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  • The Post Millennial It turns out cognitive differences are as simple as a game of chess Friday July 24th, 2020
    The lockdown has had disparate effects on people, depending on their preferred activities. If a daily squash game was your routine before COVID-19, the days have stretched out endlessly. But if you love bridge, as my sister does, and you don’t mind remote play (she loves it: less socializing), you haven’t skipped a beat. Considering who else might be equally happy with remote play,...
  • The Post Millennial Now the woke army is trying to cancel classical music for 'racism' Thursday July 23rd, 2020
    The COVID-19 lockdown has been a catastrophe for the world of live arts—theatre, music, dance—but it has given some deep thinkers in these domains a lot of time to ponder the state of their industry, and to wonder what their particular genre will—or should—look like in its post-virus incarnation. Combine that circumstance with the swelling anti-racism momentum of the la...
  • National Post Could Push Come to Shove in US Effort to Rein in Beijing? Friday July 17th, 2020
    Commentary President Trump is juggling three critically important domestic fronts: COVID-19, proliferating protest with concomitant rising crime in the wake of the George Floyd killing, and a re-election campaign tethered to low approval figures. The Chinese Communist Party is doubtless pleased by these distractions. In their ongoing zero-sum competition with the United States, they see...
  • National Post From free society to fear society in the halls of higher learning Tuesday July 14th, 2020
    My editor, a man in his prime, recently tweeted bemusement that his older readers often preface their emails to him with allusions to their age (“as a 75-year old man …” “I’m an 82-year old woman …”). I know these readers. Or others like them. When my oldie readers introduce generation markers in their emails, it’s generally a semaphore ...
  • The Post Millennial Why are teenage girls afraid to become women? A new book explains their flight from biological reality Friday July 10th, 2020
    Only once (so far) has Twitter suspended my account, and then just for 24 hours. About two years ago, I foolishly lost my temper in a furious Twitter exchange with a Toronto lawyer about radically escalating gender dysphoria rates. This lawyer was (may still be) a frequent contributor to CBC panels on gender issues. He is a firm trans ally who tends to preface any and all gender-related s...
  • National Post Learn from the best while you can Thursday June 25th, 2020
    Last week — for another publication — I recounted the story of Tomas Hudlicky, a Brock University professor of organic chemistry who has endured an in-house “swarming” by an ad hoc confederacy of administration, graduate students and journal publishers for allegedly incorrect views he expressed in a peer-reviewed article. Hudlicky was blindsided by the multiple att...
  • National Post Show Trial of Brock Professor Over Essay A Disgrace Tuesday June 16th, 2020
    Commentary Thirty years ago, chemistry professor Dieter Seebach, now 83, wrote a scientific article on the state of affairs in his specialty of organic synthesis. On June 4, the prestigious German chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie published an homage to Seebach’s paper written by Brock University’s Tomas Hudlicky, a Tier 1 Canada research chair in organic chemistry. In his own peer-re...
  • National Post Show Trial of Distinguished Professor Over Essay a Disgrace Tuesday June 16th, 2020
    Commentary Thirty years ago, chemistry professor Dieter Seebach, now 83, wrote a scientific article on the state of affairs in his specialty of organic synthesis. On June 4, the prestigious German chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie published an homage to Seebach’s paper written by Brock University’s Tomas Hudlicky, a Tier 1 Canada research chair in organic chemistry. In his own peer-re...
  • The Post Millennial Homeschooling emerges as a viable alternative to ideologically driven public education. Friday June 12th, 2020
    Harvard University was supposed to be hosting a by-invitation-only conference next week, billed as a “Homeschooling Summit.” The official description stated that “the focus will be on problems of educational deprivation and child maltreatment that too often occur under the guise of homeschooling.” Or, in laymen’s terms, “Homeschooling is evil, and we ha...
  • National Post U of A professor holds the line on free expression Tuesday June 9th, 2020
    Kathleen Lowrey, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Alberta, ascribes much of her intellectual formation to Marxism and radical feminism. Not, I think my regular readers would agree, someone with whom I would normally have a great deal in common. And yet, in this strange cultural moment, Prof. Lowrey and I find ourselves amicably united in the service of a mutually reve...
