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February 24, 2022  

How Far Does Religious Freedom Go in Canada?

February 24, 2022

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Feature guests: Father Deacon Andrew Bennett, Director of Cardus Religious Freedom and Faith Community Engagement, and Kristopher Kinsinger, a Cardus NextGEN Fellow, an Ontario lawyer, and the National Director of the Runnymede Society.

In this special podcast episode, we dive into the controversial issue of limits on religious freedom in Canada.

During a pandemic that’s dragged for almost two years, such controversies have become divisive, bitter disagreements. We’ve seen the results: trucker protests, ugly social media rhetoric, and defiance of public health orders – even by some houses of worship. While public health orders have affected all areas of society, including education, business, and our social lives, they have also affected religious expression and gatherings.

So, how well have authorities upheld religious freedom in Canada during the pandemic? How well have religious communities understood and exercised religious freedom? Think tank Cardus has stepped into this polarized debate with a new report, Reasonable Limits: How Far Does Religious Freedom Go in Canada? by University of Saskatchewan law professor Dwight Newman.

To find a way through the extremes on either side of this issue, Father Deacon Andrew Bennett, Director of Cardus Religious Freedom and Faith Community Engagement, has an extended conversation with Kristopher Kinsinger, a Cardus NextGEN Fellow, an Ontario lawyer, and the National Director of the Runnymede Society.