Our Research

Six Ways to Maintain Attachment When Using Daycare
REPORT October 25th

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

Religion and the Good of the City: Report 3
REPORT October 1st

Much academic research and popular media coverage neglects the vital role of religion and religious communities in North American cities. This roundtable report can help stimulate a conversation on how to begin to bridge that gap in your community or sphere of influence. Focusing on the future of both cities and religion, it is the third report in a three-report series on the social and cultural good of religion in the city. Future collaboration in cities requires intentional focus and investment. How will this investment become more difficult in the coming years? How will it get easier? What is necessary for religious faith and spirituality to be seen as vital contributors to the common good that we depend on?


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Yes, Economics is Religious. This is Not a Bad Thing.
REPORT September 26th

Program Director Brian Dijkema responds to a recent article by John Rapley and asks: Why can't economics be more like religion?

Missing Family Dynamics
REPORT September 11th

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
REPORT August 31st

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.

Religion and the Good of the City: Report 2
REPORT August 17th

Much academic research and popular media coverage neglects the vital role of religion and religious communities in North American cities. This roundtable report can help stimulate a conversation on how to begin to bridge that gap in your community or sphere of influence. Focusing on the state of research into religion, it is the second report in a three-report series on the social and cultural good of religion in the city. What insights does research provide that could inform people and help shape public relations and policy efforts on behalf of the socio-cultural good of religion? What are the stories that need to be told? What do educators, journalists, and cultural influencers need to know? How could this work be undertaken today?


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Strengthening Protection for Consumers of Alternative Financial Services - Phase One
REPORT August 11th

Cardus was asked by Ontario's Ministry of Government and Consumer Services to offer feedback on proposed changes to various acts pertaining to payday lending and other financial services in Ontario. We were pleased to see that many of the recommendations that Cardus outlined in Banking on the Margins: Finding Ways to Build an Enabling Small Dollar Credit Market have been taken up by the government in its proposed regulations. However, we continue to caution on the unintended consequences of laws and regulations that might unduly affect consumers who most desperately need access to cash.


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Testimony to Standing Committee on Social Policy on Putting Customers First Act (Bill 59)

Lowering the Cost of Borrowing for Payday Loans in Ontario

Building Instability
REPORT August 3rd

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.

How "Women's Equality" is Used as a Pawn in Daycare Policy
REPORT August 1st
Responding to the Sexual Revolution
REPORT July 11th
An interview with British psychiatrist Glynn Harrison, author of A Better Story: God, Sex and Human Flourishing