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  • National Post Confessions of an underperforming grandmother … 'Regrets, I’ve had a few' Saturday January 6th, 2018
    I’m at the age (considered significant if you believe Hallmark) where, when I hear Sinatra singing, “Regrets, I’ve had a few …”, I feel myself nodding where I used only to hum along. So regrets, yes, I’ve had a few — and not too few to mention, either. I should, for example, have lived alone, even for a few months, in my own pad some...
  • National Post Confessions of an underperforming grandmother … ‘Regrets, I’ve had a few’ Friday December 29th, 2017
    I’m at the age (considered significant if you believe Hallmark) where, when I hear Sinatra singing, “Regrets, I’ve had a few …”, I feel myself nodding where I used only to hum along.So regrets, yes, I’ve had a few — and not too few to mention, either.I should, for example, have lived alone, even for a few months, in my own pad somewhere between the family...
  • National Post A sadly necessary handbook for men falsely accused of sexual assault Thursday December 21st, 2017
    It is a sad commentary on our culture that few people care what happens to men falsely charged with sex crimes   Liam Allan, a 22-year old London, England-area criminology student, spent two years “in a terrible form of limbo” when he was charged with 12 counts of rape, based on allegations by a woman (unnamed) with whom he had had a consensual sexual relationship. ...
  • National Post Parents face scorn for worrying about letting their children change genders Thursday December 21st, 2017
    The “identity model” of working with transgender people stipulates that it is wrong to question someone's self-determined identity. The mental health model looks at the underlying causes of distress and seeks to alleviate or manage symptoms.   In a December 7th article, sexologists J. Michael Bailey and Ray Blanchard, unafraid of taking on difficult topics, descr...
  • National Post A sadly necessary handbook for men falsely accused of sexual assault Tuesday December 19th, 2017
    Liam Allan, a 22-year old London, England-area criminology student, spent two years “in a terrible form of limbo” when he was charged with 12 counts of rape, based on allegations by a woman (unnamed) with whom he had had a consensual sexual relationship.Had Allan been convicted, he’d have spent years behind bars and been permanently inscribed as a sex offender. In what seem...
  • National Post Parents face scorn for worrying about letting their children change genders Wednesday December 13th, 2017
    In a December 7th article, sexologists J. Michael Bailey and Ray Blanchard, unafraid of taking on difficult topics, describe three basic types of gender dysphoria (which is when someone feels they’re not the same gender as their biological sex). Posted on 4thWaveNow, a discussion group for skeptics of the growing phenomenon of transgendered children and minors, their article lists the ...
  • National Post Germany was determined to expunge dangerous anti-Semitism. Now it's back Thursday December 7th, 2017
    Bad things that are tips of bad icebergs shouldn’t happen to good people. But if they must, it’s as well they happen to people with influence to command respectful attention. Gordon Wasserman (since 2011 Baron Wasserman) grew up in Montreal, won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, and joined the U.K. Home Office in 1967. He is presently a Conservative member of t...
  • National Post Germany was determined to expunge dangerous anti-Semitism. Now it’s back Wednesday December 6th, 2017
    Bad things that are tips of bad icebergs shouldn’t happen to good people. But if they must, it’s as well they happen to people with influence to command respectful attention.Gordon Wasserman (since 2011 Baron Wasserman) grew up in Montreal, won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, and joined the U.K. Home Office in 1967. He is presently a Conservative member of the House of...
  • National Post Campus free speech advocates owe pro-life students their help Tuesday November 28th, 2017
    Amidst the deluge of Twitter postings around the Lindsay Shepherd affair at Wilfrid Laurier University, a Nov. 23 tweet struck me for its hutzpah: “In all of the media frenzy over #LindsayShepherd and #JordanPeterson, has anybody asked how young, vulnerable, often marginalized trans students of #WilfredLaurierUniversity (sic) feel?”Hutzpah, because the tweet’s author was qu...
  • National Post Let’s hope Canadian courts see the true meaning of the niqab Wednesday November 15th, 2017
    As was widely anticipated, Quebec’s Bill 62, banning face cover in the realm of public services, will be legally contested: by an individual niqab-wearing woman, supported by the CCLA and the National Council of Canadian Muslims. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is considering how his government too may “weigh in” on the challenge.Amongst the (anglophone) chattering class...
