Transforming Teachers - Canada

  • 2016.04.05 Cardus released "Business Gone Quiet"

    Business gone quietCardus, “a think tank dedicated to the renewal of North American social architecture,” released their newest paper Business Gone Quiet: Why Does Canada's Education Monopoly Continue Unquestioned?

    “The business community routinely pushes governments to ask hard questions about both the costs and the efficacy of delivering services. However, they are virtually silent on an issue to which governments dedicate more money than any other service save health: K-12 education. Why the silence”

    To read the entire paper authored by Dr. Beth Green, Brian Dijkema and Michael Van Pelt, go to Cardus Education Policy Studies and download the PDF.

  • At Canada's universities, faith is under fire

    “Universities Canada [UC]is the association that governs Canadian universities, large and small. They've amended their governing bylaws in a way that pressures the hard-won religious freedom of faith-based universities. Universities Canada has done this behind closed doors, heading toward a vote in October [2016]. Using anti-discrimination bylaws to discriminate and exclude isn't right. It's a denial of religious freedom and, what's worse for the body that governs universities, it puts a chill on academic freedom.”

    Read more at Convivium: Special Edition: Universities Canada and Religious Freedom

    "Charter jurisprudence and statutory law at least attempt a balance, even if it's not always successful. The proposed UC membership bylaw seeks no balance…. It actually creates inequality precisely on the basis of religious belief.

    The secular behemoths that dominate our university scene will be untouched by this bylaw. Instead, it threatens the most vulnerable of our post-secondary institutions: the small, faith-based universities."

    This excerpt from Father Raymond de Souza's piece in the National Post is of great importance to those who care about religious freedom in Canada. Read Father de Souza's article here.

  • Leading explorer David Thompson

    By Rev. Dr. Ed Hird in Light Magazine, July 2017

    David Thompson represents the best of the early Canadian explorers. A strong Christian, he remained faithful to his wife and never sold alcohol to First Nations people. Thompson had seen so many First Nations people harmed by the liquor trade that he had acquired a strong aversion to such profiteering. When once forced to carry alcohol on his donkeys, he tied the ropes so loose that the barrels were smashed on the mountain rocks.

    Born April 30, 1770 in Westminster, Middlesex England to Welsh parents, Thompson's father died when he was only two years old. His mother moved the family to London, changing their Welsh name ApThomas to the more easily spoken Thompson. When Thompson moved to Canada, he never again saw either his family or London. In his journal, he wrote of a "long and sad farewell to my noble, my sacred country, an exile for ever."