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The man behind the monarch is a remarkable soul in his own right
Wednesday September 16th, 2015
Last week, Queen Elizabeth II became Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. The media gushed with commentary on her extraordinary life trajectory, but Prince Philip also set a record: he’s the longest serving consort in British history. Yet coverage of his milestone has been scant. Not that he would care. As Elizabeth said on their Golden Wedding anniversary, “(Philip) is ...
Canada’s quiet, reassuring election
Tuesday September 8th, 2015
Normally a federal election would claim the undivided portion of the attention I allot to politics. But this time, with more fascinating political campaigns in progress abroad, I find myself distracted from our own, which seems dull by comparison. I hasten to add that by “dull” I mean normal and orderly, while by “fascinating” I mean weird, threatening and an omin...
Sometimes a shower is just a shower. Even at Auschwitz
Friday September 4th, 2015
The refugee crisis in Europe is having the effect of peeling back the thin veneer of politeness that oils the wheels of civic reciprocity. Fear is making everyone jumpy: There are so many of “them”; where will they all go? How will this affect “us”? And then there is the very real, and daunting problem of actually keeping track of people as individuals, as the wav...
Quebec wants to uncover faces while it covers mouths
Tuesday September 1st, 2015
Over the years I’ve written many columns about honour killings in Canada’s South Asian communities. Under the terms of Quebec’s proposed Bill 59, my frequent allusion to the demonstrable fact that most victims of honour crimes are Muslim girls and women might, posted on the Internet as all my published writing is, lead to prosecution for Islamophobia with a possible fin...
Pit bulls are disproportionally dangerous. Why is Calgary importing more of them?
Tuesday August 11th, 2015
Only two countries allow the importation of pit bull type dogs: Canada and the U.S. In mid-June, 32 rescue dogs were saved from “death’s row” in a Bakersfield, California kill shelter and sent to Calgary for rehoming. The operation was jointly arranged by Wings of Rescue, an American charity, and BARC, a Calgary rescue organization. Of the 32 dogs, 17 are pit bull...
The decision to die is a private matter; its execution should be, too
Friday August 7th, 2015
On the surface, Gill Pharoah was an English woman much like myself – a healthy septuagenarian with grey hair, living with a partner she loved, also in good health, a mother of two like me, a grandmother, mentally fit, not subject to depression or other mood disorders. Pharoah did have some physical aches and pains, as do I, but none that actually needed more than over-the-counter m...
Feminists won’t like the ending of Amy Schumer’s latest flick
Wednesday August 5th, 2015
Rom-com ditzy dames are a time-honoured Hollywood tradition. Comedians like Judy Holliday, Katharine Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Lucille Ball were adorable. And, however kooky, “nice” girls all. But in order to satisfy feminist dogmas in our era, postmodern rom-com writers have had to premise their plots on the assumption that loveable ditz, wanton promiscuity and landi...
To understand Bill Cosby, start with Alfred C. Kinsey
Wednesday July 29th, 2015
In a letter to the editor in the July 25 National Post regarding Bill Cosby’s alleged sex crimes, Jerry Pryde, of Stoney Creek, Ont., wrote: “It should be noted one of Cosby’s accusers claims the deed occurred at the Playboy mansion when she was 15. This raises the question: who allowed a 15-year old girl inside what amounts to little more than a high-end brothel?&rdquo...
Of course Justin Trudeau wants bilingual judges: he’s the product of bilingual privilege
Tuesday July 28th, 2015
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s seventh appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada is Justice Russell Brown, of the Alberta Court of Appeal, who will replace Justice Marshall Rothstein upon his Aug 31 retirement. Holding a doctorate in juridical science from the University of Toronto, and a member of the bars of both B.C. and Alberta, the 50-something Brown is domiciled in Edmonton...
A defence of the classic virtues
Tuesday July 21st, 2015
After last month’s massacre of nine black worshippers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., Americans braced for more racial upheaval. Instead, wonderment dawned at the calm, as dignified words of forgiveness and the commitment to racial harmony was displayed by survivors and Charleston citizens alike. Reporting on the phenomenon from Charlest...
