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After Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill, Canadian Evangelicals Reassess
After Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill, Canadian Evangelicals Reassess
2021-04-20T06:00:00

Christians joined disability advocates and UN experts to oppose amendment, but failed to stop it. Despite the concerted political effort, Bill C-7 passed the House of Commons last month by a vote of 180–149. “Most Christians have come to grips with the fact that we are actually in a pluralistic society in which many of the points of view that they hold are minority perspectives and not majority perspectives,” said Ray Pennings, executive vice president of Cardus.

Calgary church leader discourages thinking with ‘toxic individuality,’ encourages community
Calgary church leader discourages thinking with ‘toxic individuality,’ encourages community
2021-04-04T19:42:00

Calgarians marked the second Easter of the pandemic in scaled-back ways. Many churches gathered together for online services. Cardus Executive Vice President, Ray Pennings spoke with Global News to give insight to a recent poll carries out by the Angus Reid Institute. 

Easter celebrations in Montreal
Easter celebrations in Montreal
2021-04-04T09:00:00

Churches and congregations across Montreal are taking care to abide by Covid-19 restrictions. However, a recent poll by the Angus Reid Institute and Cardus shows that people are anxious to return to in-person worship services in the near future. 

Canadian faithful stream religious services, pray more, but donate less: poll
Canadian faithful stream religious services, pray more, but donate less: poll
2021-04-03T12:25:00

A new survey carried out by the Angus Reid Institute in partnership with Cardus shows that Canadians have adapted remarkably well to the new reality of live streamed religious services even as they crave the return to in-person worship unencumbered by public health restrictions.

Saving religion during COVID: The faithful find ways to flock together
Saving religion during COVID: The faithful find ways to flock together
2021-04-02T09:00:00

A poll in partnership with the Angus Reid Institute looks into how worship and the lack of community is affecting the faithful from different religious groups across Canada. Ray Pennings, Cardus Executive Vice President provides insight in this article and notes that people are, “...attending online worship, personal prayer is up, prayer with family is up, so people are trying to fill the gap, but it’s not satisfying.”

One in five Manitobans plans holiday gatherings outside household: poll
One in five Manitobans plans holiday gatherings outside household: poll
2020-12-09T08:00:00

A recent poll by The Angus Reid Institute and Cardus found that 20 per cent of Manitobans plan to meet with friends and family to celebrate the holidays. Anxiety about contracting COVID-19 or passing it on to friends and family was also recorded: three in four Manitobans polled say they believe the worst of the pandemic's effects are yet to come.

Cardus executive vice-president Ray Pennings said, "The poll speaks to a "dissonance" between the data and how people are approaching the holidays...I think people are saying there's more to life than just health - family, faith, all these other dimensions of life which are sort of captured in Christmas - matter to us."

B.C. extends health orders into 2021
B.C. extends health orders into 2021
2020-12-08T12:00:35

B.C. announces new restrictions in place for Christmas and New Years. CTV News Vancouver Island mentions the recent poll by Angus Reid Institute and Cardus to conclude that many are planning to use technology for religious and family connections. Cardus executive vice president, Ray Pennings notes that there is anxiousness surrounding this Christmas season, but still there is hope in the midst of it all. 

(Skip to 1:30 segment for the Angus Reid Institute & Cardus poll insight)

Coronavirus: 20% of Manitobans plan to visit family, friends this holiday season
Coronavirus: 20% of Manitobans plan to visit family, friends this holiday season
2020-12-08T08:54:00

While most say their Christmas and holiday plans will be more solitary this year, a new poll by the Angus Reid Institute and Cardus reveals that 18 per cent of Manitobans still plan to visit friends and family this Christmas season despite public health warnings. Global News also quoted Cardus, saying, "across Canada while most are choosing a more solitary rather than merry Christmas, a significant segment still plan to visit people outside their household, either locally or out of province”.


COVID-19 keeping many Canadians home for the holidays but some still willing to travel: Poll
COVID-19 keeping many Canadians home for the holidays but some still willing to travel: Poll
2020-12-08T08:54:00

A new poll by the Angus Reid Institute, in partnership with Cardus, suggests that while the majority of Canadians plan to have a more solitary holiday season and stay within their households this year, about a third still plan to visit others locally and 10 per cent plan to travel outside their communities or province, regardless of health restrictions.

COVID, Christmas, and holiday plans of Canadians
COVID, Christmas, and holiday plans of Canadians
2020-12-08T08:54:00

A new poll by the independent Angus Reid Institute in partnership with Cardus an independent think tank, conducted the online survey of  5,003 Canadians about their attitudes and intentions during this holiday period. It showed that most were reducing social contacts. In 2019 just over half of respondents said they visited friends or family in other communities or provinces (51%).  This year 10 per cent said they would do so this year.

Scaled-down Christmas for most this year
Scaled-down Christmas for most this year
2020-12-08T08:00:00

CTV News Winnipeg reports that most people will keep Christmas celebrations small, though some are reluctant to break with tradition this year. Quoting the findings from the most recent Angus Reid and Cardus poll the news channel reports that though the pandemic has brought about anxiety, there is still hope.

