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  • The Post Millennial B.C. Supreme Court allows schools to hold mandatory Indigenous smudging ceremonies Thursday January 9th, 2020
    The B.C. Supreme Court has handed down a decision that comes as a great disappointment to the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (on whose board I sit). The Court ruled that obliging schoolchildren to take part in an Indigenous smudging ceremony whose purpose is to “cleanse” the spirits of participants does not implicate them in a religious ceremony, but rather a “cultural” experience.T...
  • National Post According to data, it’s the males of our society who are in crisis Wednesday January 8th, 2020
    In her 1998 address to a First Ladies Conference in El Salvador, Hillary Clinton observed: “Women have always been the primary victims of war. Women lose their husbands, their fathers, their sons in combat. … Women are often left with the responsibility, alone, of raising the children.”If pressed, Hillary might have admitted that it is preferable to suffer bereavement than...
  • The Post Millennial An old Jewish joke about anti-Semitism is new again Thursday January 2nd, 2020
    Jewish jokes tend to mingle humour with a touch—or more—of melancholy. Here’s an example that’s old, but seems sadly relevant to the U.S. news cycle of the last few weeks. Two yeshiva boys in 19th century Poland are walking home from synagogue in the gathering dusk. They hear rapid footsteps behind them. Looking back, they see two youths of threatening mien gaining on them and hurling anti...
  • National Post The shocking ‘obedience’ experiment that shook the world Thursday January 2nd, 2020
    Herb Winer, who was my fellow synagogue congregant, friend and mentor in my middle years, died a few weeks ago in New Haven, Conn., at the ripe old age of 98.In a 2000 Granta Magazine article in which he featured, writer (and psychoanalyst) Ian Parker correctly described Herb as a “likeable, deadpan, Jack Lemmony sort of man.” Herb’s dry wit, gentle demeanour and high intel...
  • National Post Netflix’s ‘Marriage Story’ a grim look at men during divorce Thursday December 19th, 2019
    The new film Marriage Story is creating buzz, mostly positive. I caught it on Netflix the other night. It bothered me. Be warned, spoilers ahead.Charlie (Adam Driver) and Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) are actors. Nicole has put her Hollywood career on hold to support Charlie in his ambitions as a playwright-director in New York, as well as to provide stability for their little boy, Henry. It i...
  • National Post Do We Now Have Social Classes of Hate Killers? Monday December 16th, 2019
    On Dec 10, religious fanatics Francine Graham and David Anderson went on a bloody rampage in Jersey City, New Jersey. It began in a cemetery where they opened fire on Detective Joseph Seals, a father of five who had been investigating the murder of an Uber driver the day before, to which Graham’s and Anderson’s stolen U-Haul had been linked. When Seals approached them, they shot him dead...
  • The Post Millennial Exploring the phenomenon of the social justice Jewish warrior Monday December 16th, 2019
    In a recent talk to the Jewish Labor Committee, Hillary Clinton exhorted her audience to bring all their forces to bear to defeating Trump: “It’s gonna be a tough election and you need to bring your organizing skills, your shared sense of values, your feeling of empathy and compassion and caring, your deep conviction about justice, because we’re gonna need every single person in this fight,” sh...
  • National Post A victory lap for democracy after Jeremy Corbyn’s humiliating defeat Friday December 13th, 2019
    Boris Johnson’s Conservatives racked up a stunning victory in the U.K. elections, with numbers so decisive – 368 of 650 seats – we will hear no more rumblings about a “second referendum” on Brexit. You can love Boris or hate him, or struggle with mixed feelings (as I confess I do), but he now has a mandate to get Brexit done.But I have no mixed feelings about th...
  • CJNEWS Kay: A home for small-c conservative Jews Thursday December 12th, 2019
    Last month, lured by the topics and a roster of brilliant speakers, I finally made it my business to attend the full-day Jewish Leadership Conference in New York that’s sponsored by Tikvah Fund, a conservative organization that describes itself as “politically Zionist, economically free-market oriented, culturally traditional and theologically open-minded.” Tikvah is a bricks-and-mortar Jewish ...
  • National Post May Corbyn end up where he belongs — in the dustbin of history Tuesday December 10th, 2019
    Just a few days before the U.K. election, Boris Johnson’s poll numbers are thankfully stabilizing at a 10-point lead. The word “thankfully” has nothing to do with my opinion on Johnson or Brexit, everything to do with revulsion for Jeremy Corbyn, a politician with a Jewish problem so entrenched that he couldn’t bring himself, when asked (thrice) on national television...
