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Meeting on Eradication of Poverty: On Monday, November 25th, I along with approximately 100 other people had the opportunity to attend a public meeting to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the All – Party Resolution in the House of Commons to eradicate child poverty in Canada by the year 2000. The title of this meeting was: “Good Jobs For All: Fighting Poverty with A Job Guarantee.” Our guest speaker (by Skype) was Pavlina Tcherneva PH.D. Associate Professor of the Economics Program, Brad College, and research Scholar at Levy Economics Institute, Annandale - on Hudson, New York.

Pavlina's talk was informative and interesting. She presented a logical and realistic strategy in an effort to eradicate poverty. She emphasised that in our desire to end poverty, job guarantee is the missing piece. She went on to explain the anxiety and stress that unemployment takes on individuals and families.

This meeting was sponsored by the MacKillop Centre for Social Justice and The PEI Coalition for a Poverty Eradication Strategy. I am grateful to them, and especially grateful to the CND Sisters for financially making this important meeting possible. What a generous gift!

Advent is upon us and there is no better time to reflect on poverty and ways to eradicate it. And our CND prayer challenges us all to "Hone our view of the world. Open our hearts to all those who are marginalized."

Dorena Hall, Associate

Visitation Province JPIC Core Committee met at the Mother House November 21-24. The group meets once each year and we always have lots of information to share, from Monica, our coordinator, and also from each of us in our involvements. Special music and songs, with lyrics shared, were brought to the table and integrated into our reflection and discerning process. We were inspired by 'Carry It On' by Buffy Sainte-Marie and 'Best Day' by Dola, along with several others.

On Saturday we were pleased to have the other members of our Province Leadership Team – Becky McKenna, Eileen McQuaid and Maureen MacIsaac - join us in discerning plans for future collaboration and moving ahead in the work of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

Saint Paul University is pleased to announce the establishment of the Centre for Safeguarding Minors and Vulnerable Persons. It is the first such centre established in North America. The University has appointed Dr. Karlijn Demasure as the director of the Centre. In 2020, the Faculty of Canon Law and the Centre for Safeguarding Minors and Vulnerable Persons will be offering informal Education Opportunities, Workshops, Seminars, Webinars, Micro-certificate, etc. For additional information visit the Saint Paul University website

Becky McKenna, CND

Movie Recommendations

The Good Liar

If you like Helen Mirren, you will definitely enjoy this sort-of thriller. Helen and Ian McKellen are well-drawn characters and their interaction keeps us in suspense right up to the last few minutes. It is difficult to review without giving clues. To see superb acting, try to get to this movie.

Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

This film, based on the story of a friendship between Mr. Rogers and a journalist, is a story about adults and adult relationships. It’s about kindness, and forgiveness, and owning our emotions. It has music, and laughter, questions, and one-liners that speak wisdom and challenge. Excellent viewing experience.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND



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