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Can a few stitches reconcile religion and secularism?

Gareth Morley reviews Brian Leiter’s Why Tolerate Religion? [Issue 36, 2015]
by Gareth Morley


Postmulticultural Ontario, through the eyes of a Quebecer

Bob Chodos reviews Jean-Louis Roy’s book on Ontario, which raises the question of the relationship between the majority and cultural minorities in a different context. [Issue 34, 2013]
by Bob Chodos



The interests of immigrants first

In Sweden, immigration is regarded as being primarily for the benefit of the immigrants themselves, and admission of refugees is the main priority. Elin Naurin and Patrik Öhberg report that, despite riots in a Stockholm suburb...
by Elin Naurin


The PQ’s toxic values brew

Columnist Reg Whitaker sees the Parti Québécois retreating into a narrow ethnic form of nationalism [Issue 34, 2013]
by Reg Whitaker



Seven reasons to support (something like) the Quebec values charter

Columnist Arthur Milner finds seven reasons why something like the Quebec values charter deserves support – in Canada, not only in Quebec. [Issue 34, 2013]
by Arthur Milner


Incidents in the Life 
of Markus Paul – 2: An accurate portrayal of Aboriginal complexities

Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul shows the good and the bad among both First Nation and white communities in the Miramichi Valley, a corner of northern New Brunswick. [From Inroads 31, 2012]
by Joseph Quesnel



A decade of Nisga’a
 self-government: A positive impact, but no silver bullet

Under the Nisga’a treaty a First Nation obtained some degree of self-government. I was lead researcher in a major study of the this experiment. [From Inroads 31, 2012]
by Joseph Quesnel


The Jacobson question

It’s all dark fun, but unvarnished darkness is falling fast. Unrelenting reports of vandalism ("swastikas painted on stars of David; an Orthodox man in his sixties beaten up at a bus stop”). This seems extraordinary. [From...
by Arthur Milner


banting pic

Are diversity and solidarity incompatible? Canada in comparative context

Canada provides a counternarrative to the US. The progressive agenda of diversity combined with solidarity is feasible, if inevitably fragile. [From Inroads 28, 2011]
by Keith Banting


The offence of atheism

The question of God, atheism, fundamentalism, faith and religion is tackled by Arthur Milner in his column. [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by Arthur Milner



Migrants as local citizens

François Crépeau looks at a humane approach to irregular migration in this article. [From Inroads 27, 2010]
by François Crépeau

duck station

Bombay Duck: Excerpts from a novel-in-progress

In 1942 American GIs pour into Calcutta. Yasmine Khan opens a nightclub called Bombay Duck smack in the middle of town to entertain the restless GIs. [From Inroads 28, 2011]
by Sharbari Ahmed


bilingual blackboard

English versus French: A comparison of vitality in Quebec and Ontario yields surprising results

Is Camille Laurin’s dream that Quebec should be as French as Ontario is English turning into a nightmare? [From Inroads 28, 2011]
by Charles Castonguay


A multifaith conversation about diversity, enlightenment and brownification

At Interfaith Grand River people from different religious traditions on confront questions of religion, identity, culture and society [From Inroads 28, 2011]
by Bob Chodos



Cultural diversity and Quebec’s common public culture

Imposed secularization, state appropriation of public education and multicultural orthodoxy do not augur well for coping with “deep cultural diversity "(Caldwell). [From Inroads 28, 2011]
by Gary Caldwell

London Central Mosque (Regents Park Mosque) England, UK, at sunset

Dissident Muslims, dissonant times

Meena Sharify-Funk reviews Irshad Manji's The Trouble with Islam Today ... and Their Jihad ... Not My Jihad!.... by Raheel Raza [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by Meena Sharify-Funk


Mucwini gathering

Northern Uganda

Compiled by Bob Chodos, from reporting by Dave Klassen 
and Rick Gamble. Photographs by Dave Klassen [From Inroads 23, 2008]
by Dave Klassen


A work in progress

It is almost 15 years since the African National Congress took power in South Africa – a good time to look back and assess accomplishments and prospects. [From Inroads 23, 2008]
by Robert Cohen