Articles by year


2017 2016 2015 Older

  • National Post Man’s worst friend Tuesday November 8th, 2016
    There are presently about 350,000 pit bulls in Canada. Until the 1980s there would have been almost none, since unlike the United States, with a population of about four million pit bulls today, Canada has no history of dog fighting. In fact, pit bulls were still exceedingly rare in Canada, and their characteristic behaviour practically unknown, when, in June of 1997, seven-year-ol...
  • National Post Death at the Pumpkin Tuesday November 1st, 2016
    The winner of the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction will be announced in Toronto Wednesday. I would delight in seeing the award bestowed on Toronto-born Israeli journalist Matti Friedman’s splendid new book, Pumpkin Flowers: an Israeli soldier’s story. Pumpkin Flowers is the story of “a forgotten little corner of a forgotten little war, which...
  • National Post The allegations in Quebec; it’s not about what happened, but what can be proved to have happened Tuesday October 25th, 2016
    Last week, Quebec Liberal MNA Gerry Sklavounos was expelled from caucus when complaints of sexual assaults filed against him in March surfaced in the media. His accuser, Alice Paquet, can be named because she went public with her story on Facebook, at a vigil in support of sexual-assault victims and a Radio-Canada interview.  Paquet met Sklavounos...
  • National Post A different point-of-view concerning the ban of dangerous dog breeds Friday October 21st, 2016
    The September issue of The Montrealer featured a column by family lawyer Linda Hammerschild, provocatively entitled “Banning dog breeds – knee ‘jerk’ political decisions.” As a pro-ban activist, and a writer who has been researching and writing on the subject of pit bulls for more than a decade, I can categorically state that breed-specific legislation (BSL)...
  • National Post UNESCO vs. Israel Tuesday October 18th, 2016
    The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization was founded at the end of the Second World War on the understanding that economic and military treaties would not by themselves bring about peace. UNESCO’s mandate is to promote “humanity’s moral and intellectual solidarity” through universal education for children, “intercultural understan...
  • National Post Review puts to bed activist-inspired case on circumcision Tuesday October 18th, 2016
    A new review of circumcision published in the Canadian Journal of Urology is receiving keen attention. The lead author is Dr. Brian Morris, a professor emeritus on the University of Sydney’s school of medical science. The study finds not only a lower risk for urinary tract infections (UTI) among circumcised males, a benefit long acknowledged that can preclude UTI-caused kidne...
  • National Post Hillary Clinton cleans up better Tuesday October 11th, 2016
    Some thoughts on Sunday’s second Trump-Hillary debate as they came to me. I don’t like the town-hall format – a local, intimate concept — for what is neither local nor intimate. It makes even the best-prepared candidates look artificial, self-conscious and awkward. The candidates, as is generally the case, made small pretence of respecting the format, u...
  • National Post In academia, Shakespeare has become a lightning rod — a focus for the culture wars Monday October 3rd, 2016
    I envy the fact that my friends in Toronto can take a day trip to Stratford, Ont., the town that hosts a world-renowned theatre festival every summer, whenever they feel like it. I’m a lazy Montreal trip planner with a resistant companion, so I rarely get the chance to make it out there. But this year, spending a week in Toronto for a cluster of gigs, and with an efficient fr...
  • National Post Israel’s victory over drought Tuesday September 20th, 2016
    I am grateful to have been born in Canada, and for a multitude of reasons, not least because we control most of the world’s fresh water.  Water shortages can and do lead to wars. Wars create refugees. Drought creates migrants. We’ve already seen a preview in the Middle East of what could happen on a larger scale. A decade-long drought (reportedly the worst in 900 y...
  • National Post Teach the truth about Islamophobia Wednesday September 14th, 2016
    Exactly 14 years ago today, the National Post published an op-ed by Neil Seeman, “Are we all Islamophobes? Not really.” In it Seeman debunked the idea, promoted by Riad Saloojee, then executive director of CAIR.CAN (the Canadian chapter of the Council for American-Islamic Relations, now known as the National Council of Canadian Muslims, or NCCM, without apparent change of mis...
