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 »

Ray Pennings  |  January 30, 2015  |  Education

It’s School Choice Week. In North America, the terms “education” and “public education system” get treated as though they mean the same thing. When we remind people that education is bigger than the public system, it changes the conversation in a big way. Reframing our concerns opens up the options and suggests that a variety of parties—associations, providers, schools, and, even more importantly, families—have a … MORE »

Doug Sikkema  |  January 23, 2015  |  Death, Faith

I’m not going to say I was close to him because, really, I wasn’t. After he left the school I only saw him a handful of times at various community events. He would be a bit weaker each time. First it was a slight tremor of the hands, then a general wobbling of the legs. He began using a wheelchair in short order … or … MORE »

Beth Green  |  January 22, 2015  |  Education, Religion

I’ve been there. I went to both private and state schools. As an educator, I’ve taught in a variety of institutions, both private and public, Christian and secular. As a researcher, I have been wrestling with what the relationship is between these differing settings. Do they have to be in opposition? Or can they learn from one another? I know the struggle to reconcile these … MORE »

Julia Nethersole  |  January 20, 2015  |  Faith, Loves, Nature

Last fall, Cardus’s Julia Nethersole walked Spain’s 775-kilometre Camino Francés. Find the first section at Reflections from the Camino: Part I. Six years ago, I peered over my mother’s shoulder to read the laptop screen in front of us. The thought occurred to me that this was another one of Mum’s crazy ideas. Yet as I read the screen and listened to the excitement in … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  January 15, 2015  |  Media, Race, Religion, War & Peace

Years ago, I commissioned an illustration for a magazine piece on intermarriage between Jews and Gentiles. When the art came in, I scrutinized it for subliminal naughtiness—most illustrators are eternal 11-year-olds—and quickly approved it. Soon afterward, a Jewish woman in our research department stopped me in the corridor. The drawing had landed on her desk. She held it up. “Do you think this is right?” … MORE »