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  • Our Country, Our Gospel

    Raymond J. de Souza

    At a prayer breakfast today in Markham, Ontario, Convivium’s Father Raymond de Souza serves a reminder that Canadian Christians should be as proud to share the Christian Gospel as they are to be Canadians. The reason, de Souza says, isn’t triumphalism but the pure joy of speaking God’s Word.

  • Giving Thanks, Living Faith

    Raymond J. de Souza

    Father Raymond de Souza sees in the kerfuffle around U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s claim to Native heritage an example of truth being an act of faith for which we should be thankful.

  • The Lost Art of Asking

    Peter Stockland

    Whatever happened to saying “I just don’t know”? Today Convivium Publisher Peter Stockland shares concerns, in light of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation debacle, about troubling changes to public dialogue and the growth of political tribalism. Words are used to impress others with a willingness to think as they think—rather than to express thought.

  • Taking the Filter Off Life With Instagram

    Andrew Peterson

    Singer-songwriter and recording artist, Andrew Peterson explores his radical decision to delete Instagram off his phone in an age of almost constant social connectivity. You might ask if an artist whose very livelihood is tied to marketing can afford to remove himself from this social media platform? The real question, says Petersen, is can he afford not to?

  • Post-Truth Possibilities

    Peter Menzies

    Reflecting on a paper he wrote almost 10 years ago ago as a Senior Fellow for Cardus, veteran Canadian journalist Peter Menzies concludes that trust is adrift on a sea of lies but, hey, it’s still better to light a candle than curse the dark.  

  • Baby Steps for Gerber

    Keith Dow

    Recently, the Gerber baby food company chose a child with Down syndrome as its “spokesbaby.”  But as Keith Dow of Christian Horizons asks, while the winner’s extra chromosome paints an adorable picture for disability advocacy, will the small step begin a journey of lasting social change? 

  • The Law Society of Orwell

    Albertos Polizogopoulos

    Ottawa lawyer Albertos Polizogopoulos is saying “no” to the Law Society of Ontario’s demand for a written statement of principles obliging lawyers in the province to promote equality, diversity and inclusion. Here’s why.

  • #YourBudget Does You No Favours

    Andrea Mrozek

    The federal budget released this week purports to give women a hand up when in reality it gives men the brush off, contends Cardus Family Program Director Andrea Mrozek.

  • This Budget’s For You

    Peter Stockland

    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.

  • Trial Promises

    Peter Stockland

    Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has been criticized for intervening in the manslaughter trial of a Saskatchewan farmer. Convivium’s Peter Stockland argues the real damage will come if  judicial reforms she’s promising have already been rejected by the Supreme Court of Canada.

  • Fighting the World’s Oldest Oppression

    Deborah Rankin

    In the second of two parts, Convivum contributor Deborah Rankin talks with front line warriors against human sex trafficking. Despite tough laws passed by Canada in recent years, the battle in the street is far from over. 

  • Beating the Traffick

    Deborah Rankin

    During the last years of the Harper era, parliamentarians of all stripes worked in non-partisanship to combat human trafficking. Yet as Montreal writer Deborah Rankin learns from experts, and writes in this two-part Convivium series, all that political energy produced depressingly few benefits for young women trapped in the sex trade. 

  • Parliament’s #MeToo Moment

    Michelle Rempel

    In an eloquent speech to the Commons this week, Alberta MP Michelle Rempel issued a “call to action” for everyone on Parliament Hill – including the media – to stop treating collisions of sex and power as chances for partisan advantage, and start seeing them as serious social disorder. Because of its clarity in framing the issue, Convivium offers Rempel’s speech in full. 

  • Trudeau Versus Trudeau

    Peter Stockland

    In an interview this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke about his insistence on proper conduct between the sexes on Parliament Hill and, by extension, among Canadians generally. Peter Stockland examines what it means for a son to grapple with what his father catalyzed.

  • What’s Not Canada?

    Raymond J. de Souza

    Convivium’s editor in chief asks why more care wasn’t put into investigating a young girl’s tale about her sliced hijab – for her sake and for Canada’s

  • Bonjour-Hi

    Peter Stockland

    A government push to stop Quebec businesses from politely using a French-English greeting for customers is more than just another example of the province's language wars. Convivium Publisher Peter Stockland argues the move interferes with Quebec's social architecture.

  • Calling for the Common Good

    Today, we release the final piece in our series of Policy Options articles that have emerged as a response to our Spirited Citizenship: Care, Conflict, and Virtue round table in Ottawa last month, convened in partnership with the Angus Reid Institute to mark Canada’s Sesquicentennial. 

  • LGBTQ AT TWU

    Matthew Wigmore

    As a Trinity Western University grad and member of the LGBTQ community, contributor Matthew Wigmore urges caution about seeing tomorrow Supreme Court hearing strictly as a legal fight over religious freedom. 

  • Defending Trinity’s Right To Exist

    Evan Menzies

    Tomorrow’s Supreme Court of Canada’s hearing on Trinity Western University should engage all Canadians confronted by the State’s chipping away at fundamental Charter rights, warns alumnus Evan Menzies.

  • Mockery and Majesty

    Raymond J. de Souza

    Convivium editor in chief Father Raymond J. de Souza reflects on the new Governor General's recent remarks to the Canadian Science Policy Convention, outlining the connection between faith and science, and the importance of kindness and care for those around us. 

  • Three Risks For Freedom

    Janet Epp Buckingham

    Dead French intellectuals, explosive growth of social media, and busybodies obsessed with “feelings” all put traditional liberties at risk, Janet Epp Buckingham recently told the Parliamentary Forum on Canadian Freedoms