the Catalyst, Summer 2018

Summer 2018 – Vol. 41, No. 2
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Invest in a Just Transition, Not Pipelines

By Karri Munn-Venn

On May 29, 2018, the Government of Canada bought the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project for $4.5 billion. While the federal government’s action polarized Canadians, it also emphasized the need for serious reflection on how we can move forward most constructively.

In Review

Setting a Course to End Poverty

By Natalie Appleyard

After nine years of calling for a national anti-poverty plan, we have finally been told that the government’s Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy (CPRS) will be released this year. From May 14 to 18, Dignity for All supporters met with and called their MPs with a united message: pass legislation that will set us on a course for dignity for all!

Let’s Stop Asking Refugees to Pay for Travel

By Danielle Steenwyk-Rowaan

Most refugees arrive in Canada already indebted to the government by $3,000 to $10,000 for the costs incurred in bringing them to this land. They must begin repaying this loan within one year, when they have barely begun to regain their footing.

The Language of Love in Activism

By Amy Brierley

On the evening of May 22, 2018 a group of people gathered in a small community meeting room in the People’s Place Library in Antigonish, Nova Scotia to celebrate the launch of Journeys to Justice, and to hear reflections from Joe Gunn and several folks who, for many years, have committed their lives to a pursuit of social justice.

A Carbon Price that Reduces Poverty

By Sarah DelVillano

People living in poverty don’t always have the luxury of worrying about things like climate change. And yet, they are the ones most directly impacted. To offset rising costs, a portion of carbon pricing revenues should be passed on to low-income families in the form of a rebate.

Groundings: Three Simple Promises for Working Together

By David Burrows

Listening, including, and staying committed to one another is of great benefit in poverty elimination, and many other aspects of how people can work to effect change in our society.

Book Reviews

Journeys to Justice: Reviews

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