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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...
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...
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...
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” &...
First Nations territorial policy is none of our business
Thursday November 6th, 2014
The Kahnawake Mohawk council has a law that bans all “mixed race” couples from living on its Montreal-area territory. Violation of the policy may result in eviction and/or the cutting off of benefits. The Supreme Court of Canada is to rule on whether or not Waneek Horn-Miller and six other plaintiffs were deprived of their Charter rights after being ordered to leave Kahnawake...
Canada's great native uprising
Wednesday December 7th, 2011
Barbara Kay, National Post · Dec. 7, 2011 | Last Updated: Dec. 7, 2011 5:13 AM ET One of my most enduring political memories occurred during the 1995 referendum campaign. The 16,000 Cree Indians in and around James Bay illuminated their resistance to Quebec's separation from Canada with a reminder that the fate of Quebec's remote, undefended (and i...
Taking down Quebec's 'Gouvernemaman'
Wednesday November 30th, 2011
Barbara Kay, National Post · Nov. 30, 2011 | Last Updated: Nov. 30, 2011 3:09 AM ET In his column last Saturday, Conrad Black surveyed the wreckage of Quebec's sovereigntist movement. He ascribes the recent collapse of the Bloc Québécois and Quebec's shrinking influence in Ottawa to the federal government's steady, patient indulge...
A Canadian reverting to type
Wednesday September 29th, 2010
I love doing talk radio shows. There's no downside. It's fun, informal, gets your issue out there and it may even lead to a few more people reading your column. Mostly, I get invited on to conservative shows, where the host agrees with my position. Those are a pure gift. On the few occasions I'm called on to defend a position the host disagrees with (always polit...
A champion of common sense
Thursday September 9th, 2010
Barbara Kay, National Post · Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010 This is a tribute column to one of the National Post's most loyal fans, Lois Hashimoto, who died last January, aged 81. I saved my remarks about Lois to coincide with this Saturday's fundraiser for one of her favourite causes, AGAPE, the only anglophone social service agency in Laval, Que., ren...
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