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  • National Post When gender identity education and theory goes wrong Tuesday June 25th, 2019
    In his recent commentary in these pages on the risks associated with the teaching of gender theories to elementary schoolchildren, Jordan Peterson referenced a column I wrote in another publication. The column concerned a human rights complaint, filed by Pamela and Jason Buffone on behalf of their daughter, “N,” against the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board for discrimination...
  • The Post Millennial The PPC’s strength is their dedication to free speech Monday June 24th, 2019
  • National Post How a television show might help to bring peace to the Middle East Thursday June 20th, 2019
    For riveting entertainment, Israeli dramas rule. Several of them deal with the paradoxical realities of life in a flourishing, prosperous society where Jews, both secular and ultra-Orthodox, co-exist in (occasionally uneasy) peace with Israeli Arabs, but one that is shadowed by a siege mentality, with eyes and ears constantly alert to threats — or reports — of terrorism.Most Isra...
  • CJNEWS Kay: Transparently exploiting Jewish history and rituals Thursday June 20th, 2019
    A recent CJN cover story mourned the passing of Jewish TV’s “Golden Age” (“The end of the Golden Age of Jewish TV,” May 30). I’ve watched three of the series singled out for special praise: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Girls and Transparent. Mrs. Maisel’s tone is Jewishly sunny. It’s faithful to the buoyantly optimistic worldview of 1950s Jews who were in the process of “making it” in America, wh...
  • National Post Why Quebec’s immigration and secularism bills get it right Tuesday June 18th, 2019
    Quebec’s Bill 21 is finally law. Premier François Legault’s government invoked premature closure to end fierce debate over the weekend, and it passed 73-35, the Parti Québécois in support, the Liberals and Québec Solidaire opposed. The law enjoys overwhelming support amongst ethnic québécois, but almost none amongst minority groups, who r...
  • The Post Millennial Ontario family files human rights complaint after six-year-old girl upset by gender theory in school Monday June 17th, 2019
    The following story has its source in an application filed before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario by Jason and Pamela Buffone, on behalf of their daughter “N,” against the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board for discrimination on the basis of gender and gender identity in contravention of the Human Rights Code. In January of 2018, in a Grade One class at Devonshire Community...
  • National Post ‘Genocide’ appropriation makes reconciliation harder Tuesday June 11th, 2019
    I won’t pretend to professional detachment in my reaction to the MMIWG report’s deployment of “genocide” to characterize disproportionate violent crimes suffered by Indigenous women. The word cut to the quick, and Justin Trudeau’s endorsement of its use — slightly delayed while he calculated the political cost of refusing — added salt to the wound.Ye...
  • The Post Millennial The many faces of modern anti-Semitism Tuesday June 4th, 2019
    The other morning, I received an email from the president of my synagogue, an invitation for the membership to attend a town hall, where “a comprehensive discussion on safety and security” would be discussed. It struck me when I read the email that my grandchildren have never known a time, as we did, when synagogue doors did not have guards. The town hall may reveal that additional...
  • National Post Abortion should be about medical ethics, not Liberal politics Tuesday June 4th, 2019
    U.S. vice-president Mike Pence made a trade-mission call on Canada in late May, fully inclined to emphasize the ties binding our countries. Justin Trudeau repaid his courtesy with criticism of new, restrictive state abortion laws, which are irrelevant both to U.S.-Canada trade and Pence’s federal status. Trudeau had much to lose if President Trump took this insult personally. Why did h...
  • The Post Millennial In a world of sex dolls and robots, ethics are hard to pin down Tuesday May 28th, 2019
    The older I get—and I am already pretty old—the more I struggle to find the bright line that existed in my youth between written words that meant what they said and words that were meant to be read as parody or satire. For example, I just read a tweet by a transwoman who asserted that women can have penises, and anyone who disagreed with that statement “can just suck my dick....
