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‘Beneficial discomfort’: Anglicans share their Lenten practices

Anglican Journal

Lenten discipline is not only for individuals; some parishes practice it as a community as well. In 2018, 11 Anglican churches in Canada, for example, took part in “Give it up for the Earth!”, a campaign that encourages participants to take measures reducing their contribution to climate change, and to call for changes to government policy, according to Kari Munn-Venn, senior policy analyst at Citizens for Public Justice, the Christian social justice group behind the initiative.

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Citizens for Public Justice Lenten campaign puts carbon on hit list

The Catholic Register

The Ottawa-based ecumenical justice organization is getting that message out through its Give It Up For the Earth! campaign. The Lenten campaign encourages people to give up some of their personal and household greenhouse gas emissions.

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The Right to Truly “Universal” Healthcare

People in Canada have long prided themselves on the country’s healthcare system. It’s a reflection of a belief in egalitarianism and compassion for one another. Yet, despite this pride, we know there are gaps in how healthcare is provided. Specifically, the system routinely fails the most vulnerable in society, as it does not currently contain a universal coverage of prescription drugs, commonly referred to as “pharmacare”. The simple fact is that Canada needs a pharmacare plan.

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Open Letter: Strengthen Canada's Poverty Reduction Bill

The Dignity for All campaign has written to Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, the Member of Parliament responsible for Canada’s poverty reduction strategy, with recommendations to strengthen Bill C-87, An Act respecting the reduction of poverty. Along with partners, we are calling on the government to align Canada with our obligations under international human rights law to ensure we meet the first Sustainable Development Goal (SDG): to end poverty by 2030.

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Joe Gunn ready for next step in social justice with Oblate Centre

Catholic Register

After 10 years at the helm of Citizens for Public Justice, Joe Gunn, 64, is leaving Feb. 1 to head up the new Oblate Centre at Saint Paul University in Ottawa.

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Defining poverty in Canada as a social disease first step to healing it

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"There is a tendency to think that the reason we are reluctant to talk about or address poverty is because we don't understand it," said Derek Cook, director of the Canadian Poverty Institute. Last summer he was appointed member of the new federal advisory committee on Canada's Poverty Reduction Strategy. Rabble

Defining poverty in Canada as a social disease first step to healing it

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Christians working on global issues can be a thankless job

Lethbridge Herald

The nation’s churches and church members have been active on social justice issues over many decades, a Lethbridge audience was reminded Thursday. But Joe Gunn outlined how they’ve been quietly working across denominational lines – though a younger generation of Canadians knows little about their positive impact.

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CPJ board welcomes new Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) is pleased to announce the hiring of Willard Metzger as Executive Director.

We are confident that Willard will continue to follow the visionary leadership that Joe Gunn has shown for the last ten years. Willard will begin working on January 31, 2019.

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Climate change caught in political battle over carbon tax

Catholic Register 

Climate politics are shaping up as a federal election issue in a partisan scenario cautioned against by Pope Francis in Laudato Si’, his 2015 encyclical on the environment.

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Reports and campaigns and policy, oh my!

2018 has been a good year for CPJ!

We’re grateful to our supporters and donors, those who have participated in our initiatives and those who have financed them. To those who have asked hard questions, and those who have helped us to answer them. Those who have advocated for change, and to the politicians that made it happen!

Working for policy change is more akin to a marathon than it is to a sprint, except that there are also hurdles! We’re grateful that as 2018 comes to a close, the finish line is in sight on some important policy gains. (Read on to learn more!)

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