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  • National Post Douglas Murray is a writer who says what the rest of us would like to Tuesday November 19th, 2019
    London-based public intellectual Douglas Murray is in Montreal this week to promote his new book. I was afforded the luxury of a rambling conversation over coffee with him about The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity.A “clubbable conservative,” as one reviewer accurately describes him, Murray hit his intellectual stride early, publishing his first book at 18, which attr...
  • National Post The writer who says what the rest of us would like to Tuesday November 19th, 2019
    London-based public intellectual Douglas Murray is in Montreal this week to promote his new book. I was afforded the luxury of a rambling conversation over coffee with him about The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity.A “clubbable conservative,” as one reviewer accurately describes him, Murray hit his intellectual stride early, publishing his first book at 18, which attr...
  • National Post Educational Earthquake: ‘Disappearing’ the Great Writers From Schools Monday November 18th, 2019
    The Greater Essex County District School Board in the Windsor, Ont., area is supplanting its grade 11 literature curriculum, which up to now has featured great writers of the western canon such as Shakespeare and George Orwell, with a year-long program of Indigenous writers. The change has already been effected in eight of the district’s 15 schools. In the Peel district as well, I am info...
  • The Post Millennial Anti-Semitism rears its ugly head at McGill University Thursday November 14th, 2019
    Anti-Semitism is an escalating global problem, and no objective observer denies it. There are many contributing factors, but a common two-ply thread is the demonization of the state of Israel as an all-evil oppressor and the Palestinians as an all-innocent oppressed people. The obsession rises to its crescendo on university campuses, where fulltime hate-fuelled activists plow their Israel-deleg...
  • CJNEWS Kay: Anti-Semitism is back in Berlin Thursday November 14th, 2019
    We recently commemorated Kristallnacht, history’s most consequential pogrom. The Night of Broken Glass swept Germany over Nov. 9-10, 1938, resulting in 91 deaths, countless other Jews abused and 1,000 synagogues destroyed. Jewish homes and businesses were looted and defiled. More than 30,000 Jewish men were sent to concentration camps. German anti-Semitism was revealed in all its unfiltered vir...
  • National Post Free speech in Canada: It was bad five years ago. Do you think it’s gotten better since? Wednesday November 13th, 2019
    Is free speech under attack, on Canadian campuses and in society at large? The National Post has a new documentary exploring this very issue. In the coming weeks, a series of essays in these pages will explore that same issue. Today, Barbara Kay examines “cancel culture” on Canadian campuses. To view the documentary, please go to NationalPost.com/freespeech.What is behind cancel culture on c...
  • National Post Supplanting literary classics with native literature is a disservice to students Tuesday November 5th, 2019
    Some years ago, the late, great writer George Jonas asked me about my intellectual influences. Who did I remember as especially formative? Oh, George Orwell, of course. I read Animal Farm in my mid-teens, 1984 a little later, and most of his other writings over the course of my salad years. It would be hard to overstate his effect on my understanding of concepts like “freedom,” &...
  • The Post Millennial HOW DARE YOU: Professor turfed after telling inconvenient climate truth Monday November 4th, 2019
    In 2011, London’s National Theatre mounted a play, The Heretic, by Richard Bean, that had the hot topic of climate change as its driving theme. His protagonist is a respected academic in the earth sciences department of a Yorkshire university, Dr. Diane Cassell. Her specialty is the measurement of sea levels in the Maldives. Can you already see where this is going? Bet you can, and you’re right...
  • The Post Millennial Climate hypocrisy rules the day with jet-setting liberal influencers Thursday October 31st, 2019
    Polls show that people are a lot more concerned about climate change than they used to be. But are they responding to actual evidence of climate change, or the constant harangues at them by Chicken Little politicians and cultural influencers desperate to prove their Gaia-reverent, politically correct credentials? My own skepticism is buttressed when, for example, I see the Obama family purchasi...
  • National Post Dems need to go beyond Twitter if they don’t want four more years of ‘crazy’ Tuesday October 29th, 2019
    Bill Maher was at the top of his game the other night, delivering a trenchant riff premised on advice to candidates for the Democratic nomination. “This should be easy,” he said. “Just be less crazy than Donald Trump.”To waves of laughter, Maher mocked the prominence of marginal issues in candidate platforms, such as giving prisoners the right to vote (Bernie Sanders)...
