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Monthly Archives: May 2012
Brian Dijkema  |  May 31, 2012  |  Civic Core

Anyone who has followed the slow decline of charitable giving and voluntarism in Canada knows that Canadians are not as generous as we think we are. The truth is that the about one quarter of Canada’s population carries the other three-quarters in terms of overall giving. Cardus is working for a renewed culture of generosity in this country; we’ve done studies, and we’ve proposed policies … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  May 30, 2012  |  Loves, Religion

Surely by now we realize scholarship and devotion belong together. In “heads, hearts, and hands” Christianity, this is a given. The only things that remain are proportions, and posture. Regent College historian Dr. Bruce Hindmarsh opened on Monday the National Forum for Christian Higher Education Canada (CHEC) by speaking to this topic. As befits a historian, Dr. Hindmarsh sketched where we are in our cultural … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  May 29, 2012  |  Business, Journalism

Standing outside the newspaper industry looking in is like watching a plastic bag tossed into a fire pit. It is unable to so much as burst into multi-colored flame. It will just shrink and shrivel until it eventually melts away. Even people who haven’t read, never mind bought, a newspaper for years would agree it’s not a pretty sight. Most would also agree that the … MORE »

Peter Menzies  |  May 28, 2012  |  Arts, Media

A couple of years ago at a conference in Washington, D.C., I shared a dinner table with a couple of chaps from Britain who were fascinated by the fact that while I reside and am stationed in western Canada, my travails take me on a somewhat regular commute to and from central Canada. Conscious of the fact Canada is a rather large country—the entire United … MORE »

John Sikkema  |  May 25, 2012  |  Culture, Justice, Religion

Think of a nature special you come across on TV featuring an endangered species of which you know nothing, and about which you care little—the Hellbender salamander, say. I learned of it recently in just this way. Zoologists spent years researching this exotic creature. Nature cinematographers camped out for days to capture footage. All were driven in their efforts by the simple desire to raise … MORE »

When North Americans aren’t bowling alone, we’re drinking, reading, and laughing together with people who are like us. The media with which we engage, our friends, our neighbourhoods, and, increasingly (sadly) even our churches are filled with people like us. We might differ from these people on minor points, but, in general, we stick with what we know and, perhaps more importantly, what makes us … MORE »

John Seel  |  May 23, 2012  |  Institutions, Loves

Marriage has a heterosexual problem. When the termites have done their work on the foundations of the home, it doesn’t take much to knock it down. Such is the case of traditional marriage. It does not face a homosexual crisis as much as a heterosexual one. Don’t place the blame on politics, Hollywood, or a beleaguered minority. The problem lies with the vast number of … MORE »

On today’s 100th day of protests by Quebec students, Journal de Montreal columnist Richard Martineau offers a scabrous depiction of his province. Citing former Laval University professor and labour relations specialist Rejean Breton, Martineau renders Quebecers as infantile, self-obsessed fantasists suckling upon the Nanny State. “The two (sides) of Quebec are corruption and revolution,” he quotes Breton. “On one side, we have those who exchange … MORE »

Josh Reinders  |  May 18, 2012  |  Education, Justice, Labour

When the Quebec student protests started, my earliest feelings were of sympathy. These were fellow student, with whom I felt a kinship. Finally someone had taken up arms against ever-increasing tuition prices! On the surface, a student protest is impractical, by definition. How do students have leverage over a government, especially enough to paralyze that government into making concessions to them? They aren’t employees bringing … MORE »

Milton Friesen  |  May 17, 2012  |  Arts, Literature, Loves

My children surprised me last week with a ticket for the Miriam Toews luncheon here in Hamilton. Toews was going to be reading from her latest novel, Irma Voth, and taking questions from the audience. Upon entering the hall, I realized that I was among a small minority of men in attendance. I also learned that it was the Na’amat Canada Hamilton group that had … MORE »