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  • National Post In BLM’s view to be white is to be racist and to be black is to be a victim Tuesday July 5th, 2016
    Don’t you just hate it when you invite the new folks next door to dinner so they can meet the neighbours, and then they arrive an hour late, after which they trash your cooking skills and demand better wine? Pride Toronto knows that feeling. Members of the Toronto chapter of Black Lives Matter (BLM), “honoured guests” at Sunday’s Pride parade, staged an unsc...
  • National Post The indigenous tribes of Israel Tuesday June 28th, 2016
    Two stories this week turn on a misunderstanding of the word “indigenous.” On June 21, Conservative MP Jason Kenney tweeted: “On Aboriginal Day we honour those who first settled in Canada, and their generations of descendants.” The word “settled” whistled up the identity police. One twitterer responded: “Oh puleeze. Calling Indigenous...
  • National Post New Haven pit bull attack Monday June 27th, 2016
    It was announced this month that both Montreal  and Quebec City intend to pass dangerous-dog legislation bills that have enraged pit bull advocates but will, in a victory for public-safety proponents, ban new pit bulls from the general dog population in these jurisdictions. As with bans in other jurisdictions like Denver, which has not seen a dogbite-related fatality since its ban w...
  • National Post Could Islamism be to blame for the Orlando attack? Perish the thought! Tuesday June 21st, 2016
    Last week, I was invited into a talk-radio forum on the Orlando massacre. It provided a good example for listeners of the competing interpretive narratives the mass killing has generated. My interlocutor positioned the massacre as a product of America’s gun culture, one in a chain of mass gun-related calamities like Columbine and Sandy Hook, coupled with a disordered min...
  • National Post Want to help society? Let kids know their fathers Tuesday June 14th, 2016
    Fathers Day — celebrated this Sunday — is rapidly becoming the most meaningless holiday of the year. Or, for too many kids, the saddest. U.S. government statistics tell us that over a third of all American children are not living in two-parent homes: forty per cent of children are born out of wedlock and between 33-50 per cent of children of divorce ...
  • National Post There’s no argument. Pit bulls kill Saturday June 11th, 2016
    Thursday the Montreal Gazette commissioned two responses to the fatal attack of a pit bull on a Montreal woman, which happened to occur just as the city is weighing the potential benefits of a pit bull ban: mine, which was pro-ban, and another, by Paul Labonté, which was anti-ban. Neither of us had seen the other’s piece when we wrote our own. Now that I have read Labont&eac...
  • National Post Let’s not become Belgium when it comes to assisted suicide Tuesday June 7th, 2016
    In February, the archbishop of Edmonton announced that in the event of legalized euthanasia, physicians and other health-care workers of Covenant Health Hospital would not be participating in the active termination of patients’ lives. In response last month, Alberta’s associate health minister Brandy Payne stated that Covenant Health’s conscientious objection woul...
  • National Post Absolutist dogma is chilling transgender research Tuesday May 31st, 2016
    Grayson Perry, a successful British potter, has from the age of 10 enjoyed dressing up as a woman. Perry’s “alter ego” Claire sometimes favours a Mrs. Thatcher persona, sometimes a “girlish shepherdess” look. Perry considers his penchant a fetish — “my greatest sort of potent sex dream was to be a housewife walking down the road” — an...
  • National Post A testimony to Canada’s human rights superstar Monday May 30th, 2016
    Is there a Nobel Peace Prize in the near future for former Liberal Justice Minister and human-rights luminary Irwin Cotler? There will be if fellow human-rights superstar Alan Dershowitz has his way. Cotler and Dershowitz are Canada’s two most recognizable names in human rights advocacy. Both are so articulate and passionate about their work that people often confuse the...
  • National Post The Enemy Within the “Safe Spaces” of Jews on campus Friday May 27th, 2016
    Academia is awash in social justice warriors (SJW). There are SJW consumed with racism, gender and Islamophobia, but the issue that looms largest and most relentlessly on all campuses with a sizable Jewish population is anti-Zionism. A demonstration of one’s unnuanced hostility to Israel coupled with unconditional sympathy for the plight of the Palestinians has become something of ...
  • National Post Montreal moratorium is bad news for horses and drivers Thursday May 26th, 2016
    Montreal is a great tourist town, but our tourism season is relatively short as compared to other North American cities of similar size. So entrepreneurs invested in those five profitable months don’t want to miss a single day of work once the trees are in bud. Nobody is a greater stakeholder in the fine weather than the calèche drivers of Old Montreal. Tourists like r...
  • National Post The Dorchester Review — the little magazine that can Tuesday May 24th, 2016
    My heroes in the writing game are the contrarians who beat against cultural currents by publishing small magazines. These magazines boast rich content, but appeal to circumscribed markets. The monetary reward is zilch. Satisfaction is almost entirely bound up (both for the editor and the usually unpaid writers) with pride in the product. Which brings me to my subject for today, the...
  • National Post 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...
  • National Post 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...
  • National Post 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” &...
  • National Post 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...
  • National Post 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 ...
  • National Post 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...
  • National Post 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...
  • National Post 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...
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