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

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We all work. But why? How?

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Strengthening Protection for Consumers of Alternative Financial Services - Ph...

Cardus was asked by Ontario's Ministry of Government and Consumer Services to offer feedback on p...

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...

Lead us Not into Temptation

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...

Restrictive Tendering: Protection For Whom?

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

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...

A World Without Work?

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

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...

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...

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

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

A budget for 'the middle class'

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

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. ...

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...

The Work of Our Hands

There is a swath of the evangelical community to whom the "faith and work" conversation is a reve...

The Lamb of Wall Street

A few weeks ago the Dutch Banking Association made a major announcement about their intention to ...

La Verdadera Libertad

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

A Prudential Manifesto: Class Struggle for the Common Good

A spectre is haunting the West—the spectre that, on the question of sex, the prudes are rig...

The Building Meaning Project Paper and Recommendations

A social bias against employment in the skilled trades exists in this country. This culminating d...

Zero to What, Zero to Where?

Who knew entrepreneurs would become celebrities? Stories about startups are the focus of movies l...

Introducing the Building Meaning Project

Working with your hands: it takes skill, intelligence, patience, and a pride in what you're doing...

Ontario procurement needs to open up: Cardus report

Governments in Ontario are spending hundreds of millions of dollars more each year for the constr...

Public Paying Too Much for Major Construction Projects

HAMILTON, September 9, 2014—A report published today by Hamilton-based think tank Cardus sa...

Hiding in Plain Sight: Evaluating Closed Tendering in Construction Markets

Ontario is faced with huge deficits and a debt that will hamper the province’s long-term ec...

Unlike animals, human workers shouldn't be electronically banded

Every British cow is required to wear an ear tag that tracks its movements from birth, through va...

Get Rid of Ontario's Closed Union Shop

Now that the Ontario election is over, Queen’s Park needs to act decisively to find as many...

Dijkema in National Post: Get rid of Ontario's closed union shop

Cardus Work and Economics program director Brian Dijkema was published in the National Post with ...

What the Government Should Do

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