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  • CJNEWS Leaders Fuel Vaxx/Unvaxxed Divide, but They Are to Blame for Canada’s Inadequate Hospital Capacity Friday January 21st, 2022
    Commentary A mid-January Maru Public Opinion poll finds that a significant number of Canadians favour sternly punitive measures for the unvaccinated. Of the poll’s online 1,506 panel, 33 percent were in favour of refusing driver licence renewals to those who refused a (likely forthcoming) mandatory vaccination, 37 percent found denial of access to “any publicly funded hospital/me...
  • CJNEWS Tutu Leaves Outstanding Human Rights Legacy, but His Antisemitism Shouldn’t Be Overlooked Tuesday January 4th, 2022
    Commentary Anglican archbishop Desmond Tutu, winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace prize and a central figure in South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement, died at age 90 on Dec. 26. As befitted his historical stature, the New York Times accorded generous wordage to his obituary. Archbishop Tutu’s calls for economic sanctions were instrumental in amassing the international pressure that forced an...
  • CJNEWS Bowing to Mythology Over Science Diminishes Archeology Tuesday December 14th, 2021
    Commentary “Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.” George Orwell’s frequently cited dictum encapsulates the contested terrain at issue between antagonists in the domain of archeology. On one side are scientists who uphold the tradition of disinterested inquiry into our species’ origins; on the other, an academic cadre so bedazzled by prog...
  • CJNEWS Where Will the Widespread Embrace of Infertility Lead? Tuesday November 30th, 2021
    Commentary Three years ago, my family resigned our membership in the non-traditional synagogue that had been our religious home for more than 40 years. The end came suddenly after I published a controversial column in a Jewish community newspaper. Without prior consultation, my rabbi joined 25 other progressive rabbis and educators across Canada in denouncing me publicly as a misogynist...
  • CJNEWS Is the Pervasiveness of Woke Ideology Fostering Racial Fakery? Saturday November 13th, 2021
    Commentary Throughout history, to avoid material harm, or to gain social acceptance from an oppressor group, many people have suppressed a stigmatizing identity and “passed.” Jews have passed for gentile; mixed-race for white; indigenous for non-indigenous. Most of these fakers sought the greatest possible anonymity; the more they blended in, the less scrutiny they attracted. Their moti...
  • CJNEWS Media’s Neglect of Afghan Women’s Soccer Team Story an Example of Velvet Talibanism Tuesday October 26th, 2021
    Commentary For most of us in the West, the image we instinctively associate with women under Taliban rule in Afghanistan is the animated shroud known as the burqa, the only clue to their humanity a pair of eyes behind a fabric grille. It therefore came as a surprise to me to discover that Afghanistan had a national female soccer team, formed in 2007—the U.S. presence since 2001 gave wom...
  • CJNEWS As Tighter French-Language Laws Loom, Is It Time to Recognize Montreal as a City-State? Tuesday September 28th, 2021
    Commentary Now that the federal election is over, we Montrealers are turning our attention to the city’s mayoralty elections, scheduled for Nov 7. The two viable candidates are incumbent Valérie Plante of the Projet Montréal party and her predecessor Denis Coderre of Ensemble Montréal, who is seeking a comeback. Together their parties command 97 percent of the available seats. Neverthel...
  • CJNEWS Media Bias Against Israel Is Entrenched and Runs Deep Monday August 30th, 2021
    Commentary Here is a joke I told some high school students years ago—teenagers can be a tough crowd—to show how easily media bias can manufacture or manipulate public sympathy. In Paris, a man sees a pit bull attacking a little girl. He kills the dog, saving the child’s life. Reporters swarm him. One says, “Tell us your name. Your fellow Parisians will rejoice in tomorrow’s headlines: ‘...
  • CJNEWS The ‘Sudden’ Erasure of Women’s Sex-Based Rights Tuesday July 27th, 2021
    Commentary How did we get from common sense on biology to the erasure of women’s sex-based rights? As Ernest Hemingway said of how he arrived at bankruptcy, “Gradually, then suddenly.” The blueprint for “suddenly” was drafted in Yogyakarta, capital city of Indonesia’s island of Java. It was to Yogyakarta, in 2006, that a group of trans activists and human rights professionals—including ...
  • CJNEWS Counter-Theme to Victimhood: Canada’s Indigenous Peoples Need Not Be Defined by Past Injustices Friday July 2nd, 2021
    Commentary Following the announcement of 215 unmarked graves at a former Kamloops residential school in late May, the city of Victoria in B.C. announced the cancellation of its Canada Day celebrations. When an estimated 751 graves were then discovered at a former Saskatchewan residential school site, #CancelCanadaDay began to trend on Twitter. The activist group Idle No More urged Canad...