  • The Post Millennial The diversity, inclusion, equity movement (DIE) is now taking over the STEM field Tuesday June 2nd, 2020
    It used to be that students—mostly men, mostly white in the past, now increasingly diverse—who went into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math—STEM—thought they were safe if they kept their heads down. But they aren’t safe anymore. Having successfully suppressed the numbers of white males in most other departments, the diversity, inclusion and equity movement (...
  • National Post Innovative camps look to save the summer Thursday May 28th, 2020
    In Ontario and Quebec, day camps have permission to open, but not sleepaway camps. This will come as a blow to many kids who have for months have had to forgo seeing their friends and participating in organized sports, but clung to the anticipation of their annual camp sojourn, where they could be blissfully immersed in both.I understand the better-safe-than-sorry spirit that guided the deci...
  • The Post Millennial Erin O'Toole has what it takes to clobber Trudeau in the next election Monday May 25th, 2020
    He was out. Then Jim Karahalios thought he was back into the CPC leadership race. But last week the LEOC (Leadership Election Organizing Committee) determined that he is definitively disqualified.Karahalios has a following, and they will be disappointed, but let’s remember the good reason he was shunned in the first place. He had, as leadership competitor Erin O’Toole framed it,...
  • National Post Canada Beware the Steely Claws of the Chinese Regime Friday May 15th, 2020
    The Calgary Zoo is sending Panda bears Er Shun and Da Mao, originally slated to remain through 2024, home to China. I say “home” because Pandas are never sold to zoos. China leases Pandas out in order to control their scarcity and to ensure China is the sole supplier of bamboo, Pandas’ principal source of energy (about 18 kg a day each). Given the five-fold profit China stood to make on...
  • The Post Millennial Terry Mosher's face mask/niqab cartoon misses the mark Thursday May 14th, 2020
    Quebec premier François Legault now “strongly recommends” that Montrealers wear a mask out in public, and he underlined the message by himself wearing a medical mask when he announced it. I knew it wouldn’t be long before he became the butt of ridicule that ironically linked his mask to  Quebec’s infamous Bill 21, which precludes the wearing of the niqab&mdas...
  • National Post Barbara Kay on COVID-19: We have to get the kids back to playing sports again Wednesday May 13th, 2020
    As a grandparent who hasn’t had physical contact with my five granddaughters since mid-March, I’m naturally eager to see the end of the lockdown. But if I can only receive that benefit at the high cost of my grandchildren sacrificing their most beloved activities, I prefer to FaceTime with them indefinitely.My demographic is the one at high risk, after all, not theirs. As the dat...
  • The Post Millennial Forget everything you think you know about single-use plastic Tuesday May 12th, 2020
    With air and car traffic reduced so dramatically during the Covid-19 crisis, the salutary knock-on effect of lowered carbon emissions and pollution must be a solace to locked-down eco-warriors. But their mellow from that outcome is likely harshed a bit by the return to the use of plastic bags in supermarkets for the sake of virus-inspired hyper-hygiene. The once-ubiquitous plastic bag is a sta...
  • National Post A coronavirus report card for Ontario and Quebec schools Tuesday May 5th, 2020
    In last week’s column, I illustrated, via the experiences of two families, the dramatic difference in responses to school closures in Quebec between the public and independent schools. The private schools, secular and parochial, immediately committed to mandatory remote-learning schedules approximating in-school routines, with a minimum of five hours a day devoted to instruction, assignments...
  • The Post Millennial New petition demands fairness for women in Olympic sports Monday May 4th, 2020
    The coronavirus pandemic has affected every facet of our social, cultural and economic lives, in ways too many to count, both small and large, affecting every institution in every community, from neighbourhoods to cities to the nation and beyond. Internationally, the cancellation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was a particularly bitter pill to swallow for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), ...
  • National Post An eye-opening tale of two school systems during the COVID-19 crisis Tuesday April 28th, 2020
    A clever tweet: “We are not all in the same boat. We are all in the same storm.” So true. Pandemic privilege comes in many forms. One that preoccupies me is the disparity in parental burden in homeschooling children. Private school parents live on a yacht, public school parents in a rowboat.This is a tale of two Montreal families. One is my daughter Joanne’s, whose older da...
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