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Are there opportunities for more dialogue after Canada’s divisive election?

A minority government will make it more difficult for Trudeau’s Liberal Party to press its political agenda, but some see this as an opportunity for civic society actors: “Maybe this new situation loosens and opens things up for people to engage.” → Read More

Canadian elections up for grabs as Trudeau deals with blackface controversy

On Sept. 11, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the official start of Canada’s 2019 federal election campaign, beginning a 40-day countdown until Canadians get to cast their votes on Oct. 21. → Read More

How a ‘green’ church in Toronto teaches theology through design

The daily light show at St. Gabriel's in Toronto is not just aesthetically moving, writes Dean Dettloff. It is part of a church design that reminds us of human dependence on the earth. → Read More

The Catholic Case for Communism

What Catholics (still) don’t understand about communism. → Read More

The radical Benedictine sister who fought for Catalan independence

The tumult in Catalonia continues. Many Catalans wonder what the future holds for their community. Among them is a rabble-rousing Benedictine nun, Sister Teresa Forcades, one of the most recognizable voices within Catalonia’s independence movement. → Read More

Canadian Catholics skeptical new oversight office will stop mining exploitation abroad

“Will this ombudsperson really be able to provide justice for a community in Guatemala, who has really experienced crimes, including rape, the forced displacement of their community, and murder?” → Read More

As Trudeau fights to survive, resignation of A.G. distresses Indigenous people

Ms. Wilson-Raybould resigned from her post in the cabinet of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Feb. 12 over what she called pressure to go easy on bribery and fraud charges against the Quebec-based multinational engineering firm SNC-Lavalin. → Read More

As tensions mount over aid delivery, is Canada undermining dialogue in Venezuela?

Though not usually seen as a major player in global politics, Canada has taken a leadership role in the Lima Group, which aims to restore “constitutional democracy” in Venezuela. → Read More

What does a wave of U.S. and Canadian strikes say about the future of labor?

Strikes have likewise been prominent in Canada’s southern neighbor over the last year. Teachers in West Virginia made national headlines when strikes across the state won higher wages from a Republican governor and legislature → Read More

Romero House: A place to call home for refugees in Toronto

Many asylum seekers have been housed in hotels or shelters, even as private groups are prepared to help them adjust to life in Canada. In downtown Toronto, however, inspired by the life of a freshly canonized saint, another model has been operating for over 25 years. → Read More

New book alleges that Canadian police favor mining interests over indigenous peoples

Carleton University researchers say that Canadian mining companies are taking advantage of anti-terrorism tactics to suppress legitimate political protest. → Read More

Trudeau condemns Trump’s family separations, but Canada has detention problems, too

Canada is not innocent when it comes to immigration policies that have the potential to hurt individuals and divide families. → Read More

An Irish monk breathes new life into liturgical art in Toronto

Brother O'Herlihy says his paintings, which are not intended for galleries but for spaces of worship, are meant to inspire a prayerful dialogue with viewers. → Read More

After deadly van attack, Toronto is still looking for answers

Suggesting that people who struggle with their mental health are likely to be violent is dangerous, especially when people with disabilities are more likely to be the victims of violence than perpetrators. → Read More

A demand for a papal apology roils Canada

"A future Papal visit to Canada may be considered, taking into account all circumstances, and including an encounter with the Indigenous Peoples as a top priority.” It does not say this encounter would mean an apology. → Read More

Justin Trudeau’s ‘celebrity secularism’ and an examination of Canadian conscience

The complications of Canadian Catholicism came into sharp relief when Justin Trudeau, a Catholic politician and leader of the popular Liberal Party, became prime minister in October 2015. → Read More

The ‘prophetic’ merging of Canadian Jesuit provinces

Jesuits hope their unification might be a witness in a nation riven by cultural trauma. → Read More

Canadian Catholics support new office to oversee global mining interests

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops praised the new ombudsperson office, noting it “has called attention to concerns and complaints involving Canadian-based and/or Canadian-registered companies which operate in other countries." → Read More

Minimum-wage win: grassroots campaign in Ontario scores increase

It will come as no surprise that Canadian economists are divided on the benefits of raising the minimum wage, but proponents say the hike is desperately needed following decades of wage stagnation that has led many Canadians to take on significant debt. → Read More

Toronto cold exposes breakdowns in shelter services for homeless people

Word of homeless people being turned away from shelters during the cold snap did reach Toronto’s ombudsman office, and an investigation into shelter space and access to it has been initiated. → Read More