  • National Post The Jewish blindspot to the horrors of the niqab Tuesday October 31st, 2017
    Sir Salman Rushdie spoke at Montreal’s Jewish Public Library last week. We were two of an estimated 700-strong (mostly Jewish) audience. Rushdie’s insightful and entertaining address on “literature and politics in the modern world” was excellent, but the evening’s most noteworthy moment arrived with the Q&A, when, inevitably, his response was solicited regar...
  • National Post Honouring Lord Balfour, who made Israel possible Tuesday October 24th, 2017
    This coming November 2nd marks the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, which with its portentous words, “His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people…” may be the most consequential foreign-policy statement in modern history. Theodore Herzl, founder of the Zionist movement, famously said, “If you will it...
  • National Post The TDSB steps on another politically correct landmine Tuesday October 17th, 2017
    Out of desperation to claim title as the most politically correct institution in Canada, the Toronto District School Board has made itself a target for mockery twice in the last month. Last week, the TDSB announced that, out of respect for Indigenous peoples, it was going to retire “chief” from its senior staff nomenclature, changing such honorifics as “chief of social work...
  • National Post Liberals left reeling by clear, rational criticisms of M-103 Wednesday October 4th, 2017
    With Parliament’s passage in late March of Motion 103, which condemned “Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination,” the Canadian Heritage Committee was tasked with a study to determine “what Canadians have to say” on the motion. Now underway, formal hearings are revealing what polls have already made clear: many Canadian...
  • National Post Boycott Roger Waters, rock legend and rabid Israel hater Tuesday September 26th, 2017
      Art and political activism make awkward bedfellows. They become unethical bedfellows when activist artists bully politically neutral colleagues into complicity with their cause.  In 2013 lead Animals singer Eric Burdon cancelled an appearance in Israel, intimidated by the relentless anti-Israel “pro-peace” zealots of the Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions (BDS) camp...
  • National Post This could destroy our civilization, but we don’t talk about it Wednesday September 20th, 2017
    Menace of war is the “hermit kingdom’s” stock in trade. For the first time, two weeks ago, North Korea threatened an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack on North America that could cause disaster on a scale we can barely imagine—yet a disaster that, unlike an actual nuclear strike, would not directly kill a single human being. In its sixth and most powerful nuclear...
  • National Post An old truth packaged in a new study: fat is good for you Tuesday September 12th, 2017
    Humans die quickly if utterly deprived of fat. A high-fat, carb-free life produces lean, fit bodies Healthy eating and weight management are both obsessions in my family. There are no food regimes known to man that have not been followed by one or more of us in our quest for the magic bullet that will keep us trim in perpetuity without catching the Grim Reaper’s eye prematurely. ...
  • National Post Quebec’s niqab ban is progressive. The NDP apparently isn’t Tuesday August 29th, 2017
    In their Sunday night French-language debate in Montreal, four NDP leadership aspirants gingerly navigated the minefield of Quebec’s Bill 62, nearing enactment, which will ban face coverings in the delivery and reception of publicly-funded services. As good leftists one and all, Charlie Angus, Guy Caron, Jagmeet Singh and Niki Ashton oppose any such ban in their multicult...
  • National Post France finally admits to its history of Jew hatred. What about the present? Tuesday July 25th, 2017
    July 16 marked the 75th anniversary of the infamous 1942 mass roundup of French Jews in Paris’s Velodrome d’Hiver (“Vel d’Hiv”), when 13,152 Jews were deported to Nazi death camps. Benjamin Netanyahu’s motorcade arrival at the commemoration ceremony, his limousine sporting gold-fringed Israeli flags, was an electric moment for French Jews, representin...
  • National Post Misandrist mother sure to damage her vulnerable sons Tuesday July 18th, 2017
    Last week, motivated by a sense of duty, I took my nine-year old granddaughter to the film Despicable Me 3, my first exposure to this popular series. It turned out to be no chore at all; I laughed with a child’s abandon throughout. Except, that is, for one sobering moment, at the hero Gru’s reunion with his long-unseen, toxic mother. She had pushed him into a life of crime (f...
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