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More Urgency Needed for Economic Reconciliation
More Urgency Needed for Economic Reconciliation
2022-09-30T11:15:53

"There are gaps in employment, income and education between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians," reports the Globe & Mail's Wendy Stueck. "A September report by the faith-based think tank Cardus found limited progress in those areas since 2008, when the federal government apologized for the residential school system."

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Why Are Lucrative Skilled Trades a Tough Sell to Young People?
Why Are Lucrative Skilled Trades a Tough Sell to Young People?
2022-09-30T10:57:03

The trades have traditionally been seen as "what the kids who don’t make it to university do,” Brian Dijkema, Vice-President of External Affairs at Cardus, tells the London Free Press. But that cultural narrative is thankfully changing.

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Let School Money Follow Students
Let School Money Follow Students
2022-09-29T09:23:51

Does it make sense to fund religious and independent schools with tax dollars? David Hunt, Education Director at Cardus, answers that question with a resounding "yes" in his Financial Post commentary.

The Working Class Isn’t Who You Think It Is
The Working Class Isn’t Who You Think It Is
2022-09-29T06:18:09

"There’s been a major shift in the type of jobs that working-class Canadians do. The old image of blue-collar men on the manufacturing assembly line is no longer representative," writes Sean Speer, who co-authored the Cardus report Canada's New Working Class.

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We Still Need the Nuclear Family
We Still Need the Nuclear Family
2022-09-22T15:32:10

"To dismiss the married-parent family structure as passé is what author and student of psychology Rob Henderson has termed a luxury belief—an opinion that is fashionable among elites but disastrous in practice for the lower classes," writes Peter Jon Mitchell, Family Program Director at Cardus. Ready his full argument in Christianity Today about the importance of the basic principle of family.

'Staggering': Religious Organizations Create $10.3M in Ripple-Effect Benefits
'Staggering': Religious Organizations Create $10.3M in Ripple-Effect Benefits
2022-09-19T09:02:52

"In an age when society is 'deleting religion' from the everyday, supporting local religious organizations actually benefits the community fivefold," reports the Georgina Advocate as reporter Amanda Persico looks at the Halo Project by Cardus. 

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Report Calls for Indigenous Economic Reconciliation to Receive More Attention
Report Calls for Indigenous Economic Reconciliation to Receive More Attention
2022-09-15T08:58:43

There has been precious little progress on Indigenous economic reconciliation since the federal government apology in 2008 for Indian Residential Schools. Income and employment gaps remain, notes Cardus's Renze Nauta in this story in The Western Standard.  

Mourning Queen Elizabeth II - Why September 19th Should Be a National Holiday
Mourning Queen Elizabeth II - Why September 19th Should Be a National Holiday
2022-09-13T09:10:52

September 19th should be a national holiday, a nation-wide time of remembrance and mourning to mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II, argues Brian Dijkema, Vice-President of External Affairs at Cardus. He tells host Jas Johal that a holiday only for some government employees falls well short of what is needed for the observance of the Her Majesty’s funeral.  

Four Ways to Improve K-12 Education in Alberta
Four Ways to Improve K-12 Education in Alberta
2022-09-08T09:15:22

Let's broaden the debate about making education better for everyone in AlbertaMichael Van Pelt, President & CEO of Cardus, and Andreae Sennyah, Cardus Director of Policy, write in the Edmonton Journal to offer four creative suggestions for improving K-12 education in the province.

Educational Pluralism Puts Children and Families First
Educational Pluralism Puts Children and Families First
2022-09-08T08:58:23

"Educational pluralism, stated really simply, is a system of education that allows for the funding and regulation for forms of schools that are not necessarily government-operated," explains Deani Van Pelt, a Cardus Senior Fellow, in this Hub Dialogues podcast episode. Listen in (or read the transcript) for more on how all of us could benefit from more fully embracing this concept.

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The Case for Getting Back to the Office
The Case for Getting Back to the Office
2022-09-07T09:37:41

Breaking with their tradition, the editors at The Hub publish a rare official editorial on the importance of work. "It should be relatively non-contentious to recognize that declining religious participation has had significant effects on modern society," they write. "We believe that a withdrawal from work could similarly have major consequences for our society that need to be better understood, debated, and ultimately contested."   

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Independent Schools Offer Families Choice, Promote Social Cohesion
Independent Schools Offer Families Choice, Promote Social Cohesion
2022-09-01T10:45:51

"Revelations of a class action lawsuit over horrific alleged abuses at a Saskatchewan independent school have led to renewed calls to end taxpayer funding for the entire sector," writes Deani Van Pelt, a Cardus Senior Fellow. She responds by building a case for a  "pluralist education system" with "local-district, separate, francophone, and independent schools operating side by side."

