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Wasted tax dollars on a values-void novel
Wednesday January 21st, 2015
Every year, as a recipient of the Governor-General’s award for best fiction in children’s literature, a lucky Canadian writer receives a $25,000 cash prize. This year Raziel Reid, creator of pop culture blog Blitz & Shitz on DailyXtra.com, won for his Young Adult novel, When Everything Feels like the Movies. I’ve read the novel. What were they thinking? No, se...
Jimmy Savile’s world
Wednesday October 31st, 2012
Arrests are piling up higgledy-piggledy in the proliferating posthumous investigation of longtime BBC entertainer and pedophile Jimmy Savile (1926-2011). The latest suspects include a “glam rock star,” a radio producer, a photographer and a driver. The widening scope of Savile’s own depredations (police claim 300 alleged victims), and of many others he apparently enable...
Amanda Todd’s death shows the need to expose cyberbullies
Friday October 12th, 2012
October is National Anti-Bullying month. As a tragic reminder of the need for this, we learn that 15-year old Amanda Todd, a former “spunky” cheerleader and Grade 10 student at the Coquitlam Alternate Basic Education school in British Columbia, killed herself Wednesday as a result of a cyberbullying campaign against her. Amanda’s story began in Grade 7 when she an...
‘Porn exhibit’ is titillation, not education
Tuesday June 12th, 2012
Last month, Ottawa’s Museum of Science and Technology was criticized for hosting “Sex: A Tell-All Exhibition.” PEN Canada asked two journalists to debate whether the exhibit was appropriate. The following is Barbara Kay’s response: In On Liberty, the Ur-text for many free speech libertarians, John Stuart Mill argues that the demands of liberty and authority will a...
Ottawa sexhibition is an issue of waste, not prudery
Sunday May 20th, 2012
Sometimes a cabinet minister can’t win, when it comes to public opinion. Such would appear to be the case this week for Heritage Minister James Moore, under whose aegis Sex: A Tell-All Exhibition is running for the next six months at the Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa. The show had already toured Montreal and Regina without controversy, but it was third time unluck...
Seeing your bad decisions, through a child’s eyes
Wednesday March 7th, 2012
Before you act, imagine what your son or daughter will think about your actions. In a recent column about gossip, I confessed to an enthusiasm for consuming and dispensing the stuff, but neglected to mention that I have a personal horror of being gossip’s butt. I’m not a hypocrite. Gossip is an excellent social brake on stupid impulses. We need gossip to be better p...
Unsolicited information is invasive
Saturday October 8th, 2011
Barbara Kay, National Post · Oct. 8, 2011 | Last Updated: Oct. 8, 2011 4:06 AM ET Children's curiosity about human sexuality is a slowblooming flower. There is no reason to force what happens naturally in time. So when is the best time to start teaching children about sex? When they ask, and with respect for their cognitive life station, not with an ey...
An affliction, not a profession
Wednesday August 3rd, 2011
Barbara Kay, National Post · Aug. 3, 2011 | Last Updated: Aug. 3, 2011 5:24 AM ET On Aug. 14 in Vancouver, a bonfire will be lit to launch the Ignite The Road to Justice Mission Tour 2011. The purpose of the tour, which will visit every major city in Canada, is to educate Canadians about the horrors of human trafficking, an evil that is growing in this cou...
Desperate for acceptance
Wednesday June 22nd, 2011
Barbara Kay, National Post · Jun. 22, 2011 | Last Updated: Jun. 22, 2011 2:02 AM ET A while ago a Toronto policeman had the misfortune to suggest publicly that women who didn't wish to be raped should stop dressing like sluts. It's too bad he exaggerated. Obviously real rapists are not so fussy in their choice of victims. But the impulse behind his remarks was no...
A short journey from 'pro-choice' to infanticide
Wednesday March 23rd, 2011
Barbara Kay, National Post · Mar. 23, 2011 | Last Updated: Mar. 23, 2011 5:04 AM ET One of abortion's most militant activists and practitioners died last month. At the exact same instant, one of abortion's most militant critics also died. It wasn't quite the coincidence it appears to be; the pro-abortion and antiabortion activist were one and the same man. If...
They need rescue, not regulation
Wednesday October 6th, 2010
Barbara Kay, National Post · Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 Prostitution has Canadians' attention, thanks to a recent Ontario court ruling striking down barriers to an openly marketed, regulated and accessible sex trade. Judge Susan Himel's ruling was based on a Charter "rights" provision. But that's a red herring. The challengers want more...
Wednesday December 2nd, 2009
In the process of conveying a general idea or a cue to an emotional response, we often seek instinctive recourse in a linguistic device called antonomasia. We'll substitute an antonomastic placeholder like "Solomon" for a wise person or "Hitler" for an evil one, "Pearl Harbor" for an ineluctable casus belli, and so forth. The words "Barbie dol...
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