Peter Stockland  |  April 17, 2015  |  Justice, Politics, Religion

Before the Supreme Court’s Saguenay decision becomes shorthand for assaults on religious freedom in Canada, the point needs making that is a thoughtful, fair-minded, and overall welcome ruling. As with any judgment that must walk the fraught line between faith and politics, there are some findings that should properly raise warning flags. But in general, it seems very much of a piece with the Court’s laudable work in last month’s Loyola case. True, Loyola was a victory for a private Catholic boys’ school in Montreal against the predations of the Quebec government. Saguenay, released on Wednesday, was a win for an avowed atheist against a Quebec municipal council whose members … MORE »

Naomi Biesheuvel  |  April 10, 2015  |  Books, Philosophy, Politics

It’s difficult, these days, to separate anger from disagreement, but William D. Gairdner is convinced that it’s not only possible, but critical. I chatted with him about his newest book at a recent Cardus event. Mr. Gairdner, your book is entitled The Great Divide: Why Liberals and Conservatives Will Never, Ever Agree. That “never ever” is very forceful! It’s provocative. I don’t think it’s all … MORE »

Beth Green  |  April 9, 2015  |  Arts, Education, Think Tanks

We live in an era of “evidence-based” policy. A focus on facts has become essential to drive up standards, to improve efficiency, and to measure the performance of teachers. But that isn’t enough. At the risk of turning into the kind of inquisitive toddler with whom most of us quickly lose patience, I am going to insist on asking of education research: “Yes, but what … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  April 6, 2015  |  Arts, Philosophy, Religion

Easter is when Christians celebrate the resurrection from the dead of a man from a tomb just outside of Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. There are lots of arguments to be raised as to why this should be considered reliable history but at the end of the day all of the evidence is only plausible if you believe in miracles. But it’s not only at Easter … MORE »

Naomi Biesheuvel  |  April 2, 2015  |  Education, Parenting

StatsCan released a report on Tuesday which says that the reason for the higher performance overall of private school students has much more to do with their socioeconomic status than with the schools themselves. I asked Cardus Education’s program director, Beth Green, about these findings. What’s your reaction to the StatsCan report? My reaction is that it’s in keeping with a lot of other education … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  March 30, 2015  |  Culture, Legacy, Politics

At its annual Progress Summit this past weekend, the Broadbent Institute released a study that was interesting for its data—and fascinating for the way data serves political ends. The document, funded by a Social Sciences Research and Humanities Council grant, explored the political preferences of Canadians under 35 years of age. Political scientist David McGrane, of the University of Saskatchewan, led a team that mined … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  March 27, 2015  |  Faith, Philosophy

Cardus’ Comment and Convivum magazines both turn their attention in their new issues to the overpowering distractions of the world around us. A recent posting on the website Ethika Politika offers a solution worthy of serious reflection. In the April-May Convivium, Toronto writer Gavin C. Miller offers a bemused gusting to downright angry take on how the "false god" of advertising leads our eyes, hearts, … MORE »

Naomi Biesheuvel  |  March 20, 2015  |  Education, Justice, Religion

Canada’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in favour of Montreal’s Loyola High School, finding the Quebec government violated the Jesuit institution’s Charter-protected freedom of religion. “It’s a total victory for the school, for parents and for the [education] ministry because it upholds the full society’s value,” said John Zucchi, an appellant in the case and father of a former Loyola student. “It took seven years … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  March 19, 2015  |  Education, Justice, Religion

The Supreme Court of Canada says Montreal’s Loyola High School had its Charter religious freedoms violated by the Quebec government’s refusal to allow it to teach a program from a Catholic perspective. But in a 4-3 split decision, the Court also rejected the private Catholic school’s proposal for an alternative to the so-called Ethics and Religious Culture program mandated by the Quebec government in 2008. … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  March 18, 2015  |  Legacy, Religion, Vocation, War & Peace

At Tuesday’s Cardus-Convivium event, author George Weigel described Pope John Paul II’s life as the “finger of Providence pushing him along a path” of discernment. It took the future Polish pope much of his youth even to decide to become a priest, Weigel told an audience at Toronto’s Tyndale University College and Seminary. Interviewed on stage by Convivium‘s editor-in-chief, Father Raymond J. de Souza, Weigel … MORE »