On the afternoon of November 16th, I found myself waiting to meet Senator Grant Mitchell, sponsor of a climate change bill. But then the bells started ringing, calling members into the Chamber for a vote. All at once, my meeting was cancelled and the Climate Change Accountability Act went down to defeat by a tally of 43 to 32. The Senate had dealt the global environment a massive blow – without even debating the legislation before it.
It was not surprising, then, that there was little expectation of a positive outcome from the conference in Cancun, Mexico, November 29 - December 10, 2010. Read more »
By Jenny Prosser | Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 - 4:59PM
Such were the words of National Council of Welfare Chairperson John Rook at the news conference launching the NCW’s recent report Welfare Incomes 2009. Indeed, if one word could be used to summarize the NCW’s assessment of our current social assistance programs it would likely be ‘counterproductive’. In both the news conference and the report the NCW repeatedly emphasized the fact that the current welfare system is “the perfect trap.” Read more »
The recent tabling of Bill C-49, Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada’s Immigration System Act, ignited a fervent outcry against its punitive measures against refugees. However, the Act also raises bigger questions about politics in Canada and the measures used to get things accomplished. Is cooperation towards the common good possible? Read more »
Welcome to the November/December edition of Ola!, CPJ’s online newsletter! It has been a busy month as amidst our regular activities, we welcomed members of the Board to CPJ’s offices in mid-November. Discussions among these eleven volunteers from British Columbia to Nova Scotia ranged from analysis of CPJ’s research and policy activities to fundraising strategies and even some advance thinking towards CPJ’s 50th anniversary in 2013. Read more »
The report is the result of an extensive three-year study by the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA), on the federal role in addressing poverty. It is consistent with the November 2009 unanimous resolution to develop an immediate plan to eliminate poverty in Canada, and also with the key goals of the Dignity for All campaign. Read more »