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Issue 26 – Winter / Spring 2010

Two major sections in Inroads 26 represent two sides of Inroads’ mandate. A section on economic inequality, featuring articles by Pierre Fortin on how Quebec has created a more egalitarian society and by John Myles on the relationship between growing inequality and changes in family structure, is thoroughly grounded in analysis of hard data. However, questions touching on the accommodation of cultural differences are less subject to this sort of analysis, and the second section, a debate on Quebec’s controversial Ethics and Religious Culture course, focuses more on philosophical issues. Gary Caldwell, a leading critic of the ERC course, and Georges Leroux, one of the thinkers whose ideas helped shape the course, square off.




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Canada on the world stage

Dominic Cardy reviews Kim Echlin's The Disappeared and Wars, Guns, and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places by Paul Collier [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by Dominic Cardy


Good politics, bad policy

When Prime Minister Harper introduced his National Anti-Drug Strategy (NADS) in October 2007, drug policy experts braced for the worst. Drug prohibition ignores science, compassion, experience and logic. [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by Craig Jones



A likeable campaign pamphlet 
– and a bit more

Reg Whitaker reviews Michael Ignatieff, True Patriot Love: Four Generations in Search of Canada. [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by Reg Whitaker


Listening to Obama – or not

Inroads columnist Reg Whitaker writes about Obama's message and whether it is truly heard or drowned out by partisan rhetoric. [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by Reg Whitaker



Lord Stern’s stern deal

Marvin Shaffer reviews Nicholas Stern, The Global Deal: Climate Change and the Creation of a New Era of Progress and Prosperity. [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by Marvin Shaffer


The hubris of the public intellectual

Economists have not had a good war. In the battle over how to understand and respond to the recent financial crisis and recession, few have emerged covered in glory and medals. [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by Finn Poschmann



Religion, ethics and schools

Is Quebec’s new Ethics and Religious Culture course a step toward mutual respect, or a new state religion? An introduction by Louisa Blair [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by Louisa Blair


Imposed from above

The Quebec state has imposed a new Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) program which replaces all previous religious instruction and moral education, and it is compulsory [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by Gary Caldwell



Education for pluralism

Georges Leroux responds to Gary Caldwell's critique of the new Quebec Ethics and Religious Culture program [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by Georges Leroux


Seeking the truth about Quebec’s economy

An introduction by John Richards on varying perpectives on Quebec's economy. [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by John Richards



The inequality surge

By 2000, the relationship was such that the highest-paid women were married to the highest-paid men, and the lowest-paid women to the lowest-paid men. [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by John Myles


Quebec: Equitable yes, sustainable no

Pierre Fortin has set out his view that Quebec is doing well economically in the article Quebec is fairer. François Vaillancourt 
and Mathieu Laberge challenge this view. [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by Francois Vaillancourt



Quebec is fairer

Among regions of Canada, Quebec is a leader in the fight against poverty and inequality. In this article, Pierre Fortin, elaborates on this fact and suggest a few explanations. [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by Pierre Fortin


The new Italy

Has Canada become the new Italy? Henry Milner writes about how Canada has become the most dysfunctional of the stable democracies. [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by Henry Milner



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

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



Clash of civilizations in Europe

Ian Malcolm reviews Christopher Caldwell's Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by Ian Malcolm