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Learn from people on the forefront of justice work. Find out more about global and local injustices, the work being done to combat them, and the restored relationships that result.

Nova Scotia Strong

On the heels of writing a reflection on encouragement to lament, April 18th and 19th, 2020 brought Canada  and especially Nova Scotians forcefully into this painful liminal space. My beautiful province was launched into the international spotlight as the backdrop for senseless violence; not for its natural and abundant beauty. The tiny rural town of Portapique nestled in Colchester county, a mere hundred and thirty kilometers from Halifax, experienced carnage that was unheard of in Canada until that fatal weekend.

The Chipping Away of U.S. Legal Immigration: April Edition

This article is part of our ongoing series tracking the many changes in immigration legislation.  You can access the full series here.

Glimpses of Dawn - Holy Week and COVID-19

This is Holy Week, and today is called Maundy Thursday. The name is derived from mandatum, the Latin word from which we get our word ‘mandate’, or command – and commemorates Jesus' new command in John 13:34 – a new command I give you, that you love each other.

Chipping Away of U.S. Legal Immigration: March Edition

Note to readers: Due to our current circumstances, many immigration services and policies are being influenced by the Coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, we have split this post into Coronavirus-related updates, and regular immigration updates.

Introducing... Megan Herrema!

Megan is the newest member of the Office of Social Justice team. She joins our team as our Communications Coordinator. Megan comes to us with a background in English Literature after attending Taylor University.  Most recently she's been using her communications skills on behalf of a church. We are thrilled to welcome Megan to the team!  

A Season for Everything

We know that there is a season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1).  And this season has been one of change and transition for the Office of Social Justice.  In our community it has created some rumours, questions, and concerns about our staffing and direction.  

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Human Trafficking Awareness Day

On February 22, 2018, Ontario’s Provincial Anti-Human Trafficking Coordination Office launched its first Human Trafficking Awareness Day. And this year – in 2020 – there is advocacy to recognize this day nationally. At Restorations Second Stage Homes, we use the opportunity to highlight a variety of other awareness days throughout the year to address issues or topics that intersect with human trafficking.

The Chipping Away of U.S. Legal Immigration: January Edition

What has happed to immigration policy since our last update?  Here’s a list of important things you should know broken down for a quick overview.  

Learning from the Front Lines - Interview with a Chaplain

The Canadian government has given citizens two weeks to provide feedback on proposed legislative changes to Medical Assistance in Dying. We spoke with chaplain Tim De Jonge about his experience on the front lines of this issue. He helps break down what’s happening and how we should respond.  

"Without Money and Without Cost"

Elderly women from a near-by senior low-income housing building sat at the back of our church foyer, bending over boxes overflowing with apples, carrots, and onions. They unrolled plastic produce bags, rubbed the top edges to open them, and filled them with fresh produce. They talked and laughed as they worked. “Come on over,” one of them called, “You need to meet someone we invited to join us today.” The ladies were getting ready for the monthly food pantry at our church and had asked someone new to help. 

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