Monthly Archives: May 2013
John Seel  |  May 31, 2013  |  Arts, Cultural Renewal, Death, Film, Legacy

Zeitgeist? Academic terms are not normally thrown around the set of NBC’s Today Show. More commonly it is the source for fluff pieces, pseudo-news, and celebrity interviews. But recently with great earnestness host Matt Lauer asked Zachary Quinto, “What is it about our zeitgeist that so many of the blockbuster films are apocalyptic in nature?” Zachary was on the show to promote his film, Star … MORE »

Andrea Mrozek  |  May 30, 2013  |  Death, Health, Justice, Legacy

Editor’s Note: In yesterday’s blog about bridging differences, Peter Stockland wrote, “we have the means to speak our particularities honestly, openly and authentically, shorn of euphemisms. We must take advantage of that.” In that spirit, we present this editorial by Andrea Mrozek, executive director of the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada and the founder of ProWomanProLife.org. Originally published in the Ottawa Citizen May 29, … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  May 29, 2013  |  Cultural Renewal, Religion

A witty fellow sent me an e-mail at the start of this week’s Bridging the Secular Divide conference pointing out the paradox of it being held in Montreal. Like their London antecedents, of course, Montreal bridges are now far more famous for falling down than they are for conjugating across chasms. Was the city of collapsing 25-tonne concrete slabs really the charmed place to lay … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  May 28, 2013  |  Education, Institutions, Philosophy, Religion

It’s a traditional path, rich and straightforward. Our university education is about us: our positioning, our prospects, our increased earning power. But if we set our gaze a little further, to measure broader social outcomes—is the traditional university still the best path? Perhaps not, and you’ll be surprised which schools may now have the inside track on market share and influence. Dr. Emöke J. E. … MORE »

James K.A. Smith  |  May 24, 2013  |  Cultural Renewal, Health

I spend a lot of time on airplanes. The rituals of flight have become second nature for me. When the cabin door closes, I shut down my phone, pick up my New Yorker, and tune out the drone of the crew as they enumerate all of the safety procedures we will allegedly perform with aplomb in the event that our plane begins plummeting toward earth. … MORE »

Brian Dijkema  |  May 23, 2013  |  Business, Economy, Philosophy

More is not enough, and it never will be. This is both a true description of the way markets work, and why those who are concerned about morality in economic behaviour and structures might want to go beyond “more” as a basis for supporting free markets. Last week, Lord Conrad Black said to a Cardus audience: I am a capitalist because it is the only … MORE »

“Hard to believe Obama’s claims of ignorance in IRS Scandal”—May 20, 2013 Fox News headline. “Harper government had to know $90,000 payment to senator crossed all sorts of ethical red lines”—May 20, 2013 Andrew Coyne column. “NDP at a loss to explain Mulcair’s contradictions, silence about bribe attempt”—May 20, 2013 Edmonton Sun column. “Alleged Rob Ford video raises ethical dilemma”—May 20, 2013 Global News report. … MORE »

Could the right question, asked earlier, have saved a good man his job? It was not exactly breaking news that my old colleague Bob Fife broke the news about how Sen. Mike Duffy managed to repay $90,000 in improperly claimed living expenses so quickly. When I worked with Fife at the Toronto Sun parliamentary bureau in the 1990s, he was already firmly established as the … MORE »

Ray Sawatsky  |  May 20, 2013  |  Justice, Politics, Religion

If we asked any high school social studies or civics class to identify the most important rights in a democratic society, it’s a fair bet freedom of speech and freedom of belief would top the list. In Canada, the architects of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms agreed, classifying both as “fundamental freedoms” cherished by Canadians. Most of us would also intuitively limit the expression … MORE »

Kathryn de Ruijter  |  May 17, 2013  |  Business, Cities

This past week, PBS aired a show called 10 Buildings that Changed America. Host Geoffrey Baer looked at, among others, the Wainwright Building in St. Louis, MO; Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House in Chicago, IL; and Michigan’s Highland Park Ford Plant. While all of these have shaped America’s architectural landscape in dramatic ways, the one that changed the very way we do commerce and community … MORE »