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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.

Photo by Mike Pinder - Cardus 20th Anniversary Gala

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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Time to end vaccine passports in Ontario
Time to end vaccine passports in Ontario
2021-10-15T11:05:13

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.

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Let’s move away from Ontario’s vaccine passport system
Let’s move away from Ontario’s vaccine passport system
2021-10-14T11:58:51

COVID vaccine passports have major flaws and Ontario’s government has better options available. That’s why think tank Cardus has sent  Premier Ford an open letter , calling for him to immediately replace vaccine passports with effective, evidence-based policy.

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In dark times, watch for the light making its way in
In dark times, watch for the light making its way in
2021-10-11T14:26:50

Cardus Executive Vice-President Ray Pennings takes a glance at the dark and gloomy mood over much of North America and wonders, might there be more light making its way in than is meeting the eye? 

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When conscience is attacked, the ground beneath us shakes
When conscience is attacked, the ground beneath us shakes
2021-10-10T14:19:09

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.

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