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Monthly Archives: June 2013
Brian Dijkema  |  June 28, 2013  |  Business, Elites, Justice, Politics, Pontificating

@RosieSpec Rosie Grover 25 Jun: Protestors’ supplies at #Enbridge That picture captures why protests against Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline—and many other protests against pipelines in North America—will fail in reaching their broader objective of preventing the shipment—and ultimately the extraction—of oil. That picture, with its collection of simple, everyday goods does more to undermine the protestors’ cause than any number of arrests. Why? Well, … MORE »

Albertos Polizogopoulos  |  June 27, 2013  |  Justice, Religion

Last week, the Supreme Court of British Columbia released its decision in Ismail v. British Columbia (Human Rights Tribunal), a human rights complaint against Guy Earle, a comedian, and the restaurant where he hosted an open mike comedy show. The precedent set by the B.C. court should alarm those—including religious minorities—who depend on free expression. The complaint was made by Lorna Pardy, a lesbian who … MORE »

Brian Dijkema  |  June 26, 2013  |  Business, Economy, Institutions, Justice, Politics

What’s love got to do with it? That was the question brewing last week around the fresh pots at the Cardus office. The trigger for the question was the uproar over Justin Trudeau’s acceptance of speaking fees from a variety of charities in his position as a Member of Parliament and opposition party leader. Of particular concern to my colleagues was the suggestion in Andrew … MORE »

A clever web commenter put Quebec’s current construction strike in perfect perspective. “Given the state of Quebec’s bridges, roads and other infrastructure, I was under the impression construction workers have been on strike for the past 40 years,” the comment writer wrote under a news story when the strike began June 17. It is, indeed, often difficult to tell what’s being built and what’s falling … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  June 24, 2013  |  Death, Health, Institutions, Networking

Record flooding in Calgary has placed my hometown in the international spotlight. A state of emergency and the evacuation of 75,000 people from their homes; dramatic video of a home being washed away into a river and smashed against a bridge; and the iconic symbols of the city forlornly pictured in the midst of giant puddles, dirty and inaccessible—these are images not easily set aside. … MORE »

Ray Sawatsky  |  June 21, 2013  |  Cultural Renewal, Leadership

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting and working with a man whom I have long admired from afar. He is the kind of individual who commands attention and rarely, if ever, lets you down with his insight. However, it is not his lofty accomplishments, sharp intellect, or reputation that I laud as what makes him remarkable; it is his attention to the details of … MORE »

Yesterday, Peter Stockland penned another exceptional blog in which he accurately describes Québec’s religion problems as symptoms of a bigger issue. By emptying meaning from religion, Québec secularists are dividing themselves from those Québeckers who find true meaning in their religious lives. Québec’s insistence on creating exceptions for Christian symbols is especially unnerving. Stockland says, “It’s the reduction of a belief that once moved the … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  June 18, 2013  |  Cultural Renewal, Legacy, Religion

Several years ago my son was cycling home to his apartment in Outremont when he was approached at a corner by neighbours asking for a somewhat unusual favour. They were devout Jews. It was the Sabbath. They needed him to come to their house and turn off the lights and some electrical appliances. Happy to oblige, he was rewarded for his switch-flipping skills with warm … MORE »

Kathryn de Ruijter  |  June 17, 2013  |  Cities

During our first year of marriage, my husband and I lived in the ground floor apartment of a big, old, red-brick house. On either side of us were similar houses split into apartments, and across the street was a high-rise building. We woke up many times to drunken yelling from the college kids making their way home from the bars, or to the blue and … MORE »

This past week I had the privilege of participating in the Neighbours: Policies and Programs unconference put on by the Tamarack Institute in Kitchener, Ontario. One of the key ideas that framed the gathering was the conviction that neighbours are absolutely critical in building great communities and cities. That might seem obvious enough but we often overlook what can sometimes seem like small interactions in … MORE »