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Review of "The Theology of Craft and the Craft of Work: From Tabernacle to Eu...

Brian Dijkema reviews Jeremy Kidwell's book, The Theology of Craft and the Craft of Work.

How Ontario's labour law changes will affect unions

As originally posted at Policy Options. Ontario’s late-May labour law announcements, whic...

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...

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...

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 ...

Restrictive Tendering: Protection For Whom?

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

Additional Resources for Subsidiarity

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

Workers Present

Cardus Work and Economics Program Director Brian Dijkema reflects on the opportunity that constru...

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 ...

Building Better Markets for the Poor

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

Making Public Housing Dollars Go Further

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

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...

Let Commodities Lead the Way

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

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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 Joy of Sex, the Pangs of Labour

In our last print edition of Comment, I suggested that social conservatives who care about marri...

The Lamb of Wall Street

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

Is Catholic Social Teaching the Same as Individual Contract Theory?

It's curious when a Calvinist agrees more with a Catholic saint than a Catholic, but Brian Dijkem...

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...

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...

Public Paying Too Much for Major Construction Projects

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

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...

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...

Ambition, Influence, and Entrepreneurship

This is Part II of this interview. Read Part I here. JS: Both in Faith in the Halls of Power an...

Renewing Canadian Public Policy: Can Subsidiarity Provide the Framework?

Cardus is interested in exploring how subsidiarity could rejuvenate and bring cohesion to public ...

Cooperation and competition should be part of a new Canadian approach to labo...

For the last few decades, labour policy in Canada has resembled Aesop's mountain in labour. We've...

In the Beginning was Economics

Cardus Senior Fellow Paul Williams, speaking with Cardus's Naomi Biesheuvel, sets out a program f...

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...

In Good Faith: Compromise in the Face of a Revolution

Editor's Note: With his calm and soft-spoken demeanour it is easy to miss the fact that Han Dongf...