Voices
Dean Dettloff is America's Toronto correspondent and a junior member of the Institute for Christian Studies.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at the University of Alberta in Edmonton in January. (CNS photo/Candace Elliott, Reuters) 
Politics & Society Dispatches
Dean DettloffMarch 20, 2020
Among the emergency provisions are increases to family benefits, a six-month interest-free pause on student loans and a biweekly payment of $900 for sick or laid-off workers without employment insurance or sick leave.
Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario members working in the Ottawa-Carleton, Toronto, Toronto Catholic and York Region District School Boards take part in a one-day full withdrawal of services strike on Jan. 20. Photo courtesy of E.T.F.O.-Ontario.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Dean DettloffFebruary 11, 2020
The job actions, which come alongside strikes by other teachers’ unions across the province, reflect a new breaking point in relations between public educators and the Progressive Conservative government of Ontario, led by Premier Doug Ford.
Royal North West Mounted Police operations in Winnipeg General Strike, 1919; turning left on William Street towards City Hall, shortly before firing into the crowd.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Dean DettloffDecember 24, 2019
This year marks an opportunity for Canadian Protestants to remember a time when they were deeply embedded in the labor movement. It also marks a labor anniversary important for Catholics in Canada. In 1949, miners walked off the job in dangerous asbestos mines in Quebec.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, wave to supporters at the Palais des Congres in Montreal Oct. 22, 2019. Trudeau's Liberal Party won a majority in Canada’s national elections Oct. 21, ensuring him a second term. (CNS photo/Carlo Allegri, Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Dean DettloffOctober 30, 2019
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.”
Politics & Society Dispatches
Dean DettloffSeptember 30, 2019
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.
Light streams into St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish in Toronto. (Photo courtesy of Larkin Architect Limited)
Faith Dispatches
Dean DettloffAugust 23, 2019
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.
Bolivian President Evo Morales presents a gift to Pope Francis at the government palace in La Paz, Bolivia, July 8. The gift was a wooden hammer and sickle -- the symbol of communism -- with a figure of the crucified Christ. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano/Illustration: America Media)
Faith Features
Dean DettloffJuly 23, 2019
What Catholics (still) don’t understand about communism.
Sister Teresa Forcades. Photo by Emily Briggson.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Dean DettloffJuly 11, 2019
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.
Workers collect oil from a stream below the site of an oil pipeline break in 2016 in Wachapea, Peru. Catholic leaders are calling for governments to protect the territorial rights of indigenous people suffering eviction from their lands and pollution of their water because of mining and oil operations in the Amazon basin. (CNS photo/Barbara Fraser)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Dean DettloffApril 29, 2019
“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?”
Canada’s former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould arrives to testify in front of the House of Commons Justice Committee on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Feb. 27. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Dean DettloffMarch 06, 2019
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.