Toronto Could Solve its Budget Crunch by Getting More for Less
Toronto Could Solve its Budget Crunch by Getting More for Less
2022-08-29T11:52:41

"Toronto is facing another multi-million-dollar budget shortfall. While it’s easy to blame the pandemic, most of the problem is of the city’s own making. For years, Toronto has refused to recognize that construction competition could go a long way in keeping it out of financial trouble," writes Karen Renkema, VP Ontario at the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada.

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Instead of Strikes, How About 'Human Scale' Schools in Ontario?
Instead of Strikes, How About 'Human Scale' Schools in Ontario?
2022-08-29T08:47:31

"Just as Ontario parents finally head into a 'normal' school year, they’re hearing talk of potential strikes amid tense teacher and support worker contract negotiations. Given the immense learning loss students suffered over recent 'COVID-schooling' years, there surely must be a better way to resolve these issues," writes David Hunt, Education Director at Cardus.

Significant Financial Benefit from Houses of Worship
Significant Financial Benefit from Houses of Worship
2022-08-29T08:00:29

"Canadian religious congregations bring the country an estimated benefit worth $18.2 billion," reports Faith Today magazine, citing a Cardus study. Check out the full story if you'd like to learn more about the "halo effect" of religious congregations. 

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Redeeming
Redeeming "Evangelical"
2022-08-29T07:00:21

"It’s a hard time to call yourself evangelical in Canada. So hard, many of us don’t readily apply the label to ourselves anymore," writes Patricia Paddey in a Faith Today story that uses data from a Cardus and Angus Reid Institute study about public perceptions of various religious communities.

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Collaboration Critical to Successful CBAs
Collaboration Critical to Successful CBAs
2022-08-25T08:28:47

"The good news is that governments can take steps, if not to eliminate the extra costs associated with [Community Benefits Agreements], then at least to reduce them," writes Cardus's Renze Nauta in the Daily Commercial News. "Our research shows that collaboration – early and often – between government and the private sector is key."

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Ray Pennings: How to Enjoy Life as an Ideological Fish Out of Water
Ray Pennings: How to Enjoy Life as an Ideological Fish Out of Water
2022-08-19T08:51:26

"My conservatism, whatever label you slap onto it, is no more about any specific principle or policy position than it is an approach or disposition toward my neighbour. I start with the principle of dignity and seeing worth in my opponent," writes Ray Pennings, Cardus Executive Vice-President, in The Hub. 

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Should Independent Schools Receive Public Money?
Should Independent Schools Receive Public Money?
2022-08-18T16:55:00

A new debate about school funding in Saskatchewan has residents talking. Listen in as Deani Van Pelt, a Cardus Senior Fellow, explains on CBC Radio how independent schools contribute to the common good and deserve public support.

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Emergency Preparedness: A Plan for Places of Worship to Stay Open
Emergency Preparedness: A Plan for Places of Worship to Stay Open
2022-08-17T14:25:59

"During the pandemic, places of worship in Ontario faced stringent restrictions and outright closures," write Cardus's Andrew Bennett and Andreae Sennyah. Read on to find out how they chart a course for Ontario to respect the need for places of worship to stay open during crises.

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Saskatchewan Qualified Independent Schools Explained
Saskatchewan Qualified Independent Schools Explained
2022-08-16T14:54:39

Deani Van Pelt, a Cardus Senior Fellow, speaks out on striking the balance between public accountability, school autonomy, and families finding the right fit for their kids in Saskatchewan education.  

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Reforming Gambling in British Columbia is a Social Justice Issue
Reforming Gambling in British Columbia is a Social Justice Issue
2022-08-10T09:45:55

"The problem is that the government is actually addicted to the (gambling) revenue," Brian Dijkema, Vice President of External Affairs at Cardus, tells CKNW's Jas Johal. Listen in as Brian picks up on the latest Statistics Canada data on problem gambling to argue for total reform in B.C.

Do Good Works Come With a Dollar Figure?
Do Good Works Come With a Dollar Figure?
2022-08-03T08:55:15

“We took an angle that often we don’t normally think of when we think of religious communities. We think of the work they’re doing in terms of them teaching their faith and serving the members of their faith,” Dr. Lisa Richmond, Vice-President of Research at Cardus, said. “But we said what kind of impact do these communities have on the economy?"

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Are Schools an Essential Service?
Are Schools an Essential Service?
2022-07-27T09:30:17

“We could view schools as an essential service, so that it wouldn’t be necessary to shut them down in future pandemic crises, or any type of crisis, really … similar to the ways that hospitals stay open,” Joanna DeJong VanHof, a Cardus researcher, told the Epoch Times.

Police Checks Are a Financial Barrier for Many
Police Checks Are a Financial Barrier for Many
2022-07-26T15:37:11

"As we emerge from the pandemic, we need to start rebuilding the civic skill of charitable volunteering," writes Joanna DeJong VanHof, a Cardus researcher, in the Hamilton Spectator. "At the very least, we should be making it easier for folks to volunteer."

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