  • National Post How feminist Meghan Murphy fell victim to progressives’ double standards Thursday October 24th, 2019
    If Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen were with us today, he might consider radical feminist Meghan Murphy, who holds dissident views on transgenderism, a fitting dramatic protagonist. For to any objective spectator of our call-out culture, Murphy carries the aura of a designated “enemy of the people.”A great hue and cry surrounds Murphy’s participation as a panel member dis...
  • The Post Millennial The world now knows exactly who Jessica Yaniv is Thursday October 24th, 2019
    I can’t imagine there is a single person in Canada—apart from the complainant’s mother—who didn’t feel a great wash of relief when transwoman Jessica “Jonathan” Yaniv lost the case brought to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal against the waxologists who refused to wax Yaniv’s balls. Even the most fervent trans activist knows in his or her heart that, given Yaniv’s public truculence, combined ...
  • The Post Millennial As election approaches, don’t forget Trudeau’s neglect of the Yazidi people Friday October 18th, 2019
    By now, most Canadians’ voting intentions are settled. It’s late in the day to be reminding people of why they should—or shouldn’t—consider a party or its leader worthy of their vote. Nevertheless, since no other commentator has brought the issue up, I want to remind readers of the Trudeau government’s shameful neglect of the Yazidi people in their hour of greatest need. The genocide of the Yaz...
  • National Post Secularism vs Religion: Is Humankind at a Crossroads? Thursday October 17th, 2019
    In a September column for the National Post, I discussed the recent revival of controversy about Charles Darwin’s “beautiful theory” of evolution, following the 2013 publication of “Darwin’s Doubt” by Dr. Stephen Meyer, director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. In his book, Meyer rebuts Darwin’s reigning principle: that all life forms, including humans, have ev...
  • National Post Secularism Versus Religion: Is Humankind at a Crossroads? Thursday October 17th, 2019
    In a September column for the National Post, I discussed the recent revival of controversy about Charles Darwin’s “beautiful theory” of evolution, following the 2013 publication of “Darwin’s Doubt” by Dr. Stephen Meyer, director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. In his book, Meyer rebuts Darwin’s reigning principle: that all life forms, including humans, have ev...
  • CJNEWS Kay: The population bomb’s biggest bomb Thursday October 17th, 2019
    The international buzz surrounding teenage Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg’s sojourn in North America offers a troubling glimpse into the West’s escalating love affair with climate alarmism. Last December, a Swedish church anointed Thunberg a “successor” to Jesus Christ. And on a recent climate march in Montreal, one supporter carried a sign likening Thunberg to Joan of Arc (perhaps he ...
  • National Post Stop the conspiracy theories about Canadian Catholics in government Tuesday October 15th, 2019
    Pundits Michael Coren of Ontario and Richard Martineau of Quebec don’t normally coincide polemically. But they have lately converged on one issue.Both have elected to gin up fears that Andrew Scheer’s campaign promise not to introduce an abortion law might, in the (unlikely) event of a CPC majority, yield to his fervent pro-life convictions. And both have justified their scaremon...
  • The Post Millennial City of Edmonton shuts down pro-life group’s plans for the second time Friday October 11th, 2019
    The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), on whose board I sit, offers pro bono legal services to individuals or groups whose Charter rights the JCCF agrees have been breached. They have announced that they are filing a court application  on behalf of the Alberta March for Life (AMLA) and its vice-chair, Jerry Pasternak, “against the City of Edmonton for its decision to cancel a sc...
  • National Post If you can only love a pit bull, you’re not a dog lover Thursday October 10th, 2019
    The Toronto Star reports that the Ford government is “considering all options,” including repeal, regarding Ontario’s 2005 Dog Owners’ Liability Act and breed specific legislation, commonly understood as the pit bull ban. This dismays, but does not surprise me. Dangerous-dog legislation comes hard, and repeal often comes easy.Repeal comes easy, paradoxically, because breed specif...
  • The Post Millennial The deification of Greta Thunberg shows our culture at peak panic Friday October 4th, 2019
    Sixteen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has been likened to Joan of Arc, and a Church in Sweden calls her a “successor” to Jesus Christ. In September she was named as one of four winners of the 2019 Right Livelihood Award, known as Sweden’s “alternative Nobel Prize” for “inspiring and amplifying political demands for urgent climate action reflecting scientific facts.” Multitude...
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