Articles by Peter Stockland
December 24, 2020
In the darkness that can envelop even the Christian Church, Peter Stockland writes, the season Christmas reminds us that Christ’s hope, faith, and truth illuminate the world.
On the eve of Advent, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Montreal released a devastating report on its own horror-show ineptitude regarding a sexually abusive priest named Brian Boucher Yet it’s here that the story turns from the particular pain of the faithful in Montreal to the universal joy and hope of Christmas Eve and the Christmas season
November 19, 2020
Catherine Frazee, a long-time disability Rights activist and Ontario’s former Chief Commissioner of Human Rights, talked to MPs about pending MAiD expansion recently. It wasn’t enough to make her give up hope, Peter Stockland reports.
As a member of the Equality Rights Committee of the DisAbled Women's Network Canada (DAWN), Frazee primarily sought during her Commons committee appearance to get MPs to understand how MAiD and its expansion undermine the equal standing of those with pronounced physical and mental vulnerabilities Li...
November 11, 2020
Laval University bioethicist Cory Labrecque argues the debate over medically assisted death ignores the reality we all face risk just by being human, Peter Stockland reports.
For his part, Labrecque ascribes a great deal of the nominal support for MAiD to calculated neglect of the reality of human vulnerability in end-of-life discussion and debate We allow ourselves to believe, as Labrecque himself experienced in the comments of his former med school colleagues about his...
November 4, 2020
The Prime Minister got it right the first time on the limits of free speech. His mistake was backing down in the face of vociferous criticism, Peter Stockland writes.
Elghawaby notes that French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin has made clear a principal aim of the current crackdown is to “send a message” to French citizens who are Muslims that they are being watched even if they have nothing to do with jihadi, of even criminal, activity In one of the best (albe...
October 28, 2020
Palliative care expert Dr. Leonie Herx is one of 750 doctors publicly urging the Trudeau government to deep-six its new “death on demand” legislation, Peter Stockland reports.
The willingness of the political class to transfer palliative care dollars into billable hours for medically administered lethal injections is an irrefutable marker of the power shift to MAiD from what Canadians prior to 2016 understood as medical care Adding the pressure of Bill C-7’s “death on dem...
October 22, 2020
Experts in law, medicine and disability advocacy are joining the chorus calling for the withdrawal of the Liberal government’s bill to expand medically administered death, Peter Stockland writes.
No longer limited to hastening death, Bill C-7 embraces MAiD as means of terminating an otherwise viable life – but only the life of someone with an illness or disability for whom death is rendered an appropriate therapeutic response to suffering,” the lawyers’ letter says “Suddenly, a lethal injec...
October 15, 2020
The Liberal government’s proposed Bill C-7 has drawn multifaith ire across Canada and a sharply-worded public call to immediately halt the legislation, Peter Stockland reports.
More than 50 leaders across the faith spectrum warn the Liberal government’s changes to Medical Aid in Dying legislation will pressure vulnerable Canadians to opt for “lethal procedures” over living with illness or disability ...
September 7, 2020
Raymonde Gauthier, co-curator of a current exhibit at Montreal’s Hôtel Dieu museum, explores with Peter Stockland how the 19th century partnership of Bishop Ignace Bourget and architect Victor Bourgeau shaped the city’s spiritual landscape.
What is known is that over the course of his years crafting churches at Bourget’s behest, Bourgeau gained such architectural stature in Montreal that he was ultimately able to spurn the Bishop’s greatest commission The succeeding 36 years constituted a whirlwind of ultra-montane Roman Catholic expan...
September 4, 2020
Retiring this summer after 46 years as editor of the Chesterton Review, Father Ian Boyd tells Peter Stockland why the great Christian journalist has such enduring appeal and importance.
“(George Bernard) Shaw said that the world Chesterton was interested in was in the future rather than the past,” Father Boyd says The confession draws surprisingly little surprise from Father Ian Boyd, the world’s leading expert on the great Catholic apologist, and founding editor of The Chesterton ...
September 2, 2020
Energy wasted defending or toppling statues should instead power a national conversation about what, why and how we collectively commemorate our pluralistic pasts, Peter Stockland writes.
For her book Talking Stones: The Politics of Memorialization in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland, Elisabetta Viggiani mapped 157 publicly visible sites of Troubles commemoration in Belfast “The first casualty of peace is often the memory of war,” Ulster historian Jane Leonard writes in an essay publis...
August 25, 2020
Will the strong showing of Leslyn Lewis in the Tory leadership race revitalize a socially conservative conversation in Canada? Peter Stockland isn’t placing a bet on it.
That means bye-bye-birdie from the federal scene for MacKay, who set off the leadership race last year by criticizing Andrew Scheer for allowing social conservative issues to “hang around his neck like a stinking albatross” during the 2019 campaign Theoretically, that should in turn leave room for a...
August 20, 2020
Quebec’s mistreatment of faith groups during the COVID lockdown drew a Cardinal’s ire in words high on diplomacy and inspiring, says Canada’s former ambassador to the Vatican. Peter Stockland reports.
The whole of the statement is a relentlessly polite evisceration of the Quebec government’s ill-mannered and anti-democratic exclusion of the Church, yes, but also all faith communities in planning, executing and communicating around the COVID crisis But Father Piotr’s words were also a localized ma...
