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Women shackled by poverty, low wages

Joe Gunn

December 12, 2011

As I re-read the Scripture that recounted that first Christmas, it occurred to me that women and their particular needs are often forgotten. On women, and their particular concerns, a light had not yet shone.

A male authority, Caesar Augustus, decided "all the world should be registered." Mary "belonged" to the family of her betrothed, the carpenter Joseph, and so had to travel to his hometown to be counted. No one bothered to ask a humble pregnant woman if an exhausting trip was in her own plan or her best interest - she simply had to go.

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Climate change a moral crisis – faith leaders

Joe Gunn

November 14, 2011

In an historic declaration last month, some 26 communities of faith in Canada, joined by another seven faith-based organizations, stated that climate change represents a moral crisis. They also recognized that solutions to this crisis will not be found without relying on the spiritual resources of the world's religious traditions.

Canada's faith leaders went further. They debunked the bogus argument that climate change is not caused by human activity. The faith leaders correctly named "the unprecedented human contribution to climate change."

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Slashing social investments costs

Joe Gunn

October 10, 2011

When you are really sick with an infection, does it make sense to start taking only a half dose of the antibiotics necessary to cure your ailment? Or again, when battling infection, does it make sense to take an antibiotic for half of the time necessary for the full cure to take effect?

Dr. Jeff Turnbull, outgoing president of the Canadian Medical Association, reports that there are 1,000 homeless people in the core of Canada's capital city, where he lives and works.

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Christians condemn risky global warming

Joe Gunn

September 12, 2011

Global warming has been named as the most serious crisis of our time.

The highest levels of the Catholic Church have asked for our understanding - and action. As long ago as 1998, the bishops of Alberta wrote a pastoral letter entitled, Celebrate Life: Care for Creation.

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Ottawa's tough new laws won't cut crime

Joe Gunn

July 11, 2011

Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised during the recent election campaign to pass all of his government's crime legislation in one package of bills within the first 100 sitting days of the new Parliament. In the June 3 Speech from the Throne, the Conservative government promised to "move quickly to reintroduce comprehensive law-and-order legislation to combat crime and terrorism."

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Fair taxation plants the seeds of justice

Joe Gunn

June 13, 2011

Canadians elected a new government last month and this month saw a new federal budget. There shouldn't have been any surprises, as the Conservatives won their majority on the promise of deficit reduction and low taxes.

One way to evaluate the budget is simply to ask if the governing party actually did what it promised to do. Christians might pose a deeper reflection: Does this budget deliver for those in need, while responsibly and fairly sharing the burden?

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Conflicting reports silence CCODP visitor

Joe Gunn

May 16, 2011

Like most teens these days, my daughter received the notice electronically. She was to sing at a benefit for the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace on a Saturday evening, and was anxiously awaiting the performance. For my part, I was looking forward to meeting the guest speaker from Mexico, Jesuit Father Luis Arriaga, director of the renowned Miguel Pro Centre for Human Rights.

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Voting guidance offered by bishops, CPJ

Joe Gunn

April 11, 2011

Will you vote on May 2? Are the issues that touch your life being discussed by the candidates in ways that represent your values? Does your faith have any bearing on how you vote?

Canada's Catholic bishops hope your answers to these questions are all a resounding "yes." So they have released a guide for voters eligible to participate in next month's federal election.

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Budgets mirror the values of Canadians

Joe Gunn

March 14, 2011

Shrug. Ask most Canadian Christians what a federal budget should contain, and a hopeless shrug might be the most common response.

Then again, some of us might tune in to the news to see if we can expect to pay more taxes, receive a tax break, or perhaps even come to expect new government services. If a budget only seems like big news for business, social advocacy organizations and politicians, however, we're missing the mark.

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Dropped subsidy can cut voter ballots

Joe Gunn

February 14, 2011

It's all the buzz in Ottawa — a federal election seems to be on the horizon. Vancouver South Liberal MP Ujjal Dossanjh has said a late spring election is all but "inevitable." more . . .

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