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Poverty in Canada is a Canadian Problem

By Elizabeth Keith

Canada is a wealthy country, yet 1 in 7 people here live in poverty. Worse still, there is no national plan to fix this, despite many asks for one.

Alberta Election 2015 – No Longer Either-Or

The Economy, the Environment, and Societal Well-Being

As faithful citizens we are encouraged to seek out, debate and promote policies and practices which reflect God’s call for love, justice, and the flourishing of Creation.

Elections offer an important moment to reflect on the policy options before us. As Christians, we are urged to think beyond ourselves and our families, and to consider the well-being of our society as a whole.

Canada needs a ‘health-in-all-policies’ approach to poverty

Originally published in The Hill Times.

By Katie-Sue Derejko and Janelle Vandergrift

Jurisdictional debates have become the roadblock in the Canadian conversation about poverty, well-being, and health care. This obstacle is inevitable considering the way Canada is governed. But are jurisdictional arguments truly an insurmountable barrier or are they instead an easy way of letting the federal government off the hook? We fear it might be the latter.

We Have a Plan

From The Catalyst Spring 2015

On February 3, 2015, the Dignity for All Campaign released its long-awaited “National Anti-Poverty Plan for Canada.” Support has been widespread: over 15,000 individuals, 600 organizations, and 130 Members of Parliament and Senators have all signed on, agreeing that Canada needs a national plan to address poverty.

Poverty Promises and Income Splitting

From The Catalyst Spring 2015

As a stay-at-home parent, I am grateful for a government that values our profound yet unpaid role in Canadian families. But did anyone ask stay-at-home parents if we want to enjoy income splitting tax savings when there are so many Canadians, especially children and our Aboriginal neighbours, in significant need? I for one don’t want to benefit at that cost. It is time to stand shoulder to shoulder and pay it forward to keep our promises.

Why Canada Needs an Anti-Poverty Plan

By Katie-Sue Derejko

It is clear that unconscionable disparities exist in this country.

The statistics in the “National Anti-Poverty Plan for Canada” should be enough to convince most that something needs to be done to address them. It also clearly tells us that the piecemeal efforts and siloed funding initiatives we currently have in Canada are not going to be enough to address what many would define as a wicked problem.

Press Release: National Leadership is Needed to End Poverty

#WeHaveAPlan – But Do They?

Citizens for Public Justice and Canada Without Poverty release a National Anti-Poverty Plan for Canada


Ottawa, ON: February 3, 2015 – It’s time for a plan to end poverty in Canada.  In a country as wealthy as ours, 4.8 million people struggle to make ends meet: to pay their rent, feed their families, and address basic needs. Today, Dignity for All, a collaborative campaign between Citizens for Public Justice and Canada Without Poverty, released their much-anticipated National Anti-Poverty Plan for Canada. 

Canada’s Invisible Citizens

From The Catalyst Winter 2014

By Michael Cooke

June Callwood called children “Canada’s invisible citizens.” In the last years of her life, she worked tirelessly and passionately to bring an end to child poverty in Canada. She believed that “to them we cannot answer ‘Tomorrow.’ Their name is ‘Today.’ ”


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