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Barbara Kay on preserving aboriginal languages: Cultural will cannot be outsourced
Tuesday May 17th, 2016
Over the weekend, the Globe and Mail published a cri du coeur by Adrienne Clarkson about the importance of language, titled All Canadians Must Tell Their Stories. The piece is stylistically elegant, as we would expect from our former governor general, but not polemically coherent. Clarkson’s central thesis is that language is vital because “it is the basis from which we...
The case for subsidizing trains
Wednesday May 11th, 2016
Next year is Canada’s 150th anniversary. We need a project to mark the occasion that will do us proud in the future, but that speaks to our collective memory. Most nations are born in violence. We owe our identity to the Big Choo Choo. I therefore propose as our defining anniversary project a commitment to renewed and improved passenger rail service throughout Canada. (Please...
At $317 million, Via Rail is cheap to maintain Canada’s rail heritage
Thursday May 5th, 2016
Uh-oh. The federal auditor general’s office has just released a study casting a cloud, yet again, on the future of rail travel in Canada. The report indicates an increase in late-arrival times over the past two years, from one in five trains to one in four. This deterioration in service – on-time performance being “the main factor in customer satisfaction” &...
Unborn babies will stay persons in fact, but not in law
Tuesday May 3rd, 2016
In December 2014 Cassandra Kaake of Windsor, Ont., was murdered in her seventh month of pregnancy, and so her already-named unborn baby Molly died as well. To Casandra’s husband and mother, Molly didn’t just “die.” She was a murder victim, in moral terms exactly as if she had been killed while nursing at her mother’s breast. But the Criminal Code conta...
When kidnapping is a risk, there are ways to prepare
Wednesday April 27th, 2016
What is a government’s proper response to extortion when a human life hangs in the balance? The answer seems obvious to everyone who has no personal stake in the outcome: Don’t pay; to pay is to encourage the practice, and escalate the demands of ruthless outlaws. That is the policy of the Canadian government, and rightly so. On Monday, making good on their threat when ...
On cleanliness, dignity and our obligation to the homeless
Tuesday April 26th, 2016
My mother-in-law, Maryka, was healthy and independent well into her 80s, but eventually short-term memory loss and general frailty set in. Maryka studiously ignored our gentle suggestion to consider assisted living, and it seemed unkind to pressure her, but on the other hand, we didn’t want the decision made for her by a broken hip or a kitchen fire. Where, we wondered, was the lin...
Barbara Kay on her experience with Weight Watchers: Vanity has no cutoff date
Tuesday April 19th, 2016
The queue was longer than usual last Thursday, but we women — I have never seen a man in this particular lineup — waited patiently. Patiently, but an alert observer would note a common tension in our body language: a mix of resignation, hope and dread, with the odd expression of righteous assurance. With only two women ahead of me, I made final preparations for the &hel...
Sex-selection abortion versus a girl’s right to live
Tuesday April 19th, 2016
An ingenious social media campaign, #280today, succinctly conveys the estimated number of pregnancies terminated every day in Canada by induced abortion. That comes out to over 100,000 a year. Canadians who support a woman’s right to an abortion are sympathetic to, or at least non-judgmental, regarding most of the reasons women decide to have an abortion. But there is one tha...
The scourge of anti-Semitic Jews
Wednesday April 13th, 2016
A poster from the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, made the rounds on U.S. campuses recently. It reads: “White man: are you sick and tired of the Jews destroying your country through mass immigration and degeneracy? Join us in the struggle for global white supremacy at the Daily Stormer.” If I had seen that poster in my youth, it would have felt like a punch to the gu...
Kay vs. Kay
Friday April 8th, 2016
Barbara Kay: One of the most popular books in Israel right now is Catch the Jew! by gonzo journalist Tuvia Tenenbom. Tenenbom is a German-Israeli Jew who lives in New York. His advantage as a reporter is that his German – his mother tongue – is so perfect he can pass as ethnically German and often does (at such times he goes by “Tobias”). ‘Catch the Jew&rsqu...
