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

  • A Life Saved by Tears

    In late June, Convivium’s Peter Stockland engaged in public conversation with lawyer, teacher and community activist, and author Jamil Jivani, 30, about his new book Why Young Men: Rage, Race and the Crisis of Identity. In this second installment of three parts, Convivium will serialize an edited transcript of the discussion so readers who weren’t able to attend might experience Jivani’s remarkable story and wisdom

    They treat young people and young men in particular as if they are necessary for a Hollywood-esque shift for our species that young men who commit to these ideas and this understanding of a faith can be the difference maker in where the world goes next It’s an Islam that becomes a stand-in for polit...

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  • Getting There From Here

    In late June, Convivium’s Peter Stockland engaged in public conversation with lawyer, teacher and community activist, and author Jamil Jivani, 30, about his new book Why Young Men: Rage, Race and the Crisis of Identity. Over the next three days, Convivium will serialize an edited transcript of the discussion so readers who weren’t able to attend might experience Jivani’s remarkable story and wisdom.

    That, to me, is an almost clinical description of people that I've known and experienced in life, of an environment where exactly the kind of things that you're addressing, the rage, that sense of crisis, that sense of identity, unfold The difficulty that men generally have, and certainly younger me...

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  • Free Not To Speak

    Its purpose is to launch more legal challenges on purely business grounds to the Canada Summer Jobs attestation requirement, and to raise awareness of what spokesperson Tamara Jansen called “shocking overreach” by the federal government “Similarly, the right to freedom of thought, belief and opinion...

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  • Saving the Idea of Faith

    At a yearly gathering of big-thinking Canadians, Cardus’ Ray Pennings challenges attendees to examine their own ideas about the critical place of religious faith in our common life.

    But Pennings identified two key outlooks of long-established Canadians that he contended do a disservice to the reality of religious life in the country, and imperil its foundation of tolerance We’re in the midst, he said, of an attitudinal shift that is flattening out the existing bell curve on whi...

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  • The Graying Of Cohabitation

    Senior Researcher Peter Jon Mitchell talks with Convivium about a new report from Cardus Family on data showing a doubling of the number of middle-aged Canadians choosing to cohabitate rather than marry. There are risks, Mitchell says, for the couples and for society.

    Convivium: What needs to be done then to help people understand that the choice between cohabitation and marriage can have a real effect on their lives in the years when they need to be preparing for old age? In other words, if you're still doing this when you're in your 50s, tick, tick, tick, right...

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  • Re-ordering The Relationship

    Today, Convivium is sharing a video sampling of the speech delivered by the Hon. Jason Kenney on May 18, 2018 as well as the fascinating panel discussion that followed between Kenney, Pat Nixon, founder and CEO of Calgary’s Mustard Seed ministry for the socially disadvantaged, and journalist Jen Gerson.

    Gerson expands the discussion to include the Church and the role of faith in the dichotomy between State and society ...

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  • MAiD and Modern Medicine

    Two years ago, on June 1, 2016, federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould was escorted to her seat in front of Canada’s Senate to explain her government's rationale for Bill C-14, a legislative concoction with a name from a high school chemistry class and the full power to transform Canadian society forever.

    Provincial foot-dragging on plans to expand palliative care services substantially is actually denying patients the very choice that was promised in the shift to MAiD, and making it increasingly problematic to discern which patients truly wanted to have a doctor deliberately end their life, Dr “The ...

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  • The Liberty To Dissent

    Convivium Publisher Peter Stockland argues that freedom itself, not just the subset of religious freedom, is at stake in Friday’s Supreme Court of Canada decision regarding Trinity Western University.

    Of course, the specifics of the Trinity Western case centre on religious freedom Beyond even the religious freedom arguments it has made, that liberty of dissent is what Trinity Western is insisting it must be left free to have, to hold, and to live ...

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  • Religion, Freedom, Citizenship

    In early May, Cardus hosted launch events in Ottawa for its Religious Freedom Institute. Father Deacon Andrew Bennett, CRFI’s director, spoke with Convivium's Peter Stockland about the kickoff and what’s to come for the new institute.

    AB: We're here to speak on behalf of, and to support in whatever way we can, all faith communities, and people of no particular religious faith who desire to speak in the public square about what they believe, to live out that public freedom What I saw here in Ottawa was just a tremendous sense of e...

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  • Fulmination Fantasies

    Recent attacks on a Conservative MP’s factual declaration push Canada closer to the dangerous edge where wishes and truth are one and the same, writes Convivium’s Peter Stockland.

    In 1989, in the immediate aftermath of Morgentaler, the government of the day introduced in the House of Commons legislation re-asserting the federal prerogative to control abortion through the Criminal Code For where, facing such a legislative fact, would the “right” to abortion have been had C-43 ...

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  • Getting Education Right

    In a recent talk to a group of conservatives, classical liberals, and libertarians, Cardus Executive Vice-President Ray Pennings challenged those present to re-think their approach to educating Canadian kids. Too often, he tells Convivium’s Peter Stockland, the Right offers more problems than solutions to what ails our schools.

    The result is that we have a public school system operating as a monopoly with a monopoly mindset protecting their monopoly and resistant to innovation.So, we have a robust sense of public education, we have meaningful choice, not based on private/public but of different sorts that parents right acr...

