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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.

Additional Resources for Social Capital
Additional Resources for Social Capital
2016-09-01T00:00:00

Trust, cooperation, and belonging are vital contributors to resilience. How well do understand these dynamics at neighbourhood levels?

Additional Resources for Subsidiarity
Additional Resources for Subsidiarity
2016-09-01T00:00:00

Vibrant civic life requires effective balancing of freedom and responsibility at all scales of society. How do we discover and foster this balance?

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.

Valuing Toronto's Faith Congregations
Valuing Toronto's Faith Congregations
2016-06-16T00:00:00

Churches and faith communities of various traditions have a great deal to offer to society and to the common good. Typically, these contributions have focused on qualitative contributions that congregations make to the cultural, spiritual, and social well-being of the communities that surround them. Few studies, however, have assessed these contributions in quantitative monetary terms. Even fewer, qualitative or quantitative, have begun to explore how these realities might create a space for faith communities at the social policy table. Welcome to the Halo Project.

The Canada Family Life Project
The Canada Family Life Project
2016-06-01T00:00:00

Canadians place a high value on family. Yet a number of obstacles threaten their ability to achieve the family lives to which they aspire. Nanos Research reveals a number of gaps between Canadians’ realities and their expectations, especially regarding children and child care, the role of marriage, and care for aging parents and the elderly.

Plus: download the Nanos Research data reports and crosstabulations:
CARDUS Fertility Intentions Summary
CARDUS Family Life Summary
CARDUS Caregiving Summary

Additional Resources for Charity
Additional Resources for Charity
2016-06-01T00:00:00

Though seldom sensational, Canada's charitable activities are essential to our civil society. Our charities provide meaning, purpose, and belonging amid the dark labyrinths of alienation that characterize our time.

A Statistical Overview of Palliative Care in Canada
A Statistical Overview of Palliative Care in Canada
2016-05-31T00:00:00

This brief provides a national snapshot, identifying the gaps in data collection. It then provides short provincial summaries, noting specific provincial budgetary commitments to palliative care and a short review of demographic projections for each province.

Cardus-Pallium Canada Palliative Care Roundtable Agenda
Cardus-Pallium Canada Palliative Care Roundtable Agenda
2016-05-31T00:00:00

This document is a revised version of the Agenda used for the Cardus—Pallium Canada Roundtable held on April 27, 2016, in Ottawa, Canada. It is provided only to provide context for the roundtable summary document.

Cardus-Pallium Canada Palliative Care Roundtable Summary
Cardus-Pallium Canada Palliative Care Roundtable Summary
2016-05-31T00:00:00

On April 27, Cardus, in partnership with Pallium Canada, convened an expert multi- disciplinary roundtable focused on the delivery of palliative care in Canada.

Lowering the Cost of Borrowing for Payday Loans in Ontario
Lowering the Cost of Borrowing for Payday Loans in Ontario
2016-05-27T00:00:00

Ontario's Ministry of Government and Consumer Services is seeking input and comment on whether to lower the cost of borrowing a payday loan and, if so, what the maximum total cost of borrowing should be. In particular, the government outlined a series of questions intended to guide responses. Here is the Cardus response.

For access to profitability analysis based on interest rates of payday loan providers, click here.

Cambridge City Soul: Context Report April 2016
Cambridge City Soul: Context Report April 2016
2016-04-29T00:00:00

Following a series of meetings, consultations and document reviews over the past two years, Cardus is pleased to release this City Soul context report for the city of Cambridge, Ontario. The Cambridge City Soul project has four objectives: that the City learns more about faith communities; that faith community leaders learn more about city planning; that stronger relationships between both are developed; and that stronger collaboration is explored.

A is for Attachment
A is for Attachment
2016-04-14T00:00:00

Postcard from the Early Years Conference 2016

Business Gone Quiet
Business Gone Quiet
2016-04-05T00:00:00

Canadian businesses tend to be leading players in public policy debates, pushing governments to ask hard questions about costs and efficacy....except in K-12 education. The business community is virtually silent on an issue to which governments dedicate more money than any other service save health. This report asks, Why?

How the #changeroomproject isolates people
How the #changeroomproject isolates people
2016-04-01T00:00:00

Kind folks never needed it, and unkind folks won’t heed it. It’s a project that wanted to draw attention to vulnerabilities, but in so doing, actually isolated people more.

Families in the Federal Budget 2016
Families in the Federal Budget 2016
2016-03-21T00:00:00

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: If we were to assess the new family benefits forthcoming in the March 22 federal budget and offer a grade, we'd give the government a "B". The up side: there will be more money, a simpler benefit structure, and more flexibility for most families. The down side: the benefits may not be sustainable and are structured towards individual poverty reduction rather than a recognition that the family is an important societal institution.

Can Data Standards Improve Our Common Lives?
Can Data Standards Improve Our Common Lives?
2016-03-04T00:00:00

Good decision making depends on good information. Municipal leaders need a reliable way to evaluate progress on goals and aspirations for their communities. The International Organization for Standardization is introducing a new data standard, ISO 37120:2014, to help municipalities measure standards ranging from firefighting capacity to public transit to water quality. But before decision-makers adopt this new data standard, they need know how well it frames sustainability and quality of life.

In an article published in Municipal World, Milton Friesen, Cardus' Director of Social Cities, identifies key questions that can help evaluate the merits and limits of ISO 37120. At the centre of these questions is an understanding that assumptions and values are built into all measures, and that safeguards are needed to account for the unique nature of Canada's cities.

Banking on the Margins
Banking on the Margins
2016-02-22T00:00:00

Our current payday loan market is failing consumers and society and government regulations alone cannot solve the current situation. Our new report, Banking on the Margins, aims at reforming Canada's payday loan market. In this report, we call for joint efforts between government, banks, credit unions and charities to provide customers with lower rate loans as an alternative to payday loans.

Steps Towards More Compassionate End-of-Life Care
Steps Towards More Compassionate End-of-Life Care
2016-02-12T00:00:00

Cardus reframes the existing work on palliative, hospice, and end-of-life care through the lenses of natural death, social architecture, and the continuum of care. This unique approach not only considers the system by which health care is provided but also places the patients and caregivers at the centre of the discussion, attuning policy to their needs.

This 2016 Pre-Budget Submission to the Ontario Government focuses on two recommendations: building greater capacity for self-directed home care, and developing interoperable electronic health records.

Cardus Statement on the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada
Cardus Statement on the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada
2016-02-09T00:00:00

The IMFC is being transitioned to Cardus as part of Cardus' ongoing work and mandate to help inform evidence-based conversations on the changing social architecture in Canada.

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