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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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Laypeople kick start reflection into action

Joe Gunn

November 8, 2010

Ask Canadian Catholics what happened on Oct. 17, and they might mention the canonization of St. Brother André of Montreal. Yet, to commemorate the day, the United Nations has named “the international day for the eradication of poverty.” Without much ado, the Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops quietly released a “reflection” on poverty. more . . .

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Canada's ethnic tapestry needs mending

Joe Gunn

October 11, 2010

Even before this summer's boatload of 492 Tamil refugees docked on Canadian shores, government ministers in Ottawa were threatening firmer measures to deal with "traffickers." In Quebec, the provincial government has introduced legislation banning the niquab and other face coverings from public-sector venues.

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Government silences voices of dissent

Joe Gunn

July 19, 2010

Most Canadians like something cool in the torrid heat of summer. But not the chill emanating from Ottawa, which has frozen the good efforts of civil society groups across the land.

Major shifts are taking place in the federal government’s treatment of groups that make up what is known as The Third Sector.

 

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