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  • National Post Learn from the best while you can Thursday June 25th, 2020
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • National Post Barbara Kay on COVID-19: The country house pandemic problem Wednesday April 22nd, 2020
    MONTREAL — On April 1, Premier François Legault told Quebecers they should avoid all “non-essential” travel around the province. That meant Montrealers should not be going to their country houses (as we call our “cottages”), nor should people living in other regions travel to Montreal. This was not a suggestion, it was a decree. (One Montrealer who decide...
  • National Post Barbara Kay on COVI-19: The country house pandemic problem Wednesday April 22nd, 2020
    MONTREAL — On April 1, Premier François Legault told Quebecers they should avoid all “non-essential” travel around the province. That meant Montrealers should not be going to their country houses (as we call our “cottages”), nor should people living in other regions travel to Montreal. This was not a suggestion, it was a decree. (One Montrealer who decide...
  • National Post Is it any wonder Americans are losing trust in their institutions? Tuesday April 14th, 2020
    In the summer of 2018, Donald Trump was enjoying himself in Florida, immersed in his favourite activity, a rally for Donald Trump. CNN reporter Jim Acosta, an aggressive critic Trump loves to bait, was covering the event live on air, when a group of Trump supporters started screaming at him and making threatening gestures behind him into the camera.But after the rally ended and Acosta got of...
  • National Post Barbara Kay on the COVID-19 lockdown: You can’t go to the theatre, so it’s coming to you Tuesday April 7th, 2020
    In 1984, George Orwell’s iconic 1949 novel about a future totalitarian dystopia, everyone had a “telescreen.” It couldn’t be turned off, so people were forced to watch Big Brother’s propaganda continuously. Worse, the telescreen could spy on them. The image was so powerful and disturbing, many early readers were afraid to buy the recently invented televisions th...
  • National Post Where is the GG during Canada’s coronavirus crisis? Wednesday April 1st, 2020
    I’m a monarchist. That was the norm I grew up with. But I recognize I’m a dying breed in Canada. The monarchy still serves a vital purpose in the United Kingdom, but it has become a vestigial institution in Canada, and in most other Commonwealth nations. (When did you last hear the word “Commonwealth” in these globalized times?)Prince Harry’s “Meghixt&rdqu...
  • National Post Our small community, united, is getting through this as best we can Wednesday March 18th, 2020
    We live in a nice house on a pleasant street. What we particularly like about our neighbourhood is the eclecticism in the demographic. There is no uniformity in the house sizes, so there are cozy empty-nesters like us living cheek by jowl with large families. Young, middle-aged and old are equally represented on my block.When we moved to this retirement downsizer, we only got to know our imm...
  • National Post Another one bites the dust — Woody Allen the latest victim of cancel culture Tuesday March 10th, 2020
    Hachette Book Group (HBG) announced last week that it had cancelled its scheduled April publication of 84-year-old film director Woody Allen’s memoir, “Apropos of Nothing.”The decision was sparked by protest from investigative reporter Ronan Farrow, Allen’s estranged son, whose #MeToo-themed book, “Catch and Kill,” was also published by HBG. Ronan Farrow is the ...
  • National Post A closer look at the sad, but improvable, lives of ‘pickup artists’ Thursday March 5th, 2020
    Before there was Harvey Weinstein, there was Daryush Valizadeh — more commonly known as “Roosh V” — a guru in what is known as the “seduction community” for his expertise in “pickup artistry” (PUA). Roosh V’s website, Return of Kings (successfully shuttered by boycotts in October 2018), included such abhorrent material as advocacy for cha...
  • National Post Social conservatives need to find common ground Wednesday February 26th, 2020
    Leslyn Lewis is an interesting newcomer to the race for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. Superficially, she’s a contemporary dream candidate: a female black immigrant and a single mom who struggled her way out of poverty to earn a PhD in international law and build up a law practice in Toronto.She’s fairly inexperienced politically — she ran for the Conse...
  • National Post The Canadian Forces’ failed recruitment policy Tuesday February 18th, 2020
    In 1997, when women comprised 14 per cent of the Canadian Forces, Gen. Maurice Baril argued that a robust recruitment campaign was all that was necessary to boost female membership to 28 per cent by 2009, when, he predicted, women would comprise a full 25 per cent of front-line infantry troops, up from 0.6 per cent at the time.Since there wasn’t a shred of evidence from Canada or anywh...
  • National Post Christie reached readers’ hearts, minds and guts. That’s why they loved her Wednesday February 12th, 2020
    When you write regularly for a newspaper, people assume you know your colleagues personally. Christie Blatchford’s fans would ask me, “What’s she like in person?” I had to explain that I hardly knew her at all. She was in Toronto, I live in Montreal, most writers work in solitude — I certainly do — and so our paths crossed only twice.The first time it was ...
  • National Post Jordan Peterson and the deadly overprescription of benzos Tuesday February 11th, 2020
    In a 2018 CBC interview, Wendy Mesley asked Jordan Peterson, then at the zenith of his celebrity, what he thought lay ahead for him. Peterson responded with his typical gloomy realism: “I don’t know what’s next, really.… The overwhelming likelihood, as far as I’m concerned, and it’s been this way since September of 2016, is that this will go terribly wron...
  • National Post The reframing of African-American history Tuesday February 4th, 2020
    The National Association of Scholars (NAS), an American non-profit whose mandate is to “uphold the standards of a liberal arts education that fosters intellectual freedom” by advocating for the academic freedom of students and scholars, has inaugurated the 1620 Project, which will commemorate the signing of the Mayflower Compact, the first governing document of the Plymouth Colon...
  • National Post Even secular Quebec needs to water its cultural roots Wednesday January 29th, 2020
    On April 15 last year, a fire broke out in Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral. Thousands of Parisians turned out to watch the threatening flames in stunned sorrow. Most onlookers were not religious, for France is a fiercely secular nation. But their anguished expressions told us they saw more than the possible loss of a beautiful old building. Notre Dame represents a huge chunk of France&rsq...
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