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  • National Post We are ignoring a key part of ‘dying with dignity’ Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    Ing Wong-Ward is disabled, dependent on a wheelchair and afflicted with colon cancer, accompanied, for the past year, by a stubbornly persistent abdominal abscess. This seems a depressing scenario, but Wong-Ward presents as anything but depressed in her promotional article for palliative care in Saturday’s Globe and Mail, “Living — and dying — with dignity.”Wong...
  • National Post Canada’s own little Stalins are making politically incorrect authors disappear Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    Stalin and his monstrous inner circle aren’t obvious fodder for humour, but the film The Death of Stalin is indeed hilarious, without sidestepping the horrors of that regime.Playing the role of Stalin’s vain and irresolute deputy Malenkov is actor Jeffrey Tambor, best known for his role as transwoman Maura in Amazon’s popular series, Transparent.Tambor was Hollywood’s...
  • National Post The Yazidis are in danger of extinction and Ottawa’s stopped helping Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    I’ll call her “Nada,” not her real name.Nada is a Yazidi woman from Sinjar, Iraq, now age 31. On Aug. 3, 2014, ISIL came for her people. The Kurdish Peshmerga, tasked with protecting them, fled, leaving them helpless. Nada and her two children — a boy, eight months and a girl, two — were separated from her husband and father-in-law, whom she never saw again.The ...
  • National Post Gender studies don’t help us understand how dogs behave Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    For the “dog days” of summer, a column about dogs and their social life.Last year, a certain Helen Wilson, claiming to hold a “doctorate in feminist studies” submitted a paper titled “Human reactions to rape culture and queer performativity at urban dog parks in Portland, Oregon” to the Journal of Feminist Geography.Turned out there was no evidence fo...
  • National Post If ideologues are teaching our judges, the public has a need to know Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    Legal academics are openly reinterpreting their mission. Historically teachers of legal principles and law codes, they now see themselves as social-justice warriors called upon to right historical wrongs for members of designated victim groups. In 2013, Ottawa professor Elizabeth Sheehy published Defending Battered Women on Trial, a book in which Sheehy promotes women’s right to kill ext...
  • National Post Exploding the myth of cure-all female corporate boards Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    The Liberals are looking at an amendment to diversity-themed Bill C-25 that would force businesses to open their diversity policies to shareholders or explain why they don’t (“comply or explain”). At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “Companies should have a formal policy on gender diversity and make the recruitment of women candidate...
  • National Post Trump, Trudeau and the front lines of the fight against bull Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    American commentator Joseph Epstein once described himself, vocationally speaking, as “standing off on the sidelines, viewing the various public escapades — political, cultural, social — and calling out with some regularity, “Bullshit! Bullshit! Bullshit!” Epstein had his work cut out for him in 2017. Didn’t all opinion journalists? Donald Trump alone provid...
  • National Post WLU’s contemptible conduct proof of intellectual assault underway on campuses Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    The story of Wilfrid Laurier University grad student and teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd — who was recently subjected to a creepy, but instructive, grilling by campus superiors over material she’d used for her entry-level Communication tutorials — went viral on social media last week. A somewhat naive lament was posted by the host of TVO’s The Agenda, Steve Pai...
  • CJNEWS Kay: Love and marriage doesn’t necessarily go together Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    I optimize my daily walks or bike rides with audiobooks, taking special enjoyment in well-narrated classics. For balance, I add the guilty pleasure of lightweight movies. This summer’s annual holiday in Maine produced a mishmash of highbrow and low, with a common theme: marriage. The rom-com film Crazy Rich Asians, featuring a stupendously wealthy Singaporean family, was my guilty pleasure. Aft...
  • The Post Millennial Andrew Scheer, the Media and our Society’s “decadent last phase” Friday August 31st, 2018
    In a scene from the film Casablanca that has retained instant recognition since 1942, bar owner Rick asks police captain Renault: “How can you close me up? On what grounds?” Renault responds: “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”Since then, when one wants to express the fact that one is actually shocked, you use the word once; if you want to express the fact th...
