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Turning Aces Into Assets: The Case For Gambling Reform In Ontario
Turning Aces Into Assets: The Case For Gambling Reform In Ontario
2022-06-21T09:28:14

"With public balance sheets upended by two years of intermittent lockdowns, the provincial government has a valuable opportunity for reform. It’s time to restructure Ontario’s gambling system to empower those on the economic margins, rather than preying on them," write Brian Dijkema, Cardus Vice-President of External Affairs, and Johanna Lewis, a former Cardus researcher. 

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Faith Numbers Troubling, Yet Encouraging
Faith Numbers Troubling, Yet Encouraging
2022-06-19T08:58:11

The story of religious faith in Canada continues to change. Cardus, using data collected by the Angus Reid Institute, is putting together a picture of Canadians' faith journey, examining how and why some find faith, retain faith, or lose it altogether. 

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Pandemic Learning Gaps Have Parents Digging Deep to Put their Kids in Private School
Pandemic Learning Gaps Have Parents Digging Deep to Put their Kids in Private School
2022-06-18T10:02:21

Cardus research on the financial sacrifices parents make to send their kids to independent schools helps round out this The Globe and Mail article on the affordability of tuition. And our education program director, David Hunt, notes that about 8 in 10 independent schools saw "an uptick in enrolment" during the pandemic. 

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Halo Project Shows Places of Worship Are Vital to the Ongoing Life of a Community
Halo Project Shows Places of Worship Are Vital to the Ongoing Life of a Community
2022-06-18T09:08:53

Houses of worship have a "halo effect" that's measurable in terms of dollars and cents, says Dr. Lisa Richmond, Vice-President of Research at think tank Cardus. That's a a good reminder, she adds, that religiously motivated activity goes well beyond holding worship services and benefits for all Canadians. 

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Give Parents a Choice in Child Care
Give Parents a Choice in Child Care
2022-06-14T08:03:46

"Yet, fundamentally, child care is the care of a child, regardless of who does it," writes Levi Minderhoud, B.C. manager for the Association for Reformed Political Action Canada. Minderhoud picks up a Cardus argument to make his case for direct child care help to parents. 

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The Politicization of Charitable Status
The Politicization of Charitable Status
2022-05-16T15:26:39

Denying charitable status to crisis pregnancy centres because of their stance on abortion "is a threat to freedom of expression in a pluralist society and sets a troubling precedent for the politicization of charitable status in Canada," writes Andreae Sennyah.


Religious Bigotry is Not the Answer to the Military’s Culture Problem
Religious Bigotry is Not the Answer to the Military’s Culture Problem
2022-05-09T11:38:35

"Have the authors of this report, reputable leaders with credentials and careers in public service, all been so blinded to their worldview that they can write their report without realizing the offence it provokes?" asks Ray Pennings, Executive Vice-President of Cardus?

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This Proposed Assault on Canada's Religious Freedom Cannot Stand
This Proposed Assault on Canada's Religious Freedom Cannot Stand
2022-05-09T11:27:02

A report recommending Canada's government remove Abrahamic faiths from the military chaplaincy is "one of the most egregious examples of anti-religious sentiment I have ever seen in Canada," writes Brian Dijkema, Vice-President of External Affairs at Cardus.

Defence Minister Says Military Chaplains Will Stay After Diversity Report Calls for Limits
Defence Minister Says Military Chaplains Will Stay After Diversity Report Calls for Limits
2022-05-06T10:12:21

After Michael Van Pelt, President and CEO of Cardus, called out discriminatory recommendations for re-defining the military chaplaincy in Canada, the defence minister took a step to put some distance between herself and the recommendations.

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Religious Bigotry Won’t Solve the Canadian Military’s Discrimination Problem
Religious Bigotry Won’t Solve the Canadian Military’s Discrimination Problem
2022-05-06T09:16:06

"Eliminating sexism, racism and other social evils from the Canadian Armed Forces is a laudable goal. But sadly, the National Defence Advisory Panel on Systemic Racism and Discrimination has recommended an approach that appears to be based in religious bigotry: a theological cleansing of the military’s chaplaincy from some faiths," writes Rev. Dr. Andrew Bennett.

Department of National Defence Panel Addresses Racism with More Racism
Department of National Defence Panel Addresses Racism with More Racism
2022-05-05T12:15:24

A recently released report from the Minister of National Defence’s Advisory Panel on Systemic Racism and Discrimination calls for discriminatory action itself among some of its many recommendations. The panel recommends the Canadian Armed Forces not employ chaplains affiliated with religions “whose beliefs are not synonymous with those of a diverse and inclusive workplace.” Cardus is calling on the defence to reject that part of the report.
 
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Reaction to Budget 2022’s Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities
Reaction to Budget 2022’s Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities
2022-04-22T16:40:22

$272.6-million to improve the employment prospects of people with disabilities is “pretty underwhelming,” says Cardus's Brian Dijkema, compared to what the government spends on other priorities.

