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  • The Post Millennial Erin O'Toole has what it takes to clobber Trudeau in the next election Monday May 25th, 2020
    He was out. Then Jim Karahalios thought he was back into the CPC leadership race. But last week the LEOC (Leadership Election Organizing Committee) determined that he is definitively disqualified.Karahalios has a following, and they will be disappointed, but let’s remember the good reason he was shunned in the first place. He had, as leadership competitor Erin O’Toole framed it,...
  • National Post Canada Beware the Steely Claws of the Chinese Regime Friday May 15th, 2020
    The Calgary Zoo is sending Panda bears Er Shun and Da Mao, originally slated to remain through 2024, home to China. I say “home” because Pandas are never sold to zoos. China leases Pandas out in order to control their scarcity and to ensure China is the sole supplier of bamboo, Pandas’ principal source of energy (about 18 kg a day each). Given the five-fold profit China stood to make on...
  • The Post Millennial Terry Mosher's face mask/niqab cartoon misses the mark Thursday May 14th, 2020
    Quebec premier François Legault now “strongly recommends” that Montrealers wear a mask out in public, and he underlined the message by himself wearing a medical mask when he announced it. I knew it wouldn’t be long before he became the butt of ridicule that ironically linked his mask to  Quebec’s infamous Bill 21, which precludes the wearing of the niqab&mdas...
  • National Post Barbara Kay on COVID-19: We have to get the kids back to playing sports again Wednesday May 13th, 2020
    As a grandparent who hasn’t had physical contact with my five granddaughters since mid-March, I’m naturally eager to see the end of the lockdown. But if I can only receive that benefit at the high cost of my grandchildren sacrificing their most beloved activities, I prefer to FaceTime with them indefinitely.My demographic is the one at high risk, after all, not theirs. As the dat...
  • The Post Millennial Forget everything you think you know about single-use plastic Tuesday May 12th, 2020
    With air and car traffic reduced so dramatically during the Covid-19 crisis, the salutary knock-on effect of lowered carbon emissions and pollution must be a solace to locked-down eco-warriors. But their mellow from that outcome is likely harshed a bit by the return to the use of plastic bags in supermarkets for the sake of virus-inspired hyper-hygiene. The once-ubiquitous plastic bag is a sta...
  • National Post A coronavirus report card for Ontario and Quebec schools Tuesday May 5th, 2020
    In last week’s column, I illustrated, via the experiences of two families, the dramatic difference in responses to school closures in Quebec between the public and independent schools. The private schools, secular and parochial, immediately committed to mandatory remote-learning schedules approximating in-school routines, with a minimum of five hours a day devoted to instruction, assignments...
  • The Post Millennial New petition demands fairness for women in Olympic sports Monday May 4th, 2020
    The coronavirus pandemic has affected every facet of our social, cultural and economic lives, in ways too many to count, both small and large, affecting every institution in every community, from neighbourhoods to cities to the nation and beyond. Internationally, the cancellation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was a particularly bitter pill to swallow for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), ...
  • National Post An eye-opening tale of two school systems during the COVID-19 crisis Tuesday April 28th, 2020
    A clever tweet: “We are not all in the same boat. We are all in the same storm.” So true. Pandemic privilege comes in many forms. One that preoccupies me is the disparity in parental burden in homeschooling children. Private school parents live on a yacht, public school parents in a rowboat.This is a tale of two Montreal families. One is my daughter Joanne’s, whose older da...
  • National Post Barbara Kay on COVID-19: The country house pandemic problem Wednesday April 22nd, 2020
    MONTREAL — On April 1, Premier François Legault told Quebecers they should avoid all “non-essential” travel around the province. That meant Montrealers should not be going to their country houses (as we call our “cottages”), nor should people living in other regions travel to Montreal. This was not a suggestion, it was a decree. (One Montrealer who decide...
  • National Post Barbara Kay on COVI-19: The country house pandemic problem Wednesday April 22nd, 2020
    MONTREAL — On April 1, Premier François Legault told Quebecers they should avoid all “non-essential” travel around the province. That meant Montrealers should not be going to their country houses (as we call our “cottages”), nor should people living in other regions travel to Montreal. This was not a suggestion, it was a decree. (One Montrealer who decide...
