But I’m Hungry

Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation staff member Tara Kainer’s first book of poetry was published in 2011 by Hidden Brook Press. She read this poem at the Put Food in the Budget inquiry into poverty in Ontario in September.




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Sr. Rose-Marie Bokenfohr (back, right) with some of the students supported by the Marillac Mission Fund. Betty Florian (centre front) gathers the students for monthly reflection sessions on values.

by Sister Gayle Desarmia

The Marillac Mission Fund, a registered charity, supports the mission work of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul who are currently in Peru (El Progresso, Carabayllo). It was established in 1978.

  • Daniel finishes soon with his title and a job offer. His costs for materials, fees, bus fare and lunch is 250 Soles a month.

Currently 21 students are being assisted. When a student receives assistance, that help continues until the student completes their program of study. In that way, they can count on finishing. The Peruvian currency is the Nuevo Sol (S/. ), and $10 Candian is about S/. 25-30. Students receive from 100-1,000 Soles in support.

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Women Do Peace

by Louise Slobodian

Keynote speaker Erna Paris. Her address is available at ernaparis.com

You know about best-laid plans? After 10 years of holding great conferences, the Congregation’s Healing Violence Committee had sworn off them. But then, a great synergy happened. The committee held a meeting with the International Women’s Day reps in Kingston, and invited PeaceQuest to join in, and lo and behold … Women Do Peace emerged. And it was good.

Held on March 8, International Women’s Day, the conference was active, participatory and engaging.

Renowned author Erna Paris was the keynote speaker and she brought both breadth and depth to her presentation. Moving between the tragedy of the Aboriginal women forgotten on the Highway of Tears in British Columbia to the Syrian women caught in a deadly conflict, she spoke of what gives women the “agency” – the ability to act – and what blocks this from developing. Key are empowerment, education, supportive families, economic opportunity and learning empathy. View full article »

by Bridget Doherty

Imagine you have two children. You work full time at the store down the road. Your husband is a cook at the local restaurant. When the bill for heating and lighting your home arrives, you receive quite a shock. The utilities cost more than the rent. You have to make a tough decision. Do you heat the home or feed the family? Not heating the home may result in child services knocking on your door.

Or you’re a senior citizen who has lived in the same house all your life. It’s a beautiful, but worn, brick home. Built at the turn of the century, there is not a stitch of insulation in the walls. You have always been a good saver and collect a pension. You’re on a fixed income and have learned to budget – but rising utility costs have meant that you’re dipping into your savings. Your income is relatively good but this cold winter has resulted in utility bills that have made you decide to keep the home much cooler than you would like. You are worried that the added sweaters have not adequately kept you warm and think it may be the home that is making you sick.

There are many citizens for whom these or similar scenarios are a reality. In Canada some 1 million people are affected by “energy poverty,” and the numbers are rising. View full article »

The business of rest

by Cate Henderson

The idea of rest is somewhat deceiving. We know as human beings that when we sleep we appear to others to be resting, to be immobile and still. But we also know that, in fact, our minds can be quite busy as we sleep – sometimes living a whole other life in a dreaming world of our own imagination and doing much of our best neurological processing of information. View full article »

by Jamie Swift


The precariat? What’s that? The funny-sounding word has recently been creeping from university seminar rooms into public discussion. Precarious work + the proletariat = the “precariat.”

It refers to the decline of reliable, decently-paid work and the rise of part-time, temporary jobs that pay minimum wages.

Just before Christmas, veteran journalist Michael Valpy described the brave new world of work as a “fearsome cave of economic insecurity and the place where dignity and a sense of meaningfulness and self-worth are left at the door.”

Working at a full time, minimum wage job (if you can find one) in Ontario still leaves you well below the poverty line.

The JPIC Office is involved in several efforts to fix a world of work that is increasingly fractured, a community ever more sharply dividing between the rich and the rest. View full article »

The perfect garden plan

by Cate Henderson

Cate Henderson works up the Heirloom Seed Sanctuary's annual garden plan

Many gardeners enjoy planning their gardens over the winter time, as it means dreaming of all the beautiful flowers and delicious, perfect veggies they can grow. In the planning stage, no pests come to chew on leaves, no drought makes plants droopy, and no worries of poor pollination need apply. The perfect garden of the imagination is all there is! When a gardener plans on growing some plants all the way to seed however, some restrictions do apply, which only increases the challenge and makes success that much more satisfying!
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A red letter day

In these times of mass media coverage we take for granted seeing and hearing Pope Francis on television, radio and online. This access was not always the case…what if you had never heard the voice of the Pope? What would the first time you heard his voice mean to you?

The pope addressed the world’s Catholics via radio for the first time on February 12, 1931, during the inaugural broadcast of Vatican Radio. Pope Pius XI made his remarks in Latin. This event was mentioned in the annals of several of the congregation’s missions. View full article »