Monthly Archives: October 2012
Ray Pennings  |  October 31, 2012  |  Culture, Institutions, Politics, Religion, Vocation

A recent book by American psychologist Jonathan Haidt (a self-described liberal) has provoked interesting conversation among the political intelligentsia. In The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, Haidt argues that politics is shaped by a more diverse offering of values than commonly assumed. “Intuitions come first, strategic reasoning second,” he argues, suggesting that values like families and communities, loyalty and … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  October 30, 2012  |  Institutions, Justice

When my car was broken into 10 days ago, I mentioned to a colleague that I feel no malice toward the perpetrator. Other than hoping for his horrible suffering, I wish him a smiley-face day. Seriously. What does cause me deep concern, however, is the brush with subtle corruption I experienced when in a city police station when I went to fill out the report … MORE »

Dani Shaw  |  October 29, 2012  |  Culture, Institutions, Justice

In what promises to be the most bizarre and intriguing thing you will read this autumn, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench recently set the record straight on the relationship between the justice system, and some constituents who seek to resist the authority of the court over them. Associate Chief Justice Rooke engaged in a lengthy analysis of and judicial response to a radical libertarian … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  October 26, 2012  |  Arts, Discipline, Foreign Policy, Media, Politics

The global sensation gangnam style has swept the globe in recent months, and even the Cardus office, if in uneven waves of enthusiasm. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has relinquished the title of world’s most famous South Korean. “I’m a bit jealous”, he said. “Until two days ago someone told me I am the most famous Korean in the world.” Now none other than Fareed … MORE »

Brian Dijkema  |  October 25, 2012  |  Health, Politics

Democracy in Canada is sick. Our legislatures are presenting strong symptoms including multiple prorogations, maniacal behaviour, repeated eructations of talking points in legislative houses, carbuncular omnibus bills, and gangrenous construction contracts in Ontario and Quebec which reek badly of almonds. The applications of the medicinal leeches of deficit budgets across the country have only made the problem worse, sapping the lifeblood out of the country’s … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  October 24, 2012  |  Business, Culture, Leadership

This week, Toronto sports talk radio is dominated by baseball fans, foaming at the mouth regarding how weak their baseball team looks. The weakness being complained about isn’t a lamentable win-loss record but rather the insult of the Blue Jays allowing manager John Farrell to forgo the final year of his contract to take a job with the rival Boston Red Sox. Fans, it seems, … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  October 23, 2012  |  Arts, Health, Literature, Vocation

It is not a little unnerving to meet a fictional character you’ve created. Yet there, yesterday, was the character named Rope who, when I last imagined him, was kneeling face down on a downtown sidewalk with his eyes full of broken glass, slowly bleeding to death to end a short story called “Orange and Peel.” Yesterday he sat, flesh and blood, on the steps of … MORE »

Dani Shaw  |  October 22, 2012  |  Complexity, Death, Literature, Politics, Race

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” If only that were true. The tragic death of B.C. teenager Amanda Todd is a poignant reminder of the power of words. Words such as “punch her,” “nobody likes you, and “I hope she dies next time” were uttered to her in person and via Facebook. Her YouTube video, a modern day … MORE »

Julia Nethersole  |  October 19, 2012  |  Arts, Loves

I am aware that this this is entirely cliché, but I shamelessly admit to being bewitched, body and soul, by the prose of Jane Austen. Despite the disdain of friends and family members, I am content to reference her work at the first opportunity. As Jane Bennet says, “Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion.” I’m … MORE »

Brian Dijkema  |  October 18, 2012  |  Death, Institutions, Justice, Politics

The most dangerous place to be in World War 1 was no-man’s land. No-man’s land was a treacherous place, filled with mud, mines, rotting bodies and limbs, craters, pits, and poison. Nobody wanted to go there, because if you did, you were likely to die. Canadian war painters and photographers and novelists have left us with a myriad of depictions of the devastation—they’re still haunting. … MORE »