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  • National Post It was the snitch line, not the niqab stance, that hurt Harper Tuesday October 20th, 2015
    Noted on Twitter last evening: “Two lasting political idioms emerging from elxn2015: 1. “pulling a niqab” (ugly populism). 2.”Pulling a fordfest” (bonehead campaign finale).” I approve the “fordfest” neologism; but I have reservations about “pulling a niqab” as an “ugly populism.” I think Harper’s stand o...
  • CJNEWS Rejection of the niqab is self-defence, not racism Monday October 19th, 2015
    In her op-ed in the Oct. 8 CJN, Danielle Kubes asks why “Jews have not come out in mass support” of Ishaq Zunera, who refuses to take her citizenship unmasked. I can’t speak for other Jews, but I have long supported a niqab ban in the public sector, and I consider Kubes’ alarmist fears of a slippery slope unfounded. Kubes’ main points are: a) if we ban the niqab today, tomorrow it will be the k...
  • National Post PEN International’s criticism of Harper hypocritical considering its own omission Wednesday October 14th, 2015
    PEN International, the association mandated to support freedom of expression for writers, recently held its 81st annual congress in Quebec City. Every year the organization sums up the prevailing state of liberty of expression in the country in which the congress is held. Thus, this year the country under scrutiny was Canada.  According to a report released Tuesday, the organization is concerne...
  • National Post The social right to see each other’s faces Tuesday October 13th, 2015
    My 10-year old granddaughter is an empathic child, easily distressed by tales of human or animal suffering. Yet in her chosen Hallowe’en costume she will appear to be carrying her head and a “blood”-stained plastic meat cleaver after having been decapitated. I don’t see her as a future recruit to ISIL, though. One needn’t be a psychiatrist to understan...
  • National Post Don’t sell fathers short: They are as crucial to a child’s well being as a mother Tuesday October 6th, 2015
    For a recent web edition of The Walrus magazine, editor-in-chief Jonathan Kay wrote a sympathetic (but not sycophantic) reflection on Justin Trudeau, with whom he spent considerable time in his role as editorial assistant for Trudeau’s 2014 memoir, Common Ground. “The Trudeau I Know,” reproduced in Monday’s National Post print edition, dwells on the trials o...
  • National Post Ten reasons to ban the niqab — in the public service Wednesday September 30th, 2015
    Libertarians are committed to the principle that every individual has the right to live his life as he pleases, as long as he does no harm to others. But the meaning of “harm” isn’t always as identifiable as a physical assault or “fire” shouted in a crowded theatre. Nor is the phrase “to others.” Add up enough “others” and you have a ...
  • National Post AP offers a victory to us ‘doubters’ of climate change Monday September 28th, 2015
    The AP Stylebook editors are updating their nomenclature on climate change. Henceforth, people who have been described as climate change “skeptics” and “deniers” will now be referred to as “doubters” or “those who reject mainstream climate science.” This is welcome news, for it releases people like me from implicit mental alignment wi...
  • National Post Attention paid to male issues doesn’t diminish from feminism: it’s not a zero sum game Thursday September 24th, 2015
    Cathy Young is a widely admired libertarian “equity feminist” American journalist, whose considerable critical skills often deployed in dismantling the “rape culture” narrative, continually ruffle ideologues’ feathers. Young was scheduled to speak at the University of Toronto tonight, Thursday, September 24th, on “The Politics of Gender and Victi...
  • National Post Seeing Islamophobia everywhere Wednesday September 23rd, 2015
    Racial profiling happens. It’s a serious business and when it’s clear that a visible minority has been arrested or charged or held up for public humiliation because of his race or ethnicity, opinion writers should leap on it with all the requisite indignation, dudgeon and umbrage they can muster. The trick is in knowing whether any racial profiling actually took place, becaus...
  • National Post There’s honour, and history, in being old stock Tuesday September 22nd, 2015
    (--image--)   I’m not understanding the fuss about Harper’s “old stock” remarks.  I get that Jacques Parizeau once used it in a nasty context (drunk post-referendum loss bitterness, implying the “real” Québécois descended from the original 14 French families who came over in the year dot, ...
