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Dean Dettloff is America's Toronto correspondent and a junior member of the Institute for Christian Studies.
Hortons hears a Fight for $15. Photo courtesy of Denise Martins
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It will come as no surprise that Canadian economists are divided on the benefits of raising the minimum wage, but proponents say the hike is desperately needed following decades of wage stagnation that has led many Canadians to take on significant debt.
Homeless in Toronto, 2016. iStock photo
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Word of homeless people being turned away from shelters during the cold snap did reach Toronto’s ombudsman office, and an investigation into shelter space and access to it has been initiated.
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In 2010, Canada endorsed the declaration as “aspirational” without beginning a process for its practical implementation.
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The Ktunaxa First Nation says their way of life is threatened by commercial development in Qat’muk, a mountain region in British Columbia inhabited by the Grizzly Bear Spirit.
Arrival at Kahnawake on Aug. 15. Photo courtesy of Dominik Haake.
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For Canada’s 150th anniversary, which has been met with frustration by indigenous people, the Jesuits had another dialogue in mind.
Small family farmers on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia improved their carrot crop yields and are moving towards organic farming thanks to support from Development and Peace. Photo credit: Kelly Di Domenico/Development and Peace-Caritas Canada
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Canada's Development and Peace has launched impressive public education projects and worked on advocacy campaigns and thousands of economic and community development projects on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable people.
Protesters in El Salvador, demonstrate against mining exploitation March 9. El Salvador passed a law March 29 banning metal mining nationwide, after a long dispute between the government and a Canadian company involved in gold mining. (CNS photo/Oscar Rivera, EPA)
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The bishops are condemning the exploitation of land and indigenous peoples by Canadian mining companies operating in Latin America and other regions.
A family from Haiti approach a tent in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec, stationed by Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as they haul their luggage down Roxham Road in Champlain, N.Y., Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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Refugees who initially fled from places in Africa were treated for frostbite after crossing the northern border on foot.
A tepee rises in protest outside Ottawa's Parliament. Photo by Ashley Courchene.
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For indigenous people, the 150th anniversary of the Canadian confederation is an opportunity for resistance.
Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr, 30, is seen at a home in Mississauga, Ont., on July 6. (Colin Perkel/The Canadian Press via AP)
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In 2003, the U.S. Army’s Guantanamo Bay facility received a 16-year-old boy, Omar Khadr. Omar would become Gitmo’s youngest prisoner. Born in Toronto, Ontario, he had been captured by U.S. special forces in 2002; U.S. military believe he was responsible for the death of a U.S. service member during a brutal, four-hour firefight. Mr. Khadr said in an affidavit that he has no memories of that battle or of throwing the grenade that killed Sgt. Christopher Speer in Afghanistan.