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We invite you to participate in a month-long challenge inspired by the Laudato Si' Goals. This reflective journey bridges two key events: Laudato Si' Week 2024, themed "Seeds of Hope," and the Season of Creation 2024, under the banner "To Hope and Act with Creation." Share your stories,...

“Placing a price on pollution.” A “carbon levy” where 80% of Canadians receive (sometimes invisible) “rebates.” Seven provinces asking that the scheduled increase not take place on April 1. Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition (which once supported a carbon tax) are now promising to “Axe the Tax!” In the midst...

Give it up for the Earth! is a national faith-in-action campaign that raises awareness about the climate crisis and mobilizes people across Canada to reduce personal and household greenhouse gas emissions, engage in acts of solidarity, and collect signatures as a demonstration of support for...

End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change. Whoa. The Sustainable Development Goals are important, world-changing objectives that will require cooperation among governments, international organizations and world leaders. It seems impossible that the average person can make an impact. Should you just give up? No! Change starts...

What causes you to register concern? What are the necessary conditions to propel you to action? People of faith purport to be motivated by altruistic instincts, where a concern for the other initiates action. This truly is a shared value of faith. The teaching of Jesus...

Last week's release of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, “Laudate Deum” has been received by The Ecclesial Networks Alliance for Integral Ecology (ENA) “as a most positive encouragement for ENA’s mandate and ministry,” said ENA Convenor, Father Rigobert Minani Bihuzo. The Ecclesial Networks Alliance for Integral Ecology...

Pictured left: The rainbow sheen of an oil spill is visible in the Huayuri creek in Peru, which lies within Block 192, a plot of land in the country's Amazon rainforest. (Photography by Patrick Murayari) In 2018, Ottawa announced a new watchdog to probe alleged abuses...

OTTAWA -- There have been false starts and bitter disappointments before, but Catholic and other faith organizations now see a light at the end of the tunnel in achieving a key aspect of reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous peoples. They expect the Senate will join with the House...

On June 4th, 185 community and non-governmental organizations from around the world urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Ministers of Global Affairs Canada (Marc Garneau, Mary Ng, and Karina Gould), and other Canadian officials to investigate and take action on the plans of Canadian company...

Environmental organizations Climate Action Network-Réseau Action Climat (CAN-Rac), Ecojustice, Équiterre, David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) and West Coast Environmental Law Association (WCELA) urge the House of Commons and Senate to move swiftly to pass the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act (Bill C-12) before the summer recess. For...

How twenty-five acres of Ontario farmland have become a new front in the battle for Indigenous self-governance In an empty loft off Highway 6, along a stretch of country road that connects Six Nations of the Grand River with the nearby town of Caledonia, eight people...

For the Love of Creation‘s faith-in-action campaign mobilizes people across Canada to reduce household greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and demonstrate support for increased federal climate action. The campaign runs February 17 (Ash Wednesday) to October 4, 2021 (the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and the end of the Season...

Canadian faith communities are mobilizing to play their part in this national responsibility More than 30 members of the churches participated in a Zoom briefing with federal Justice Minister David Lametti on Jan. 29, posing questions including whether the proposed legislation will become a high-enough priority...

On January 21, along with another dozen national church leaders, Ken Thorson of OMI Lacombe Canada and Luc Tardif of Notre Dame du Cap signed a letter in appreciation of the federal government’s tabling of Bill C-15 (legislation to implement the UN Declaration on the...

On the fifth anniversary of the publication of Laudato Si’, US congregations of Dominican Sisters announced the launching of a strategic investment initiative in collaboration with Morgan Stanley to address climate change, especially as it affects marginalized communities disproportionately impacted by global warming. The Sisters...

OTTAWA -- Some Catholic organizations fear efforts of reconciliation with Canada’s First Nations are at risk in the wake of protests and blockades over a B.C. pipeline project. The Jesuits, the Oblates in Canada and the Canadian Religious Conference are among faith-based organizations that have expressed concerns...

A Message to Youth from Religious Communities in Canada Dear members of the JPIC networks, Dear community leaders, In the fall of 2019, the JPIC Atlantic network of the CRC decided upon a common action: to express a message of gratitude and encouragement to Canadian youth for their...

Development and Peace — Caritas Canada is disappointed by the failure of world leaders to heed the calls of citizens and scientists at the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, held in Madrid from December 2...

Paulo Paulino Guajajara's death is the latest act of violence against Brazil's Indigenous people: activist Pictured left: Paulo Paulino Guajajara, an Indigenous land protector in Brazil, was killed after being ambushed by illegal loggers in the Amazon. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters) An Indigenous land defender who protected the Amazon...

After a decade of mobilizing for the creation of the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE), and  waiting another 15 months for the position to be filled, Canadians were finally able to hear from ombudsperson Sheri Meyerhoffer on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019, at an event organized by new Centre Oblat – A Voice for Justice and St. Paul’s University in Ottawa. A University of Saskatchewan law...

(Ottawa) In the final days of the Trudeau government it quietly published a revision of the mandate of the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) – once again failing to address the main concerns raised by MiningWatch Canada and many other civil society members. The original...

An Intersectional Approach to Refugee Policy & Advocacy [caption id="attachment_8791" align="alignleft" width="232"] Click on image to download The Most Vulnerable (PDF)[/caption] Policy-making and advocacy have always gone hand in hand. They exist together in a cycle where governments are meant to develop policies based on the needs...

TVO has made available podcasts of the documentary: "The Shadow of Gold" which explores the human and ecological costs of Gold Mining. Click on links below for parts 1 and 2: The Shadow of Gold - Part 1 The Shadow of Gold - Part 2...

Minister of International Trade announces long-overdue human rights Ombudsperson (Toronto, ON) – KAIROS and its overseas partners are greatly encouraged by the Honourable Minister of International Trade’s announcement today regarding the creation of the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Business Enterprise, billed as the first of its...

Pictured left: Adnan Amin, director general of the International Renewable Energy Agency.  Photo by Zack Embree Canada has become a member of a key intergovernmental agency that promotes the adoption of solar, wind, geothermal and other forms of renewable energy. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has...

CPJ (Citizens for Public Justice) released Poverty Trends 2018, their annual report on poverty in Canada, a day ahead of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. It reports that a staggering 5.8 million people in Canada (or 16.8%) live in poverty. The report uses...

(Ottawa/Oakland/Tatamagouche/Toronto/Washington D.C.) An investor alert released today warns that historic developments in the lawsuit against Tahoe Resources in Canada is just one indicator of serious risks surrounding its Escobal silver mine in Guatemala. On Thursday, June 8th, the Supreme Court of Canada denied Tahoe Resources...