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Ray Pennings  |  June 19, 2015  |  Politics

This post is a continuation from yesterday. To read lessons 1-5, click here. “I found it very difficult,” explains Ray Pennings, “to vote for party whose leaders I viewed as either lacking character or incompetent, regardless of the platform.” Which shows that… Campaigns matter.   Alberta is simply the latest example. B.C. observers will recall an even more dramatic example last year in which the conventional … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  June 18, 2015  |  Politics

I thought I knew something about politics. I was involved in my first political campaign at 14 and, 35 years later, have been through the roller coaster of numerous elections as a candidate, campaign manager) and pundit.  Then came the recent vote in Alberta. The devastation of a 44-year-old Conservative dynasty by Rachel Notley’s New Democrats overturned much of what I thought knew—what most of … MORE »

Naomi Biesheuvel  |  June 9, 2015  |  Cultural Renewal, Inequality, Legacy

I’ve been climbing up 500 stairs that lead from downtown Hamilton to the top of the Niagara escarpment for the last year. This, the longest climb along the mountain brow, has become familiar routine. But one day in May, as I reached the bottom of the stairs, I noticed something unusual. A different woman’s name was written on each of the steps. I looked down … MORE »

Christian Vandergeest  |  June 8, 2015  |  Education, Justice, Law

Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin once wrote that “a multicultural, multireligious society can only work if people of all groups understand and tolerate each other.” But when one party’s rights start to bump up against another’s in that society, what does that understanding and tolerance look like? It’s at this point that the question at hand becomes one of balance. Last week saw four … MORE »

Doug Sikkema  |  June 5, 2015  |  Nature, Philosophy

It’s World Environment Day, but rather than join the cacophony of usual suspects clamouring for increased sustainability, decreased reliance on pollution-increasing energy sources, and other predictable (and good) messages from your local, neighbourhood eco-warrior, I wonder if I could trace a more intriguing line of thought. I wonder if I could briefly try to unpack what the natural world might be for many in our … MORE »

Beth Green  |  May 29, 2015  |  Education, Globalization, Language

It’s that time of year when the weather warms up, hay fever allergies kick in, and we shut our students in auditoriums with endless rows of desks. It’s time for standardized tests. Testing measures progress and is obviously is a very important part of learning. The problem occurs when acing the test in order to prove the health of the education system becomes the main … MORE »

John Seel  |  May 22, 2015  |  Culture, Faith, Philosophy

This blog by Cardus senior fellow John Seel was originally published at the Evangelicals for Social Action Spiritual Life blog. Believing it to be gold, Captain John Smith sent an entire shipload of pyrite to London in the early 1600s. Known as “fool’s gold,” pyrite is actually an iron sulfide, a mineral of limited value. Like Smith and his shipment, we tend to think that … MORE »

Peter O'Donnell  |  May 20, 2015  |  Leadership

In a generation inclined to shrink away from leadership, can change and innovation take place? How can we help Millennials become the kind of authentic leaders that not only achieve results, but also build up others to multiply their influence? Whether it was in the work that I have done in various organizations or as a consultant, my experience has been as a kind of … MORE »

Doug Sikkema  |  May 15, 2015  |  Death, Family, Institutions

This past month, Cardus entered into the discussion about end-of-life care in Canada. One of the striking things in many of the reports is that a lot of Canadians want to be taken care of by their own—that is, taken care of by their spouses, children, family, or friends. But most will die in the unfamiliar setting of a hospital, and many of them will … MORE »

This article is the second half of Social Cities director Milton Friesen’s report from a recent trip to Dallas for the Congress for the New Urbanism. For part I, which looked at the workshop and the code, click here. The Choices It is worth asking why we would want to consider this alternative way of designing our communities and cities. If our current way of … MORE »