Peter Stockland  |  November 21, 2014  |  Labour, Politics, Trade, Vocation

It’s an uncontroversial thing when Employment Minister Jason Kenney says he believes work is a good thing. Yet it feels like a curiously controversial thing when the minister offers his related belief that employers, trade unions and other non-government actors actually have a responsibility to open doors to work for Canadians. Perhaps its a measure of our skewed State-citizen relations. Maybe we are just a … MORE »

Doug Sikkema  |  November 14, 2014  |  Culture, Environment, Politics, War & Peace

In a century scarred by two world wars and continuously haunted with the threat of a third, it’s little wonder we often opt for martial metaphors. We kill time, pick our battles, work in the trenches, and raise the white flag in resignation. And it’s no different when talking about cultural engagement: “Let’s not just fundamentally disagree with each other,” we say, “let’s have a … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  November 11, 2014  |  War & Peace

Peter Stockland was in Ottawa for the Remembrance Day ceremony today and was reminded of this poem. We’ve reprinted it here along with his photographs of the day’s events. Ypres 1915 by Alden Nowlan The age of trumpets is passed, the banners hang like dead crows, battered and black, rotting into nothingness on cathedral wall. In the crypt of St. Paul’s I had all the … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  November 10, 2014  |  Institutions, Media, Politics

Two generations after women became a massive part of the workforce and sexual harassment reared its head, we continue grappling—in Jian Gomeshi’s case, literally—for the right response. What is so on a personal level is even worse on an institutional level as we discovered this week when two Liberal MPs were summarily suspended from their caucus following allegations they each harassed female MPs from the … MORE »

Julia Nethersole  |  November 7, 2014  |  Environment, Loves, Philosophy, Religion

Wake up. Eat. Walk. Break. Walk. Eat. Walk. Arrive. Laundry. Eat. Sleep. And repeat. Life as a pilgrim is a funny sort of existence. How can each day be the very same, and yet completely different? The routine, ever-consistent, was at once comforting and intimidating; I found myself bolstered by the knowledge that nothing but my own two feet would carry (or drag) me to … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  November 4, 2014  |  Institutions, Justice, Politics, Religion

At the Transatlantic Christian Council in Washington, D.C., earlier this fall, Cardus executive vice president Ray Pennings had a conversation with Thomas F. Farr, director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. A former American diplomat and leading authority on international religious freedom, Farr is the author of World of Faith and Freedom: Why International Religious Liberty … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  October 31, 2014  |  Family, Finance, Politics

The greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali, was reportedly once asked how he managed to avoid the bar fighters and street corner challengers who were the bane of his trade. “I don’t fight crazy people,” Ali is said to have replied. “And anyone who wants to fight me is crazy.” Canada’s opposition leaders might have woken up today hearing a small inside voice asking … MORE »

Doug Sikkema  |  October 30, 2014  |  Arts, Culture, Literature

How might we imagine something new? How might we even begin? This question has been on my mind since I read Jonathan Kay’s extraordinary piece on Jang Jin-Sung, a defector from one of the last remaining dictatorships of Orwell’s darkest nightmares: North Korea. Before escaping south, Jang worked as a poet laureate of sorts for the Kim dynasty; that is, he worked in Section 5 … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  October 27, 2014  |  Death, Institutions, Politics

Normalcy seemed to make a quick Canadian comeback last week when CBC Radio convened a media panel to discuss how well the media covered the Oct. 22 attack on Parliament Hill. The consensus was that CBC did a brilliant job, which seems true but signaled something more. When our village solipsists feel free to turn the public conversation back to themselves again, you sense the … MORE »

Janice Tolkamp  |  October 24, 2014  |  Arts, Cities, Cultural Renewal, Education

This summer I had the privilege to admire some very famous works of art in person. Michelangelo’s David was definitely one of the more iconic. Turning the corner into the gallery, it was pretty hard to miss the 14-foot, shiny marble human figure, even from a distance: it was big, it was polished, it was impressively executed. But it was actually walking through the room … MORE »