In times of crisis, we need to give more

Seven in 10 charities report lower revenues. As a whole, the sector has had to lay off 84,000 full- and part-time staff in Canada

In times of crisis, we need to give moreThe pandemic hasn’t been all bad for us. For some Canadians, it’s actually meant a bit of a financial boon. That’s not to say there haven’t been massive job losses and income losses. It’s just that the losses have happened unequally. The poorest and the youngest took the worst hit. When think-tank Cardus analyzed the…

Canada’s donor base needs a government boost

A temporary dollar-for-dollar matching program is affordable – and necessary for the health of the charitable sector

Canada’s donor base needs a government boostWhen it comes to shoring up Canada’s troubled charitable sector, we’ve heard good words. “I appreciate the need to protect the entire (charitable) sector to keep it resilient, to make sure that it thrives and doesn't collapse and comes out strong after COVID-19 is over,” federal Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen told the Canadian Press…

Closed secularism breeds intolerance

Divorcing a spiritual practice from its religious meaning is problematic and a forcible whitewashing of something deeply and fundamentally complex

Closed secularism breeds intoleranceBy David Hunt and Brian Dijkema Cardus Most court decisions are a zero-sum game. One side’s win is the other’s loss. But this was not the result recently at the B.C. Supreme Court in Nanaimo. Both sides, and the public, lost in Servatius versus Alberni School District No. 70. One side wanted smudging ceremonies and…

Rule of law is a cornerstone of our society

Marie Henein’s defence of Jian Ghomeshi shows us why due process is necessary

Rule of law is a cornerstone of our societyThere has been a lot of buzz about Marie Henein’s superb legal defence of the odious Jian Ghomeshi. The buzz is less about her work in actual court than about her defence of the basic principles of Canadian law in the court of public opinion. The main thing that stands out from the Justice 101…

Which NDP will introduce the “Act to End Predatory Lending”?

The Notley government can make an ideological point, or leverage the power of Albertans to build a better and fairer small-dollar loan market

Which NDP will introduce the “Act to End Predatory Lending”?In its recent throne speech, Premier Rachel Notley’s government said it intended to “protect Albertans who are experiencing economic distress from being preyed upon by unscrupulous lenders.” The idea, to create “an Act to End Predatory Lending,” is sound but how it is implemented will require great care. As noted in a recent report by…

Payday lenders might be vampires . . .

But they can also be a life saver when the need for cash is urgent and credit from traditional sources is unavailable

Payday lenders might be vampires . . .A list of the terms our society uses to describe payday lenders almost tells you everything you need to know. It reads a bit like a description of a B-grade horror film: predators, thieves, vampires, slave-drivers, or (my favourite) rapacious usurers. But if they’re so awful, why are they everywhere? Why is it that, despite…