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We all work. But why? How?

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Cardus What Makes A Good City Forum

At the Cardus What Makes A Good City Forum we asked Cardus experts Milton Friesen, Andrew Bennett...

Phoenix: PSAC chief’s ‘don’t forgive’ argument weaken...

Call me a pious prig for saying it, but Public Service Alliance of Canada national president Roby...

Proper Property Rights

Cardus Work and Economics Program Director Brian Dijkema reflects on John Robson's latest Nat...

We warned you, Toronto

Back in 2014, Cardus published a paper on the tendering situation in Toronto and noted that "the...

Additional Thoughts on Bowles

Lead us Not into Temptation Over at my other day-job, Comment magazine, I have written a review o...

The Cornerstone the Economists Rejected

The ancients had it wrong. They were trying to find a unique substance—the philosopher's st...

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...

Parental Discipline

Download the full PDF here Listen as Program Director Andrea Mrozek explains the significance of...

Restrictive Tendering: Protection For Whom?

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

Protecting the Vulnerable from the Payday Loan Holiday Debt Trap

Three practical ways to rein in high-cost borrowing HAMILTON – Canadians are in a spending...

Freedom’s Fullest Function

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

Additional Resources for Subsidiarity

Are there ways of thinking about and living out our common life that go beyond right, centre, lef...

Additional Resources for Social Capital

How do social connections impact quality of life in cities? Social capital explores economic and...

Workers Present

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

Valuing Toronto's Faith Congregations

Churches and faith communities of various traditions have a great deal to offer to society and to...

Local congregations provide significant economic benefits to their communitie...

Hamilton | Ottawa | Calgary | Vancouver | Los Angeles www.cardus.ca HAMILTON, June 16, 2016&mda...

How Then Shall We Work?: Entrepreneurship

You've likely had more than one heated conversation with an automated voice messaging system or n...

Additional Resources for Charity

Charity and Social Capacity: November 2016 Though seldom sensational, Canada's charitable activit...

Lowering the Cost of Borrowing for Payday Loans in Ontario

Ontario's Ministry of Government and Consumer Services is seeking input and comment on whether to...

A World Without Work?

In 2009 Google began road-testing one of their latest far-reaching projects: self-driving cars. I...

Why Give? Recovering Charity from Philanthropy

Image from Wikipedia Commons. A technological conception of giving dominates Western thinking ab...

Business Gone Quiet

Canadian businesses tend to be leading players in public policy debates, pushing governments to a...

Reconstructing the Alliance Between Christianity and Organized Labour

A historian is a lot like an archaeologist trying to piece together an ancient piece of pottery. ...

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...

Banking on the Margins

Our current payday loan market is failing consumers and society and government regulations alone ...

Deconstructing Failure

A number of years ago, the New Yorker's Adam Gopnik penned an essay on literature and the proper ...

Building Better Markets for the Poor

In a healthy market, both suppliers and consumers thrive over the long term. When industry profit...

Brian Dijkema in Toronto Star: Solutions for public housing

In light of the Mayor's Task Force on Toronto Community Housing's report released last week, Card...

Making Public Housing Dollars Go Further

The Mayor’s Task Force on Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) wants more. It released an inter...

Is Ecology Haunted? An Ecocritic Reads Laudato Si`

The Reluctant Ecologist I'm not a vocal environmentalist. I've always been turned off by the way ...

Let Commodities Lead the Way

There are two ways to diversify an economy: by responding to markets or by bureaucratic mandate. ...

Dijkema and Dade in Financial Post: Let's build on the 'Canadian advantage'

In an article for the National Post today, Work and Economics director Brian Dijkema and Carlo Da...

The Ethics of Attention in an Age of Distraction

Most of us think of distraction as a mere annoyance—a mild humming in the background while ...

Why pay more for infrastructure?

Kathleen Wynne’s government is hoping to get Ontario moving down the road to a balanced bud...

Predatory Lending is Theft

You're standing at the rental car desk in need of a car. But you didn't plan to be here. You've b...

How to break Ontario's monopoly on education

On Wednesday, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced her intention to table back-to-work legislation to...

A budget for 'the middle class'

Ottawa, Ontario—It’s a middle-class budget. But what exactly does “middle-class...

Canada's 2015 Federal Budget: A signal to the middle class

Government budgets always involve “cheques and balances,” but election-year budgets a...

Tuning Up Ontario's Economic Engine: A Cardus Construction Competitiveness Mo...

Toronto rightly calls itself the economic engine of Ontario. But Toronto's performance is hampere...

The American Housing Massacre

There's a certain horror that runs through the 2011 film Margin Call. The film maps the lives, wo...

Money: The Unlikely Mentor

We all have a voice in our head that talks about money. For some it's the haunting voice in D.H. ...

The Beauty of Work, the Injustice of Toil

The graveyard shift is a gift when you work on ovens that run at 900 degrees. That's a visceral m...

A Seamless Fusion of Beauty and Utility

When you're a kid, the "bush" is a place to play. When you're older, you realize the woods are a ...

Learning with Your Hands

What if we have it all backwards? What if the trades—long seen as a last resort for the dul...

Voices from the Fields

I may have pulled my stool a bit close to his workbench, but he did not seem to mind and he did...