Against Inequality with Tom Malleson

Join us on Tuesday February 13 at 5:30pm on zoom to hear Tom Malleson discuss Against Inequality.

There is far too much inequality in our societies today. A world with billionaires alongside severe deprivation is a world without justice. Against Inequality draws on extensive historical and comparative evidence to show that raising taxes on income and wealth is not only practically feasible, but the costs of doing so would be far outweighed by the enormous benefits that such taxes could bring. The book also investigates the ethics of inequality and argues that rich people do not morally deserve their wealth. We can and we should abolish the billionaires.

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  • Meeting ID: 974 1662 2727
  • Passcode: 3.qMuy

Presented by Studies in National and International Development at Queen’s, The Providence Centre for JPIC and Just Recovery Kingston. For more information, please contact sayyida.jaffer (at) chco (dot) ca

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We Don’t Talk About Class with Deborah Dundas and Ricardo Tranjan

Thursday September 28, 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Holiday Inn, Islandview Room (tickets $0-$20)

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Rich, poor, working class, tenant class. We know these phrases, but North Americans often discount how class, and the inherent machinations of capitalism impact the lives people can live. When we ignore these realities, what, and who, are we omitting? Join Deborah Dundas and Ricardo Tranjan for a conversation about class: of who controls the narrative, and why this must change.

Deborah Dundas

Deborah Dundas is a writer, television producer, book editor of the Toronto Star and a journalist with over 18 years of experience. Her work has appeared in numerous publications in Canada, the UK and Ireland including Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Canadian Notes and Queries, The Belfast Telegraph and The Sunday Independent. Deborah grew up poor and almost didn’t make it to university. In her book On Class, she talks to writers, activists, those who work with the poor and those who are poor about what happens when we don’t talk about poverty or class—and what will happen when we do.

Author Heather O’Neill praises the book, saying “I really enjoyed Deborah Dundas’s small and brave book On Class. She addresses the need to speak about the different classes in Canada, and the ways it is almost impossible to cross their divides.” Open Book calls it “urgent and wise, written with Dundas’ trademark wit and crisp prose. Raw and smart, it urges readers not to look away from the complexity of issues affecting the poor and working class, especially in a time of constant political, economic, and social turmoil.”

Deborah attended York University for English and Political Science and has an MFA in Creative Non-fiction from the University of King’s College. She lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter and their loving, grumpy cat Jumper.

Ricardo Tranjan

“It is a part of our culture in Canada and in other Anglo-Saxon countries. We have equated homeownership with success, with security, with making it,” says Ricardo Tranjan. “I think this fixation on homeownership and the stigma attached to renting prevents us from having a better conversation about the different options to achieve housing security.” Ricardo Tranjan is a professor, political economist, and senior researcher with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. He managed Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, and, in his early academic work, focused on economic development and participatory democracy in Brazil, his native country. In his book The Tenant Class, Ricardo poses the provocative question – what if there is no housing crisis, but instead a housing market working exactly as intended? Author Leslie Kern says, “this book explodes entrenched myths about renters and landlords and will change the way many people understand the injustice of the housing system.” Ricardo has a PhD from the University of Waterloo, where he was a Vanier Scholar. A frequent media commentator in English and French, he lives in Ottawa. 

The PC-JPIC is a community partner for this event at the Kingston Writersfest.

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RFP: Support for Hiring an Indigenous-focused Position

The Providence Centre for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (PC-JPIC) invites Indigenous consultants and organizations to submit a proposal to help our organization develop and execute a respectful and appropriate hiring process for an Indigenous-
focused position. We are based in Kingston / Katarowki, but we are open to proposals from any person or group with the requisite knowledge and experience.

Read the RFP here. Deadline to submit is September 15, 2023. Questions? Contact Bridget Doherty, Executive Director at bridget.doherty (at) chco (dot) ca

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Job posting: Lead, Integrity of Creation and Climate Change

Opportunity: Lead, Integrity of Creation and Climate Change

Reports to: Executive Director, Providence Centre for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation

The Providence Centre for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (PC-JPIC) is an operating division of the Catholic Health Sponsors of Ontario (CHSO) and is currently recruiting for a Lead on Integrity of Creation and Climate Change.

About Catholic Health Sponsors of Ontario and PC-JPIC

Catholic Health Sponsors of Ontario (CHSO) was created in 1998 to assume sponsorship of health organizations when religious orders and congregations were ready to move on to other missions. Today, CHSO sponsors 21 organizations that collectively provide programs and services across the continuum of care in 10 communities across Ontario. In 2022 CHSO opened an advocacy centre, PC-JPIC, in response to new congregational needs and the vision of Healthy Communities and Care for All.  PC-JPIC is dedicated to work towards a world where all experience compassion, justice, and peace in solidarity with creation.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director for the Providence Centre for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (the “Centre”), the Lead, Integrity of Creation and Climate Change will have a clear understanding and commitment to the mission of the Providence Centre for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation.

The Lead on Integrity of Creation and Climate Change will focus on policies, programs, and activities related to GHG reductions, climate justice, and environmental protection.     

Core Responsibilities: *

Integrity of Creation and Climate Change

  • Work collaboratively with the PC-JPIC staff team to ensure an integrated approach, which includes justice, fairness, and equity. 
  • Understand, review, and evaluate policies, programs and legislation related to GHG reductions, environmental protection, and energy poverty on the local, provincial, and federal level through an integral ecology lens.
  • Work closely with vulnerable populations and the Low-Income Energy Network to advocate for programs and legislations that ensure access to affordable and efficient energy such as the Ontario Electricity Support Program.  
  • Plan, organize, facilitate, and implement education, advocacy, and social action initiatives.
  • Support education and awareness building for health and social service organizations, in partnership with CHSO.
  • Network and collaborate with others including ecumenical, interfaith, and secular partners to support justice, equity, and care of the Earth. 

*This listing is representative but not all inclusive

Knowledge and Skills


  • A thorough understanding of the science and policies related to climate change, integral ecology, and the social determinants of health.
  • Familiarity with the relevant organizations and government agencies related to climate change, environmental justice, and energy poverty.
  • Knowledge of current social media tools and best practices including website management, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and related programs.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated experience in social justice advocacy and organizing.
  • Work independently and be self-driven.
  • Leadership and facilitation skills.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills.
  • Proven community building skills.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Research and teaching skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to use existing and emerging social media tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team as well as independently.


  • Postsecondary credentials or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated experience in environmental and/or social justice advocacy.
  • Commitment to the mission and vision of the Centre.

Starting salary $74,256.00

If you feel you are an excellent candidate for this position, please send a cover letter and your resume to bridget.doherty (at) on or before June 1, 2023.

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