Family

Cardus Family conducts, compiles and disseminates Canadian research on family and marriage and their strengthening impact on civil society.

Program Director

Peter Jon Mitchell

Research & Policy

Six Ways to Maintain Attachment When Using Daycare
Six Ways to Maintain Attachment When Using Daycare
2017-10-25T00:00:00

Libby Simon, MSW, discusses the importance of avoiding peer orientation for kids in daycare.

Missing Family Dynamics
Missing Family Dynamics
2017-09-11T00:00:00

Dr. Mark Milke considers the role of family factors in changing rates of poverty and inequality, for the first time in Canada. The data show that the family form with the highest income level (two parents with children) diminished from 71.6 percent of families in 1976 to just 49.8 percent of families in 2014. Family fracturing appears to correlate with changing inequality levels. If we seek solutions to the problems of inequality and poverty, understanding the family angle matters.

The Daycare Lobby's Misogyny
The Daycare Lobby's Misogyny
2017-08-31T00:00:00

The International Monetary Fund recently wrote of coercing Canadian mothers into the workforce. Dr. Chris Sarlo reflected on economic implications here

. Today we learn how Canadian academics and lobbyists have long been making precisely the same wrongheaded point.

Building Instability
Building Instability
2017-08-03T00:00:00

The new 2016 Census family data has been released. This new information will help us understand how marriage, divorce, cohabitation, and many other indicators are faring in our country. Data comparison with years gone by is more difficult this year, given the way in which Statistics Canada is presenting the data. In many instances, the disparate family forms of cohabitation and marriage are lumped together.

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How "Women's Equality" is Used as a Pawn in Daycare Policy
2017-08-01T00:00:00

The appeal to "women's equality" is an interesting and convenient device in making their case for a bit of social engineering.

Responding to the Sexual Revolution
Responding to the Sexual Revolution
2017-07-11T00:00:00

An interview with British psychiatrist Glynn Harrison, author of A Better Story: God, Sex and Human Flourishing

What Should  Parents Think About Bill 89?
What Should Parents Think About Bill 89?
2017-06-16T00:00:00

A spate of media articles has caused Ontario parents real concern. Here’s what happened and where parents should—and should not—be concerned.

Cardus What Makes A Good City Forum
Cardus What Makes A Good City Forum
2017-06-09T00:00:00
As Canadians get set to revel in urban summer life, Cardus considers the question "What makes a good city?" Join us as we examine the complexities that give the city the aura of a living organism.
What Makes a Good City for Families?
What Makes a Good City for Families?
2017-06-05T00:00:00
Andrea Mrozek spoke on what makes a good city for families at the "What Makes a Good City?" event held in Ottawa on June 1, 2017.
Toronto's Increasing Daycare Surplus
Toronto's Increasing Daycare Surplus
2017-04-25T00:00:00

As the City of Toronto puts forward an expensive and expansive daycare space creation plan, new data reveal increasing daycare space vacancy rates

All the Daycare Research That's Fit to Print
All the Daycare Research That's Fit to Print
2017-04-13T00:00:00

There’s been so much daycare talk in the news since the federal budget was released on March 22, 2017. That said, there’s even more daycare-related news that wasn’t reported.

At the Heart of Health
At the Heart of Health
2017-04-05T00:00:00

Building on research released last fall by Cardus Family on the importance of emotional relationships to physical well being, program director Andrea Mrozek sat down with Dr. Sue Johnson to learn about a cutting-edge approach at the Ottawa Heart Institute. Healing Hearts Together is based on data demonstrating that strong family life can play a vital part in helping cardiac patients regain their health.

Celebrating Women
Celebrating Women
2017-03-08T00:00:00

Do we know what Canadians think about women's issues and how they connect to politics, culture and family? Angus Reid Forum asked questions about these subjects. If one theme emerges it is diversity. Neither men nor women are easily categorized on a host of issues facing women in Canada in 2017. Some of these questions address current events. Others step back and examine the bigger picture. Either way, Canadians cannot be put in one easy box.

Parental Discipline
Parental Discipline
2017-01-26T00:00:00

The effort to repeal Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada is not evidence-based policy-making.

Top Five Family Issues of 2016
Top Five Family Issues of 2016
2016-12-21T00:00:00

Cardus Family Program Director Andrea Mrozek's summary of the top five issues surrounding families in Canada this past year.

Review: To Whom Do Children Belong?
Review: To Whom Do Children Belong?
2016-11-30T00:00:00

At the heart of the book is the idea that an intimate relationship inescapably exists between biological parent and child.

Supporting Natural Caregivers
Supporting Natural Caregivers
2016-11-03T00:00:00

As Canada is experiencing a demographic shift towards an aging society, the growing demand on natural caregivers will require the mobilization of community support systems. This paper acknowledges the current federal and provincial caregiver policies, then explores innovative international initiatives that build on community connectivity to support natural caregivers and those they care for. The initiatives are consistent with a public health approach and move towards the creation of a culture of care.

Parents, Working and Home
Parents, Working and Home
2016-10-11T00:00:00

A look at the Statistics Canada data pointing to a decline in stay-at-home parents.

Marriage is Good for Your Health
Marriage is Good for Your Health
2016-09-29T00:00:00

As governments and individuals struggle to make informed and well-considered public policy decisions on the issue of healthcare it is becoming increasingly important that they take into account the state of Canadian marriages. Marriage is Good for Your Health examines more than 50 published, empirical studies on the correlation between marital status and health. An overwhelming majority of the studies indicates that married couples are happier, healthier, and live longer than those who are not married. Moreover, there is strong research to back the conclusion that the quality of a marriage is a critical variable in the health benefits that couples enjoy.

Canadians' Work-Life Balance: What Gives?
Canadians' Work-Life Balance: What Gives?
2016-09-02T00:00:00

One in three of working Canadians said they are dissatisfied with their work-life balance. Yet eighty-five percent said a satisfactory work-life balance is very important to them – so what gives? Canadians' Work-Life Balance is the fifth of five parts in the Canada Family Life project and is based on data from Nanos Research.

Canadian Millennials and the Value of Marriage
Canadian Millennials and the Value of Marriage
2016-08-24T00:00:00

How do millennial Canadians perceive the role of marriage in family life and its function in society? Canadian Millennials and the Value of Marriage is the fourth of five parts in the Canada Family Life project and is based on data from Nanos Research.

Is God transgender?
Is God transgender?
2016-08-19T00:00:00

A reform Rabbi writing recently in the New York Times makes this case using the Hebrew Bible as justification. In reality, God transcends gender, responds Rebecca Walberg.

Exploiting women through childcare
Exploiting women through childcare
2016-08-10T00:00:00

When subsidies go to childcare spaces or centres, rather than directly to parents, these act as a form of soft coercion.

Gender quotas don't help businesses – they don't even help women
Gender quotas don't help businesses – they don't even help women
2016-06-29T00:00:00

The evidence from studying quotas show neutral or negative results, both for women's advancement and company performance.

Taking Pressure Off the Foster-Care System
Taking Pressure Off the Foster-Care System
2016-06-28T00:00:00

Helping families, combating social isolation, building strong communities: It's all in a day's work for Jennifer Francis, executive director of Safe Families Canada. Andrea Mrozek, program director of Cardus Family, talks with her about the charity she founded in Canada, and the needs and challenges they face.

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