In the history books, this will go down as the Battle of Burl’s Creek
Friday July 17th, 2015
In my formative years, summer meant Lake Simcoe and long, halcyon summers. But today, if nobody stops them, the usual suspects are going to — as the song warns — pave paradise and put up a parking lot. Oro-Medonte Township is a rural Ontario enclave of about 20,000 souls between Barrie and Orillia. Blessed by lush prime farmland and Lake Simcoe’s gleamin...
Atticus Finch would have had his pick of men falsely accused of rape and denied due process today
Wednesday July 15th, 2015
The novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, much in the news with the release of Lee’s practice-run novel for Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman, is America’s favourite book, its extraordinary popularity undiminished more than 50 years after it was published. Strangely, though taught in high schools everywhere, it comes with no “trigger warnings” for female ...
The bureaucrats killed CanLit
Wednesday July 8th, 2015
CanLit, our sobriquet for Canadian literature, had not yet been coined when I was an undergrad studying English Language and Literature at the University of Toronto in the early 1960s. To my cohort, “literature” meant the British and American canons, since identifiably Canadian writing (all of which had heretofore fitted onto a single shelf in the university bookstore) was th...
National Post View: Mulcair’s opportunism in Quebec is reckless
Tuesday June 30th, 2015
No Canadian old enough to understand its significance will ever forget the anguished tension of Quebec’s second referendum night in November 1995. The No side won by the slimmest of margins – 50.58 per cent to 49.42 percent. As all realists well understood, the reversal of those numbers would have meant a national cataclysm. NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, back then a Liberal envi...
Kids today need to get a sense of humour
Wednesday June 24th, 2015
Back in the day, comedians used to love performing on college campuses. Their audiences were young, hip and appreciative of edgy humour. Nowadays, not so much. In fact, alpha comedians Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Larry the Cable Guy have — separately — essentially agreed that political correctness has so diminished their experience performing on campuses, that ...
It’s amazing anyone still takes Paul Ehrlich’s doomsday predictions seriously
Tuesday June 23rd, 2015
was quite unnerved this morning to read that a scientist had predicted the earth might be once again coming to an end in a “mass extinction event.” (There have been five previous cataclysmic events, which are described in the article.) “We are now,” according to this scientist, “moving into another one of these events that could easily, easily ruin the li...
Beloved in York, group banned by Toronto Pride for offending radical feminists
Monday June 22nd, 2015
Last Saturday, members and supporters of the Canadian Association for Equality (CAFÉ) marched in a pride parade. Not Toronto Pride, which is coming up June 28. CAFÉ marched in Richmond Hill with Pride York Fest. A good time was had by all. Why is this newsworthy? Well, inclusion by York Pride was something of a triumph for CAFÉ in that Pride Toronto refus...
Pit bull bans work
Friday June 19th, 2015
In the normal course of events, you would not find the small community of Membertou, a branch of the greater tribal group of the Mi’kmaw nation, located within its tribal district of Cape Breton, making news that will reverberate in every corner of North America. But it just did. Moreover, I am probably the only journalist in Canada on whose radar the news showed up with a great...
Jewish National Fund is contributing to ‘cultural malaise’ by disinviting Mike Huckabee
Thursday June 18th, 2015
In my column Wednesday I introduced my subject – the dictatorship of political correctness – with what I thought was a joke: “refer to Caitlyn Jenner as ‘he’ on Twitter and wait one hour for the cancellation of your talk at (insert university here).” RelatedBarbara Kay: Caitlyn Jenner trivializes the momentousness of what it means to be a womanBarbara Kay: Eight hundred years after Magna Carta,...
Eight hundred years after Magna Carta, free speech is in free fall
Wednesday June 17th, 2015
The Magna Carta, which celebrated its 800th anniversary on Monday, isn’t much to look at: it’s 54 lines of text on a piece of parchment, mostly about property rights and small-beer gripes with the feudal system. But it started a cognitive “rights” revolution, which today represents freedoms of all kinds. Most importantly: the freedom to speak one’s mind with...