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  • National Post In the history books, this will go down as the Battle of Burl’s Creek Friday July 17th, 2015
    In my formative years, summer meant Lake Simcoe and long, halcyon summers. But today, if nobody stops them, the usual suspects are going to — as the song warns — pave paradise and put up a parking lot. Oro-Medonte Township is a rural Ontario enclave of about 20,000 souls between Barrie and Orillia. Blessed by lush prime farmland and Lake Simcoe’s gleamin...
  • National Post Atticus Finch would have had his pick of men falsely accused of rape and denied due process today Wednesday July 15th, 2015
    The novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, much in the news with the release of Lee’s practice-run novel for Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman, is America’s favourite book, its extraordinary popularity undiminished more than 50 years after it was published. Strangely, though taught in high schools everywhere, it comes with no “trigger warnings” for female ...
  • National Post The bureaucrats killed CanLit Wednesday July 8th, 2015
    CanLit, our sobriquet for Canadian literature, had not yet been coined when I was an undergrad studying English Language and Literature at the University of Toronto in the early 1960s. To my cohort, “literature” meant the British and American canons, since identifiably Canadian writing (all of which had heretofore fitted onto a single shelf in the university bookstore) was th...
  • National Post National Post View: Mulcair’s opportunism in Quebec is reckless Tuesday June 30th, 2015
    No Canadian old enough to understand its significance will ever forget the anguished tension of Quebec’s second referendum night in November 1995. The No side won by the slimmest of margins – 50.58 per cent to 49.42 percent. As all realists well understood, the reversal of those numbers would have meant a national cataclysm. NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, back then a Liberal envi...
  • National Post Kids today need to get a sense of humour Wednesday June 24th, 2015
    Back in the day, comedians used to love performing on college campuses. Their audiences were young, hip and appreciative of edgy humour. Nowadays, not so much. In fact, alpha comedians Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Larry the Cable Guy have — separately — essentially agreed that political correctness has so diminished their experience performing on campuses, that ...
  • National Post It’s amazing anyone still takes Paul Ehrlich’s doomsday predictions seriously Tuesday June 23rd, 2015
    was quite unnerved this morning to read that a scientist had predicted the earth might be once again coming to an end in a “mass extinction event.”[1] (There have been five previous cataclysmic events, which are described in the article.) “We are now,” according to this scientist, “moving into another one of these events that could easily, easily ruin the li...
  • National Post Beloved in York, group banned by Toronto Pride for offending radical feminists Monday June 22nd, 2015
    Last Saturday, members and supporters of the Canadian Association for Equality (CAFÉ) marched in a pride parade. Not Toronto Pride, which is coming up June 28. CAFÉ marched in Richmond Hill with Pride York Fest. A good time was had by all. Why is this newsworthy? Well, inclusion by York Pride was something of a triumph for CAFÉ in that Pride Toronto refus...
  • National Post Pit bull bans work Friday June 19th, 2015
    In the normal course of events, you would not find the small community of Membertou, a branch of the greater tribal group of the Mi’kmaw nation, located within its tribal district of Cape Breton, making news that will reverberate in every corner of North America. But it just did. Moreover, I am probably the only journalist in Canada on whose radar the news showed up with a great...
  • National Post Jewish National Fund is contributing to ‘cultural malaise’ by disinviting Mike Huckabee Thursday June 18th, 2015
    In my column Wednesday I introduced my subject – the dictatorship of political correctness – with what I thought was a joke: “refer to Caitlyn Jenner as ‘he’ on Twitter and wait one hour for the cancellation of your talk at (insert university here).” RelatedBarbara Kay: Caitlyn Jenner trivializes the momentousness of what it means to be a womanBarbara Kay: Eight hundred years after Magna Carta,...
  • National Post Eight hundred years after Magna Carta, free speech is in free fall Wednesday June 17th, 2015
    The Magna Carta, which celebrated its 800th anniversary on Monday, isn’t much to look at: it’s 54 lines of text on a piece of parchment, mostly about property rights and small-beer gripes with the feudal system. But it started a cognitive “rights” revolution, which today represents freedoms of all kinds. Most importantly: the freedom to speak one’s mind with...
