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Feminist chickens come home to roost at the Ghomeshi trial
Friday February 19th, 2016
The Ghomeshi trial has to have been a giant embarrassment for Ottawa law professor and hard-core feminist Elizabeth Sheehy. In 2013, Sheehy published a book, Defending Battered Women on Trial. In it, Sheehy proposed that women who experience extreme abuse from their male partners should have the right to kill them pre-emptively – in their sleep, say – without fear of being charge...
Who protects the Yazidi?
Wednesday February 17th, 2016
My synagogue is sponsoring four refugee families from Syria. Three are Muslim, one is Christian. None are Yazidis. As glad as I am to be helping those in need, I regret that we weren’t able to help any Yazidis — and I suspect they’d have found a welcome reception at my synagogue. I feel a strong Jewish vibe in the Yazidis’ situation. Like the Jews, they are ...
Campus anti-Semitism looks to instill hatred for the long term
Tuesday February 16th, 2016
At McGill University, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) zombie has returned. For the third time in less than two years (and the fifth time in seven years), anti-Zionist crusaders are on the warpath. A motion calls on the Students Society of McGill University at their winter general assembly on Feb. 22 “to support any (BDS) campaigns on campus and to pressure the McG...
Forty years with Rabbi Ron
Tuesday February 9th, 2016
Our shul is looking for a new rabbi. After 40 years of robust, dedicated ministry, Rabbi Ron is retiring. We’re happy to see him planning new adventures in Jewish learning and spiritual growth. He has been a faithful servant of To-Whom-It-May-Concern, which is the jokey way we Reconstructionist Jews refer to the God in whom we don’t officially believe, but who called us to hi...
Scandal at CAMH — one entirely of its own making
Wednesday February 3rd, 2016
CAMH — Toronto’s prestigious Centre for Addiction and Mental Health — now finds itself where no publicly-funded institution wants to be: sitting in the glare of a media spotlight focused on a controversy entirely of its own making. Until last December, CAMH’s Youth and Family Identity Clinic (GIC) helped young children with gender dysphoria explore their men...
Most Muslims aren’t jihadists, of course. But some of them are
Wednesday January 27th, 2016
In the era when Communism was the big global threat, we used to be able to say, with impunity, that Marxism could exist without Communism but Communism would not exist without Marx; that fellow travellers in the West who purposefully infiltrated key political institutions in the service of the Communist revolution were a grave threat to democracy; and that informing the public about thei...
Review of Culture Wars: Volume V by Barbara Kay
Tuesday January 26th, 2016
Way Stations on Marxism’s ‘long march through America’s institutions’ in the 20th century. By Barbara Kay Some months ago, joining an online discussion initiated by a gay Facebook friend on the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, I countered a bitter remark about Ronald Reagan’s “homophobia” and his primary role in causing so many deaths by (as tactfully...
The key to a successful culture? Monogamy
Wednesday January 20th, 2016
We may reasonably infer from the fact that the Biblical Garden of Eden was presided over by one man and one woman that the Hebrew God considered monogamy the norm between the sexes. Yet Abraham and his descendants practiced polygamy, the default marriage paradigm for 75 per cent of all recorded human cultures. We have Athens and Jesus to thank for monogamy as the marriage para...
Kafkaesque kangaroo ‘justice’ at the law society
Tuesday January 12th, 2016
Nobody understood the pitfalls of speech codes better, nor was more eloquent in defending the freedom to offend in speech, than George Jonas, who died last Sunday. By coincidence, a free-speech story came to my attention just days before George’s death, one he himself would have relished. So, George, this column’s for you. Peter Best is a generalist lawyer near Sudbury in practice with hi...
The Middle East and North Africa’s rape culture
Monday January 11th, 2016
True story, as related to me by an impeccable source: Some years ago my close friend and her husband travelled to Morocco as part of an organized tour. One day, browsing in the marketplace, it happened that all the other tour members were shopping inside various stores and my friend’s husband took a bathroom break, leaving my friend temporarily alone in the street. “Lik...
Appeasing the Islamists in Quebec
Tuesday January 5th, 2016
Islamism proved a growing threat to Western nations in 2015. But while massacres rivet our attention, they constitute only the most flamboyant tactics in the jihadists’ triumphalist program, which calls for the infiltration of our institutions and the eventual domination of our culture. That can’t happen so long as we exercise our freedom of speech to denounce Islamism ...
The battered stallion
Monday January 4th, 2016
The manager of Le Centre de l’Estrie, Roch Laurin, arrived at the stable every morning at 7:45 a.m. almost to the minute, six days a week. Mondays, the staff’s day off and a rest day for the performance horses, he arrived at 8:30 a.m. and spent the day on administrative backlogs and telephone calls. Today, a Friday in May 1992, he arrived at the usual time, and as alway...
Marking the end of a hollow president’s feckless record on terrorism
Tuesday December 29th, 2015
I do not see the world improving next year. Politically, the best news about 2016 is that it will mark the end of the public careers of the two most humility-void, vainglorious politicians in American history, U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump: Obama by constitutional fiat and Trump either by his defeat in the Republican primaries or through a t...
In praise of the driverless car. Soon may I see my own e-chauffeur
Tuesday December 15th, 2015
My fondest memories of fairground rides have me queuing up and excitedly sliding into “my” Dodge ‘Em car, which I would “drive” around a large rubber-floored rink filled with other cars, the object to avoid being bumped while trying to bump as many other cars as possible. It was safe and controlled, while offering the illusion of adventure and independence. ...
As jihadis, women can be just as savage as men
Thursday December 10th, 2015
“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” The old dictum must be retired. Women rejected in love may very well be dangerous, but all the fury of all the scorned women in the world pales in fearsomeness beside the ferocity unleashed by women set ablaze by ideological passion. News of females abetting, and even fighting alongside male warriors is no longer surprising. W...
Attack of the poutine separatists
Tuesday December 8th, 2015
Languages! Here today, gone tomorrow. Not English, of course, here forever (although I bet the Romans said the same thing about Latin). Unofficial languages spoken by small populations are fragile, though. Take, for example, a Croatian language, Dalmatian. Well, you can’t actually; it’s officially dead. See what I mean? Yiddish is allegedly a dying language, though it&r...
Let palliative care enough time to prove itself
Thursday December 3rd, 2015
A euphemism is, the dictionary tells us, “a mild or indirect expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.” And we live in an age where avoidance of the unpleasant is something of a mania. Especially where death is concerned. “Pregnancy termination” sounds better than “abortion.&rdq...
My revenge novel proved to be a balm
Wednesday December 2nd, 2015
Fiction writers rarely wonder if they have what it takes to write a punchy opinion column. But plenty of non-fiction writers wonder if they have the creative juice for a work of fiction. I’m a lifelong reader, with eclectic tastes. I especially like mysteries and even though for many years I have had a wonderfully satisfying job writing opinion columns for a national newspaper, I l...
The rape crisis industry
Tuesday December 1st, 2015
In the summer of 2014, CBC News contacted 87 Canadian post-secondary institutions to ascertain the incidence of reported sexual assaults on students between 2009-13. The survey included reports to the university and/or to the police, whether or not they resulted in disciplinary action or criminal prosecution. Notably, “[the CBC survey] did not include reports that did not fit...
Rape culture and the problem with numbers
Thursday November 26th, 2015
Most mainstream news publications publish, you know, news. Except when it’s about “rape culture” on campus, when no news is also considered news. Case in point: following a winter survey they initiated last year on campus sexual assault, CBC News this fall conducted a survey of 87 post-secondary institutions to investigate the reporting of sexual assaults in 2014 on and...