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Review of The Left in Power: Clinton to Obama by Barbara Kay
Tuesday December 27th, 2016
After the federal election, an African-American child asked at a family dinner if he was now “going to be treated as three-fifths of a human being.” A teacher from a rural black elementary school reported her students were asking her if they would become slaves again. A black student told a guide on an outing to the nation’s capital he was afraid the new pres...
Pit bull bylaws make sense
Wednesday November 16th, 2016
Legislation targeting pit bull type dogs elicits the same howls of outrage wherever it is enacted. Montreal is no exception. And woe to those rare commentators like me who support such bans. After 13 years of receiving hate mail characterized by invective (not to mention threats) that horrifies my friends, I have concluded that pit bull advocates are themselves a special “breed&rdq...
Opinion: Pit bulls should be banned
Friday June 10th, 2016
A 55-year old woman has been killed by a pit bull in Pointe-aux-Trembles. That brings to 14 the number of Canadians killed or seriously injured by pit bulls in 2016 so far. For the pit bull advocacy movement (PBAM), the incident will serve as a rallying cry to put a collective shoulder to the pit-bull laundering wheel. I can anticipate their arguments, as I have heard and cou...
Kay vs. Kay – Round 2
Thursday June 2nd, 2016
The recent coalition agreement between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Liberman, leader of the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel is Our Home) party, has made waves inside Israel. Some Diaspora Jews have also openly spoken against Netanyahu and Liberman; many more, however, are keeping quiet, possibly due to the longstanding position in the Diaspora that Israelis &ndas...
Trudeau must find the maturity to reconsider timeline on refugees
Friday November 20th, 2015
Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Prime Minister on Nov 4. Only two weeks ago, but it may as well have been 10 years ago. For in the light of last week’s horrific attacks in Paris, our world has shifted on its axis. And yet, although Trudeau clearly knows cognitively what has happened, he is acting as though nothing has changed. He is determined to implement his sunshine promises, as ...
Alan Borovoy (1932–2015) Civil liberties champion—and bachelor—to the very end
Tuesday May 12th, 2015
Alan Borovoy, who died this week at the age of eighty-three, was a great Canadian. As founder and long-time general counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, he established himself as Canada’s most dogged defender of classical liberal values. He also was a rigorous polemicist and book author who promoted the CCLA’s message from podiums across the country, and in the op...
Pit bulls, Ann Landers, & Dr. Laura
Wednesday December 24th, 2014
My first, and arguably most influential, journalistic role model was advice columnist Ann Landers. I discovered her in 1955, when I was a teenager. I liked her crisp, dryly humorous “voice” that radiated moral clarity and common sense in equal measure. Our culture changed dramatically over the years, but Ann remained faithful to her bedrock principles. She became a laughingst...
Maclean’s columnist’s failure to launch (again) (and again)
Monday November 3rd, 2014
In her 28 October Maclean’s column, Emma Teitel tackles gendered perceptions of suffering. She believes the public is kinder to men who are afflicted with the demons of depression or bipolar disease than women. Her two cases in point are comedian Robin Williams, who recently took his own life, and Amanda Bynes, an actress who struggles with what may be schizophrenia (she ...
Monday September 29th, 2014
Writer Douglas Anthony Cooper and I share common ground as Canadian journalists. Neither of us have any personal experience with pit bull type dogs, yet we both write about them -- both frequently and passionately. There the resemblance ends. Cooper advocates in these pages for pit bulls as a safe but misunderstood dog, and I advocate, in the National Post and elsewhere, agains...
Galunker, by Douglas Anthony Cooper, reviewed by Barbara Kay
Wednesday July 23rd, 2014
Up until now, the charm offensive by intellectuals in the pit bull advocacy movement (PBAM) has been confined to publications targeting people capable of reading them. Now Canadian novelist, Huffington Post blogger , and pit bull enthusiast Douglas Anthony Cooper has taken pit bull rescue activism to a brand new level of advocacy hutzpah.Cooper’s latest boo...
In Matters of Conscience, Keep the Market Free
Tuesday March 4th, 2014
No Flowers/cake/photos for You! Should individuals have the right to refuse their goods or services at Gay Marriages? Alarmed by a serious potential loss of revenue through threatened economic boycotts by tourists and companies, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have permitted business owners to refuse services to customers based on their religious beliefs. Arizon...
The Black Book of the American Left: Volume I: My Life and Times
Thursday January 9th, 2014
To order David Horowitz’s “The Black Book of the American Left, Volume I: My Life And Times,” click here. In The Gulag Archipelago, Alexander Solzhenitsyn observed that Shakespeare’s tragic protagonists are content to murder only a handful of people. They stop killing, he explained, because “they have no ideology.” One instantly comprehen...
It Should be Pit Bull BEWARE-ness Day
Tuesday October 29th, 2013
On October 26, the Montreal SPCA and Pit Stop Montreal are celebrating "National Pit Bull Awareness Day." Pit bulls may seem like an odd topic for a conservative journal, but as the (now) old saying goes, "the personal is political," and nothing that affects our emotional lives in this heavily politicized world is exempt from the rule. Anyone who owns a do...
KFC’s ‘hot shot bites’ ad campaign leaves me cold
Thursday August 29th, 2013
Walk down the endless hot sauce aisle at any kitchen specialty store and you may conclude, along with me, that the whole concept of hot sauce is an intrinsically masculine obsession. I deduce this from the names of the various sauces. Their common theme seems to be the gastronomic pleasure to be derived from a taste sensation so extreme it causes pain to the palate, gu...
A Father's Day Downer
Sunday June 17th, 2012
From the loving, engaged portrayals of fathers featured in recent popular movies like “The Descendants,” “Moneyball” and “A Better Life” — all three performances were nominated for Academy Awards — one might conclude American dads are culturally valued. Look again. The mothers in these films are comatose, divorced or dead. It’s no ...
Honour and violence: a Q&A with Barbara Kay
Monday June 13th, 2011
Honour motivated violence continues to make the headlines -- even here in Canada. We chat with columnist and ideaCity 2011 presenter Barbara Kay about this important topic. It isn’t always easy to hear what Barbara Kay has to say. This award-winning columnist isn’t afraid to take on topics others would rather avoid — like gender politics, men’s rights issues, mult...
The West Must Ban the Burqa and Nix the Niqab
Tuesday December 29th, 2009
The French are enjoying a debate about their cultural identity. Obviously the word “enjoying” is a euphemism, since the focus of the debate, whether or not to ban the burqa — full female coverage with an eye screen — in public, has riven the population of France, and by no means along the obvious fault line of Muslim vs. non-Muslim. Algerian-born Fadela Amara, ...
David Solway’s Hear, O Israel!: A Feast for the Conservative Mind
Sunday December 20th, 2009
Hear, O Israel! By David Solway Canadian Values Press (Mantua Books) 181 pages; $25 On September 10, 2001, Canadian David Solway was merely an acclaimed poet, educator, and literary critic, warming himself (and his unexamined 1960s-era left-wing views) on a tranquil Greek island. On September 11, 2001, he became a prophet. Watching the collapse of the twin towers on a televi...
Sarah’s Story – by Barbara Kay FIRST VERSION
Friday December 4th, 2009
There is one subject no writer in the world, not even the most talented and eclectic, would hope to have as a book project: the death of his own child. Trouble is, when a child dies, a talented writer, especially one whose own life has been grist all along for his writerly mill, really has no choice in the matter. Not to write about her would be a form of withholding and rejection, perhaps ...
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