  • National Post The conservative movement’s lion in winter: David Horowitz’s new memoir Tuesday June 16th, 2015
    Towards the end of his new memoir, You’re Going to be Dead One Day, David Horowitz reprises a vividly remembered incident that he had previously recounted in Radical Son (1996), his eloquent manifesto of liberation from his family’s hermetically sealed ideological prison. Horowitz’s parents had come to California to see his new home. At the time, approaching early...
  • National Post Caitlyn Jenner trivializes the momentousness of what it means to be a woman Monday June 8th, 2015
    Bruce Jenner and Caitlyn Jenner is the most famous man and woman on the planet. (My software balked at being forced to allow that sentence). She’s a bit of a throwback, Caitlyn, as if time had stopped for her 50 years ago when Bruce had his first inkling that something was a little amiss in him (or should I say “a little miss” in him.) When this month’...
  • National Post Bill 77, the Affirming Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Act, is a dangerous overreach Tuesday June 2nd, 2015
    The toddler — “Chris,” not her real name — was only two years old when she told her parents, “I am a boy.” They weren’t alarmed at first, but as her fixed idea persisted, concern set in. When, age seven, Chris punched her vagina in anger, they sought family therapy at CAMH’s Child, Youth and Family Program’s Gender Identity ...
  • National Post Kahnawake’s ‘marry out, stay out’ policy is about survival, not race Wednesday May 27th, 2015
    In 1984 the Mohawk community of Kahnawake came up with a controversial membership 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 Mohawk woman Waneek Horn-Miller and six other plaintiffs were deprived of...
  • National Post Sorry LGBT, sex and gender are not the same Tuesday May 26th, 2015
    The precise nature of words matters. The imprecise use of a word that has a very specific meaning can make the difference between an alleged injustice and a complete waste of newsprint and everyone’s time, including that of activists. We have a perfect example of this phenomenon in the case of Morgane Oger, chair of the B.C. Trans Alliance Society, who, not satisfied wit...
  • National Post Rape culture’s biggest victim may be honesty and truth Friday May 22nd, 2015
    Does the Guinness Book of World Records have a category for persistence in carrying a mattress around a university campus? If they did, Emma Sulkowicz, who has just graduated from New York’s Columbia University, would doubtless be the record holder. Whether she deserves praise for it or not is another issue. Sulkowicz carried the mattress – she called it an art project ...
  • National Post The enduring lessons of Mad Men survive beyond its denouement Tuesday May 19th, 2015
    Didn’t Mad Men end just perfectly? Yet it’s indisputably over. I’m nostalgic already. Mad Men was my formative era. The show brought so much back for me: everyone smoking like chimneys; the physically uncomfortable bullet bras, girdles, hoop skirts and hair rollers; the rigid social rules that made any fate for women other than married with children susp...
  • National Post Call barbarism what it is Tuesday May 12th, 2015
    Our government’s citizenship guide has for four years warned newcomers that “Canada’s openness and generosity do not extend to barbaric cultural practices that tolerate spousal abuse, ‘honour killings,’ female genital mutilation, forced marriage or other gender-based violence.” Soon we will have a law in force to back up this unequivocal and principled...
  • National Post Alan Borovoy (1932–2015) Civil liberties champion—and bachelor—to the very end Tuesday May 12th, 2015
    Alan Borovoy, who died this week at the age of eighty-three, was a great Canadian. As founder and long-time general counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, he established himself as Canada’s most dogged defender of classical liberal values. He also was a rigorous polemicist and book author who promoted the CCLA’s message from podiums across the country, and in the op...
  • National Post Adolescent fiction has undergone a sea of change since Nancy solved the Mystery of the Old Clock Tuesday May 5th, 2015
    Last week Nancy Drew, teen detective, celebrated her series’ 85th anniversary of continuous publication. In the 1950s, Nancy still wore demure dresses, drove a snappy blue convertible and called home from a telephone booth. Today I’m told she wears jeans and t-shirts, drives a hybrid car and carries a smartphone. Nevertheless, I am sure the clever sleuth is still the upright...
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