  • National Post France’s burkini fumble Tuesday September 6th, 2016
    In the pantheon of dumb a dumber regulatory decisions, the laurel goes to the attempt this summer by French Riviera towns to criminalize burkinis, the full-cover beachwear favoured by some Muslim women. Happily the Council of State, France’s highest administrative court, has overturned a lower court’s support for the ban, ruling it “seriously and clearly illegally...
  • National Post How progressives perverted the study of history Tuesday August 30th, 2016
    Pulitzer-prize winning historian Barbara Tuchman had neither a PhD nor an academic title. ”It’s what saved me,” she said. ”If I had taken a doctoral degree, it would have stifled any writing capacity.” Tuchman’s illustrious career reminds us that history, although a discipline, does not require professional accreditation to explore. Beyond writin...
  • National Post Pit bull myths thrive on conflict of interest and media gullibility Thursday August 25th, 2016
    Montreal is enacting legislation to curb the breeding, importation and purchase of pit bulls following the June fatality of 55-year old Christiane Vadnais, who was mauled to death in her own yard by her neighbour’s pit bull. The decision has provoked fierce debate in the blogosphere, on the airwaves and in the pages of Quebec newspapers. In spite of its own editorial position in fa...
  • National Post Caution and accuracy are not an offence to freedom of speech Monday August 22nd, 2016
    Normally you wouldn’t find even a sliver of daylight between my views on freedom of speech and those of John Carpay, president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF). But on this rare occasion there is. By “this,” I mean Carpay’s robust defence of an American non-profit group promoting gender equality, which targeted the bane of honour kill...
  • National Post All dogs can bite, but only a few are aggressive, impulsive and seek chances to maim Tuesday August 16th, 2016
    Last Saturday, police were forced to shoot two aggressive “pit bull type” dogs after a “scary, traumatic” attack on a man, 66, and a woman, 25, in Ottawa’s east end Orléans area. In the mauling, the woman suffered severe lacerations to both arms, as well as injuries to her head, face, back and buttocks. The man suffered injuries when he sought to help...
  • National Post Listening to a good book Tuesday August 9th, 2016
    Only one of my eyes has ever worked well enough to read. Besides that, in my 20s I was diagnosed with a chronic ophthalmic inflammation that requires daily cortisone drops to control. Some versions of my condition can lead to blindness, but I’ve been lucky. Gratitude for the gift of sight, along with a skulking dread of going blind, has therefore been a constant mental c...
  • National Post How dignity lost its shirt in high office Friday August 5th, 2016
    An Ontario family, out camping in Gatineau Park near Ottawa last weekend, was startled to cross paths with the Prime Minister and his family enjoying a cave-exploration excursion. As is his wont, Justin Trudeau greeted the Godby family members with affability and enthusiasm. And then he posed for the now-obligatory selfie with one of the Godby children. It apparently did not occur ...
  • National Post Women don’t need Hillary Clinton to be president Wednesday August 3rd, 2016
    Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both rotten candidates for the U.S. presidency, but they do provide great fodder for comedians. For example, the following joke arrived in my Inbox this morning:  Trump and Hillary meet at a bar. Donald leans in and smiles, “The media are really tearing you apart for That Scandal.” Hillary answers, “You mean my lying abou...
  • National Post Thanks to proportional representation, Israeli Haredi children will not be learning math and science Tuesday August 2nd, 2016
    To many Canadians critical of our “unfair” first-past-the-post voting system, proportional representation (PR) is the elusive pot of true-democracy gold at the end of the governance rainbow. But if they paid attention to Israel’s domestic politics, they’d find many cautionary tales. Israel’s PR-elected government has a notorious history of making deals...
  • National Post In a case with no witnesses, how can any judge be so sure? Tuesday July 26th, 2016
    Last week York University PhD candidate Mustafa Ururyar was convicted of sexually assaulting grad student Mandi Gray. My curiosity piqued by reports of comments made during trial by Justice Marvin Zuker, I read the 179-page judgment. The specifics of the incident — an evening of social drinking, a quarrel en route to Ururyar’s home, his break-up of their two-w...
| 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 |