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John Seel  |  May 22, 2015  |  Culture, Faith, Philosophy

This blog by Cardus senior fellow John Seel was originally published at the Evangelicals for Social Action Spiritual Life blog. Believing it to be gold, Captain John Smith sent an entire shipload of pyrite to London in the early 1600s. Known as “fool’s gold,” pyrite is actually an iron sulfide, a mineral of limited value. Like Smith and his shipment, we tend to think that all our ideas are pure gold, when in fact they may often be more like pyrite. We think first in pictures and tend to frame those pictures according to our values and understanding of reality. The frames we use determine what we see, determining which … MORE »

Peter O'Donnell  |  May 20, 2015  |  Leadership

In a generation inclined to shrink away from leadership, can change and innovation take place? How can we help Millennials become the kind of authentic leaders that not only achieve results, but also build up others to multiply their influence? Whether it was in the work that I have done in various organizations or as a consultant, my experience has been as a kind of … MORE »

Doug Sikkema  |  May 15, 2015  |  Death, Family, Institutions

This past month, Cardus entered into the discussion about end-of-life care in Canada. One of the striking things in many of the reports is that a lot of Canadians want to be taken care of by their own—that is, taken care of by their spouses, children, family, or friends. But most will die in the unfamiliar setting of a hospital, and many of them will … MORE »

This article is the second half of Social Cities director Milton Friesen’s report from a recent trip to Dallas for the Congress for the New Urbanism. For part I, which looked at the workshop and the code, click here. The Choices It is worth asking why we would want to consider this alternative way of designing our communities and cities. If our current way of … MORE »

I recently had the privilege of attending the Congress for the New Urbanism 23 in Dallas, Texas, along with over a thousand other planners, architects, community organizers, urban designers, developers, city-oriented creatives. Within the dynamic matrix of talks, conversations, presentations, workshops and collaborative sessions, I had opted to be part of a practically oriented 9-5 working session called the “Form-Based Code Workshop.” Led by members … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  May 6, 2015  |  Death, Family, Legacy, Politics

On an October day three decades ago, I watched, aboard a plane taxiing for takeoff at Edmonton’s Municipal Airport, as the body of then-NDP leader Grant Notley was off-loaded from another aircraft. In the wildest of dreams, I could not have imagined a day when Notley’s daughter Rachel would bury the most dominant dynasty in Canadian political history. What happened Tuesday night in Alberta would … MORE »

Naomi Biesheuvel  |  April 30, 2015  |  Death, Health, Politics

Views on how and when medical measures to extend life should be taken may differ widely in Canada, but we can all agree that our systems around end-of-life care could be improved in Canada. According to research in “Death Is Natural,” a report released by Cardus yesterday, 73 percent of Canadians look toward their final days with a sense of fear that their needs will … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  April 21, 2015  |  Discipline, Institutions, Subsidiarity

At the Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa this year, I had the opportunity to host Father Robert A. Sirico of the Acton Institute for his talk on “Ethics and the American Idea.” In the clip below, he tells a story that perfectly illustrates the concept of subsidiarity. For more on subsidiarity, consider my colleague Milton Friesen’s excellent work on the subject over at our Social … MORE »

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 … 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 »