Why traditional school may not be ideal for your kids

COVID-19 concerns could open parents’ eyes to the crucial benefits of kitchen-table learning

Why traditional school may not be ideal for your kidsDavid is the father of three children. While pushing his kids on the swings at his local park in Ottawa, he confesses to other parents at the playground that he’s concerned about putting his kids back in school because of COVID-19. However, he’s also worried about keeping them home in case they fall behind. The…

The waiting is the hardest part, for the hopeful and the pregnant

If abortion is such a hard decision, as even advocates maintain, why aren't women allowed the time to make it?

The waiting is the hardest part, for the hopeful and the pregnantThere are Canadian women whose waiting doesn’t matter. And then there are Canadian women whose waiting is especially terrible and reported on regularly. The Canadian Press reported on Aug. 15 that a 29-year-old whose birth control failed got the abortion she wanted. Except it wasn’t quite fast enough. She waited two months for her abortion…

A healthy marriage culture builds a thriving society

A healthy marriage contributes to family stability so there’s a need for recovery of the institution. But how?

A healthy marriage culture builds a thriving societyBy Andrea Mrozek and Peter Jon Mitchell Cardus You could sugar-coat the newly-released 2016 Census data on families, households and marital status by applauding the rise of family diversity in Canada. Yet family diversity is so often a euphemism for family breakdown, which is something that’s generally painful. A more honest take on the Statistics…

Bursting the universal daycare bubble

Those lobbying for a universal system make up an unholy alliance of left and right – and very little of it has anything to do with actual benefits to children

Bursting the universal daycare bubbleThere’s been a push for a universal daycare system in Canada for 40 years. All that time, it’s been called a “crisis.” Now, federal Families, Children and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos promises we’ll get there “eventually.” Frankly, if we never do, it will be a decided win for families. This so-called crisis has only…

The truth about wasteful daycare funding

Offer money - not centres or spaces - to families and allow parents to make choices without being told the kind of care they’ll use

The truth about wasteful daycare fundingThe City of Toronto is asking you, Canadian taxpayer, to pay for most of its new, expansive daycare plans. But Toronto actually has a surplus of daycare spaces. Municipal politicians have adopted a plan that calls for the creation of 30,000 daycare spaces over the next decade with funding requirements as high as $2.6 billion. Provincial…

Valuing motherhood advances women’s rights

The plight of the North American woman is that she can be all she wants to be, just don’t bring motherhood into the picture

Valuing motherhood advances women’s rights“I haven’t been discriminated against because I’m a woman,” said Véronique Bergeron. “I’ve been discriminated against because I’m a mother.” Bergeron – a technical writer, holder of two law degrees, creator of a home business and mother of nine children – brought that message to an International Women’s Day event in the Ottawa offices of think-tank Cardus.…

Profiting off our need for family, children

Hopelessness is leading people to search for a co-parent, not for the purpose of a loving relationship but solely to have a child

Profiting off our need for family, childrenI remember the first time a friend said she would consider having a child on her own via in-vitro fertilization (IVF). We were sitting on her balcony in midtown Toronto having a coffee roughly 12 years ago. She was at least a nominal Catholic and while dating wasn't working (neither of us was in a…

Clinton loss a vote against women? Hogwash

Donald Trump didn't beat Hillary Clinton because he's a man – he won because Clinton is at least as flawed as he is

Clinton loss a vote against women? HogwashWouldn't it be convenient if there were a simple reason why Donald Trump won? Some feminists think they have it: misogyny. Linda Stasi in the New York Daily News writes: “I firmly believe that this was never a contest of right versus left. It was always a contest of male versus female. This was not…

Free speech is under attack, but Jordan Peterson stands firm

We must be free to think and speak in Canada. If University of Toronto's Jordan Peterson can’t do it with tenure, then who can?

Free speech is under attack, but Jordan Peterson stands firmFreedom of speech and thought are in peril in Canada. The attacks on Jordan Peterson help demonstrate that. Peterson, a psychology professor at University of Toronto, launched himself into the public eye recently by expressing concerns about the growth of state authority and diminishing freedom related to transgender activism. Make no mistake, this is about freedom –…

If marriage was a pill, we would be clamouring for it

The unmarried of both sexes have higher death rates, whether by accident, disease or self-inflicted wounds

If marriage was a pill, we would be clamouring for itTwo years ago, Tina got a cancer diagnosis. It started as breast cancer and spread to her lymph nodes. After undergoing chemotherapy and surgery, today she is cancer free and doing well. Still, if you ask her about her difficult journey, she will emphatically tell you this: She wouldn’t have survived without her husband. As…