This is CPJ's 50th anniversary year and we are celebrating in style!
Last week, friends and supporters gathered on a beautiful spring evening where it all began, in Edmonton, Alberta. Offering reflections of faith, gratitude and hope, CPJ co-founder, John Olthuis, and former staff member, Lorraine Land (who currently sits on CPJ's Board) made it clear that those of us currently serving CPJ stand on the shoulders of the great men and women who came before us -- and that the compassion and love that has always driven Citizens for Public Justice is strong and it is deep. Read more »
There’s a lot happening on the Proud to Protect Refugees Campaign. People across Canada have been getting together to change the way we talk about and welcome refugees. CPJ believes that promoting a positive vision of refugees in Canada is a way to honour God’s call to welcome the stranger. Here's a list of ways to get involved by taking action or discussing refugee issues within your own community. Read more »
The UN’s 82 member delegations gathered in Geneva on April 26 to review Canada’s human rights performance. Together, they issued 162 recommendations dealing with everything from racial profiling to food security and basic sanitation. Canada has committed to responding to the UPR recommendations by September. CPJ will join other civil society and Aboriginal organizations tomorrow, Tuesday, May 28, in a consultation with federal, provincial and territorial government officials (convened by the Department of Canadian Heritage) to provide input into the development of the official response. At this meeting, we will continue to urge government officials to take action on poverty, Aboriginal rights, and affordable housing.
In an article published in Embassy on May 8, CPJ unpacks the recommendations we made to Canada’s human rights review and the reasons action is so urgently needed. Read more »
By Brad Wassink | Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 - 8:24AM
Glass Half Full celebrates progress being made on poverty and ecological justice in Canada. This month: a poverty reduction plan in Calgary, a housing strategy in Nova Scotia, and a coalition to save the Experimental Lakes Area. We also take a look at the Ontario budget from an anti-poverty perspective. Read more »
In Canada, 300,000 people are homeless, and many millions more are precariously housed. CPJ and people of faith across the country have been at the forefront in calling on the federal government to make housing and homelessness a national priority by making important policy changes and providing much-needed funding. Over the past few months, we’ve witnessed some setbacks on the housing front, but there have also been signs of hope and progress. Here’s the latest. Read more »
On Thursday, May 30, 2013 CPJ will be hosting its Annual General Meeting. Join us for an evening of refreshments, sharing, and an address by special guest John Olthuis, a CPJ co-founder, with response by board member Lorraine Land on the theme of ecological justice and right relationships with First Nations.
The event will be held at The King’s University College, 9125–50th St., Edmonton, Alberta.
6:00 – gathering and refreshments
6:30 – CPJ’s annual business meeting
7:30 – break and refreshments
8:00 – "Reaching for Right Relationships: CPJ at 50”– address by John Olthuis and Lorraine Land.
Everyone is welcome! Join us for the entire evening, or come at 8:00 for John and Lorraine’s inspiring and challenging talk. For those of you unable to attend, please send in the ballot you will receive in the mail. Read more »