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  • 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 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...
  • National Post Bring on the sex robots and make our world a better place Wednesday July 12th, 2017
    In the case of controversial sex bots, which seem to me a victimless fetish, I find myself remarkably unoffended, even somewhat boosterish at their potential for alleviating human distress At Toronto’s Idea City last month, where I spoke, no fewer than four presenters addressed the fast-approaching era when beef will be replaced by plant-based proteins. At a breakout session,...
  • National Post Doctors who conscientiously object to providing euthanasia referrals should not be forced to do so Wednesday June 21st, 2017
    Conscientious objectors shouldn't be shunned for merely holding to the originalist criterion of their vocation. From June 12 to 15, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice heard legal arguments relating to conscience rights for doctors in Ontario. Five doctors and three physicians’ organizations want the court to declare portions of policies created by the College of Physicia...
  • National Post The West's willful blindness to the threat of Islamist terrorism knows no bounds Tuesday June 20th, 2017
    In January 2016, a 24-year-old woman in Mannheim, Germany was reportedly raped by three migrants. At first, she identified them to police as German nationals, later explaining her lie as reluctance to “help fuel aggressive racism.” Then, astonishingly, she wrote a letter of apology to her attackers in which she blamed her society for their crime, saying “I wanted an open Eu...
  • National Post Kathy Griffin just learned a tough lesson about free speech — sometimes, people tell you you’re fired Wednesday June 7th, 2017
    Pity naive comedian Kathy Griffin. She discovered, to her cost, there are limits to tolerance for edgy humour, even amongst the entertainment world’s most irreverent, Trump-loathing denizens. In a now-infamous photo released by photographer Tyler Shields on Twitter last week, a deadpan Griffin holds aloft — in mock ISIL-style trophy mode — the bloody, lookalike “head” of Donald Trump....
  • National Post Scheer should ensure fathers have the same parenting rights as mothers in child custody disputes Wednesday May 31st, 2017
    My success rate for failed predictions remains unsullied. Just as I confidently predicted Donald Trump would never win the primaries, and then just as confidently predicted he would never win the presidency, I likewise predicted that Maxime Bernier was a shoo-in for the Conservative Party of Canada leadership race. I paid scant attention to the winner, Andrew Scheer, during the race, and now am...
  • National Post Congratulations, Mr. Scheer. Might I suggest that equal shared parenting be one of your key policy planks? Wednesday May 31st, 2017
    My success rate for failed predictions remains unsullied. Just as I confidently predicted Donald Trump would never win the primaries, and then just as confidently predicted he would never win the presidency, I likewise predicted that Maxime Bernier was a shoo-in for the Conservative Party of Canada leadership race. I paid scant attention to the winner, Andrew Scheer, during the race, and now am...
  • National Post A lone academic dares to challenge accepted narratives about Canada’s residential school system Tuesday May 23rd, 2017
    As the token conservative on otherwise liberal panels, I have been a regular contributor to CBC radio’s comedy news trivia program, Because News, since September 2016. I was let go from this panel last week for my politically incorrect views on indigenous cultural appropriation (that I did not even express on CBC). I can now empathize (as opposed to merely sympathize) with t...
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