Creative responses to food insecurity, hunger, and poverty in Canada were raised at Dignity for All: campaign for a poverty-free Canada's successful policy summit and open forum on December 10. Read more »
Hunger and food insecurity is a global and Canadian problem. We've signed-on to various international human rights treaties that commit our government to respect, protect, and fulfil the right to food for all Canadians, yet people continue to go hungry. What can be done? Read more »
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 »
Universal Children's Day, November 20, was a day of creative action, learning, and reflection across the country on all the changes that are needed for the most impoverished children in Canada to live in dignity. Read more »
Meet the Canadian Tax Dollar, the mascot for the Tackle Tax Havens campaign. He has been sent off to a tax haven by some wealthy individuals and large corporations in order to avoid paying taxes. He had a good time at first, but now he is homesick and wants to come home so he can do something useful, like help fund health care or education. Read more »
“What is the federal government’s role in addressing poverty?”
On June 9, 2009, CPJ was called before Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills Development, Social Development and the Status of People with Disabilities (HUMA) to answer this question.
Our main message then remains unchanged today: Canada needs a federal poverty reduction plan. Most of the MPs on the committee agreed. Nonetheless, that very day, the Canadian government rejected the United Nation’s call for Canada to develop a poverty plan.
Canada Under Review
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a mechanism used by the United Nations Human Rights Council, established in 2006, to assess the fulfillment of human rights obligations of UN member states. First reviewed in 2009, Canada’s human rights performance is once again under scrutiny today. Read more »
By Brad Wassink | Thursday, November 1st, 2012 - 11:04AM
After living outside of Canada for the better part of seven years, there is a steep learning curve that comes with returning. There’s a lot to learn in terms of the major players, stakeholders, advocates and church groups in the worlds of faith, justice and politics. As I find my way, I feel myself being pulled in two directions: towards the politics and towards the people. Read more »
In July 2012, a Senate Committee released their “Now or Never” report, calling for a National Energy Strategy. Curbing climate change, unfortunately, was a mere afterthought; a small derivative of apparently more pressing issues. Read more »