When Mark Steyn struck back
Tuesday April 5th, 2016
I was one of the lucky attendees last Friday at the Munk Debate in Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall. The motion before the house concerned refugee policy: “Be it resolved: Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” On the pro side: Louise Arbour, former UN Human Rights commissioner and historian Simon Schama; on the con side journalist Mark...
Ottawa’s support of Israel deserves more than just words
Monday April 4th, 2016
There are 192 member states in the United Nations. In the worst of them, girls and women are raped and trafficked as a matter of course. In many others, women have fewer legal, educational and employment rights than men. Nevertheless the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) concluded its annual meeting in New York with a condemnation of one country, and one country only. That...
‘Believing women’ isn’t the same thing as proving guilt
Wednesday March 30th, 2016
Reading Justice William Horkins’ preamble to his judgment following the Jian Ghomeshi trial, I marvelled anew at the testimonies of the three women accusers and the cultural revolution they represent. In a pre-feminist era, it is possible a woman would have lied in court. But the odds, in 1965 say, of three women with apparently slam-dunk cases pre-trial all being exposed on the st...
The link between BDS and Jew hatred on campus
Tuesday March 22nd, 2016
In a Feb. 25 Facebook post, McGill student Molly Harris recounted her experience in a “Rez (residence) Project” workshop, a (mandatory) three-hour discussion on “oppression, privilege, consent and race” designed to create a “safe space” for fellow dorm students. Molly described an incident when, singled out negatively for being Jewish, she f...
Only blind progressives would think naming a scholarship after Mao is a good idea
Tuesday March 15th, 2016
It’s no secret that Western campuses are dominated by progressivism. But certain indices of academics’ love affair with the far left still have the power to shock. The University of Victoria is inviting applications from students in its Pacific and Asian Studies program for two awards “in memory of the late Mao Tse Tung” — one to be applied for a study ...
Flattening feminism’s campus myths
Wednesday March 9th, 2016
On the occasion of a prestigious award in her field last month, associate professor Elena Bennett in McGill University’s Natural Resources Sciences and School of Environment was interviewed by the Montreal Gazette on the subject of women and science. Bennett focused on the well-documented post-undergrad career stall for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math...
Sour grapes on pit bulls
Monday March 7th, 2016
Don Cherry has a big mouth, which annoys some people and delights others. Since I have no particular interest in hockey, the familiar sound of Cherry rants has up to now been background static in my life. But Cherry got my full attention this week when he set himself up as the point man on a pit bull rescue operation. Last October police and the Ontario SPCA launched an investig...
The rise of the “activersity”
Tuesday March 1st, 2016
lang: en_US 5 inShare It’s an uphill job, the campus social justice circuit. It isn’t just a matter of showing up with some signs and megaphones and hollering, maybe disrupting the odd speech with a little horn-blowing or firebell-ringing. It takes organization and passion and energy. Most of all it takes time. ...
Anti-Israel crusader Max Blumenthal does not deserve the honour of a PEN Canada audience
Tuesday February 23rd, 2016
Marking Freedom to Read Week, on Wednesday, Feb, 24, at the Toronto Reference Library, PEN Canada will present, “Embattled Truths: Reporting on Gaza,” a talk by U.S. polemicist Max Blumenthal followed by a conversation with Toronto Star foreign affairs reporter Olivia Ward. Blumenthal is blurbed in the invitation as an “acclaimed U.S. journalist” who will &l...
Infertility is not the responsibility of the state
Friday February 19th, 2016
Health Minister Gaétan Barrette, it is safe to say, is not the most loved political figure in Quebec. His appearances in the news are generally associated with the announcement of cuts or plans to streamline the system by merging health boards or otherwise paring back services in ways that the public perceive as insensitive and even harmful to patients. Recently, for exampl...