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

  • Rueing the Komagata Maru

    On Tuesday, B.C. Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal rose in the House of Commons to invite all Canadians to join in celebrating Vaisakhi and Khalsa Day. Prime Minister Trudeau had just reminded Canadians the day before of the deplorable Komagata Maru incident, and vowed to make a formal apology in the House of Commons for the bigotry and mistreatment it embodied.

    Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal rose in the House of Commons to invite all Canadians to join in celebrating Vaisakhi and Khalsa Day ...

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  • Just Bring in the Skin

    At the recent Broadbent Institute conference in Ottawa, progressive icon Gloria Steinem dropped a clanger that rates high among the fatuous pensées of this addled decade It’s a conceit so powerful that it can attract even self-styled fiscal conservatives who insist vociferously that there is no poli...

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  • Fast Forward Faith

    Daniel Bezalel Richardsen works for the federal government in Ottawa where he lives a life infused with his own Christian faith and deep interest in other religious traditions. 

    Daniel Bezalel Richardsen works for the federal government in Ottawa, where he lives a life infused with his own Christian faith and deep interest in other religious traditions Friendships with faithful Catholics, serious reading of Church history, being part of an ecumenical public theology group a...

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  • Return to Beginnings

    For both son and his father, travelling to holy sites in Israel deepened understanding of Christianity as a faith rooted in place. For Marceau, 45, it also illuminated the relationship between the Jewish faith to which he converted in his 30s. 

    For Marceau, 45, it also illuminated the relationship between the Jewish faith to which he converted in his 30s and the Catholic world in which he was baptized and grew up, including the years when he was paid a quarter to serve as an altar boy at Mass When it’s pointed out that he’s part of an even...

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  • Faith On A Handshake

    David Peck, founder of SoChange, sees his faith through a globalized lens. That means avoiding the exclusivist reflexes so many Christian churches have these days. His desire? "to get six billion faith-based people of the world on the same page when it comes to things like eradicating extreme poverty." 

    “One of the ways is to get six billion faith-based people of the world on the same page when it comes to things like eradicating extreme poverty At a minimum, it will plant seeds for further conversations, further recognition that commonality of human purpose – six billion people on the same page – ...

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  • Another Punch for Donald Trump

    Convivium Publisher Peter Stockland examines the link between current U.S. President Donald Trump and WWE. 

    Trump, whose name could be that of a professional wrestler from any era, began flirting with WWE in the ‘90s but became directly involved when McMahon staged a parody fight mimicking the New York real estate mogul’s feud with Rosie O’Donnell in 2007 Listen to the content, and you can hear the recycl...

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  • The Faith to Become a Bishop

    For Bruce Meyers, what might seem a radical career to many is part of a natural progression in a life lived through faith since childhood.

    “There was no road to Damascus conversion at all,” Myers said in a recent interview over coffee near the Toronto headquarters of the Anglican Church of Canada “I have been encountering people from my other walks of life before ordination, or just people who have never had anything to do with the chu...

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  • A Deadly Form of Normal

    For Conservative MP Harold Albrecht, the language of assumed normalcy that he heard during the committee hearing was “deeply disturbing” because it disregards the profound transformation in the Canadian understanding of the sanctity of human life By no means, executive director Josh Patterson conten...

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  • Politics with a Human Face

    There is, for instance, a heart-rending quote in Taber’s story from former Conservative cabinet minister Lisa Raitt about juggling childcare, yes, but more broadly about the impossibility of a personal life Washington Post columnist David Brooks has written about the phenomenon whereby those who are...

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  • Horizons of Belonging

    The CEO of Christian Horizons talks about the gifts that people with intellectual disabilities give to the larger society, and what it means to move beyond welcome to genuine belonging.

    JN: As an organization, as we’ve grown and matured, we’ve had to have those conversations: how is it that we’re an organization of faith, yet we welcome other people who don’t necessarily share that faith to participate with us? Some of the things that we spend a lot of time on are: What’s our theol...

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  • Publisher's Letter: Seeking to Belong

    The memory of that exchange, and reflection on the nature of a life lived largely at the outside edge of the campfire just by virtue of vocation, struck me several weeks ago when I heard Janet Nolan, CEO of Christian Horizons, begin a speech by differentiating between welcome and belonging In the fo...

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  • Justin Time

    Waggish Ottawa columnist John Robson observes in the National Post that Prime Minister Trudeau’s maiden speech to the Davos Economic Forum left out much while not leaving out nearly enough ...

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  • Quebec thumbs its nose at Supreme Court

    Meanwhile, the Quebec government had already passed legislation legalizing so-called medical assisted suicide, even though the Supreme Court has ruled that our constitutional separation of powers permits only the federal Parliament jurisdiction over the crafting of criminal law ...

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  • Faith in Conversation

    The Canadian Race Relations Foundation will hold a symposium in Richmond, B. C. this Thursday on whether cities in this country are doing enough to combat intolerance, including toward religious faiths. We sat down with CRRF Executive Director, Anita Bromberg, to discuss the upcoming event. 

    Their answer was to take some of the redress money (for mistreatment during the Second World War), convince the Canadian government to match it, and put a permanent endowment in place to fund and create a Crown agency that’s mission at its very core is to fight racism as a tool for building diversit...

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  • Isolating Intolerance

    Pardeep Nagra is not all that surprised when instances of religious intolerance make news. For him, it is a normal experience as a Sikh Canadian. Read about how he strives towards truthful living and social justice amid an imperfect Canada. 

    As Nagra recounts the ordeal, seared into his memory detail by humiliating detail, he underscores the ludicrous nature of it by pointing out that all he truly wanted to do was qualify to fight for Canada in the Olympics ...

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  • Belonging is Where it Begins

    For Christian Horizons CEO, Janet Nolan, it is all about fostering a sense of belonging when it comes to caring for people with exceptional needs. 

    Since becoming CEO four years ago, and marking her own 25th anniversary with Christian Horizons, Nolan has her hands full with an organization that, while primarily Ontario centred, has grown to a global reach ...

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  • Being Awake for the Moment

    And it has taken me a week in the week before Christmas to see, myopic, self-absorbed Christian that I am, how what I was given the gift of being present to was the image of Christ in His suffering and in His charity Christ is what I lack when I do not, as my friend did so graciously, accept the gif...

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  • Silent Night for Religious Intolerance

    Historically, it justified the torments against Jews that Bishop Crosby and Rabbi Frydman-Kohl now protest against being inflicted on Christians in the Islamic world “From Egypt to Iran and from Iraq to Nigeria, Christian communities throughout the region experience persecution in various forms, ran...

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  • Immune to Embarrassment

    Even as the federal government is bringing in its new euthanasia and assisted suicide legislation, we’ll be making Cardus Health a big part of our program for 2016 and beyond. The federal government has yet to introduce medical suicide legislation and already we are witnessing the next convulsion in...

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  • Why We Must Ask Why

    Even as the world was reacting in horror to the slaughter of innocents in Paris on November 13, Father John Walsh was moving past how and what to asking why.

    Three days after the Paris murders, Father Walsh brought that emphasis on the “clarity of why” to an annual interfaith conference on extremism hosted by the Montreal chapter of the International Dialogue Institute Rabbi Avi Finegold, in fact, “deputized” all those present to combat fundamentalist ex...

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