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Monthly Archives: November 2011
Ray Pennings  |  November 30, 2011  |  Culture, Parenting

(M)any still place a high value in the traditional definition of marriage—even if it’s the highly publicized marriage of a self-interested reality TV star. Kim Kardashian filing for divorce 72 days after her wedding was the hook for a substantial article on marriage in Macleans magazine last week. The three-pager, entitled “Young, divorced and stigmatized,” suggested that society was heading in a “more marriage-minded direction,” … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  November 29, 2011  |  Institutions, Justice, Legacy

With our cities emptied of even the detritus of the Occupy movement, it’s worth reflecting on why it was so utterly vacant. It matters for the worse that the movement was such an utter and embarrassing flop, for at least three reasons. The first is the comfort it provides to the financial orgiasts and sociopathic swindlers who overturned the disciplines of the free market and … MORE »

Alissa Wilkinson  |  November 28, 2011  |  Discipline, Philosophy

The four candles in the Advent wreath signify four things: hope, peace, love, and joy. I thought of this last week as I scrolled through my friends’ Twitter updates and saw all these reports of unrest and economic downturn and political squabbles and personal sadness juxtaposed with something startling: many proclamations of gratitude (in keeping with the Thanksgiving holiday). The virtue of gratitude popping up … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  November 25, 2011  |  Foreign Policy, Politics, Religion

At least, that’s what The Mark is calling the political and bureaucratic churn on the Hill this Fall. For the Conservatives, foreign affairs has been a relatively straight forward series of policies in the last few years: support Afghanistan, hook it into the Liberal’s own narrative in order to squash opposition, talk big about the Arctic, and look squarely at the floor when international climate … MORE »

Brian Dijkema  |  November 24, 2011  |  Death, Institutions, Religion

George Weigel has a fascinating article “On the Square” at First Things yesterday which surveys the the situation of the Catholic church in Ireland. In short, that church—massive, deeply connected to the political elite, and seemingly prone to moral and other types of corruption—is in trouble. And as such, Christianity in Ireland is in trouble. To wit: Clerical corruption and disastrous episcopal leadership have collided … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  November 23, 2011  |  Civic Core, Education, Institutions, Parenting, Politics

A report released yesterday celebrated the fact that more than half of Canadian preschoolers are in regulated child care centers or pre-school programs. Federal and provincial spending has nearly doubled from 2.4 billion tax dollars in 2004 to $4.5 billion today (covering children up to age 12.) Dr. Fraser Mustard, a long-time advocate of early childhood education (who passed away last week), was one of … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  November 22, 2011  |  Culture, Journalism, Literature, Parenting

It was handled as an oddball newspaper wire story to be played as filler back behind the truss ads, as we used to say. Yet its very treatment spoke volumes about the robotic mindlessness of modern media bigotry toward Christian faith and Holy Scripture. It was a report out of Nashville where, this past weekend, an elite field of 300 pupils competed in the third … MORE »

Alissa Wilkinson  |  November 21, 2011  |  Culture, Loves

This Thursday is Thanksgiving down here in the U.S., and that signals the start of Christmas season—and the season of Advent, the beginning of the church calendar. Though I grew up in a church that did light the candles in the Advent wreath on the Sundays leading up to Christmas, I didn’t really understand the significance of the season until a few years ago. And … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  November 18, 2011  |  Arts, Justice

It is as though Coca-Cola, as it spread across the globe, turned out to be a great nutritional drink.”—Blake Gopnik, Foreign Policy The collapse of American graffiti, says Blake Gopnik in Foreign Policy, came when in New York in the early 1980s it was designated art. The road from countercultural to mainstream is always pockmarked with ironic hypocrisies, but the high art brand and consumption … MORE »

Brian Dijkema  |  November 17, 2011  |  Economy, Justice

Monday night’s Munk Debates saw two sides debating the resolution that “North America faces a Japan-style era of high unemployment and slow growth.” Debating in favour of this were Paul Krugman and David Rosenberg. Laurence Summers and Ian Bremmer—the wittiest of the bunch—were opposed. While the opposition technically won the debate—they convinced the 20% that were undecided to join their side—the majority of the capacity … MORE »