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Brian Dijkema

Brian Dijkema is Program Director, Work and Economics at Cardus and senior editor with Comment. Prior to joining Cardus, Brian worked for almost a decade in labour relations in Canada after completing his master's degree with Cardus Senior Fellow, Jonathan Chaplin. He has also done work on international human rights, with a focus on labour, economic, and social rights in Latin America and China. Read More ›

Bio last modified June 1st, 2017.
Articles by Brian Dijkema
  • Change the Paradigm for Aboriginal Affairs

    Brian Dijkema

    Photo: CBC It's an iconic photo—young Patrick Cloutier, of the "Van Doos" and the young Mohawk warrior Brad Larocque standing eyeball to eyeball on the front lines of the Oka crisis during the early 1990s. Along with memories of the birth-marked Mikhael Gorbachev and the fall of the Berlin wall, that image is burned into my memory as part of the tumult of my childhood as a Canadian boy growing up in the '80s and '90s.

  • Tut Holland!

    Brian Dijkema

    The Netherlands does not get a lot of media play in Canada. Save for improbable World Cup runs where the orange adopt an almost Canadian approach to soccer (complete with bone-crushing body checks), Holland quietly goes about its business as an overachieving country, unnoticed by the rest of the world.

  • Intramurals aren't always bad

    Brian Dijkema

    Christian social action is a game played largely by coalitions. Christians involved in the public square—which includes much more than politics—come from a hodge-podge of various backgrounds, and approach the public square with a diverse set of agendas.

  • There's No Place Like This

    Brian Dijkema

    It's summer time. Yes, that's right; in a week or so, summer will officially be here, and Canadians will perform a few of their annual rituals: the annual shift in complaints about the weather from it being too cold to too hot; barbeques fired up in earnest; and kids pouring forth from their classrooms and into the wilds of summer.

  • Hard work and flowering

    Brian Dijkema

    Well, at least it got her a new job. Bridget DePape's now (in)famous hissy fit in the upper chambers of our country's parliament did everything that such acts normally do: it got lots of media coverage, made her into a household name (at least among the geeks who follow politics), and landed her the admiration of that scion of thoughtful and incisive cultural criticism, Michael Moore.

  • Decadence and Decline

    Brian Dijkema

    Well, are we in decline or not? The question of whether the West is past its prime is suddenly all the rage among the chattering classes. It's gone so far as to make it into high-level meetings between the leaders of the Western world. Even Barack Obama, on his European tour, chimed in:

  • The Social Network and Canadian Politics

    Brian Dijkema

    The Social Network opens with one of the more memorable exchanges of dialogue that I've seen. The conversation—where Jesse Eisenberg (who plays Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg) obsesses to his girlfriend over his chances of getting into one of the elite final clubs at Harvard, blatantly insulting her in the meantime—sets up a subtext that runs throughout the entire film.

  • A liberal arts trade school?

    Brian Dijkema

    I hate to begin a blog post with a quote from Wendell Berry—lest I disturb the fragile peace at the Cardus dinner table—but I'm going to do it anyway. Berry offers this nugget: One of the most important resources that a garden makes available for use, is the gardener's own body. A garden gives the body the dignity of working in its own support. It is a way of rejoining the human race. 

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