  • The Post Millennial Ontario mother starts new project to fight radical trans ideology Monday December 9th, 2019
    Six months ago I reported a story about an Ontario couple, Pamela and Jason Buffone, whose daughter, “N,” suffered so much distress in her Grade One classes on gender fluidity that her parents eventually enrolled her in another school. A bright and impressionable child, N informed her parents that her teacher had told the class that “Girls are not real and boys are not real.” The teacher meant,...
  • National Post Exploring why some societies thrive after trauma while others suffer Tuesday December 3rd, 2019
    We all know when we have been victimized as individuals, and so do witnesses. The pain may or may not heal; the injustice may or may not be redressed. It gets murkier when groups claim permanent victimhood arising from pain and injustice inflicted in the past on dead victims by dead victimizers.An obsession with past victimhood can prevent a focus on the present at the expense of the future....
  • The Post Millennial The way they teach Orwell in Canada is Orwellian Friday November 29th, 2019
    All writers enjoying respect and popularity in their lifetimes entertain the hope that their work will outlive them. The true mark of a writer’s enduring influence is the adjectification of his (sorry, but it usually is “his”)—name. An especially jolly Christmas scene is said to be “Dickensian.” A cryptically written story is “Hemingwayesque.” A corrupted legal process gives rise to a “Kafkaesq...
  • National Post Liberal democracy is struggling. Can conservative democracy thrive? Wednesday November 27th, 2019
    The historian Arnold Toynbee warned that “civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.” He said they begin to disintegrate when they abandon moral law and yield to their impulses, which in turn brings about a state of passivity, a sense that there is no point in resisting incoming waves of foreigners driven by confidence and purpose.Since Toynbee, other writers, notably James B...
  • The Post Millennial Ten years on, and we haven’t learned a thing from “Climategate” Thursday November 21st, 2019
    In April, 2014,  the Globe and Mail published an article, “Climate change and health: Extreme heat a ‘silent killer.’” In it, the reporter cites the claim of an alleged expert from a non-profit, Clean Air Partnership (CAP), that maximum temperatures in Toronto could be expected to rise 7 C by 2045. The reporter did not query the figure in her write-up, and her editor apparently didn’t take a go...
  • National Post Douglas Murray is a writer who says what the rest of us would like to Tuesday November 19th, 2019
    London-based public intellectual Douglas Murray is in Montreal this week to promote his new book. I was afforded the luxury of a rambling conversation over coffee with him about The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity.A “clubbable conservative,” as one reviewer accurately describes him, Murray hit his intellectual stride early, publishing his first book at 18, which attr...
  • National Post Educational Earthquake: ‘Disappearing’ the Great Writers From Schools Monday November 18th, 2019
    The Greater Essex County District School Board in the Windsor, Ont., area is supplanting its grade 11 literature curriculum, which up to now has featured great writers of the western canon such as Shakespeare and George Orwell, with a year-long program of Indigenous writers. The change has already been effected in eight of the district’s 15 schools. In the Peel district as well, I am info...
  • The Post Millennial Anti-Semitism rears its ugly head at McGill University Thursday November 14th, 2019
    Anti-Semitism is an escalating global problem, and no objective observer denies it. There are many contributing factors, but a common two-ply thread is the demonization of the state of Israel as an all-evil oppressor and the Palestinians as an all-innocent oppressed people. The obsession rises to its crescendo on university campuses, where fulltime hate-fuelled activists plow their Israel-deleg...
  • CJNEWS Kay: Anti-Semitism is back in Berlin Thursday November 14th, 2019
    We recently commemorated Kristallnacht, history’s most consequential pogrom. The Night of Broken Glass swept Germany over Nov. 9-10, 1938, resulting in 91 deaths, countless other Jews abused and 1,000 synagogues destroyed. Jewish homes and businesses were looted and defiled. More than 30,000 Jewish men were sent to concentration camps. German anti-Semitism was revealed in all its unfiltered vir...
  • National Post Free speech in Canada: It was bad five years ago. Do you think it’s gotten better since? Wednesday November 13th, 2019
    Is free speech under attack, on Canadian campuses and in society at large? The National Post has a new documentary exploring this very issue. In the coming weeks, a series of essays in these pages will explore that same issue. Today, Barbara Kay examines “cancel culture” on Canadian campuses. To view the documentary, please go to NationalPost.com/freespeech.What is behind cancel culture on c...
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