Peter Stockland  |  March 11, 2015  |  Politics, War & Peace

Tuesday’s Question Period in the House of Commons was among the most boisterous since October. And it wasn’t just because the denizens of what my late cousin called “adult daycare” wanted to get outside to play on a spectacular national capital spring day. If Ottawa isn’t in the full grip of election fever, MPs are at least starting to hack the House down. There are, … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  March 4, 2015  |  Law, Politics

Democracy, we’re told, is in deep trouble in Canada. On Parliament Hill, some male MPs stand accused of sexually harassing—possibly even assaulting—their female peers. Off the Hill, a veteran MP is convicted of flouting laws on electoral spending. Even political helpers deepen the damage with campaign misconduct that has earned one of them nine months in jail. As for the Senate, well, why go there? … MORE »

Beth Green  |  February 27, 2015  |  Education, Vocation

It might be said that not enough graduates of Protestant Christian schools in North America will go on to make their vocation in a STEM-related field. The results of the Cardus Education Survey suggest that, compared to their counterparts in Catholic and non-religious private schools, students in Protestant schools are much more likely to choose a human-service-related career—such as social work or education—over science, technology, … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  February 26, 2015  |  Death, Politics

At least two aspects gave the doctor-delivered-death issue an air of surprise in the House of Commons this week. The Opposition parties pressed the government to move quickly toward drafting a new law to replace the section struck down February 6 by the Supreme Court. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau introduced a motion (ultimately defeated) that would have had the bill drafted—not just studied—by an all-party … MORE »

Andrew Bennett  |  February 25, 2015  |  Faith, Foreign Policy, Politics, Religion

For part one of this series, please see How to Counter Religion Avoidance Syndrome, published February 23. In advancing religious freedom as a central element of Canadian foreign policy it is important that we as Canadians have an awareness of the role that religion plays in societies around the world. To this end we need to acquire not only a religious literacy as practitioners of … MORE »

Thomas Farr  |  February 23, 2015  |  Foreign Policy, Politics, Religion

In the two months since I addressed the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Canadian House of Commons (see the text of my remarks below), the need for Canada to embrace a more active stance on religious freedom has become increasingly, and painfully, urgent. The almost daily news of savage violence by Islamist terrorists in the Middle East—and continued deep tensions in the West—is profoundly troubling. … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  February 16, 2015  |  Economy, Labour, Politics

On a purely pragmatic level, federal Labour Minister Kellie Leitch must be pleased that the mere threat of back-to-work legislation got CP Rail trains running on time Monday. When it comes to democratic principle, however, Canadian conservatives should be no happier than their liberal and left compatriots at the eagerness of a Conservative government to meddle in private sector contract disputes. As the Opposition parties … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  February 7, 2015  |  Death, Justice, Law

Terrible as the Supreme Court’s judgement on doctor-assisted suicide will be for many overall, there are at least three good potential outcomes to it. Of course, there are also at least two things—one bad, one very ugly—that could come of it as well. The Court’s decision to invalidate the existing law against assisted suicide opens the door for a powerful political response from Parliament. That … MORE »

Doug Sikkema  |  February 5, 2015  |  Language, Philosophy

There’s a story in the Old Testament where Moses—an Israelite slave turned Egyptian prince turned exile—is told by God to speak with Pharaoh and demand that he let all the Israelite slaves go free. Moses doesn’t want to. He is scared, for obvious reasons, but his excuse is also that he is not an eloquent speaker. In response, God says, to summarize, “Don’t worry about … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  February 2, 2015  |  Education, Law, Religion

Last year, the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society said it would not allow graduates of a planned law school at Trinity Western University to practice law in the province unless TWU dropped its community covenant obliging students to refrain from sexual relations outside of a Scriptural understanding of marriage. The Barrister’s Society said the covenant was discriminatory of homosexual students at TWU. On January 28, Justice … MORE »