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  • National Post If ideologues are teaching our judges, the public has a need to know Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    Legal academics are openly reinterpreting their mission. Historically teachers of legal principles and law codes, they now see themselves as social-justice warriors called upon to right historical wrongs for members of designated victim groups. In 2013, Ottawa professor Elizabeth Sheehy published Defending Battered Women on Trial, a book in which Sheehy promotes women’s right to kill ext...
  • National Post Exploding the myth of cure-all female corporate boards Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    The Liberals are looking at an amendment to diversity-themed Bill C-25 that would force businesses to open their diversity policies to shareholders or explain why they don’t (“comply or explain”). At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “Companies should have a formal policy on gender diversity and make the recruitment of women candidate...
  • National Post Trump, Trudeau and the front lines of the fight against bull Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    American commentator Joseph Epstein once described himself, vocationally speaking, as “standing off on the sidelines, viewing the various public escapades — political, cultural, social — and calling out with some regularity, “Bullshit! Bullshit! Bullshit!” Epstein had his work cut out for him in 2017. Didn’t all opinion journalists? Donald Trump alone provid...
  • National Post WLU’s contemptible conduct proof of intellectual assault underway on campuses Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    The story of Wilfrid Laurier University grad student and teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd — who was recently subjected to a creepy, but instructive, grilling by campus superiors over material she’d used for her entry-level Communication tutorials — went viral on social media last week. A somewhat naive lament was posted by the host of TVO’s The Agenda, Steve Pai...
  • National Post If writing off 2019 gets us a real conservative party, so be it Tuesday August 28th, 2018
    Rub a dub dub, three men in a tub: Trudeau and Scheer fight for the oars, while a smiling Bernier rocks the boat.Did Bernier walk away from the CPC or was he pushed? Whatever, a poll immediately following Maxime Bernier’s exit showed striking positive reaction to his declaration of a projected new party, with 13 per cent support nation-wide (15 per cent in Quebec, second to Libs).Seeing...
  • National Post A new report sounds the alarm on Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria Wednesday August 22nd, 2018
    Imagine yourself the parent of an adolescent boy or (more likely) girl without a single previous sign of body dysphoria, who “out of the blue” decides she is transgender. She demands a name change, breast binders and cross-sex hormones.You’re shocked and skeptical, as your child has struggled with one or more problems — autism, depression, social isolation or unproces...
  • National Post It’s time to bring some order, and safety, back to our classrooms Tuesday July 24th, 2018
    The term “tough love” was not yet in usage when I was in high school, but it was the prevailing attitude in terms of discipline. Chronic disruptors were expelled. Teachers had real authority — and admittedly at times too much. “Getting the strap” is long gone in Ontario schools, as it should be. But so, for students it would have constrained in my day, is fear o...
  • National Post For the first time, Israel is the world’s most Jewish country — this is a game-changer Tuesday July 17th, 2018
    The announcement was not unexpected. On the contrary, for those who follow the subject, it was long anticipated. But the words themselves, spoken by Israel’s Immigration Minister, Sofa Landver, still carried emotional force: “Israeli Jews now constitute the largest Jewish community in the world.”Until now, the U.S., with its many millions of Jews, has been the most Jewish c...
  • National Post One woman’s journey from social-justice warrior to free-speech champion Tuesday July 10th, 2018
    When my son’s family took up residency in Toronto’s Riverdale neighbourhood, previously unknown to me, I discovered a continually gentrifying urban paradise, rich in cultural diversity. In particular, families with homes bordering beautiful Withrow Park seemed to me to have hit the real estate jackpot.But in 1972, when my new friend Sarina Singh’s father bought a house on W...
  • National Post Suggestions for the new Ontario sex-ed curriculum Tuesday July 3rd, 2018
    Doug Ford’s victory was in some measure due to his promise — I believe a heartfelt one — to repeal the sex ed curriculum in Ontario schools. I assume there’s a replacement program in the works. A sex-ed vacuum is not politically tenable, or even what most conservative parents want. What principles will undergird a Doug Ford inspired curriculum? I’d suggest four gu...
