Peter Stockland

Peter Stockland is Senior Writer with Cardus, and Editor of Convivium.

Bio last updated September 16th, 2021.

Peter Stockland

Articles by Peter Stockland

  • Carry On Questioning

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

    But if we are not willing to stand up to honestly ask, and honestly keep asking, essential questions about the apparent undermining of democratic life by spooks and spies in the Security State bureaucracy, what chance have we to beat back those other, more ephemeral demons of our age? Foolish questi...

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  • Door To Door

    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.

    Are such acts of civic decency (door holding is one example among thousands) the necessary and sufficient means to trump – yes, ha-ha – political corruption, religious violence, the cultural absurdity of Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl half-time performance? On the one hand, by no means It signals that the i...

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  • Reading Between the Lines - January 20, 2017

    From time to time, Publisher Peter Stockland will bring Convivium readers an in-between-the-lines reading of the week's past headlines. Read for a glimpse into the subtext of our latest media roundup. 

    Whatever the explanation, as veteran Quebec journalist Nancy Wood wrote recently on CBC.ca, it’s time for Justin Trudeau to remember he’s not just acting a part On the Montreal Gazette's "The trend of people living alone is more acute in Quebec than in most of North America": ...

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  • Finding Faith in Hidden Figures

    Publisher Peter Stockland reviews recently released film Hidden Figures and examines the nature of a forgiveness that continues to honour pain and hard truths. 

    The faith at the heart of Hidden Figures, however, is very much a gift of the black church, of the Christianity taught to and made infinitely richer by black slaves and their descendants, of the Christian struggle to inform justice with charity that moved Martin Luther King Jr Its beauty is it treat...

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  • Thinking About Law

    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. 

    So what does it look like? How do we understand Section 2(a) of the Charter? And in the 35 years since the signing of the Charter, how has that fundamental freedom been understood not only by the courts, but also within that court of public opinion? Do we have a different understanding of religious ...

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  • Entertaining Us to Death

    Peter Stockland examines the art of obituary authorship's demise and our ever growing mis-relation with death.

    The best obituary writers understood in their bones that their craft relied on telling stories primarily about people who had passed on only after they had passed at least one of three stages in life: 1) old 2) very old 3) running out the clock Much of it results, I’m convinced, from the atrophying ...

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  • The Path Now Taken

    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.

    In The Feel of the City, Kenny makes the case that Montreal was the ideological and physical 19th and 20th century force that pushed Canada into modernity with all its triumphs and tensions, progress and impoverishment It was a corporate grandfather of the Grand Trunk Railway that, ultimately, becam...

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  • Noteworthy Viola Desmond

    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.

    For many Canadians, the grave thing to be overcome is the systemic racism that Desmond fought against with such courage ...

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  • Laughter and Light

    The revelation of the pope publicly enjoying soccer, Knausgaard protests, brings that spiritual elevation crashing back to imperiled earth, our fragile, mundane blue ball floating in the sober chaos of the cosmos When I read in this month’s Harper’s Magazine that the celebrated Norwegian novelist Ka...

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  • Post Truth Tough Potatoes

    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 In the pre-post-truth world where competitive private media kept it honest, the CBC had the nece...

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  • Listening Through Literature

    Like Lilla’s concern with identity politics specifically, like Tippett with her pushback against obsessive preoccupation with politics generally, Boyagoda sees in literature a necessary opening to rediscover the whole story of what it means to be human The heft of Lilla’s impeccable liberal credenti...

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  • Young Nun in Prayer

    It has been said that we are never more ourselves than when we are deep in prayer. Tusita Studio provides the viewer of a glimpse of this deeply human moment of divine intercession. 

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  • The Tower of Song

    But through the pleasure of his poetry Cohen could – and continues to be able to through technological posterity – move us to time and place where: Poetry does not lose its magical power… but merely transfers it from an action on nature to an action on the reader or hearer,” Frye says ...

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  • Softly Lit Synagogue

    Bathed in afternoon light, this capture of a softly lit synagogue moves the viewer towards a sense of unity as found in arches created with a spirit of holy intention. 

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  • Apocalypse Not Yet

    Protection of those charities was the reason Van Pelt went public in September with a Convivium column revealing plans by Universities Canada to effectively strip faith-based schools of membership Appeal Court decision in the Trinity Western case will find reason for even broader hope than just the ...

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  • Speech on Campus Censored for Preferred Pronouns

    Douglas Farrow, McGill’s Professor of Christian thought and holder of the Kennedy Smith Chair in Catholic Studies, lambastes U of T administration in an open letter for trying to “compel [Peterson] to adopt the linguistic habits of those with whom he profoundly disagrees,” namely transgender activis...

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  • Navigating True Compassion

    Paradoxically – some might say Providentially – Ian was part of an experimental electronic medical records program that gave Tompkins full access to every detail of his care Such large-scale forgetting, Tompkins believes, is why even seasoned practitioners in the public health care system frequently...

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  • Ecclesiastes

    The world as seen from the literal perspective of the holy book. 

    In Stephen Radford’s photograph of this English church, no breath disturbs the pages of the Bible or its red ribbon page markers ...

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  • 'Til Death Do Us Part' Might Delay Death

    29 by Cardus Family must prompt a serious conversation in the medical world, among politicians, and even in schools about the positive health outcomes of long, strong marriages Now we’ve got numbers that we can put to it to change that conversation, to promote healthy marriages and make changes in t...

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