  • National Post I read The Siege of Tel Aviv, the novel they don’t want you to read Tuesday May 28th, 2019
    Pretty soon you’ll need some good summer reads. Do you like techno/action thrillers? I recommend The Siege of Tel Aviv (hereafter Siege), by former journalist Hesh Kestin, a darkly humorous and reality-inspired “what-if” Middle East scenario.Plot teaser: Under cover of a bogus pan-Islamic peace initiative, Iran leads five Arab armies in a surprise attack on Israel. The enti...
  • CJNEWS Kay: The unmentioned hotbeds of anti-Semitism Thursday May 23rd, 2019
    One of my niche subjects is the epidemiology of dog bite-related injuries and deaths according to canine breed. Epidemiology, which Wikipedia defines as “the study and analysis of the distribution and determinants of health and disease conditions in defined populations,” is a beautifully incorruptible science because it is entirely data-driven. I have learned from my sojourn down the rabbit hol...
  • National Post Herman Wouk’s work didn’t just speak to me, it sang Tuesday May 21st, 2019
    Mathematicians’ creativity, I often hear, peaks before age 30, and that of historians before 40. Artists are luckier, some remaining creative into old age. Even so, American writer Herman Wouk, who died last week at 103, was uniquely blessed, having written his first book in 1947, and his last in 2015. Paradoxically, his name will likely produce instant recognition only amongst my own ge...
  • The Post Millennial Twitter bans prominent doctor for stating facts Sunday May 19th, 2019
    Twitter has been in our lives for 13 years. But its practice of suspending and banning upright citizens for no other reason than holding incorrect views only got underway about four years ago. Today, the practice is so frequent and widespread that I daresay anyone reading this can point to someone they know, or follow on Twitter, who has suffered punishment by Jack Dorsey in this way. Most of ...
  • National Post Germany takes a startling new pro-Israel line Tuesday May 14th, 2019
    On May 11, 1949, the United Nations adopted the motion that admitted Israel as a member state. To mark its anniversary, Germany’s Foreign Office issued a startling statement: “The Federal Government would like to take this 70th anniversary as an opportunity to reiterate the fact that Germany stands at Israel’s side in the UN.”Berlin, the Foreign Office continued, was ...
  • The Post Millennial A new German commercial takes man hating to the next level Wednesday May 8th, 2019
    As Mother’s Day approaches, I am reminded yet again of my wisdom, when my children were quite young, in banning its celebration from my personal calendar. I was never comfortable being honoured by generic rituals for a generic role in which my children were harnessed, via cards and gifts, into the equivalent of “compelled speech.” It was always my opinion that if my children l...
  • National Post Our politicians may not care, but Christians are under siege across the world Tuesday May 7th, 2019
    It is estimated that about one third of the globe’s population suffers from religious persecution. By the numbers, Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world.An Italian study calculates that in 2016, a Christian was killed for his or her faith every six minutes. The trend is accelerating. A 2016 Pew Research report found that Christians were targeted in 144 countri...
  • National Post Universities shine a light on Ontario’s failing schools Tuesday April 30th, 2019
    A new study, ”Academic Skill Deficiencies in four Ontario universities,” offers solid, but troubling evidence that the secondary schools feeding universities are falling well short of expectations on the skills-building front. In fact, this study, conducted at four Ontario universities — York, Western, Waterloo and Toronto, which together enroll 41 per cent of Ontario under...
  • CJNEWS Kay: Why Jews should support Bill 21 Thursday April 25th, 2019
    Like it or not, Quebec is a “distinct society.” Anglophones and immigrants didn’t like it much in 1977 when Bill 101 came into effect (necessitating the use of the notwithstanding clause, since it abrogated English-Canadians’ language rights). Robert Libman, then a leading anglophone-rights advocate, said that Bill 101 “clearly established the fact that we were now second-class citizens.” Legal...
  • CJNEWS Kay: How Fauda might help to bring peace to the Middle East Wednesday April 24th, 2019
    For riveting entertainment, Israeli dramas rule. Several of them deal with the paradoxical realities of life in a flourishing, prosperous society where Jews, both secular and ultra-Orthodox, co-exist in (occasionally uneasy) peace with Israeli Arabs, but one that is shadowed by a siege mentality, with eyes and ears constantly alert to threats — or reports — of terrorism. Most Israelis sublimate...
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