public justice issue that requires immediate action.

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Get Ready for #ChewOnThis 2015

#ChewOnThis is a little less than a month away and already over 40 communities across Canada have signed up, from St. John’s to Victoria and Whitehorse, communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast are taking part in the movement and joining us in the call for a national anti-poverty plan.

To mark this milestone we’ve released a short PSA about #ChewOnThis and updated our website, check it out below!

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Where do Syrian refugees stand in the upcoming federal election?

While on the campaign trail, Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged to resettle an additional 10,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq over the next four years if re-elected in this fall’s federal election.

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