"If something becomes trendy, it becomes a marketer's friend and it may not actually achieve what you want," warns Brian Dijkema, Cardus Vice-President of External Affairs, as he contributes to a discussion on ethical shopping on Context: Beyond the Headlines.
"When it comes to religious tolerance, there's a greater intensity of negative views of religion among older Quebecers than younger Quebecers," Ray Pennings, Executive Vice-President of Cardus, tells MTL Blog about our recent poll on young leaders and the role of faith in public life.
"The federal government has grossly underestimated what this program could cost," Peter Jon Mitchell, Family Program Director at Cardus, tells CTV News as Ontario negotiates a $10-per-day child care agreement with the federal government.
"Regardless of what the politicians say, most Alberta families will not be better off because of the new federal-provincial $10-per-day child-care deal. In fact, the untold story of this deal to send $3.8 billion from the federal treasury to the Alberta treasury over five years is that most families in the province won’t benefit at all," writes Peter Jon Mitchell in the Edmonton Journal.
How did Cardus come together? What has held Cardus together over two decades and will propel our plucky, little think tank into the future? That's the story The Hub tells in this feature on our 20th anniversary.
Photo by Mike Pinder - Cardus 20th Anniversary Gala
On The Bill Kelly Show, Ray Pennings, Cardus Executive Vice-President, breaks down the findings of a major new poll on how young Canadian leaders think of the future compared to older generations.
Peter Jon Mitchell, Program Director for Cardus Family, speaks with Sean Speer at The Hub about our latest report on marriage: For Love or Money? Why Partnered Young Adults Marry ... or Don't.
"It’s no secret that marriage has been on the decline in Canada for decades. Young adults are increasingly cohabiting or living unpartnered, and they view marriage as nice but unnecessary for a fulfilling family life. So why do many Canadian young adults still choose to marry? Conversely, why are some resolutely against getting married?" writes Peter Jon Mitchell.
“Typically, even the courts themselves have been pretty hesitant to decide what’s religiously valid or invalid according to somebody’s belief,” says Cardus Vice-President of External Affairs Brian Dijkema in this Canadian Press story about vaccine mandates and exemptions, religious or otherwise.
"Canada’s wedding industry has been one of the hardest hit because of the pandemic. Now there’s word young Canadian couples are sidestepping getting hitched altogether – not because they don’t love each other, but because they feel they don’t need to get married to prove this.," reports the Ottawa Sun. Do we need to re-frame the cultural story of marriage?
"The federal government has not committed to building a system, but to funding provinces for an insufficient number of spaces over the next five years. What happens after that? The federal plan to deliver on child care appears to boil down to leaving a hot mess for the provinces to clean up down the road when federal funding has been proven to be wholly inadequate," Andrea Mrozek and Peter Jon Mitchell write.
"Now my colleagues at Cardus, in the form of an open letter to Premier Ford , have provided a detailed analysis of the vaccine passport policy, with concrete proposals for alternatives that are effective, practical and not punitive. “We’ve Got Better Options” is not government-hating, conspiracy-spotting, anti-scientific raving. It is sober analysis," writes Cardus Senior Fellow Fr. Raymond de Souza in the National Post.
Ontario's COVID vaccine passport system isn't all it's cracked up to be. In an open letter to Premier Doug Ford, Cardus contends the passport policy "intrudes deeply into personal autonomy, yet fails the balancing test. It is an unjustified, unnecessary, and harmful overreach, with serious short- and long-term consequences." Cardus Vice-President of External Affairs Brian Dijkema explains why on Hamilton's CHML Radio.
Moral and ethical reflection, making normative sense of the world and striving to live accordingly, is an essential part of being human. Public leaders need to better grasp the role that conscience rights play in a free and democratic society. If they do not, freedom of conscience and the kind of society we cherish will eventually disappear.