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  • National Post For me, another 10 years or so sounds about right Tuesday January 17th, 2017
    There was a woman at our synagogue I knew superficially, a widow about 20 years older than me, a fine amateur artist. At long last liberated from onerous maternal and breadwinning obligations, her aging father’s needs began to consume the time she had finally carved out to devote to painting. She would bring her father to synagogue, one of the few pleasures left to him in his radically diminish...
  • National Post U of T’s ‘antipsychiatry’ scholarship — and not believing in mental illness — is an attack on science Tuesday January 10th, 2017
    In November, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), an all-graduate school at the University of Toronto, announced it had established a world first, a scholarship in the “field” of antipsychiatry, to be named after its primary instructor, Bonnie Burstow, an associate professor in OISE’s Adult Education and Community Development department. Burstow believes there is no prove...
  • National Post It should have been obvious all along that Obama really favoured Arabs over Israel Tuesday January 3rd, 2017
    Given Obama’s education, mentors and ideology, we should not really be shocked by his long-calculated decision to have the U.S. abstain from voting on UN Security Council Resolution 2334, ensuring its passage. Israel-censuring 2334 is an effective repeal of Resolution 242, which promised Israel a “right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries,” leaving unspecified which territo...
  • National Post Review of The Left in Power: Clinton to Obama by Barbara Kay Tuesday December 27th, 2016
    After the federal election, an African-American child asked at a family dinner if he was now “going to be treated as three-fifths of a human being.” A teacher from a rural black elementary school reported her students were asking her if they would become slaves again. A black student told a guide on an outing to the nation’s capital he was afraid the new pres...
  • National Post Across North America, seeds of a religious rebound Tuesday December 20th, 2016
    My grandparents, immigrants from Poland and Romania, were Orthodox Jews and deeply observant. My parents, born here, joined a Conservative shul (mixed seating), and kept a traditionally Jewish home. My husband and I joined a Reconstructionist synagogue (liturgically traditional, theologically agnostic, anchored in Jewish “peoplehood”), and mainly express ourselves Jewishly th...
  • National Post One gay man’s lonely fight against Ontario’s new law banning ‘mother’ and ‘father’ Wednesday December 14th, 2016
    LGBT rights and pro-pit-bull advocacy are niche passions for the Ontario NDP’s Cheri DiNovo. The latter cause was my introduction to the MPP. Today’s column is about the former, specifically the recently-passed Bill 28, DiNovo’s “All Families are Equal Act.” Motivation for the bill was the aim of bringing legislative compliance to a 2006 judicial rulin...
  • National Post Curb the chivalric impulse, women don’t need it Thursday December 8th, 2016
    In a recent column, my colleague Colby Cosh took Conservative Party leadership candidate Kellie Leitch’s proposal that Canadians be allowed to carry chemical mace and pepper spray for self-defence a step further (or backward depending on your perspective): He would offer the privilege only to women, writing: “Perhaps I’m a little more feminist than she is: I would be co...
  • National Post Driverless cars are coming — but what about the fight for the right to drive your own vehicle? Tuesday December 6th, 2016
    Since 1982, alcohol-related fatalities in the U.S. have come down 52 per cent overall, and 79 per cent for drivers under the age of 21. What should be cause for satisfaction, however, has been overtaken by what economists call technological biteback, what happens when tech innovations improve our lives but also bring “grim and often unanticipated side effects.”...
  • National Post When reaching out to the Muslim community, choose your ambassadors carefully Tuesday November 29th, 2016
    Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO) was founded in 2004 to develop strategies for enhancing community safety, addressing problems like violence against women, neighbourhood gangs, abuse of the disabled and hate crimes.   Between January and November of this year, according to Staff Sergeant Dave Zackrias of the Diversity and Race Relations Unit (DRR) of the Ottawa Police Servic...
  • National Post A Marxist revolution by alt-left millennials? Tuesday November 22nd, 2016
    In her post-election column, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan described the mood of Hillary supporters as one of “enraged mourning,” an excellent description for the emotional and often irrational reactions to Trump’s win we’ve all seen in the news and social media. My favourite was the New York woman who decided to make herself and daughter the focal po...
  • National Post Pit bull bylaws make sense Wednesday November 16th, 2016
    Legislation targeting pit bull type dogs elicits the same howls of outrage wherever it is enacted. Montreal is no exception. And woe to those rare commentators like me who support such bans. After 13 years of receiving hate mail characterized by invective (not to mention threats) that horrifies my friends, I have concluded that pit bull advocates are themselves a special “breed&rdq...
  • National Post The deplorables’ get their moment. Break out the pointed hoods Wednesday November 16th, 2016
    An old New Yorker cartoon sprang to mind in the days following the U.S. election. In it, rain pours down in sheets. Two frowning children inside a car parked roadside are peering out at their sodden, frustrated father who is struggling to change a tire. The caption reads: “I can’t change the channel. This is real life.” The shock of Donald Trump winning has discom...
  • National Post U.S. Democrats show they still haven’t learned a thing Tuesday November 15th, 2016
    Until president-elect Donald Trump named Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, as his chief of staff, there was concern that the job might go to Stephen Bannon, chief executive of the Trump campaign. Instead Bannon got another plum job as chief strategist and senior counsel. The double appointment evoked mixed feelings. Priebus telegraphs knowledge, prudence a...
  • National Post For gender Marxists, pronouns are the latest patch of hotly contested terrain in the revolution Tuesday November 8th, 2016
    A young conservative friend of mine was surprised to discover that my preferred honorific is “Ms.” He’d assumed that as a critic of feminism, where the title originated, I’d stick with tradition. But because it eliminates marital status signifiers that are no longer relevant to women, Ms. makes sense to me. So credit where credit is due. Recalling that he&rs...
  • 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...
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