Articles by Daniel Proussalidis
By Daniel Proussalidis and Monica Ratra
December 28, 2020
Daniel Proussalidis and Monica Ratra write that while 2020 was a forgettable year for many reasons, Cardus initiatives throughout the year provided memorable highlights for the organization and our supporters.
The Cardus Education Survey Australian Project report released ground-breaking research which showed that schools have a vital role to play, alongside families and community, in building character, leadership, and ultimately contributing to the common good of society And we closed the year with the release of the Anglosphere Project, a collaborative project with the Religious Freedom Institute and Cardus to show that religious freedom isn’t a recent invention—and actually isn’t an “invention” anyway This Cardus Religious Freedom Institute project highlights ways in which the freedom to live out one’s beliefs results in concrete actions that serve the common good
October 7, 2020
Cardus’ Daniel Proussalidis marks National Newspaper week by speaking with independent journalist Jen Gerson on what the future holds for newsgathering in Canada.
But Gerson doesn’t see non-mainstream media as a perfect solution to the problem Gerson also points to a different facet of media freedom that she now enjoys by being working away from a mainstream outlet “I think there's been a dramatic narrowing of what is acceptable to be talked about in mainstre...
June 10, 2020
The toll COVID-19 has taken on the charitable sector makes this prime time for the federal government to launch an equitable national donation matching program, writes Daniel Proussalidis.
The only need is for the federal government to do what’s been done so often before: Set up a 1:1 charitable donation matching program So, now is the time for the federal government to step in and give Canadians a nudge ...
January 29, 2020
Adrienne Castellon and Cardus Director of Communications Daniel Proussalidis continue their conversation about a series of case studies mapping the stories of 11 Catholic and Protestant schools across Canada.
AC: I think what's most remarkable about Father Robinson and Holy Cross, these schools in Saskatoon, is they don't have significant Indigenous populations at their school, but are making great efforts to respond to the calls to action, and seek reconciliation Surrey Christian School develops website...
January 28, 2020
Adrienne Castellon talks to Cardus Director of Communications Daniel Proussalidis about a series of case studies she worked on mapping the stories of 11 Catholic and Protestant schools across Canada.
Many times, the people we interviewed and the school conversations we had in focus groups and interviews and just conversations in the hallways and in the staff rooms, people were really excited to share what's going on in their schools, and I've heard from administrators that, "This was a really go...
November 4, 2019
Claims that Conservative leader Andrew Scheer’s Catholic beliefs disqualify him from becoming Canada’s Prime Minister are a dark turn away from tolerance and pluralism, writes Daniel Proussalidis.
Singh quite correctly opposes Quebec’s secularism law, which makes the NDP leader’s beliefs as a turban-wearing Sikh incompatible with being a teacher, police officer, or other public service worker “It is also not a good thing to have religion caricatured as being narrowly focused on only a few iss...
July 3, 2019
While Canada has seen attempts to push faith out of its society in recent years, a new Senate report has preserved the advancement of religion as a purpose for which a charity can exist in Canada.
And it’s not as though the committee didn’t face the question of whether the advancement of religion should continue as a charitable purpose “When a non-religious person receives assistance from a secular charity, they also benefit from the gifts of time and money made by religious people who learne...
March 25, 2019
The Canadian Council of Christian Charities has warned Parliament that undermining tax exemptions of religious institutions will severely hamper the country’s giving sector, Daniel Proussalidis reports.
“When a non-religious person receives assistance form a secular charity, they also benefit from the gifts of time and money made by religious people who learned to be generous in their places of worship,” Pellowe said While the tax benefits that religious organizations receive in Canada have receive...
July 25, 2018
Mass speculation fueled by mass confusion has followed Sunday’s horrifying mass shooting in what was once called Toronto the Good. But whatever the ultimate cause, Daniel Proussalidis writes, Christ’s comfort has been made vivid by vigils such as the one held at a small church in the heart of The Danforth district.
But there is hope as long as there are bright sources of light for the city, like Calvary Church and many others Darkness abounds in Toronto – a city known as Toronto the Good in the late 19th century because of the efforts of Mayor William Howland and his supporters to bring about moral reforms ...
September 15, 2017
Daniel Prousssalidis, Cardus director of communications, visits a Habitat For Humanity site this week and discovers that people of various faiths working on a building sound like religious belief in action.
Differing backgrounds and beliefs did not get in the way of a common act of worship and a common expression of faith by contributing to the construction of 50 homes for low-income families The audio landscape changed as more than two dozen leaders of faith communities and faith-based organizations r...
February 13, 2017
Following the Convivium Launch Party in the Cardus Ottawa office, Daniel Proussalidis shares how, throughout the evening, the four panelists with different perspectives and backgrounds concluded that faith does indeed have a place in the common life of Canadians.
Four people who matched the above description actually did enter the Ottawa office of Cardus last week – Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth May, Studio Sixty-Six Curator Rose Ekins, Hill Times Publisher Jim Creskey, and Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs advisor Richard Marceau What sounds lik...
December 16, 2016
The premise of Faith in Canada 150 – a Cardus effort to raise the profile of religious faith in the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation – is that we can “live together in difference But does it truly imply neutrality on questions of culture and meaning? Cardus has taken the view th...
December 13, 2016
Bennett told the Senate Human Rights Committee in early December there is a need to explain domestically just how fundamental a right religious freedom is “The new office expands on the work undertaken by Andrew Bennett as head of the former Office of Religious Freedom by bringing those efforts toge...