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Thanks to you, Canada has a Poverty Reduction Strategy!

The federal government launched Opportunity for All – Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy! After years of calling for federal leadership in addressing poverty in Canada, supporters of CPJ and the Dignity for All campaign have made this happen!

Still, the work to end poverty continues. 

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The Federal Budget Should Prioritize People's Well-Being

Huffington Post

At budget time over the last few years, we've seen a narrowing of the federal government's focus on economic measures in a way that fails to adequately address the well-being of people, communities and the Earth. CPJ believes that Budget 2019 should prioritize measures to address poverty in Canada, remove barriers to refugee resettlement, and support a "just transition" to a decarbonized economy. 

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Book Review: Journeys to Justice - Who'll Carry the Mission?

From the Catalyst, Summer 2018

Journeys to Justice includes stories and reflections offered by a variety of justice seekers these past forty years. [Gunn] reveals in his own words and through the words of others, a desperation to make our world right and holy. This is not work done in isolation but rather it is communal work.

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Social assistance requires more accountability and federal leadership

Policy Options

It's clear that social assistance is in need of reform. Innovative policies and targeted funding can make a difference, but all levels of government need to commit to making it happen.

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The Language of Love in Activism

On the evening of May 22, 2018 a group of people gathered in a small community meeting room in the People’s Place Library in Antigonish, Nova Scotia to celebrate the launch of Journeys to Justice, and to hear reflections from Joe Gunn and several folks who, for many years, have committed their lives to a pursuit of social justice. 

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Book Review: Journeys to Justice - Finding Hope in History

From the Catalyst, Summer 2018

"Dangerous memory" is how Rev. Christine Boyle characterizes the heritage of Christian social action in the ten stories in Journeys to Justice.  Hopeful, inspiring memories is the intent of Joe Gunn, according to his introductory letter to his children and the next generation.  Can they be both dangerous and inspiring?

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A Carbon Price that Reduces Poverty

As the summer road-trip season is upon us, gas prices are, as usual, on the rise. The public narrative in Ontario puts the blame squarely on carbon pricing. To be sure, gas prices in Ontario rose 4.3¢ (of a total of $1.35/litre) overnight when the province’s cap and trade program came into effect in January 2017. And despite the many other factors at play, confusion about carbon pricing makes it an easy target when prices at the pump go up.

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Invest in a Just Transition, Not Pipelines

In the midst of protests, politicking, and global proclamations, the Government of Canada bought the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project on May 29,  2018  for $4.5 billion.

While the federal government’s action polarized Canadians, it also emphasized the need for serious reflection on how we can move forward most constructively.

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Let's Stop Asking Refugees to Pay for Travel

Most refugees arrive in Canada already indebted to the government by $3,000 to $10,000 for the costs incurred in bringing them to this land, including medical exams, travel documents, and plane tickets. They must begin repaying this loan within one year, when they have barely begun to regain their footing.

Here’s our proposal: waive the loan repayment requirement for all refugees.

 
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