The Catalyst reports on public justice issues in Canada and reviews CPJ activities. The Catalyst is free when you join us. You will find sample articles throughout our website.
The Catalyst is published 4 times per year. The summer issue has a book review supplement. Please contact us if you wish to reprint material.
In Toronto on May 4, 2007, the Canadian Church Press celebrated its 50th anniversary and gave out its annual awards to national publications. The Catalyst had a good showing, with two first place awards and one third.
- Of special attention is the Catalyst’s first place award for general excellence: Editor Louise Slobodian, Design Eric Mills. Words of praise included: “The newsletter works! Articles communicate the function and achievements of CPJ and provide interesting and informative content. This newsletter continues to be practical and visually attractive. Layout is well-balanced with text, placement of pictures and colour. A professional publication!"
- Henry Smidstra’s article, The Revolving Door of the Justice System, won first place in the newsletter feature category. It was deemed to be a: “Thoughtful, well-written piece that draws on personal experience; writing as a chaplain gives the subject matter a legitimacy that a mere reporter would not have. Uses a personal story as a lead – we can understand people better than figures and ideas.”
- And CPJ staffer, Greg deGroot-Maggetti received this review for his article, Parable of the Vineyard Workers. “A compelling composition that juxtaposes biblical verses and images with modern day understandings of economic justice. This piece reminds us of why we attempt biblical interpretation in the first place – to transform the way we live on faith in the world.”
In 2006, the Catalyst had a fine showing at the Canadian Church Press awards in Winnipeg, May 6. We won five first place awards.
- General excellence, newsletter. Editors Janet Somerville and Louise Slobodian. Design Eric Mills.
- Features, newsletter. Mad farmers and BSE … 20 months later, by John Kolk. Judge’s comment: “It is an articulate, challenging statement of concerns that doesn't point fingers at others, but says, "Here are the issues, what will we do with them?" A very helpful addition to an important discussion.”
- Opinion piece, newsletter. Broadbent’s lament … and a politics of hopeful citizenship, by Mike Hogeterp. “The author starts with a very real conundrum – cynicism about politics – and with effective use of research and personal observation offers hope for a very real solution.”
- Editorial, newsletter. Who’s safe in the ‘safe third’ agreement, by Chris Pullenayegem. “Well written, passionate call for government to reconsider Safe Third Country agreement.”
- Biblical interpretation, open. Abraham: from alien to citizen by Janet Somerville. “Insightful treatment of the Abraham story. An elegant and engaging exposition on the theme of hospitality in the Hebrew scriptures becomes a touchstone for the modern day dilemma of immigration and refugee settlement.”
In 2005, the Canadian Church Press awarded the Catalyst with three firsts and two seconds at its May conference in Ottawa. Congratulations to:
- Dani Shaw, PJRC board member, for her article on the Couchiching conference last year, awarded best news story in the newsletter category.
- Greg deGroot-Maggetti won best feature for his article on shaping a national child care program.
- Chris Pullenayegem won best opinion piece, newsletter, for his column on refugees breathing in a fog of suspicion.
- Janet Somerville won 2nd place in an open category of all 60 publications in the new biblical interpretation category for A ruinously costly shield which compared King Solomon, George W. Bush and Paul Martin in a discussion of ballistic missile defence.
Finally, the Catalyst came in second for general excellence in the newsletter category. The editor was Janet Somerville, production manager Louise Slobodian, and designer Michele MacDonald. The judge wrote, "A well written, well designed newsletter that reflects its purpose. I like the news feel. Good pictures and graphics. A 'high impact' publication. Very good! A newsletter with passion!"