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Christians Must Rise Up Against Islamophobia

For Canadians, this attack feels all too familiar. It is yet another tragedy that has deeply affected Muslim communities here and around the world. Such events have many of us thinking, when will this finally stop? Will this spur a flurry of thoughts and prayers for the families affected, but, as usual, result is the same conclusion - inaction? 

As a global community, we cannot tolerate inaction towards racism, Islamophobia and white supremacy. We must act, and we must do so now.  

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Press Release: Pre-election Budget postpones needed policy changes

Budget 2019 presents important aspirations but lacks prompt implementation. 

With its emphasis on gender equality, deepening efforts towards reconciliation, and notable shifts towards a cleaner economy, the budget sends positive signals about the priorities the Government of Canada wants to emphasize. But with little more than half a year left in the current mandate, this pre-election document reads as mostly a series of hopeful platitudes towards a future that may never come. 

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Budget 2019 presents big ideas but lacks action

With their last federal Budget ahead of the 2019 election, the Federal government has laid out some important policy pitches. Yet delayed timelines mean pressing issues will not receive needed action 

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Canada Says It's Reached Record-Low Poverty. Experts Say There's More to the Story.

Global Citizen 

Darlene O’Leary, socio-economic policy analyst for Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ), agrees that the current MBM provides somewhat of a distorted look at poverty in Canada.

“The data is encouraging — however, it’s incomplete,” she told Global Citizen.

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Poverty fight a long way from over, activists warn

The Catholic Register

Too many people still live below the poverty line, said Darlene O’Leary, social policy analyst with Citizens for Public Justice.

“There are still millions living in poverty,” said O’Leary, and the idea that we need to wait until 2030 to see dramatic results (a 50-per-cent reduction in poverty as per goals of the federal government’s poverty-reduction strategy released in August), “That’s a long time to wait.”

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How to start making change: An introduction to lobbying for the causes you care about

CBC News

How to start making change: An introduction to lobbying for the causes you care about.

Ottawa public policy organization Citizens for Public Justice says that letters and emails count the same, but that phone calls can be more influential. 

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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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