The Politics of Exhaustion
The Politics of Exhaustion
2019-12-13T12:00:02

David Brooks describes the weary 75%, "people who are defined not by any common ideology but by an affective state — they are simply worn out by the endless war between these two armies. Exhaustion has become an independent force in modern politics. Many people are voting for whatever candidate will exhaust them less."

Does religion have a place in Canadian politics?
Does religion have a place in Canadian politics?
2019-12-02T09:02:57

An Angus Reid poll asked Canadians if there's a place for people who identify with and practice as part of an organized religion. Some have said that being a person of faith would repel them from a candidate. Does religion have a place in Canadian politics? Ray Pennings, Co-Founder and Executive Vice-President of Cardus, joins the Scott Radley Show.

A respectful Canada has room for disagreement
A respectful Canada has room for disagreement
2019-12-01T12:12:35

Disagreement is normal, if not necessary, in a healthy democracy, writes Cardus Executive Vice President Ray Pennings in the Sudbury Star. Being intolerant and disrespectful toward those with whom we disagree, however, is fatal to that democracy.

Impact of social views on elections
Impact of social views on elections
2019-11-28T14:25:17

A new poll from the Angus Reid Institute, in partnership with Cardus, shows that 7 in 10 Canadians weigh the personal social views of a leader when they vote. 

Ray Pennings, Executive Vice President of Cardus, joins the Danielle Smith show to discuss the poll's findings.

Do a politician's personal views matter?
Do a politician's personal views matter?
2019-11-28T09:42:48

A poll conducted by the Angus Reid Institute in partnership with Cardus examined what Canadian voters think of politicians' personal views on social issues. Only a third of Canadians trust leaders to leave their personal views out of decision-making.

Ray Pennings, Executive Vice President of Cardus, joins CBC's Power & Politics to discuss how voters view not just the religion of a political leader, but how that leader deals with their faith and their role. 

(Segment begins at the 1h20 mark)

Election news has outdated ideas about social conservatives
Election news has outdated ideas about social conservatives
2019-09-04T08:52:50

During the 2019 federal election campaign, so-cons will undoubtedly look for signs of genuine respect as they consider how to cast their ballots, writes Cardus Executive Vice President Ray Pennings in Policy Options.

Researchers are working on a pill for loneliness, as studies suggest the condition is worse than obesity
Researchers are working on a pill for loneliness, as studies suggest the condition is worse than obesity
2019-08-12T13:28:21

What can we can do to fix the loneliness epidemic? Is a pill really the answer? This National Post article on the matter cites a poll produced by the Angus Reid Institute in partnership with Cardus which gauges Canadians' experience with social isolation and loneliness. 

Canadians have Become Habituated to Howling for Political Effect
Canadians have Become Habituated to Howling for Political Effect
2019-07-31T17:11:56

There's still time to lower our voices, choose our words and stop talking long enough to listen to our neighbours

Survey Says: Canadians are Lonely and Socially Isolated
Survey Says: Canadians are Lonely and Socially Isolated
2019-07-29T14:42:06

Feeling socially isolated or lonely? You are not alone. The Angus Reid Institute, in partnership with Cardus, recently conducted a Canada-wide study on social isolation and loneliness and the results are concerning. Not only are we spending more time alone that we would like, we are feeling lonely even when we are surrounded by others.

Viva Vitality: Get to know your neighbours
Viva Vitality: Get to know your neighbours
2019-07-11T09:19:05

Almost half of Canadians don’t even know their neighbours, according to an Angus Reid survey, conducted in partnership with Cardus. 

Laura Lukye, a health promotion facilitator with Alberta Health Services, offers ideas on how to reconnect with our neighbourhoods in Medicine Hat News. 

Investing in family and faith to minimize social isolation
Investing in family and faith to minimize social isolation
2019-07-04T10:50:43

Social isolation and loneliness are among the most important challenges of our times, and governments alone can’t fix them. Frankly, these problems are too big for the politicians, writes Cardus Executive Vice President Ray Pennings.

Sense of Belonging Could Be the Best Medicine
Sense of Belonging Could Be the Best Medicine
2019-06-19T16:15:34

A new survey from the Angus Reid Institute, in partnership with Cardus, found that 30% of Canadians say they regularly socialize with their neighbours. Just one in five say they volunteer in their communities. Social isolation can have a mental and physical impact. Cardus Executive Vice President Ray Pennings appears on Global News to discuss.

Begin watching at the 9:45 mark.

The growing problem of loneliness among young women
The growing problem of loneliness among young women
2019-06-18T18:00:46

Six in 10 young women – millennials – feel lonely, according to a new study by the Angus Reid Institute and Cardus. As Robin Gill reports, social media could be to blame, as it makes us a lot less social.

Social isolation and loneliness in Canada
Social isolation and loneliness in Canada
2019-06-18T16:23:20

Cardus Executive Vice President Ray Pennings joins the Danielle Smith Show to discuss the impact of social isolation and loneliness on Canadians.

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