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Hamilton joins other municipalities in condemning Quebec's Bill 21
Hamilton joins other municipalities in condemning Quebec's Bill 21
2022-01-21T11:00:08

As Hamilton City Council speaks out against Quebec's secularism law, Cardus weighed in on the issue, supporting council’s “recognition of public religious expression as central to a robust exercise of religious freedom.”

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Matching students and schools by religion improves academic outcomes
Matching students and schools by religion improves academic outcomes
2022-01-14T09:23:33

"The faith-matched group in my data exhibited standardized test scores in the range of five to eight percentage points better than the unmatched students," Dr. Catherine Ruth Pakaluk tells The Hub.

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Study proves value of religious schools
Study proves value of religious schools
2022-01-05T09:19:19

"A new study suggests that American students attending an independent school aligning with their religious identity achieved higher scores on standardized math and reading tests compared to non-religious peers," reports The Catholic Register.

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Leaving 2021: Let’s move from fear to the old virtues
Leaving 2021: Let’s move from fear to the old virtues
2021-12-28T08:32:11

"What do we need in 2022? To move from fear to freedom," writes Andrea Mrozek, a Cardus senior fellow, in this reflection on the year that was and the new year we're just beginning.

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Billions engage with religion on social media
Billions engage with religion on social media
2021-12-24T14:23:34

Ray Pennings, Executive Vice-President and Co-Founder of Cardus, joins The Breakfast Show podcast on Voice of Islam Radio in the United Kingdom to discuss the intersection of religious faith with social media and the growth of secularism.

Take your time, Ontario. The rest of Canada is already singing the child-care blues
Take your time, Ontario. The rest of Canada is already singing the child-care blues
2021-12-15T11:00:00

Cardus Senior Fellow Andrea Mrozek wrote an op-ed for the Toronto Sun about how various provinces are faring with the new affordable child-care program and why Ontario shouldn't sign a deal too quickly. It is in Ontario's best interest to ensure all families would benefit from the deal, which requires a broader definition of child care to account for alternative options that many Ontarians use.

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Private school students excluded from rapid testing program
Private school students excluded from rapid testing program
2021-12-03T08:51:20

Cardus Senior Fellow Deani Van Pelt writes an op-ed in The Hamilton Spectator about the Ontario government's new rapid testing program which will provide rapid antigen testing kits to students in an attempt to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks after the holidays. The program, however, does not include students in independent schools, which Van Pelt says creates an illogical and discriminatory divide among Ontario students.

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How can we become smart, ethical shoppers in a consumerist world?
How can we become smart, ethical shoppers in a consumerist world?
2021-11-25T14:24:51

"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.

Young Quebecers think boomers have screwed up the world & don't care too much about Canada
Young Quebecers think boomers have screwed up the world & don't care too much about Canada
2021-11-24T14:50:26

"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.  

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Negotiations underway over Ontario child care costs
Negotiations underway over Ontario child care costs
2021-11-24T11:10:58

"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.

Disaffection among today’s youth rooted in boomers’
Disaffection among today’s youth rooted in boomers’ "long march through the institutions"
2021-11-23T15:23:56

Author and historian John Robson takes a trip down memory lane, suggesting that the anger among younger generations, as described in recent polling by the Angus Reid institute in partnership with Cardus, isn't all that unique.

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Alberta's child-care deal with Ottawa does nothing for most families
Alberta's child-care deal with Ottawa does nothing for most families
2021-11-23T10:26:16

"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.

Most young Canadians aren't stoked with how Baby Boomers have left things, survey says
Most young Canadians aren't stoked with how Baby Boomers have left things, survey says
2021-11-13T10:12:40

"The generational divide is alive and well in Canada, according to a new survey which says that Millennials aren't thrilled with the world Baby Boomers have left for them," reports Narcity.

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Cardus celebrates 20 years and a unique place in the policy world
Cardus celebrates 20 years and a unique place in the policy world
2021-11-12T12:17:28

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.

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Young leaders want to break from the past
Young leaders want to break from the past
2021-11-10T16:12:53

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.

Study finds divide between young Canadian leaders, older generations
Study finds divide between young Canadian leaders, older generations
2021-11-10T11:07:39

"What we are facing now is a significant reset of where society is at, what our expectations are, and what are the institutions of society? Which institutions are trusted?" Ray Pennings, Cardus Executive Vice-President, tells Global News.

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Pandemic takes toll on charitable giving
Pandemic takes toll on charitable giving
2021-11-06T11:39:38

“One of the largest influences on whether or not somebody gives, and gives regularly, is their religious commitment,” Cardus Vice-President of External Affairs Brian Dijkema tells The Catholic Register in this story about declining charitable giving in Canada.

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Peter Jon Mitchell on why young Canadians are losing faith in the institution of marriage
Peter Jon Mitchell on why young Canadians are losing faith in the institution of marriage
2021-11-04T09:31:21

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. 

Why young adults in Canada embrace marriage—or reject it
Why young adults in Canada embrace marriage—or reject it
2021-11-03T09:52:25

"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.

Managers shouldn't decide if employee vaccine views are valid: federal unions
Managers shouldn't decide if employee vaccine views are valid: federal unions
2021-10-29T13:27:40

“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.

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How vax mandates fail to protect public health
How vax mandates fail to protect public health
2021-10-28T14:54:51

Cardus Vice-President of External Affairs explains to the Richard Syrett Show why Ontario's COVID vaccine passports have the right goal (increasing vaccination rates) but likely the wrong outcome. Interview starts at the 49-minute, 24-second mark.

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Young Canadians say
Young Canadians say "proof of love and commitment" top reason to marry
2021-10-27T15:07:22

"Nearly half of Canadian young adults who intend to marry say proving their love and devotion will be the primary motivation for doing so, says a new report from think tank Cardus." 

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What do young Canadians think of marriage?
What do young Canadians think of marriage?
2021-10-22T10:26:25

"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?

Quebec's child-care system isn't what you've been told it is
Quebec's child-care system isn't what you've been told it is
2021-10-20T14:33:48

"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. 

A compelling critique of Ontario's vaccine mandates
A compelling critique of Ontario's vaccine mandates
2021-10-16T10:32:27

"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

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