Les Croyances et Pratiques Religieuses Diffèrent Selon les Provinces
Les Croyances et Pratiques Religieuses Diffèrent Selon les Provinces
2022-04-21T14:20:12

Comment pouvons-nous comprendre les croyances et pratiques religieuses à l'Alberta et les autres provinces du Canada? Lisa Richmond, Vice-Président de recherche à Cardus, explique les résultats d'un sondage par l'Angus Reid Institute.

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Rethinking How We Support People with Disabilities
Rethinking How We Support People with Disabilities
2022-04-21T14:08:58

Brian Dijkema, Vice-President of External Affairs at Cardus, speaks out on the importance of work and reforming Canada’s system of disability benefits.

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Albertans More Likely to Believe in a Higher Power, Pray or Attend Religious Services, Survey Suggests
Albertans More Likely to Believe in a Higher Power, Pray or Attend Religious Services, Survey Suggests
2022-04-19T14:37:15

"Albertans and their fellow Prairie dwellers are more likely to be 'religiously committed' than other Canadians, a new survey on faith suggests," reports CBC Edmonton's Janet French.

New Poll on Canadian Religiosity and Perceptions of Faith Communities
New Poll on Canadian Religiosity and Perceptions of Faith Communities
2022-04-19T14:20:22

A new survey by the Angus Reid Institute in partnership with Cardus suggests Canadians' religiosity is on the decline. Others say some religions are, on balance, damaging to society. Ray Pennings, Cardus executive vice-president, helps put the findings in context.

How Canadians Feel About Religious Freedom
How Canadians Feel About Religious Freedom
2022-04-19T13:29:34

"One third [of Canadians] say [religious freedom] is deteriorating, it's getting worse," Ray Pennings tells host Rob Breakenridge. Ray dives into the details on the latest polling on religion in Canada by the Angus Reid Institute in partnership with Cardus.

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Immigration is Changing the Composition of Religion in Canada, Survey Finds
Immigration is Changing the Composition of Religion in Canada, Survey Finds
2022-04-18T15:32:10

"Growing immigration is changing the composition of religion in Canada, an in-depth survey shows, though not all communities of faith feel welcome. The Angus Reid Institute and Cardus survey ... is described as the first of its kind to take a comprehensive look at Canadians’ faith across a full religious spectrum," reports The Globe and Mail.

Has the Pandemic Made Us Realize Schools Are an Essential Service?
Has the Pandemic Made Us Realize Schools Are an Essential Service?
2022-04-12T13:16:46

A new study from Joanna DeJong VanHof, a Cardus researcher, suggests Ontario’s pandemic experience raises a critical question about whether in-person schooling should be an essential service.

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Will the Next Crisis Also Shut Down In-person Schooling?
Will the Next Crisis Also Shut Down In-person Schooling?
2022-04-07T15:19:24

Before the next public health crisis hits (or the current situation gets worse), Ontario should ask some hard questions about why its education system struggled to serve students well during repeated shut-downs and why independent schools seem to have fared far better, writes Cardus researcher Joanna DeJong VanHof.

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Alternative Options for Aiding B.C. Child Care Providers
Alternative Options for Aiding B.C. Child Care Providers
2022-04-05T08:23:24

Andrea Mrozek, Senior Fellow with Cardus, tells host Adam Stirling why British Columbia would help more families by providing child care funding directly to them rather than supporting just one type of centre-based care.

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The Flaming Hoops of Death of B.C. Child Care
The Flaming Hoops of Death of B.C. Child Care
2022-04-04T08:46:14

B.C. parents looking forward to $10-a-day child care shortly are in for disappointment. Provincial mismanagement of child care and disrespect for child care operators has been going on for years and it has hit a boiling point, writes Andrea Mrozek.

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The Best Child-care Solution is to Fund Families Directly
The Best Child-care Solution is to Fund Families Directly
2022-03-24T17:06:19

"Just as we’ve seen in other provinces, the federal child-care plan’s fee reductions apply only to the families using licensed care. In Ontario, less than a third of children under age six use that kind of care," writes Peter Jon Mitchell in The Hamilton Spectator.

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Public School Choice in Alberta is Better for Our Students and Our Society
Public School Choice in Alberta is Better for Our Students and Our Society
2022-03-14T10:34:41

"Allowing parents to find the best fit for their child(ren) is in the public interest," writes Cardus President and CEO Michael Van Pelt in the Calgary Herald. "These options are all part of public education. Funding them or allowing them to expand will improve public education, not undermine it."  

3 Questions on Ukraine: Eric Patterson and Andrew Bennett
3 Questions on Ukraine: Eric Patterson and Andrew Bennett
2022-03-04T14:40:12

The Religious Freedom Institute's Eric Patterson and Andrew Bennett, director of religious freedom at Cardus, discuss the religious landscape in Ukraine, and in particular the threat the ongoing Russian invasion poses to the unique national churches in Ukraine.

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