A group called ClimateFast is demonstrating their commitment - and the government’s political will – by holding a 12 day fast and vigil on Parliament Hill from September 21 until October 2. The purpose of the fast is to raise awareness of the negative impact climate change is having on the environment.
CPJ was well represented at a recent interfaith gathering that brought upwards of 150 people from across Canada to Montreal.
Bridging the Secular Divide: Religion and Canadian Public Discourse explored the place of faith in the public square. It featured a keynote conversation between the Hon. Bill Blaikie (former MP, and United Church minister) and Dr. Daniel Weinstock (professor of law and ethics). There were also panels and workshops that addressed religious freedom, secularism, pluralism; and political perspectives on faith and public life; as well as poverty, the environment, truth and reconciliation, and youth engagement.
The event offered several concrete suggestions about how organizations like CPJ can effectively engage in public dialogue. Read more about How to Bridge the Secular Divide*
On November 22, 2012, Mark Huyser-Wierenga, chair of the CPJ Board of Directors, sent a letter to Mr. James Rajotte, Chair of the Standing Committee on Finance, encouraging him to follow through on the House of Commons’ motion M-315, which calls for the committee to undertake a study on income inequality in Canada. Read more about CPJ encourages Finance Committee in their study of income inequality
The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) taking place in Durban, South Africa, has begun! There, leaders will discuss progress in dealing with climate change, and negotiate a new international agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires this year. Canada’s Minister of the Environment travels to Durban next week.
CPJ created a petition based upon the Canadian Interfaith Call for Leadership and Action on Climate Change. It highlights CPJ’s value for the Earth and the importance of creation care. We hope to have many signed petitions tabled in the House of Commons during COP17 (November 28 – December 9, 2011). Take a look at comments from CPJ supporters who have already taken up the petition in their communities. Read more about Support CPJ’s climate change work!
By now, the average Canadian household has at least heard of Occupy Wall Street. This global movement has some excited, some irritated and many baffled. While the protests represent diverse concerns, the movement takes a courageous stand against a common problem: growing social inequality. Read more about Social Inequality: A Reason to Occupy
Canadians have been deeply saddened by Jack Layton’s untimely death earlier this week. Here in Ottawa – like in so many other places around the country – we’ve witnessed an outpouring of grief and reflection over this loss.
To be sure, Jack was human. Like you and me, he had his shortcomings. He was far from perfect. Many of us didn’t agree with all that he said or did. Read more about Reimagining the world
It’s that time of year again. With September approaching, I must carry on CPJ tradition and post ‘the intern’s final web feature.’ As my time here at CPJ draws to a close, I can’t help but reflect on the past year: the opportunities, the highlights, and the people. Read more about A Parting Shot
Early in 2008, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills Development, Social Development and Status of People with Disabilities (HUMA) initiated a study on the federal role in reducing poverty. Since then, there has been a federal election and Parliament has been prorogued twice. There were times when we wondered if the results of this study would ever see the light of day. Then, last week Federal Poverty Reduction Plan: Working in Partnership Towards Reducing Poverty in Canada was released. The publication of the HUMA report seemed a victory in and of itself, but the content has us really excited. Read more about You don't always get what you want… But then sometimes, you do.
Canadians wondering about the federal government’s latest policy moves on climate change can’t really be faulted for missing the news. Environment Minister Jim Prentice released details of Canada’s commitment to provide climate change financing in support of the Copenhagen Accord in a Friday evening speech last October 1st. However, the government's promises create more questions than answers and raise concerns that the money promised will be less than it seems. Read more about Less than fair? Canada's commitment to climate change