Articles by Peter Stockland
March 8, 2017
Cardus Family Program Director Andrea Mrozek shares about the vision for Cardus' Inaugural International Women's Day event.
Mrozek says polling data Cardus published just before International Women’s Day shows Canadian women – and Canadian feminism – to be far from politically monolithic
March 7, 2017
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."
I point to the NYRB to make my case only because its entire subject matter as, well, a review of books, concerns the thinking life that breeds rich culture To buy the New York Review of Books is to be reminded 20 times a year at point of purchase, and daily for as long as it takes to read the latest...
February 28, 2017
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.
Brian Dijkema, program director for Cardus’ Work and Economics, told the Queen’s Park Standing Committee on Social Policy that he applauds the Putting Consumers First Act for its efforts to control predatory practices around short-term, small dollar lending ...
February 27, 2017
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.
Yet the same weekend that Hollywood flipped itself farce-over-coffee-pot by announcing that La La Land, errrr, whoops, we meant Moonlight was the year’s top film, delegates to the conservative Manning Centre Conference in Ottawa were urged to unleash their inner comic and laugh the rest of us past t...
February 24, 2017
Publisher Peter Stockland sits down with Dr. Andrew Bennett on the eve of the 2017 Manning Conference.
The former Canadian ambassador for religious freedom, now program director for Cardus Law and a senior fellow with the think tank, will make the argument to delegates to the Manning Centre Networking Conference it’s “imperative” they grasp the importance of protecting spiritual belief and practices ...
February 23, 2017
Publisher Peter Stockland highlights the resonance of the upcoming release World Youth Day Krakow: A Pilgrimage of Mercy.
For Father Kalisch, such connection to the real world goodness of faith have been present from World Youth Day’s inception when 300,000 young people acted on an invitation from Pope John Paul II to gather in St For Father Jonathan Kalisch, a video reel highlight of last year’s World Youth Day was se...
February 16, 2017
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...
February 7, 2017
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...
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": ...
January 13, 2017
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...
January 11, 2017
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 ...
January 9, 2017
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 ...
December 23, 2016
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...
December 13, 2016
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 ...
December 7, 2016
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...
November 29, 2016
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...
November 23, 2016
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...
November 15, 2016
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 ...
November 8, 2016
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 ...
November 4, 2016
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...