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Joe Gunn

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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Bishops, lawyers defend asylum seekers

Joe Gunn

January 17, 2011

Last month, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney "lashed out" at the Catholic Bishops' critique of his anti-human smuggling bill (WCR, Dec. 3). Kenney used demeaning language that tracked closer to an ad hominen scolding than a principled disagreement on the issues involved. more . . .

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Senate leaves climate change out in the cold

Joe Gunn

December 13, 2010

The East Block of the Parliament Buildings has a special charm. Here you'll find high ceilings, stained glass windows, larger offices and much less of that harried buzz evident in the frenzied offices of MPs located in the other buildings on the Hill. more . . .

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