  • National Post UBC had a #MeToo bloodletting. It was a disaster for everyone Tuesday June 26th, 2018
    The Lottery, Shirley Jackson’s macabre 1948 tale illuminating the human tendency to conform with evil, ranks high amongst American short stories. The ending is unforgettably shocking: as the ritual climax to a harvest festival, a lottery “winner” is stoned to death by the victim’s fellow townspeople.Jackson’s cautionary tale sprang to mind with the cultural ston...
  • National Post The male crisis that’s ruining our boys and no one cares about Wednesday June 13th, 2018
    Father’s Day approaches and with it the opportunity to consider the importance of fathers to their children.It is difficult to overstate both the positive effects of growing up with a father and the negative effects of father absence, especially for boys. These myriad benefits and perils are on record, undisputed and easily accessible. But in this gynocentric era, what is good or bad fo...
  • National Post A celebrated figure today could well be the condemned sinner of tomorrow Tuesday June 5th, 2018
    It was a happy day for the Winnipeg Pakistani community at the recent official opening of a park named for Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan in 1948. The ceremonies were presided over by Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Canada, Tariq Azim Khan, in company with MPs Terry Duguid and Iqra Khalid, who congratulated everyone present on this milestone.Thirty years ago, such an even...
  • National Post A new documentary gives ammunition to the sugar-is-deadly warriors Wednesday May 30th, 2018
    For decades, the low-fat diet has been to health and weight as Marxism to political governance: a catastrophic failure. People are fatter and sicker than ever. Why? Because lowering fat intake results in compensatory carb intake. Especially sugar. And sugar makes you fat and unhealthy. But, like Marxists, lipophobes will never admit their first premises are wrong, even when confronted by inc...
  • National Post Hamas will always win the PR war, even as Israel wins the military victories Tuesday May 22nd, 2018
    In his May 16 column, Terry Glavin takes Israel to task for the deaths and injuries of Gazan Palestinians sustained in the border clashes he concedes that Hamas orchestrated.Yes, Glavin understands that “Hamas exists for the sole purpose of doing violence to Israel and to Israelis.” Yes, clearly “what (Hamas) failed to accomplish with its rockets and tunnels, it is now prep...
  • National Post Israelis hold their fire as long as they can. Hamas writes cheques after mass suicides Friday May 18th, 2018
    There’s an old French proverb which, translated, reads: “This animal is very bad; when you attack it, it defends itself.” There is only one “animal” — politically speaking — that inspires this curious strain of logic, but it does so over and over again. Israel. Alone of the nations, Israel draws condemnation for doing what every other nation in the w...
  • National Post The embassy move only angers the usual suspects. Even the Arab leaders have bigger problems now Tuesday May 15th, 2018
    So Israel’s U.S. embassy is where it belongs: Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital. It took its sweet time getting there, but, thanks to the last person on Earth most Americans want to credit for any foreign-affairs success, Donald Trump, there it is. Mazel tov.The usual suspects are bruiting their dismay and/or outrage, convinced that the embassy gambit will act as a provocation ...
  • National Post We’ve forgotten how bad Communism was. Identity politics reminds us Tuesday May 8th, 2018
    Ten days ago I heard Bill Browder speak at a packed fundraising event. Browder’s bestselling 2015 memoir, Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man’s Fight for Justice, is a riveting chronicle of Browder’s investment adventures — first spectacularly successful, then harrowing — in Vladimir Putin’s Russia.Browder spoke eloquently, notably...
  • National Post Another cultural institution succumbs to Jordan Peterson hysteria Tuesday May 1st, 2018
    This Friday marks the 175th consecutive weekly “Free Raif Badawi” vigil in Sherbrooke, Quebec, where the imprisoned Saudi blogger’s family found asylum and have lived as permanent residents for the past three years. Badawi is still serving a seven-year prison sentence for “insulting Islam through electronic channels.”On April 26, to celebrate its 70th anniversar...
  • National Post The agony of an attack without explanation, and the pain of chaos Tuesday April 24th, 2018
    The method is only too familiar. The motive of the man who rammed a van into dozens of pedestrians in Toronto on Monday is so far unclear, although it is for the moment tentatively linked to sexual grievances.In 1993, when North Americans were still cocooned in their bubble of geopolitical security, a 1,200-pound bomb in a Ryder van parked underground at New York’s World Trade Center e...
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