Peter Stockland

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

Bio last updated July 30th, 2021.

Peter Stockland

Articles by Peter Stockland

  • Connecting the Core of Judaism

    A delegation from Ottawa’s Kehillat Beth Israel Congregation takes a Torah to Tanzania today, a community endeavour connecting Jewish faithful across the globe.

    When a delegation from Ottawa’s Kehillat Beth Israel Congregation takes a Torah to Tanzania today, the ornate scroll will have its own centre seat on the overseas flight from Toronto For the Rabbi and Richard Marceau, a member of Kehillat Beth Israel as well as general counsel and vice-president for...

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  • Changing the Meaning of Climate Change

    With the 2019 federal vote being dubbed Canada’s climate change election, Convivium’s Peter Stockland says all sides must change rhetorical theatrics into serious reasonable solutions.

    Two tip-offs of that are a) the declaration that “the science is settled” on climate change and b) the caustically derisive snorts that such a claim invariably evokes from those opposed Beyond that, even if it were possible for science to fully settle, how is it that in the space of the fewest of ye...

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  • Testing Canada’s Democracy

    The election results demonstrate Canada’s strength in democracy, writes Convivium’s Peter Stockland, citing an Adam Gopnik analysis in the New Yorker crediting a spectrum of parties reflecting the mood and interests of the country.

    Yet here, too, Gopnik turns to the institutionally rooted strength of Canadian liberal democracy as a safeguard against worst case scenarios of Quebec nationalism reverting to revival of outright sovereignty, or of any Western separatist movement gaining serious traction That tradition, Gopnik concl...

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  • Sticking Up for Christian Schooling

    Convivium’s Peter Stockland checks out the innovative independent school in rural Eastern Ontario that was denied a chance to pay top dollar for an empty public school building.

    There’s an inherent injustice, he says, born of an inability to see that both the public school system and independent schools are in the business of, as Deani Van Pelt says, satisfying the hunger for the best education possible Where, that is, money spent must be raised by the school itself not, Fe...

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  • From Fatherhood to Priesthood

    Fr. Robert Assaly is the first married Catholic priest in the Montreal archdiocese, ordained this past September. Publisher Peter Stockland sits down with Fr. Assaly to discuss this calling from fatherhood to priesthood.

    With his family of six children, it’s a natural fatherly thing for the first married Catholic priest in the Montreal archdiocese to say In 2015, he and Nancy were formally received into the Catholic Church Montreal has endured a vocational crisis for decades, though Assaly says that’s a problem that...

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  • The Power of Humility

    Graydon Nicholas, the first Indigenous lieutenant-governor of New Brunswick, has spent a lifetime setting an example for reconciliation, writes Peter Stockland. 

    Thomas University or in his role as Supreme Warden of the Knights of Columbus, Nicholas has maintained that process of continuous humility by challenging fallacies between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, particularly those of faith Chabot first encountered Nicholas several years ago through in...

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  • The Climate Marchers’ Gambol

    Convivium’s Rebecca Darwent and Peter Stockland tag along with protesters in Ottawa and Montreal respectively. They find the mood, far from one of crisis and despair, is like a playful walk in the park. 

    But what happens after, when the signs are thrown away and the crowds dismissed?  Instagram feeds of teens and young adults will fill up over the next few days with quasi-hopeful messages because crowds gathered for… something (Does anyone know?) The civic duty of posting a photo on social media, lo...

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  • Restoring Humanity

    Publisher Peter Stockland calls for an end to the vile tactics of the election campaign, citing the words in a eulogy Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave at his father’s funeral to “never attack the individual.”

    Above all, we need our leaders to do what former Prime Minister Trudeau did for eight-year-old future Prime Minister Trudeau: Restore the human to the political Where every leader, including Prime Minister Trudeau himself should look, is to the oration he gave at his own father’s funeral on Oct ...

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  • What’s Wrong With Canada’s Child Care Picture?

    Peter Jon Mitchell, acting director of Cardus Family, details a new report showing how federal and provincial child care policies distort the way Canadians care for their kids.

    Are people paying attention to this and saying, "Okay, we need to take child care into account as a serious election issue?"  That means there's 40 per cent out there who aren't in a daycare and the ones in child care are in diverse forms of care PS: You chose to look at the federal child care appro...

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  • Bringing Back Debate

    As a very tight federal election race kicks off today, we look to the importance of democracy and debate in a time of political cynicism.

    based communications strategist Laura Williams has just published a short essay containing six words that should be inked under every Canadian’s eyelids as the federal election begins today In her essay posted on the web site of the Foundation for Economic Education, Williams invokes that truth for ...

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  • Bigotry Repeats Itself

    The differences between Andrew Scheer and John F. Kennedy may be stark. But last month's anti-religious assaults against Scheer hold a troubling similarity to what Kennedy experienced 60 years ago. 

    It’s an escalation that must deeply concern all Canadians, not merely adherents to all religious traditions, including those in communion with the Roman Catholic Church Then they were disallowed from using democratic means to persuade their fellow citizens that Catholic doctrine, limited in the publ...

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  • A Labour Day Warning About Populists Rising

    Canada’s labour policies are leaving millions behind and risk Trump-style revenge politics spilling over the border, warns a new Macdonald-Laurier Institute study.