  • National Post HPV rule is more evidence that boys don’t matter Friday September 18th, 2015
    Some years ago, a medical researcher at a Canadian university told me, in confidence, that he and his team had been following a most promising hypothesis, which, if tested successfully, might bear extremely fruitful results in combatting a major disease. But the test had to be be done with a certain kind of incubation methodology only practicable with male subjects. It would mean that an...
  • National Post Niqab – Federal Government not going far enough Thursday September 17th, 2015
    On Sept 15 the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed the federal government’s appeal of an earlier Federal Court ruling declaring the ban on face coverings during citizenship ceremonies unlawful. In response, the Conservatives have declared they will take the matter to the Supreme Court, meanwhile vowing to re-introduce the niqab ban within 100 days of re-election.   ...
  • National Post The man behind the monarch is a remarkable soul in his own right Wednesday September 16th, 2015
    Last week, Queen Elizabeth II became Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. The media gushed with commentary on her extraordinary life trajectory, but Prince Philip also set a record: he’s the longest serving consort in British history. Yet coverage of his milestone has been scant. Not that he would care. As Elizabeth said on their Golden Wedding anniversary, “(Philip) is ...
  • National Post Canada’s quiet, reassuring election Tuesday September 8th, 2015
    Normally a federal election would claim the undivided portion of the attention I allot to politics. But this time, with more fascinating political campaigns in progress abroad, I find myself distracted from our own, which seems dull by comparison. I hasten to add that by “dull” I mean normal and orderly, while by “fascinating” I mean weird, threatening and an omin...
  • National Post Sometimes a shower is just a shower. Even at Auschwitz Friday September 4th, 2015
    The refugee crisis in Europe is having the effect of peeling back the thin veneer of politeness that oils the wheels of civic reciprocity. Fear is making everyone jumpy: There are so many of “them”; where will they all go? How will this affect “us”? And then there is the very real, and daunting problem of actually keeping track of people as individuals, as the wav...
  • National Post Quebec wants to uncover faces while it covers mouths Tuesday September 1st, 2015
    Over the years I’ve written many columns about honour killings in Canada’s South Asian communities. Under the terms of Quebec’s proposed Bill 59, my frequent allusion to the demonstrable fact that most victims of honour crimes are Muslim girls and women might, posted on the Internet as all my published writing is, lead to prosecution for Islamophobia with a possible fin...
  • National Post Pit bulls are disproportionally dangerous. Why is Calgary importing more of them? Tuesday August 11th, 2015
    Only two countries allow the importation of pit bull type dogs: Canada and the U.S. In mid-June, 32 rescue dogs were saved from “death’s row” in a Bakersfield, California kill shelter and sent to Calgary for rehoming. The operation was jointly arranged by Wings of Rescue, an American charity, and BARC, a Calgary rescue organization. Of the 32 dogs, 17 are pit bull...
  • National Post The decision to die is a private matter; its execution should be, too Friday August 7th, 2015
    On the surface, Gill Pharoah was an English woman much like myself – a healthy septuagenarian with grey hair, living with a partner she loved, also in good health, a mother of two like me, a grandmother, mentally fit, not subject to depression or other mood disorders. Pharoah did have some physical aches and pains, as do I, but none that actually needed more than over-the-counter m...
  • National Post Feminists won’t like the ending of Amy Schumer’s latest flick Wednesday August 5th, 2015
    Rom-com ditzy dames are a time-honoured Hollywood tradition. Comedians like Judy Holliday, Katharine Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Lucille Ball were adorable. And, however kooky, “nice” girls all. But in order to satisfy feminist dogmas in our era, postmodern rom-com writers have had to premise their plots on the assumption that loveable ditz, wanton promiscuity and landi...
  • National Post To understand Bill Cosby, start with Alfred C. Kinsey Wednesday July 29th, 2015
    In a letter to the editor in the July 25 National Post regarding Bill Cosby’s alleged sex crimes, Jerry Pryde, of Stoney Creek, Ont., wrote: “It should be noted one of Cosby’s accusers claims the deed occurred at the Playboy mansion when she was 15. This raises the question: who allowed a 15-year old girl inside what amounts to little more than a high-end brothel?&rdquo...
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