  • The Post Millennial The coronavirus crisis reveals the hypocrisy of the ‘diversity’ squad Tuesday April 21st, 2020
    Global statistics reveal that hospitalized men are far more likely to die of COVID-19 than women. Are men more vulnerable because of lifestyle choices—elevated smoking and obesity rates, say—or for biological reasons yet to be discovered? The jury is still out. Apart from being used as leverage for dark humour by misandrists, this disparity hasn’t attracted significant public...
  • National Post Human Wreckage: Pondering Lenin’s Legacy on 150th Anniversary of His Birth Sunday April 19th, 2020
    Commentary Canada’s Liberal government has dragged its feet on acknowledging the duplicity of the Chinese Communist Party throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Occasionally, as when Health Minister Patty Hajdu recently told a journalist that accusing China of concealing the extent of its outbreak was “feeding into conspiracy theories,” the Canadian response has skirted “useful idiot” territor...
  • The Post Millennial Social distancing rules are getting out of hand in the coronavirus era Thursday April 16th, 2020
    We’re all doing our best to “social distance.” We get it. This novel coronavirus spreads through the air, and two metres between people is needed to keep ourselves from infection or from infecting others. We’re most of us trying to do that. But we’d be happier doing it without Big Brother hovering over us. Because, as I said, we get It Last Friday, Oakville, Ont r...
  • National Post Is it any wonder Americans are losing trust in their institutions? Tuesday April 14th, 2020
    In the summer of 2018, Donald Trump was enjoying himself in Florida, immersed in his favourite activity, a rally for Donald Trump. CNN reporter Jim Acosta, an aggressive critic Trump loves to bait, was covering the event live on air, when a group of Trump supporters started screaming at him and making threatening gestures behind him into the camera.But after the rally ended and Acosta got of...
  • The Post Millennial BDS founder wants to boycott everything except Israeli medical help Friday April 10th, 2020
    Omar Barghouti, founder and leading guru of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, whose goal is to weaken Israel economically to the point of collapse, now finds himself in an embarrassing position, for having, in a moment of candour, exposed the inherent contradictions at the heart of his project. Speaking of the pandemic in an Arabic-language Facebook broadcast, as part of a ...
  • National Post Barbara Kay on the COVID-19 lockdown: You can’t go to the theatre, so it’s coming to you Tuesday April 7th, 2020
    In 1984, George Orwell’s iconic 1949 novel about a future totalitarian dystopia, everyone had a “telescreen.” It couldn’t be turned off, so people were forced to watch Big Brother’s propaganda continuously. Worse, the telescreen could spy on them. The image was so powerful and disturbing, many early readers were afraid to buy the recently invented televisions th...
  • The Post Millennial Canada loses a vital voice in media as CJN shuts down Saturday April 4th, 2020
    The headline struck me with force: “Another Covid-19 casualty: After 60 years, the Canadian Jewish News will cease operations.” As the article explains, the combined impact of dwindling ad revenues, a problem for all print media, and the Covid-19 virus, was too much to withstand. It was a sad moment for me on both a personal and a professional level. Professionally, I am now ...
  • National Post Where is the GG during Canada’s coronavirus crisis? Wednesday April 1st, 2020
    I’m a monarchist. That was the norm I grew up with. But I recognize I’m a dying breed in Canada. The monarchy still serves a vital purpose in the United Kingdom, but it has become a vestigial institution in Canada, and in most other Commonwealth nations. (When did you last hear the word “Commonwealth” in these globalized times?)Prince Harry’s “Meghixt&rdqu...
  • The Post Millennial Many of our temporary coronavirus measures will become permanent Monday March 30th, 2020
    The headline was a first in Jewish history: “Senior Orthodox rabbis allow Zoom for Passover seder due to Coronavirus.” It’s a symbol of the strange moment we find ourselves in, with much to say about the devastating social effects Covid19  has unleashed on everyone, especially the old. It speaks as well to evidence that ancient religious traditions, like Juda...
  • The Post Millennial There's never been a better time to buy a bidet Friday March 20th, 2020
    In some respects, journalists are lucky. The Covid 19 virus doesn’t affect the work lives of most of us, who have always worked at home or can easily switch to home writing. The problem is that in a crisis, editors are pretty well indifferent to any content that doesn’t bear directly on the Big Story. This is a good time to be an epidemiologist with writing skills. I ha...
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