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  • National Post The agony of an attack without explanation, and the pain of chaos Tuesday April 24th, 2018
    The method is only too familiar. The motive of the man who rammed a van into dozens of pedestrians in Toronto on Monday is so far unclear, although it is for the moment tentatively linked to sexual grievances.In 1993, when North Americans were still cocooned in their bubble of geopolitical security, a 1,200-pound bomb in a Ryder van parked underground at New York’s World Trade Center e...
  • National Post A gift for Israel’s birthday: a legal summary of its clear legitimacy Tuesday April 17th, 2018
    Israel’s 70th birthday will be celebrated Thursday. Note the passive voice. I would have preferred “the world will join in celebration of Israel’s 70th birthday,” but immediately saw its impossibility.The reality is more people will be cursing than congratulating Israel on this occasion. Cursing, rhetorically speaking, comes easy. Israel haters rely on emotive, trigge...
  • National Post This spring, the fight to protect free speech in Canada continues Tuesday April 3rd, 2018
    Never has freedom of speech been so vulnerable in Canada, but I will be privileged to take personal inspiration and hope for change on this front at three events on my spring calendar.On April 26 in Montreal, as chair of the committee that is mounting the event, I will be introducing Jordan Peterson, keynote speaker for the Montreal Press Club’s inaugural freedom award ceremony, honour...
  • National Post Getting to the heart of what M-103 was always all about Wednesday March 14th, 2018
    On Feb. 1, the National Heritage Committee submitted the report called for by the passage of M-103 last winter.M-103 surprised its backers when it turned out not to be the slam dunk they thought it would be, given that its founding predecessor document, Petition e-411, which called for a “whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religion, including Is...
  • National Post There’s no safe space on campus to debate bathroom politics Tuesday March 6th, 2018
    Heather Brown, a third year Business student at Trent University, is no transphobe. She takes a live-and-let-live approach in gender matters.But Trent has instituted a policy of gender-neutral washrooms, and Brown balks at sharing intimate space with members of the biologically opposite sex. She discovered that expression of her discomfort is more than unwelcome on her campus; it has literal...
  • National Post Collapse of basic fact-checking helps feed the fake-news narrative Wednesday February 21st, 2018
    Fake news is a big problem. Increasingly, serious citizens look to mainstream media for responsible reportage. When media betrays the public’s trust, it’s scary. And the media does fall short, sadly, both in matters large, which arouse public ire, and in matters that are only apparently small, and don’t. Not by publishing purposefully fake news, but by publishing “new...
  • National Post Delaware students can now choose their own race. This should end well Tuesday February 13th, 2018
    The state of Delaware is poised to adopt what is known as “Regulation 225.” Approved both by the Delaware State Education Association and Gov. John Carney, Regulation 225 would safeguard children’s “protected characteristics,” such as gender, age, race, sexual orientation and gender identity. Section 7.4(1) of 225’s Prohibition of Discrimination Code state...
  • National Post The #MeToo court of public opinion needs some ground rules, fast Tuesday January 30th, 2018
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s courtship of his wife, Chirlane McCray, has all the makings of a Hollywood romcom. They met in 1991 when she started working at New York City Hall. He — according to a 2013 New York Times profile on the story, a “lanky, bearded operative across the building” — was instantly attracted to her, but she had “zero interest”...
  • National Post B.C. school official protests ‘transgender education’ — and pays the price Wednesday January 24th, 2018
    Barry Neufeld, a long-time trustee of British Columbia’s Chilliwack School District, hadn’t planned to find himself at the centre of a legal battle, whose outcome could have far-reaching consequences for gender-related teaching programs across Canada.But on Jan. 22, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF, on whose board I sit), announced it will be defending Neufeld...
  • National Post Canadians don’t need a ‘National Day’ scolding us for being Islamophobic Wednesday January 17th, 2018
    The federal government has been asked by the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) to declare Jan. 29, the first anniversary of a murderous attack on a Quebec mosque that left six dead and several others injured, a “National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia.” The word Islamophobia is something of a trigger to some of us, as NCCM knows well. The group was in...
  • National Post Fighting off the chill (no pun intended) against skeptical climate science Tuesday January 16th, 2018
    Yes, the Earth is warming. How much and how fast is so far all hypothesis. It is therefore imperative that scientists be free to debate each other’s theories Baby, it was cold outside. I’ve felt grateful the past few weeks that I live in a draft-free house with a reliable furnace. Another reason for gratitude: the recent record-breaking low temperatures served to embarras...
  • National Post Fighting off the chill (no pun intended) against skeptical climate science Tuesday January 9th, 2018
    Baby, it was cold outside. I’ve felt grateful the past few weeks that I live in a draft-free house with a reliable furnace. Another reason for gratitude: the recent record-breaking low temperatures served to embarrass the global-warming Chicken Littles.Climate skeptics never claim that record-breaking cold is a sign of global cooling. It’s time for climate alarmists to stop insis...
  • National Post Confessions of an underperforming grandmother … 'Regrets, I’ve had a few' Saturday January 6th, 2018
    I’m at the age (considered significant if you believe Hallmark) where, when I hear Sinatra singing, “Regrets, I’ve had a few …”, I feel myself nodding where I used only to hum along. So regrets, yes, I’ve had a few — and not too few to mention, either. I should, for example, have lived alone, even for a few months, in my own pad some...
  • National Post Confessions of an underperforming grandmother … ‘Regrets, I’ve had a few’ Friday December 29th, 2017
    I’m at the age (considered significant if you believe Hallmark) where, when I hear Sinatra singing, “Regrets, I’ve had a few …”, I feel myself nodding where I used only to hum along.So regrets, yes, I’ve had a few — and not too few to mention, either.I should, for example, have lived alone, even for a few months, in my own pad somewhere between the family...
  • National Post A sadly necessary handbook for men falsely accused of sexual assault Thursday December 21st, 2017
    It is a sad commentary on our culture that few people care what happens to men falsely charged with sex crimes   Liam Allan, a 22-year old London, England-area criminology student, spent two years “in a terrible form of limbo” when he was charged with 12 counts of rape, based on allegations by a woman (unnamed) with whom he had had a consensual sexual relationship. ...
  • National Post Parents face scorn for worrying about letting their children change genders Thursday December 21st, 2017
    The “identity model” of working with transgender people stipulates that it is wrong to question someone's self-determined identity. The mental health model looks at the underlying causes of distress and seeks to alleviate or manage symptoms.   In a December 7th article, sexologists J. Michael Bailey and Ray Blanchard, unafraid of taking on difficult topics, descr...
  • National Post A sadly necessary handbook for men falsely accused of sexual assault Tuesday December 19th, 2017
    Liam Allan, a 22-year old London, England-area criminology student, spent two years “in a terrible form of limbo” when he was charged with 12 counts of rape, based on allegations by a woman (unnamed) with whom he had had a consensual sexual relationship.Had Allan been convicted, he’d have spent years behind bars and been permanently inscribed as a sex offender. In what seem...
  • National Post Parents face scorn for worrying about letting their children change genders Wednesday December 13th, 2017
    In a December 7th article, sexologists J. Michael Bailey and Ray Blanchard, unafraid of taking on difficult topics, describe three basic types of gender dysphoria (which is when someone feels they’re not the same gender as their biological sex). Posted on 4thWaveNow, a discussion group for skeptics of the growing phenomenon of transgendered children and minors, their article lists the ...
  • 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 Germany was determined to expunge dangerous anti-Semitism. Now it’s back Wednesday December 6th, 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 the House of...
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