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Ray Pennings  |  November 23, 2015  |  Faith, Religion, Religious Freedom, Secularism, Wisdom

Simplistic solutions to national security and the refugee crisis are available to anyone with a social media account. Most of these “solutions” fall woefully short because they fail to take religion seriously. And there are challenges for all of us—whether we are a Muslim, a secularist, or a Christian—to consider our response to these challenges in light of our own professed religious commitments. I won’t pretend to have the answer, but let me offer three reflections: Islamic Terrorism? | Much is being made as to whether reporters and politicians dare to use the phrase “Islamic terrorist,” for fear of indiscriminately grouping non-violent and violent Muslims into one category. The violent … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  November 19, 2015  |  Government, Politics, Religion, Religious Freedom

This article was originally published in Embassy, and is reprinted with permission. It’s moving month in Ottawa’s capital, and we already have a few clues of what’s coming and what’s going. The Liberals are making good on campaign promises, but there are at least a few areas where it’s unclear if the Liberals will want to renovate, rebuild or just tear down. One of those … MORE »

Ray Sawatsky  |  November 17, 2015  |  Policy, Politics, War & Peace

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must listen to his father. “There are a lot of bleeding hearts around who just don’t like to see people with helmets and guns,” Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau said when Canada was terrorized by the FLQ crisis 45 years ago. “All I can say is, go on and bleed, but it is more important to keep law and order in … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  October 20, 2015  |  Community, Politics

Many expected yesterday’s election to bring about change, but few likely expected the drastic change we got. The “red tide” that swept the country on Monday night reshaped the political landscape, ushered in a Liberal majority and saw the Conservative and NDP parties greatly reduced. It seems, for now at least, that Trudeau’s slogan of “Real Change” might not have been as hollow as its … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  October 7, 2015  |  Arts

October 19 will complete, we are told, Canada’s first truly digital federal election. “For the first time, one in every three voters will rely almost exclusively on digital sources for their election information and news — they have no cable or satellite, watch less than two hours of TV per week, or simply prefer online sources only,” Leslie Church, wrote recently in the National Post. … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  September 24, 2015  |  Culture, Faith, Public Life, Religion

The headline on a recent column by National Post editor Jen Gerson asked whether Catholics face an unfair double standard. Leaving aside the question of whether it’s possible to have a fair double standard, it seems to me there is a more compelling question for Catholics—and all Christians. It’s this: should we care about the double standard we face? Why? Asked in these forms, the … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  September 21, 2015  |  Politics

Continuing election-season reflections from Ray Pennings, Cardus’s executive vice-president. Catch up with part 1 here. Peter Stockland: Ray, I know you’ve been watching the election campaign very closely. Is what you’re hearing around you reflected in the polls? More specifically, are the Conservatives really in as much trouble as the numbers suggest? Ray Pennings: I think the most interesting thing about the polls is that … MORE »

Beth Green  |  August 18, 2015  |  Cities, Community, Education, Urban Planning

What is it that makes a city? Judging by the ones I’ve visited lately—London, Abu Dhabi, Chicago, Sydney—it is global finance and skyscrapers. When people show off their cities to you, they might often take you to a glamourous, redeveloped dockland and nod in the direction of a historic building such as a cathedral. But they are unlikely to show you a school. Thriving cities … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  August 4, 2015  |  Politics

You might recall the “Lessons From the Alberta Election” that Ray Pennings published here several months ago. In light of the upcoming election, I asked him to relate his conclusions to current events. This is the first of a series we intend to run over the next few months. PS: The one I was struck by yesterday was the point you made after the Alberta … MORE »

Christian Vandergeest  |  July 30, 2015  |  Law

On Tuesday, Cardus vice president Ray Pennings appeared on CHQR News Talk 770, speaking with hosts Roger Kingkade and Rob Breakenridge about the recent appointment of Justice Bradley Miller to the Ontario Court of Appeal. Pennings joined the show from Washington, where he is presenting at the 27th World Congress of the International Association for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy. The appointment of … MORE »