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Peter Stockland

Peter Stockland is Senior Writer with Cardus, and publisher of Convivium. Read More ›

Articles by Peter Stockland
  • Nobody Babies

    Peter Stockland

    In an interview with Convivium, Andrea Mrozek, program director for Cardus Family, says Ottawa’s recent pledge of $650 million to make abortion more widely available overseas as part of a reproductive health initiative is another marker of Canadian society’s generalized disdain for having babies

  • The Industry of Ideas

    Peter Stockland

    Publisher Peter Stockland contests the idea that the age in which we dwell is one marked entirely by misinformation and the mediocre. Rather, he points us towards the rich tradition of several publications upon which to delve and enjoy a taste of "the good, the true, and the beautiful." 

  • Lending For The Long Term

    Peter Stockland

    Publisher Peter Stockland sits down with Work and Economics Program Director Brian Dijkema to talk about Pay Day Loans. Hear what Dijkema told Convivium before his testimony to the Queen’s Park Standing Committee on Social Policy.

  • Banana Peel Politics

    Peter Stockland

    Publisher Peter Stockland reports on the Manning Conference, Jason Kenney's new platform, and the University of Toronto's Jordan Peterson on the importance of speaking up. 

  • Finding Normal

    Peter Stockland

    Publisher Peter Stockland highlights the resonance of the upcoming release World Youth Day Krakow: A Pilgrimage of Mercy.  

  • Carry On Questioning

    Peter Stockland

    Today Publisher Peter Stockland reflects on the importance of asking honest, essential questions about democratic life. 

  • Door To Door

    Peter Stockland

    Publisher Peter Stockland reflects on the virtue of common decency and how the act of just holding a door for one another can remind us of what truly matters.

  • Thinking About Law

    Peter Stockland

    Although Cardus has been attentive to legal issues for years, this week marks the launch of a formal research program called Cardus Law. Convivium sat down the Executive Director Ray Pennings and program director Andrew Bennett to find out how will seek to raise the bar on public understanding of law in Canada. 

  • The Path Now Taken

    Peter Stockland

    Convivium publisher Peter Stockland finds a hole in a fence and follows a path built by determined pedestrians. What he discovers is not only a shortcut to Saint-Henri metro but also the common life of the quartier’s present, all the way back to its past.

  • #81: Noteworthy Viola Desmond

    Peter Stockland

    Having Viola Desmond grace Canada’s $10 bill is unquestionably a good thing. It will become a great thing, however, only if it helps us overcome the grave thing it reveals.

  • Laughter and Light

    Peter Stockland

    As the son of a father from Norway, I became acutely aware early on of the worldwide shortage of Norwegian comedians. A dark land of small population, with a cold-water coast, fish for supper, and Swedes for neighbors, Norway simply lacks the raw materials for export-grade mirth. Historically, as a result, its people have cultivated exceptionally fine gradations of seriousness ranging from to blank white taciturnity to cloud grey stoicism.

  • The Church at Mid-Day

    Peter Stockland

    Photographer Vinny Ciro’s wide view from the rear of this church at mid-day creates a sense of movement up the aisle as the closest pews shift in our peripheral vision and we are directed inexorably forward to the altar and upward toward the shadowed wooden vault above us. 

  • Post Truth Tough Potatoes

    Peter Stockland

    In the hoary Soviet-era joke, Vladimir and Estragon are sipping vodka during shift break at the nuclear power plant when they spy an ad in Pravda for GUM – the Soviet Union’s state department store chain.

  • Light

    Peter Stockland

    Light, essence of holiness and mystery, nudges our eyes from the illuminated pillars to the shy crook of the first boy’s arm, past the vivid reds of his robes and those of the middle boy, to the broader, taller third boy who appears in Sasin Tipchai’s photograph as the other dimension of holy mystery: shadowed, different, apart.  

  • Listening Through Literature

    Peter Stockland

    To one of those historical moments when the political air is pullulating with the shrieks of five-alarm banshees from all sides, American academic Mark Lilla just added a massed choir of air raid sirens.

  • Young Nun in Prayer

    Peter Stockland

    Skilled use of shallow depth of field in this Tusita Studio image brings immediate attention to the deep concentration on the face of the young nun, letting us follow the line of her nose to the downturn of her mouth so that we can imagine the flow of breath at the heart of all prayer and meditation. 

  • The Tower of Song

    Peter Stockland

    There has long been a short story mulling in my head about the ghosts of Saul Bellow and Mordecai Richler meeting by the St. Lawrence to fight over which is the greatest Montreal-born writer. Their dukes drop when Leonard Cohen strolls by in the flesh humming a few bars of Suzanne .

  • Softly Lit Synagogue

    Peter Stockland

    ​The strong line of the wood with its illuminated edge starting in the bottom right corner divides this Shpeizer photograph of a softly lit synagogue almost into two images. Light spilling across the image from the side window directs our attention to the central arch, where unity is found again. 

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