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Advocating for Mining Justice

Since its beginning 10 years ago, JPIC (Justice Peace and Integrity of the Creation) has been coordinating the Congrégation de Notre-Dame Visitation Province advocacy on mining and extractive sector justice.  See below for a summary of our past work.  Many will remember our extensive work to support MP John McKay’s Bill C-300 for mining justice,that was narrowly defeated in the House of Commons in the fall of 2010.  Following the failure of the Bill to pass, mining justice was severely weakened by the years of the Harper government.  Justin Trudeau made promises during the election campaign to re-introduce legislation for strong ethical practices for Canadian mining companies operating overseas.

We have a new opportunity, right now, to help make this happen.  Sources have confirmed that the Liberal government will be creating an extractive sector Ombudsperson in early 2017.  It is important that we remind the Minister and Prime Minister of the components that are needed to make this position truly independent and effective for those seeking justice from the actions of Canadian extractive companies.

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On Thursday, January 12th at 10:00 a.m. the televised liturgy of the Eucharist honored St. Marguerite Bourgeoys.  Four CND sisters from Waterbury were in attendance.  Father Robert Russo from the Holy Family in Enfield celebrated the Mass.  I’m sure St. Marguerite was extremely gratified that the Holy Family honored her in this way.

Prayer of Love

Composed and read by Sister Terry Martin, cnd on the occasion of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Memorial Service held at Texana, N.C. on January 16, 2017 on the 25th anniversary of their Community Center which Sister Terry helped to establish and rebuild in the community.

Theme of the day: “There is but one human race” (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Lord, we come before you this morning realizing more deeply each day, that you truly are a loving God, that you are an unconditional lover.

We come before you with a grateful heart for the countless ways you have loved us.

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