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  • National Post 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...
  • National Post 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...
  • National Post 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...
  • National Post 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...
  • National Post 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...
  • National Post Barbara Kay on honour and feminism Thursday November 26th, 2015
    On Nov. 11, PAH Governor Barbara Kay gave a speech to the Canadian Association for Equality in Ottawa, entitled “A Question of Honour: Feminism and Multiculturalism in the Political Crosshairs.” Here is the full text of her talk. Last month, in the city of Dessau, Germany, the body of a 20-year old Syrian woman, identified as “Rokstan M.” was discovered in a shall...
  • National Post Bill Maher 1, Chrystia Freeland 0 Tuesday November 24th, 2015
    Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister for International Trade is, generally speaking, a smart cookie. But that wasn’t my takeaway from her performance as a guest panelist alongside Maine governor Angus King and The Federalist publisher Ben Domenech on the Bill Maher “Real Time” show that aired last Friday. Maher made Freeland look, well, less than smart, without ev...
  • National Post The ugly truth about ‘cat ladies’ Tuesday November 17th, 2015
    Hallowe’en is always a gold mine for cute pics of kids in unusual costumes appearing on social media. One I especially liked this year — I simply had to “share” it — was a little girl in slippers with her hair in giant curlers, and attached to her bathrobe from shoulders to hem a passle of kitten stuffies. A sign around her neck announced her as “cat l...
  • National Post Anti-male ignorance on parade at the CBC Friday November 13th, 2015
    The personal is the political. I experienced a dose of both in the heated exchange on “The Sunday Talk” segment of CBC’s The National Nov 8. My son Jon was, as usual, on the panel, this time to discuss one of my niche subjects, men’s awareness groups, and their struggle for official recognition on several Canadian campuses. Watching, I reeled internally between ma...
  • National Post More road kill on the highway of white privilege Tuesday November 10th, 2015
    It’s too bad “white privilege” can’t be packaged up and sold. Otherwise young white males hoping for a future in academia might be able to sell theirs on eBay, and give themselves a fighting chance at a career. Because there’s no longer any guarantee that competence, liberalism and a clean record will protect you when aggrieved students need a hand...
  • National Post Jew hatred, throughout the ages Wednesday November 4th, 2015
    During the Second World War, civilization as we knew it perished in the fires of the Holocaust. The fires were stoked by a hatred whose ferocity had no precedent in human history. Shocked to the core, we thought we would never see its like again. We are seeing it again, but we are shy to call it by its name, lest we be forced to admit that there is no atrocity so egregious it cannot serv...
  • National Post How the Tories abandoned desperate fathers Tuesday October 27th, 2015
    I had a bad moment last week, and it’s (largely) Stephen Harper’s fault. Walking home from the grocery store, my mobile rang. It was a young father I’ll call Kassim, who is in a nightmarish court battle to maintain his bond with a daughter being systematically alienated by a (well-documented) vengeful mother. Expert witnesses have endorsed him as a loving, co...
  • National Post Tough questions on the health risks of abortion remain Friday October 23rd, 2015
    October is International Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Upcoming, November is International Preterm Birth Awareness Month. “Uh oh,” I can almost hear certain pro-choice stakeholders muttering: “Is she actually going there?” Yep. Fasten your seat belts, readers. Like they say in those corny action movies, “I’m going in!” "In” is t...
  • National Post Do you want to adopt a dog? Reconsider the pit bull Thursday October 22nd, 2015
    In June of 1997, seven-year old Sharon Reynolds of Kingston, Ontario was savaged to death by a pit bull living in her home. Her mother Louise was erroneously charged and convicted of her murder. Louise’s misfortune was to have the infamous Dr. Charles Randal Smith, head pediatric forensic pathologist at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, witnessing against her at trial. Sm...
  • National Post It was the snitch line, not the niqab stance, that hurt Harper Tuesday October 20th, 2015
    Noted on Twitter last evening: “Two lasting political idioms emerging from elxn2015: 1. “pulling a niqab” (ugly populism). 2.”Pulling a fordfest” (bonehead campaign finale).” I approve the “fordfest” neologism; but I have reservations about “pulling a niqab” as an “ugly populism.” I think Harper’s stand o...
  • National Post PEN International’s criticism of Harper hypocritical considering its own omission Wednesday October 14th, 2015
    PEN International, the association mandated to support freedom of expression for writers, recently held its 81st annual congress in Quebec City. Every year the organization sums up the prevailing state of liberty of expression in the country in which the congress is held. Thus, this year the country under scrutiny was Canada.  According to a report released Tuesday, the organization is concerne...
  • National Post The social right to see each other’s faces Tuesday October 13th, 2015
    My 10-year old granddaughter is an empathic child, easily distressed by tales of human or animal suffering. Yet in her chosen Hallowe’en costume she will appear to be carrying her head and a “blood”-stained plastic meat cleaver after having been decapitated. I don’t see her as a future recruit to ISIL, though. One needn’t be a psychiatrist to understan...
  • National Post Don’t sell fathers short: They are as crucial to a child’s well being as a mother Tuesday October 6th, 2015
    For a recent web edition of The Walrus magazine, editor-in-chief Jonathan Kay wrote a sympathetic (but not sycophantic) reflection on Justin Trudeau, with whom he spent considerable time in his role as editorial assistant for Trudeau’s 2014 memoir, Common Ground. “The Trudeau I Know,” reproduced in Monday’s National Post print edition, dwells on the trials o...
  • National Post Ten reasons to ban the niqab — in the public service Wednesday September 30th, 2015
    Libertarians are committed to the principle that every individual has the right to live his life as he pleases, as long as he does no harm to others. But the meaning of “harm” isn’t always as identifiable as a physical assault or “fire” shouted in a crowded theatre. Nor is the phrase “to others.” Add up enough “others” and you have a ...
  • National Post AP offers a victory to us ‘doubters’ of climate change Monday September 28th, 2015
    The AP Stylebook editors are updating their nomenclature on climate change. Henceforth, people who have been described as climate change “skeptics” and “deniers” will now be referred to as “doubters” or “those who reject mainstream climate science.” This is welcome news, for it releases people like me from implicit mental alignment wi...
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