August 13, 2020
Paul Donovan’s retirement as president of Montreal’s Loyola High School ends his 39-year association with the historic Catholic institution, which included a major religious freedom victory in the Supreme Court. Peter Stockland reports.
Paul Donovan, the recently retired president of Montreal’s Loyola High School, stands by the graduating class photo that contains his father Kevin, who was also a student at the storied Jesuit high school When he was promoted to president from principal of Loyola five years ago, in the aftermath o...
July 29, 2020
The current board of the Irene Thomas Hospice in Delta, B.C., is fighting to stay true to its Christian roots and remain “an authentic palliative care facility,” writes Peter Stockland.
The board of the Irene Thomas Hospice hoped faith alone could stop the onslaught of MAiD at the 10-bed palliative care facility on Vancouver’s southeast edge In fact, Angelina Ireland adds, it’s been clear for months the whole goal of a social media-driven membership campaign was to build the number...
July 17, 2020
What questions didn't get asked, wonders Peter Stockland, when a 36-member cabinet assessed a $900 million plan with a mega-charity linked to the Prime Minister and his family?
Or else what? Do you really want a collision with Daddy? It’s has the ring, at least, of being a Canadian political reminder that, to borrow Anne Applebaum’s phrase, “sometimes the point isn’t to make people believe the bull – it’s to make people fear the bully Wilson-Raybould, of course, is the for...
July 3, 2020
There’s no question Canadians must call out systemic bigotry, Peter Stockland says, but he cautions we must also be systematic in making sure we call the right things by that name.
The original complaint against him for disputing the claim of “genocide” exploded into a cherry picked “uncovering” of virtually every word he’s published during the past 20 years either at C2C or in his days as editor of the Byfield family’s unabashedly conservative Alberta Report All of which cons...
June 19, 2020
Convivium Editor Peter Stockland talks with Rev. Deacon Andrew Bennett, director of the Cardus Religious Freedom Institute, about regaining the light of shared humanity in this time of pandemic and racial protest.
But we also have to recognize that as a human community, we fail a lot of the time to recognize the dignity of all people PS: Where will those new voices of community come from in a time when we all seem so fragmented from each other? Black Lives Matter no longer trusts that the communities outside ...
June 9, 2020
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s appearance at an anti-racism protest in Ottawa wasn’t questioned for his support of the worthy cause, but for his ambivalence toward the sacrifices of Canadians during COVID-19, reports Peter Stockland.
That very characteristic, alas, is what makes so disconcerting Prime Minister Trudeau’s choice last Friday to participate in a mass anti-racism protest in the streets of Ottawa and on Parliament Hill Or he stood with the millions of Canadians who’ve kept the common good in the forefront despite the ...
June 5, 2020
It's human failure that allows racism to run rampant in Canada, writes Peter Stockland, and it's human atonement—rather than erasure—that can build a better future.
Whatever the rights and wrongs of what happened to Stockwell Day, the most unfortunate moment this week was Prime Minister Trudeau’s failure to make use of exactly that personal experience as reminder, as a gesture of leadership, in combating the systemic racism-bigotry-prejudice that assails us Sho...
June 1, 2020
Through the strengthening of their school community as well as the surprising growth of an extended community, Community Christian School in Drayton, Ontario looks beyond just the academic in their transition to remote schooling.
Pressures of time undermining fairness and community have also been on Grade Seven teacher Carla Alblas’ mind at Providence Christian School in Dundas Ontario as she and her students seek to overcome COVID-19 lock-down obstacles Indeed, Verburg says, Community Christian was already pretty well-advan...
May 27, 2020
Between hurdles such as rural Internet issues, emotional needs, and kids being kids, Northumberland Christian School has discovered that the path to teaching remotely relies heavily on the community they've always valued, reports Peter Stockland.
“Kids are kids,” Mack says looking back on the days after rural Northumberland Christian School resorted to online learning to keep the school year going It didn’t take long after the mad scramble caused by COVID-19’s forced closure of Ontario schools for Ginette Mack to realize some things never ch...
May 25, 2020
When the Ontario government made the call to shut down school buildings, John Knox Christian School's leadership team jumped into action. In the second of a series on independent education, Peter Stockland reports on how the school got back on track so quickly.
The distance-learning logistics were up and running relatively quickly, leaving time for essential focus on communication with the whole school community: staff, students, parents, and with a savvy nod to current realities social media followers In the end, John Knox chose to sustain the mindset of ...
May 21, 2020
Ontario’s independent schools outperformed their government counterparts during COVID-19. Peter Stockland reports on policy recommendations from Cardus Education’s David Hunt to strengthen Ontario's education for all students.
Hunt argues the “inflexibility, inequality and inefficiency” of government education stands in stark contrast to the nimbleness and responsiveness of Ontario’s independent schools, which he maintains did a far superior job of responding to the needs of the students and communities In a policy brief ...
May 20, 2020
A recent set of public demands by Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying lobby raise serious concerns, reports Convivium's Peter Stockland.
Scheidl noted the paradox of CAMAP members pressing public demands for greater MAiD access at a time when frontline medical staff have made extraordinary efforts to keep alive people afflicted with COVID-19 CAMAP believes that if necessary provincial governments should issue directives to all faith-...