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  • National Post Caution and accuracy are not an offence to freedom of speech Monday August 22nd, 2016
    Normally you wouldn’t find even a sliver of daylight between my views on freedom of speech and those of John Carpay, president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF). But on this rare occasion there is. By “this,” I mean Carpay’s robust defence of an American non-profit group promoting gender equality, which targeted the bane of honour kill...
  • National Post All dogs can bite, but only a few are aggressive, impulsive and seek chances to maim Tuesday August 16th, 2016
    Last Saturday, police were forced to shoot two aggressive “pit bull type” dogs after a “scary, traumatic” attack on a man, 66, and a woman, 25, in Ottawa’s east end Orléans area. In the mauling, the woman suffered severe lacerations to both arms, as well as injuries to her head, face, back and buttocks. The man suffered injuries when he sought to help...
  • National Post Listening to a good book Tuesday August 9th, 2016
    Only one of my eyes has ever worked well enough to read. Besides that, in my 20s I was diagnosed with a chronic ophthalmic inflammation that requires daily cortisone drops to control. Some versions of my condition can lead to blindness, but I’ve been lucky. Gratitude for the gift of sight, along with a skulking dread of going blind, has therefore been a constant mental c...
  • National Post How dignity lost its shirt in high office Friday August 5th, 2016
    An Ontario family, out camping in Gatineau Park near Ottawa last weekend, was startled to cross paths with the Prime Minister and his family enjoying a cave-exploration excursion. As is his wont, Justin Trudeau greeted the Godby family members with affability and enthusiasm. And then he posed for the now-obligatory selfie with one of the Godby children. It apparently did not occur ...
  • National Post Women don’t need Hillary Clinton to be president Wednesday August 3rd, 2016
    Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both rotten candidates for the U.S. presidency, but they do provide great fodder for comedians. For example, the following joke arrived in my Inbox this morning:  Trump and Hillary meet at a bar. Donald leans in and smiles, “The media are really tearing you apart for That Scandal.” Hillary answers, “You mean my lying abou...
  • National Post Thanks to proportional representation, Israeli Haredi children will not be learning math and science Tuesday August 2nd, 2016
    To many Canadians critical of our “unfair” first-past-the-post voting system, proportional representation (PR) is the elusive pot of true-democracy gold at the end of the governance rainbow. But if they paid attention to Israel’s domestic politics, they’d find many cautionary tales. Israel’s PR-elected government has a notorious history of making deals...
  • National Post In a case with no witnesses, how can any judge be so sure? Tuesday July 26th, 2016
    Last week York University PhD candidate Mustafa Ururyar was convicted of sexually assaulting grad student Mandi Gray. My curiosity piqued by reports of comments made during trial by Justice Marvin Zuker, I read the 179-page judgment. The specifics of the incident — an evening of social drinking, a quarrel en route to Ururyar’s home, his break-up of their two-w...
  • National Post David Brown — the black leader America needs Tuesday July 19th, 2016
    On Sunday, a remarkable exchange took place between outspoken Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke and CNN’s Don Lemon (both black) after the Baton Rouge, La., incident in which three police officers were killed (one black) and three wounded, by a black man whose social media posts suggested a racial motivation for the attack. It’s worth watching. Lemon represents the &l...
  • National Post Dads are parents, too Tuesday July 12th, 2016
    Poor, poor, poor Gwen Stefani. The Hollywood star split from her rocker husband Gavin Rossdale in 2015. But that’s not why we must pity her. After all, Stefani’s marriage lasted longer than those of most of her peers. No, the reason Stefani feels she has a claim on our sympathy is that she discovered, to her horror, that when couples split up, their children – in ...
  • National Post A Canadian childhood Forty famous Canadians share their favourite memories Tuesday July 5th, 2016
    Until I was 10 and bundled off to overnight summer camp, I spent whole summers in Balfour Beach, a 50-family community near Keswick on the south end of Lake Simcoe, a relatively short commute for fathers on Wednesday nights and weekends. Its handiness to Toronto was—is—arguably its most marketable feature. For it isn’t an attractive site. I remember our tiny crescent-sh...
  • 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 ...
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