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Monthly Archives: February 2013
Ray Pennings  |  February 27, 2013  |  Elites, Institutions, Politics

The release of The Big Shift last week, in which National Post columnist John Ibbitson and pollster Darrell Bricker document the shift of power in Canada away from a “Laurentian consensus,” prompted various media commentary over the past few days. The Ottawa-Montreal-Toronto elites have been “replaced by a new powerful coalition based in the west and supported by immigrant voters in Ontario,” the authors argue, … MORE »

James K.A. Smith  |  February 22, 2013  |  Philosophy

In what Charles Taylor calls our “age of authenticity,” the greatest virtue is sincerity. And the greatest vice? Paternalism. I used to worry about this. After all, who wants to be identified as a paternalist? It’s the new bigotry. But I’m getting over it. Quite simply, I don’t think you can sign up for pursuing “the common good” and hope to avoid at least some … MORE »

Peter Menzies  |  February 21, 2013  |  Games, Legacy, Media

The furnace room and I have been foes for several years now and every January—a dreary, dark, frozen, don’t-go-outside sort of month here in northwest Canada—I determine to bring it to heel. It is the place where clutter and junk and boxes full of stuff you could never quite bring yourself to throw away but which have remained completely unused for years—nay, decades—pile up and … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  February 20, 2013  |  Media, Religion

Sex, religion, and politics are three topics said to ruin convivial dinner conversations. So it was interesting to pay attention to how Canada’s media and establishment voices would deal with the Office of Religious Freedom meal that they were served by the federal government yesterday afternoon. The sophisticated elders at the table were a bit put off by the focus on religious freedom. On CBC’s … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  February 19, 2013  |  Foreign Policy, Institutions, Politics, Religion

(Cardus senior fellow Janet Epp Buckingham was among the guests in Vaughan, Ontario today for Prime Minister Harper’s announcement naming Andrew Bennett as Canada’s new ambassador for the Office of Religious Freedom. Epp Buckingham, a Trinity Western University professor who researches religious freedom issues, was part of the consultations to create the ORF. She spoke to the Cardus Daily immediately after the announcement.) Cardus: The … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  February 18, 2013  |  Foreign Policy, Institutions, Politics, Religion

Several months ago I asked, “Where is our ambassador of religious freedom?,” and that day has now come. At an event tomorrow at the Ahmadiyya Muslim community facility in suburban Toronto, invited guests and media will welcome the new Ambassador-at-Large for Canada’s newly-minted Office of Religious Freedom. The politics of this new post are prickly. Liberal leader Bob Rae has gone out of his way … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  February 15, 2013  |  Foreign Policy, Politics, Religion

It’s long been accepted that missionaries are the ideological henchman of empire—maybe not by the missionaries themselves, but by much of the public. Just last week the Globe splashed the Christian ministry Crossroads across its front page for its lifestyle beliefs, arguing its religious content contradicted Canadian values and so invalidated its work digging wells in Christian Uganda. It’s a bad brand for folks that … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  February 14, 2013  |  Institutions, Politics

Conservative backbencher Brent Rathgeber made a very important, but usually overlooked point in his blog last week. In the context of a current debate regarding the office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer, Brent reminded his readers of distinctions that should’ve been embedded in our collective minds from our high school civics classes, but today seem to be generally forgotten. I understand that Members of Parliament, … MORE »

“The manse, it seems, was a formative force in External Affairs as powerful as academia.” That is not a quote about Stephen Harper. That is a quote from Denis Stairs referring to Canada’s golden boy of foreign policy, Lester B. Pearson. Yes, that Lester Pearson; the same one that won a Nobel Peace prize back in ’57. I bring this up, not because I’m particularly … MORE »

(Anne Leahy was Canada’s ambassador to the Holy See until December, 2012. She spoke to the Cardus Daily Blog today from Montreal.) Cardus: Ambassador Leahy, were you as shocked as the rest of the world seems to be by today’s announcement of Pope Benedict XVI resigning, or were there signs you saw that the rest of missed? Anne Leahy: I can tell you that not … MORE »