profile image

Joe Gunn

Executive Director, Citizens for Public Justice

Joe Gunn is the executive director of Citizens for Public Justice and the author of Journeys to Justice: Reflections on Canadian Christian Activism available at cpj.ca/journeys.
We Have Tough Work Still To Do On Poverty In

We Have Tough Work Still To Do On Poverty In Canada

In February, the Liberal government launched consultations with Canadians on what should be included in the country's first-ever poverty reduction strategy. So far, the consultation process on a poverty reduction plan for Canada, however, seems to be attracting a more limited response.
06/12/2017 03:44 EDT
Canada's Flawed Refugee System Gives New Arrivals A Half

Canada's Flawed Refugee System Gives New Arrivals A Half Welcome

In the autumn of 2015, folks at my church got very excited about the opportunity to sponsor refugee families from Syria. Plans were made, funds raised, paperwork submitted - and at one point, an apartment was rented. And then, we waited... and waited. Finally, a Syrian family arrived that our parish could sponsor - in March 2017.
04/10/2017 09:57 EDT
Here Are 2 Ways Canada Can Help Syrian

Here Are 2 Ways Canada Can Help Syrian Refugees

Canada should open our doors in an expedited manner to asylum seekers. For well over a year, Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) has join many other organizations in calling for Ottawa accept at least 10,000 Syrians. We have also opposed discrimination against refugees from that region on the basis of their religion.
10/07/2015 08:25 EDT
Can the Pope's Letter Create a

Can the Pope's Letter Create a "Tipping Point" on Climate Change?

When climate scientists refer to "tipping points" it is usually bad news -- a moment beyond which elevated levels of greenhouse gas emissions will result in extreme weather and catastrophic damage to life upon this planet. Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment may be seen as another "tipping point" -- towards ensuring that communities of faith take up the moral challenge to preserve and protect creation.
06/19/2015 12:28 EDT
It's Time Canada Lived Up to Its Climate

It's Time Canada Lived Up to Its Climate Commitments

By the end of March, Ottawa should have announced its plan to contribute to global efforts to reduce carbon pollution. Yet, silence reigned in the Great White North. That favourite stalling tactic of Canadian negotiators that says we won't reduce our emissions if others refuse to act simply doesn't hold when others have indeed kept their promises.
04/01/2015 05:47 EDT
Ignoring the Issue of Poverty Won't Make It Go

Ignoring the Issue of Poverty Won't Make It Go Away

In a country as wealthy as ours, it is simply wrong to allow 4.8 million Canadians to struggle to make ends meet, leaving so many unable to participate in the building up of the new Canada we all desire. Why must over 840,000 of our neighbours need to turn to a food bank to feed themselves and their families every month -- among them over 310,000 children?
02/03/2015 12:56 EST
Why Do Charities Ask for Coins Instead of

Why Do Charities Ask for Coins Instead of Change?

At Christmas time, Canadians give like at no other time of year. What I don't see enough of at Hanukkah, Christmas, or any other time of year, however, are charities soliciting people to keep their coins, and instead offer real "change."
12/22/2014 05:00 EST
The Road to Lima Passes Through the

The Road to Lima Passes Through the PMO

This week the eyes of the world are turned towards Lima, Peru, and the UN climate talks known formally as the 20th gathering of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20). The road to progress in Lima is full of pot holes and is poorly illuminated. For Canadians, progress on the road to Lima passes right through Langevin Block, home to the Prime Minister's Office. To date this road has been blocked.
12/05/2014 09:15 EST
You Might Think Canada Is Doing its Best to Help Refugees, But You'd Be

You Might Think Canada Is Doing its Best to Help Refugees, But You'd Be Wrong

There are more than 50 million refugees around the world. Surveys suggest that most Canadians believe we, and our government, are doing our best to help them. But a recent study of people working to resettle refugees suggests that these Canadians would be deceived. Partnership between the federal government and refugee sponsoring organizations is essential to this program's success. Commitment to this partnership, however, must be based on respect for the volunteers that put their own time and money on offer to better assist refugee resettlement.
09/08/2014 12:17 EDT
Obama Cools the Planet, But Puts Heat on

Obama Cools the Planet, But Puts Heat on Ottawa

Canada, which has pulled out of the Kyoto Accord and has refused in 2013 to ante up the $400-million contribution to the UN's Green Fund (which we had provided to underdeveloped countries in each of the previous three years) appears to be increasingly offside with the global effort.
06/03/2014 12:30 EDT
Fair Elections Are a Matter of

Fair Elections Are a Matter of Morality

Free and fair votes are the basis of any truly democratic system, something people of faith have a long history of promoting. Yet Christians in Canada have been relatively silent on some of the details. If our approach to politics is rooted in love of neighbour, we will recognize that these issues have moral implications and are worthy of periodic review and revision.
03/28/2014 09:06 EDT