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  • Stopping to Look at L'Arche

    Randall Wright’s cinematic close up of L’Arche, Jean Vanier’s community for people with mental disabilities, opens today in theatres across Canada. The British documentary maker spoke with Convivium’s Peter Stockland about the powerful change that followed acceptance of Vanier’s invitation to see humanity itself in an entirely new light.

    I would have liked to have had more in the film of the one thing Jean values very highly, which is to give people back their past If we want to change the world, if we want peace, we have to be prepared to meet people who are from another group, who people unknown to us, maybe even our enemies Somet...

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  • Reaching Millennials With Religious Education

    Beth Green, program director for Cardus Education, talks to Convivium’s Peter Stockland about new research showing the benefits of religious education for members of the “lost in transition” Millennial generation.

    Until the Cardus Education Survey (CES) came along there wasn't an awful lot of data about the role of the school sector and education in this conversation about the religious and spiritual lives of teenagers Peter Stockland: Cardus Education has just released a research paper looking at the Millenn...

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  • Springing the Debt Trap

    This week, Cardus Work and Economics gave municipalities in Ontario data-driven advice about handling new powers over the debt trap that is the payday loan industry. Convivium’s Peter Stockland spoke with program director Brian Dijkema about helping cities help the working poor.

    If it is under-utilized advertising space anyway, why wouldn’t municipalities make a deal with credit unions and alternatives to market this product? Why not help them cover one of the major overhead costs? Some libertarians don't like this idea because they think it interferes with the market, but ...

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  • Fool's Gold?

    Convivium Publisher Peter Stockland finds in this week’s International Golden Rule Day a reminder that alluring dross has become the substitute for Christian culture.

    It’s the second of Christ’s two great commandments, following indivisibly from the first: to love God with all heart, soul, and mind On its surface, International Golden Rule Day appears to be a point somewhere between solemn religious feasts and munching a burrito Why? Because, despite its many mer...

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  • The Social Assistance of Marriage

    In a new study on social assistance and marital decision-making in Canada, Cardus Family senior researcher Peter Jon Mitchell finds growing acceptance that getting married is a sound way to avoid going on the dole.

    Peter Jon Mitchell: The report is a review of the literature for understanding the research environment on a particular question, which is, "Does social assistance in Canada influence family formation, particularly marital formation?" The idea is the review will actually lead into a much larger proj...

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  • Speaking Out Makes Us Citizens

    There’s much more at stake in the Canada Summer Jobs fiasco than student employment. There’s nothing less than the freedom of citizens to speak and oppose, writes Convivium Publisher Peter Stockland.

    It also changes the Summer Jobs debate from an argument for or against abortion, and it makes it about limitations on our basic right to political speech The fog of controversy has distracted Canadians from efforts by Hajdu and others to depict opposition to abortion as “hate speech” that violates f...

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  • Letting Up On Religious Freedom?

    Conservative MPs took one as a team fighting the government’s “values test” in the Canada Summer Jobs debacle. Then the Tories seemed to forget why continuing the fight still matters, writes Convivium Publisher Peter Stockland.

    Yet what, if anything, gets lost when the run of day issues crowd out a government act that converges against freedom of speech, freedom of conscience and, especially, freedom of religion? An interesting answer to that comes from Carl Hétu, who was in the public gallery for Monday night’s vote on th...

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  • To Tell the Truth

    This week’s legal decision over telling children about the Easter Bunny may seem like mere whimsy. In reality, Convivium’s Peter Stockland writes, it’s about barring the State from forcing us to lie.

    Whatever fueled the placement worker’s conduct overall – and by extension the enabling behaviour of the Hamilton Children’s Aid Society – Justice Goodman found the effect was serious violation of the Baars’ Charter rights to religious freedom and freedom of expression Much of the media coverage of t...

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  • Budget 2018: Dreams That Deny Data

    This week’s federal budget has admirable elements but also goes a long way to show the Liberal government’s shortcomings, Cardus experts tell Convivium.

    The real intention of the budget, Mrozek says, is to pressure more women into joining the work force to enrich the federal tax base and fund billions in new government programs Dijkema does applaud a number of initiatives in Morneau’s newest budget, including the new Canadian Workers Benefit, increa...

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  • This Budget’s For You

    Finance Minister Bill Morneau handed down a 2018 budget today that spends billions in new money Canada doesn’t have, and raises the national debt to almost $700 billion. But no worries, writes Convivium’s Peter Stockland. It’s also got a gendered analysis.  And it puts people first.

    For whether we call today’s document a budget or a social engineering blueprint, it is what federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau rose in the House of Commons to declare: “A plan that puts people first For example, increasing by $1.4 billion the amount available to women entrepreneurs through the Bu...

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  • Last Post For The Daily Bugle

    Tomorrow’s federal budget will reportedly hand millions in tax subsidies to Canada’s newspaper companies. Convivium’s Peter Stockland contends that will be the day their music dies.

    It’s the cold reality that has made the dividing line with journalism, again especially newspaper journalism, so crucial not only to democracy, but to our social order Some entity, some organization, some private business will be scooping up public cash to continue publishing something that has the ...

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