  • National Post If writing off 2019 gets us a real conservative party, so be it Tuesday August 28th, 2018
    Rub a dub dub, three men in a tub: Trudeau and Scheer fight for the oars, while a smiling Bernier rocks the boat.Did Bernier walk away from the CPC or was he pushed? Whatever, a poll immediately following Maxime Bernier’s exit showed striking positive reaction to his declaration of a projected new party, with 13 per cent support nation-wide (15 per cent in Quebec, second to Libs).Seeing...
  • The Post Millennial Justin Trudeau Throws his (Cultural) Grandmother Under the Progressive Bus Sunday August 26th, 2018
    Donate All donations go towards promoting independent journalism and this month's charity.A videotaped exchange at a corn roast near Sabrevois, Quebec on August 16 between Prime Minister Trudeau and heckler Diane Blain, who belongs to a nationalist group advocating against immigration, went viral via Facebook, and has been a hot topic for commentary ever since.Blain made a legitimate point ab...
  • National Post A new report sounds the alarm on Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria Wednesday August 22nd, 2018
    Imagine yourself the parent of an adolescent boy or (more likely) girl without a single previous sign of body dysphoria, who “out of the blue” decides she is transgender. She demands a name change, breast binders and cross-sex hormones.You’re shocked and skeptical, as your child has struggled with one or more problems — autism, depression, social isolation or unproces...
  • The Post Millennial If You Want Your Kids to Get a “Higher Education,” don’t Send Them to Most Universities; Send them to This One Instead Saturday August 18th, 2018
    Donate All donations go towards promoting independent journalism and this month's charity.It’s still warm, and still officially summer, but the new school year looms large in the minds of parents who’ve signed the cheques for the universities of their children’s choice, and are counting down the days before they leave.They wonder if they’ve made the right choice. They’ve read a lot about how ...
  • CJNEWS Kay: The scorpion in the Jewish world’s fire Tuesday August 14th, 2018
    In my reading of the Raj Quartet, Paul Scott’s magisterial series of novels chronicling the last days of empire in India, one incident continues to haunt me, due to its (unintended) Jewish symbolism. At one point in the series, some Indian boys have isolated a scorpion and set fire to a gasoline-soaked perimeter around it. As the heat intensifies, the scorpion’s tail involuntarily arches, to th...
  • National Post Humpty Dumpty deserved to fall Thursday August 2nd, 2018
    The fat, pompous egg sat precariously on the wall talking down to Alice and said, in a voice dripping with malign contempt: “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” Alice, a precocious girl who was not easily bullied, replied: “The question is whether you can make words mean so many differen...
  • The Post Millennial The Danforth Shooter was Mentally Ill, but most Gun-Related Crime is Rooted in Culture Saturday July 28th, 2018
    Donate All donations go to this article's author and this month's charity.The shootings on The Danforth in Toronto’s “Greektown” earlier this month, which killed two and injured 13, gave me a special frisson. My son and his family live a few blocks away from the incident. Five days earlier, on a balmy evening, I had taken four of my five granddaughters to Pappas Grill, where we lingered over ...
  • The Post Millennial Mea Culpa: Voltaire didn’t say what I attributed to him- a neo-Nazi did; still, though he was wrong about the Jews, he wasn’t wrong in principle Friday July 27th, 2018
    Donate All donations go to this article's author and this month's charity.A mea culpa is in order to the readers of The Post Millennial for an article I published on July 8th entitled Bill C-16, or The Transgender Identity Bill, is an act of “Velvet Totalitarianism”. I also want to apologize to the viewers for a videotape of a Toronto panel on “Bill C-16 one year later”, that I took part in o...
  • National Post It’s time to bring some order, and safety, back to our classrooms Tuesday July 24th, 2018
    The term “tough love” was not yet in usage when I was in high school, but it was the prevailing attitude in terms of discipline. Chronic disruptors were expelled. Teachers had real authority — and admittedly at times too much. “Getting the strap” is long gone in Ontario schools, as it should be. But so, for students it would have constrained in my day, is fear o...
  • The Post Millennial She gives Brazilians; “She” wants Manzilian: Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off Thursday July 19th, 2018
    Donate All donations go to this article's author and this month's charity.I wasn’t able to attend Idea City in person this year, but I did participate in a segment dedicated to freedom of speech via a pre-taped interview on the subject with the brilliant journalist Mark Steyn, who has spent decades beating against the current of identity politics and political correctness with trademark audac...
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