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What would it look like to see our economic architecture renewed? What would it look like to see North American life enabled by a robust, thriving, free economy, that served the wide array of individuals and communities that make up our public? What would it look like to see our economy made more vital by stable families, good schools, sound laws, and thriving cities?

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Faith

Driven by desire and made possible by trust . . . It takes faith to run an economy.

Work

We all work. But why? How?

Economics

Measuring the health of our communities of exchange and production.


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Anglicans and Money

Who are you going to serve? A supplementary to theological writings on money from the Archbishop ...

Testimony to Standing Committee on Social Policy on Putting Consumers First A...

The Ontario government’s Putting Consumers First Act (Bill 59) takes some positive steps on...

Faith, Work, and Economics: A Guide Book

If you’re visiting this site for the first time, you might have a few questions: what does ...

Is God Good For Cities?

Milton Friesen, Program Director for Social Cities at Cardus, shares the importance of stron...

Grouching Miser, Hidden Dragon

Doing well in business, from both a Christian and financial point of view, ought to include doing...

Restrictive Tendering: Protection For Whom?

It makes sense that most of our public debate about infrastructure spending focuses on revenue. W...

Freedom’s Fullest Function

During a recent debate evening at our Ottawa office on the resolution that “the sole purpos...

Workers Present

The morning host of CHOM in Montreal sent me this picture of their response to construction Const...

Which NDP will introduce the "Act to End Predatory Lending"?

The Notley government has a choice to make in its efforts to end predatory lending: it can make a...

La Verdadera Libertad

But it’s also raised a lot of important questions: will the easing of the relationship actually...

What the Government Should Do

In the absence of a robust civil society, untargeted cuts to public service without addressing th...

The Other Side of the Economics Coin

In other words, it's possible for economists to meet the "knowledge bar" of economic discussions ...

An Enabling Economy

What do I want government to do in Canada? I want government to continue to include people with d...

Sacrifice: A Measure of Success

While it's still not a fully developed thought, my hunch is that the motivation behind such acts...

Hammering at the Big Questions

In other words, a conversation that began talking about broad trends in Canada's economic life we...

Listen to Sally Singh!

To raise money successfully … a political party must appeal to Canadians of ordinary means … ...

Seeking Empty Stomachs

Our Catholic and Orthodox friends probably need little convincing of the practice—it’s been a...

Simon Says: Faith is Great for Business

When I read the headline "Western Capitalism is Looking for Inspiration in Eastern Mysticism" in ...

The Back End of the Golden Goose

The golden goose puts eggs on a lot of tables across Canada, but keeping her feathers clean takes...

Usury and Unity

There are, of course, hard questions to be asked about whether or not the church as an institutio...

Sacrifice Binds Us

That is, insofar as we live in such a way that denies the importance of sacrifice, or denies the ...

Shalom—Now Chestnut-Coloured and With a Hoppy Finish

In last week's Comment article, Cardus Senior Fellow Paul Williams noted that "the primary biblic...

Socialist Acts?

In other words, let's have less debate about whether Acts condones socialism or affirms free mark...

Markets in Love?

Don't believe me? Well, how much was the engagement ring; the wedding? Have you and your spouse b...

God, Greed & Gaming

In God we trust. Capitalism? Ummm, these days not so much. Mark Carney, Roger Martin and Father R...

More is Not Enough

I too am a capitalist, and Cardus is on record both theoretically and in the nitty-gritty policy ...

Bad Medicine For Trade Unions

In Communist Poland, it was a trade union that stuck out its tongue at the apparatchiks who thoug...

Neither Too Simple Nor Too Complex: The Bangladesh Tragedy

But if the context is so complex, how are we to respond? Do we blame God for placing people in th...

Standing Horn to Horn

If the collective agreement focuses too much on equality of wages and recognition it runs the ris...

Less Power, More Flourishing

Might a union movement which seeks social, political, and financial power, rather than seeking hu...

Quinoa Strikes Help No One

The reasons for this could be sinister, but it's not clear that the exchange of quinoa for cash i...

Less than Exemplary

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) wants to strike this Friday

An Engagement with Acton on Right to Work

If atomism is corrosive in family life and other social spheres might it not also be true for the...

Memento Mori

In the face of Sandy, or any other of the countless acts of God that destroy, how do we contempla...

Marvel and Wonder in October

I marvel that, even in the midst of the long loneliness that many of these street entrepreneurs a...

A Bit of Perspective

If you are looking for a hero in the fraught talks that resulted in Lonmin workers returning to t...

Labour Storms

Strikes and lockouts are actions taken by a given party (unions or employers, whether private or ...

The Peach is Charged with the Grandeur of God

My gushing about peaches attests to how much I agree with Hopkins that the world is charged with ...

Taking the Heidelberg Catechism to Work

Increasingly, I think, the best place to find such witness is at a Christian funeral

What kind of culture of generosity do we want?

The second response is personal: Jesus tells us that giving for the sake of praise is something v...

Canada Includes the State, But Is More than the State

This budget gives pretty clear signals of a different Canada, perhaps hard to get at because it i...

The Race to the Top

If you place these numbers alongside wage statistics from the ILO, which suggest that wages in th...

What's a Soul Worth?

What role should markets play in public life and personal relations? How can we decide which good...

Government Addictions

The OLG's predecessor, the Ontario Lottery Corporation, was founded to provide Ontarians with the...

Condemnations, contradictions, and rich ironies

Ken Lewenza, the head of the union representing the workers at the EMD plant, suggests that the c...

Ignoring a Key Reason for the Decline of Unions

Speaking to the American union movement (a community in worse shape than Canada's), Daly suggests...

What does debt do to us?

He suggests that those who see government debt as a guillotine hanging by a thread over the head ...

Hidden Costs of Prosperity

The proposal assumes that politics—democratic politics—is an "imposition" to business and tha...

Money Ain't a Thing

Monday night's Munk Debates saw two sides debating the resolution that "North America faces a Jap...

New Economies, Strange Christendoms

What will be interesting to watch over the next while is how the combined economic boom and the r...

Seamless Garments

He also highlighted the fact that the entrance of such words into our political dialogue provides...

A liberal arts trade school?

But, at the risk of stirring the pot, might the reverse also be true? Is there not also something...