January 25, 2017 | Doug Blackburn

Seizing the Moment: Creating Lasting Change through Advocacy

  In the final days of 2015, the Associated Press ran a hard-hitting story on the slave-like conditions in the Thai shrimp industry – people…

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July 21, 2016 | Doug Blackburn

Speaking Into Politics From Faith

Government leaders asked development organizations and “engaged Canadian citizens” for input into Canada’s aid program. At, World Vision, we, in turn, reached out with a…

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July 4, 2016 | Doug Blackburn

Trudeau Asks: “How should Canada respond to the most vulnerable?”

Prime Minister Trudeau has called a public consultation on Canada’s international assistance program. Through the International Assistance Review, he is asking for input from development…

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June 9, 2016 | Doug Blackburn

Supply Chains and Children

In addition, 21 million people worldwide – children and adults – are forced into labour. They’re coerced, trapped, and intimidated to perform jobs, which are…

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May 5, 2016 | Doug Blackburn

Introducing the Conscious Consumer Challenge

1.2 million children are sold into child slavery every year. How far are you willing to go for the fight to end child slavery? Geesh!…

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January 7, 2016 | Doug Blackburn

Calling for a new Generation of Christian Activists

Sister Jean Ann Ledwell introduced me to advocacy as a way of being Church. The energetic nun was the self-appointed organizer of ecumenical justice events…

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August 18, 2015 | Linda Tripp

A Church’s Response to Four Million Syrian Refugees

There are currently over four million Syrian Refugees, many suffering in overcrowded and under resourced camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Children whose families have fled…

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July 30, 2015 | Alex Yeboah

Become Like Little Children

As I stood under the brazen sun of Northern Ghana, I was attracted by a stream of giggles that floated my way. There was a…

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June 11, 2015 | Daniel Wilcox

Living by a Thread

The first time I held my little son Owen in my arms, I knew I would do everything I could to provide the best life…

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April 2, 2015 | Doug Blackburn

Who is my neighbour?

“Who is my neighbour?” I am challenged by the lawyer’s question from Luke 10, not least because I have lived overseas and now work in…

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