Economic indicators alone do not reveal the quality of life in a society. Gross domestic product is growing at home and in the world, but that is not enough to measure our success. Why are there so many homeless and jobless, so much poverty and despair, so many ill and afflicted, so much suffering and misery along with sophisticated and expensive weapons of mass destruction and environmental degradation?

The gap between the rich and the poor is undeniably widening both in Canada and in the world. A new understanding of the need for government policies - particularly in the field of social spending, health and education - is needed to advance social justice. The U.N.'s Human Development Report, the reports of the Canadian Council on Social Development, and the World Development Report as well as the Centre for Social Justice are helpful in understanding what needs to be done.

Materials concerning issues of social justice are labeled green (as on the left) throughout this web site.