    That’s why, Speer also cautions from a purely secular think tank perspective, it’s worrisome that an increasing portion of our robust economy and rising incomes are, in reality, driven by government transfers, not real work for earned wages What better time to drive that point home than during a fed...

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  • Flinging Mud at the Marriage Debate

    Publisher Peter Stockland argues the “revelation” that Conservative leader Andrew Scheer opposed same-sex marriage is more than a mere political dirty trick. It muddies democracy itself by denying all sides of the debate their place in history and memory.

    But arguably, Scheer’s contention in his speech that the existential continuum of marriage could never include same-sex marriage was a mere channeling of the Supreme Court decision By the time Andrew Scheer gave his speech in 2005, those activists had not yet succeeded in changing his mind, or the m...

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  • Don't Say the E-Word

    Looking to the new Elections Canada rules that require jumping through hoops just to debate climate change, as well as a Convivium run-in with trying to advertise a story on Facebook, Peter Stockland questions how far our democratic babysitting has gone.

    My friend, former colleague and Convivium contributor Peter Menzies writes on Troy Media today that the uproar over Elections Canada and climate change must be seen as well-intentioned rules being administered at peak persnickety A clear sign of what’s coming is the blow-back that erupted this week ...

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  • MAiD In Canada

    Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition stands unsurprised at this week's news of Dr. Ellen Wiebe's exoneration after she administered death to a patient in a facility where Medical Aid in Dying is prohibited.

    As he moved toward leadership of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, Schadenberg was surprised by how few of those in his community were able to see the juggernaut of medical killing bearing down on Canada After 20 years of watching the MAiD juggernaut gain increasing power until it has the means t...

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  • Belfast, Brexit and Boris Johnson

    Think of it this way: for the last 30 years of the 20th century, citizens of Belfast, Derry, and other Northern Ireland cities, negotiated various aspects of their lives around police and military checkpoints, demands for ID cards, and flashlights shone in their eyes at night Why? Because beyond the...

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  • The Vocabulary of Who We Are

    Watching the Château Laurier fiasco from a comfortable distance, Peter Stockland sees parallels between Ottawa’s architectural debacle and the history of Belfast’s city hall.

    Belfast, Northern Ireland – It’s intriguing to watch across an ocean as turbulence continues to cycle in Ottawa over the state and fate of the national capital’s Château Laurier Hotel In September that year, tens of thousands of so-called unionists, implacably opposed to Home Rule, signed a “Solemn ...

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  • Ireland's Accidental History

    In this week's essay from Northern Ireland, Convivium's Peter Stockland encounters a young man whose grandfather was murdered on Bloody Sunday 1972 and waits to hear loyalist-unionist drums beat again in Belfast this Friday, July 12.

    Fast forward with a bullet to a bloody Sunday in 1972, and two men named Paddy being shot in the streets of Derry, Northern Ireland, because British soldiers present to ensure peace lost control and opened fire They, in turn, would assassinate our own father of Confederation, Thomas d’Arcy McGee and...

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  • A Beacon of Hope and Warning

    Publisher Peter Stockland has set his sails across the ocean to Belfast and tells of his reason for doing so – to participate in grasping the knowledge of Ireland's history and grappling with our own. 

    But the Canadian question that overwhelmed me on Moore Street in Dublin that day two years ago led me to enroll in the Irish Studies program at Concordia University in Montreal last fall For a Canadian, the question as to why Irish history has been so violent has to be followed by the question as to...

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  • Building Beyond Bill 21

    Quebec’s law banning public displays of religious symbols has affronted advocates of religious freedom across Canada. But Convivium’s Peter Stockland reports on plans by Montreal Catholics to turn the secularist tide and create strong communities of faith.

    “It’s not saying ‘well, how can we make parishes more like the government?’ It’s not saying ‘how can we make the government more like the parish?’ It’s saying ‘okay, what are the particular gifts and skills in this faith community, and how can we use them to help people in need in the parish in a wa...

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  • Shouting Down Democracy

    The mania for cranking every political message up to 11 is drowning out our democratic capacity to speak moderately, listen perceptively, and care about what our neighbours are saying, argues Convivium's Peter Stockland.

    So: one act of malfeasant hooting is amplified by media caterwauling into distortion beyond measure of the bare fact that Michael Cooper is but a 35-year-old excitable boy in his first term as an MP from small-town Alberta In fairness, those who produced the inquiry report might have had an honest b...

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  • Faith For Our Future

    Last week, Cardus Religious Freedom Institute launched its newest project, Faith in the Future. Convivium's Peter Stockland sits down with program director Andrew Bennett and researcher Aaron Neil to discuss the team's aspirations and plans as it kicks off.

    I think it points to an opportunity to advance the broader mandate of what we're doing at the institute, to re-present to people the importance of public faith and the importance of religious freedom and what better way to do that then through these young leaders of faith who want to live that out I...

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  • Free to Speak About Speech

    Father Tony Van Hee is an 83-year-old Roman Catholic Priest who was arrested in 2018 outside an abortion clinic in Ottawa. He has launched a Charter challenge against the restriction on free speech making it an offense to even protest the Bubble Zone legislation itself.

    The fact Ottawa police arrested and charged Father Van Hee despite his having avoided those behaviours – including expressing disapproval – shows the law is “overbroad” and therefore clearly violates Charter guarantees of free speech, the Charter challenge says The Charter challenge filed in Superio...

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