  • CJNEWS Anti-Semitism: The Haters Have Changed, but the Hatred Hasn’t Tuesday June 1st, 2021
    Commentary It’s been a difficult time of late for Jews everywhere. CombatAntiSemitism.org (CAM) reports that anti-Semitic incidents in the UK have increased 600 percent, while “dozens” of alarming incidents have taken place in Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Rome, Vienna, and across North America. Canadian Jews have been profoundly shaken by a level of expressive anti-Semitism—genocidal ...
  • CJNEWS O’Toole Has a Real Chance in Election if He Can Get the Support of Women Monday May 3rd, 2021
    Commentary Justin Trudeau has proved himself incompetent in a crisis and lurches from scandal to scandal. And yet his poll numbers point to a 93 percent likelihood of a majority (50 percent) or minority (43 percent) Liberal government in the next election. How to explain it? My Liberal-voting friends—including those who are presently alienated from Trudeau for his multiple failures of l...
  • CJNEWS In Service of Progressive Values, US Military Has Become Detached From Reality Monday April 5th, 2021
    Commentary To mark International Women’s Day on March 8, U.S. President Biden honoured women in the U.S. military. “We’re making good progress designing body armour that fits women properly; tailoring combat uniforms for women; creating maternity flight suits; updating—updating requirements for their hairstyles,” he boasted. Maternity flight suits? The idea provoked Fox News host Tucker...
  • CJNEWS Quebec, France Resistant to Encroaching ‘Woke’ Ideology Monday March 8th, 2021
    Commentary Last month, Quebec Premier François Legault took to Facebook to criticize “radical activists” who he said are taking political correctness to extremes. He was in part reacting to the suspension last September of a francophone University of Ottawa professor for using the N-word in class. “If we don’t defend someone who is a victim of this, we’re playing the game of the radical...
  • CJNEWS Instead of Expanding MAiD, Expand Palliative Care Monday February 8th, 2021
    Commentary A good friend of ours died last year of a slow-growing but inexorable form of lung cancer. In his final months, he received expert outpatient care from a team of palliative-care specialists. When the end was imminent and breathing became difficult, he was asked if he preferred lucidity with suffering, or comfort. “Comfort,” he whispered. His medication was adjusted, and he re...
  • CJNEWS Despite Trump’s Accomplishments, I’m a Never-Again Trumper Thursday January 14th, 2021
    Commentary Mea culpa. I had assumed there were limits to Donald Trump’s narcissism and it turned out there were not. I never liked Trump, and I never had any illusions about his character—both weak and bad—but, like so many others who voted for Trump (or in Canadians’ case, “voted”), I believed the alternative would be worse. My “vote” was transactional: accommodation to a disagreeable ...
  • CJNEWS Despite Trump’s Accomplishments, I’m Now a Never-Again Trumper Thursday January 14th, 2021
    Commentary Mea culpa. I had assumed there were limits to Donald Trump’s narcissism and it turned out there were not. I never liked Trump, and I never had any illusions about his character—both weak and bad—but, like so many others who voted for Trump (or in Canadians’ case, “voted”), I believed the alternative would be worse. My “vote” was transactional: accommodation to a disagreeable ...
  • CJNEWS Communism’s Long March Through the Institutions Has Succeeded Monday December 28th, 2020
    Commentary Karl Marx was convinced that his envisaged revolution to save the world from its march to perdition would be realized by the united workers of the world. They would throw off the shackles of capitalism, voluntarily re-inventing their various regions as socialist utopias joined in global sodality. That never happened voluntarily, of course. It seemed the workers of the world w...
  • CJNEWS Tracing the Pernicious Social Contagion of Adult-Child Sex Tuesday December 22nd, 2020
    Commentary In my youth, sexual abuse of children was a little understood and never-publicly-discussed phenomenon. Pedophiles were considered to be deviants of the worst kind, in no way associated with “respectable” society or “decent” people. But in the 1970s, the veil of our ignorance was lifted by the open flirtation of far-left ideologues with the normalization of pedophilia (sex wit...
  • CJNEWS Tracing the Malign Push to Normalize Adult-Child Sex Tuesday December 22nd, 2020
    Commentary In my youth, sexual abuse of children was a little understood and never-publicly-discussed phenomenon. Pedophiles were considered to be deviants of the worst kind, in no way associated with “respectable” society or “decent” people. But in the 1970s, the veil of our ignorance was lifted by the open flirtation of far-left ideologues with the normalization of pedophilia (sex wit...
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