Created in 1963, Amnesty International’s logo is a work of genius: a sturdy, stylized lit candle encircled by barbed wire, which symbolizes the ancient proverb, “Better to light a candle t...
A sexually inexperienced young man’s seduction by a mature, experienced woman is old news. Good Luck to You, Leo Grande, by English playwright Katy Brand, now streaming on Amazon Prime and Hulu,...
Roe v. Wade was grounded in an invented “right to privacy.” The revered U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was pro-choice to the marrow, warned that, “Doctrinal limb...
The global movement to delegitimize the 74-year old State of Israel through boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) neither slumbers nor sleeps. Labels on food products have become a favoured instrum...
Canada’s most notorious cultural gadfly, Jordan Peterson, is a courageous fellow. He took one look at full-bodied swimsuit model Yumi Nu on the cover of last month’s Sports Illustrated (SI...
During COVID, all athletic programs for youngsters closed down in my neighbourhood, as they did everywhere in Montreal. When they finally resumed, I learned from a local newspaper that girls’ re...
Passover is a joyous holiday in Judaism, but historically, it is also associated with tragedy wrought by antisemitic blood libels.   Amongst the most notorious is the medieval libel that matzo ...
In March I (remotely) attended an Ontario Human Rights Tribunal  hearing. This was the culmination of a story I have followed since a complaint of sex-based discrimination against the Ottawa-Carl...
One of the few TV constants in my life has been watching the Oscars. I never missed them, even when they got preachy. I still wanted to see the gowns. Except for this year. I decided I wasn’t up...
At midday on Jan 20 1943, a little girl skipping on the playground of Sandhurst Road School in southeast London waved at what she thought was an RAF bomber. It was a German plane, whose pilot “s...
Jean Charest’s putative candidacy for the Conservative Party of Canada leadership never arises without reference to the “baggage” he brings from his three terms as Quebec’s Lib...
The Freedom Convoy has galvanized the world’s attention, and generally not in a good way. One American commentator observed that even amongst Canadians famed for “niceness,” truly...
How do you teach the Holocaust to high school students? “The Diary of Anne Frank” is an unthreatening introduction. But it ends when Anne still believed good would triumph over evil and th...
At age sixteen, I read Leon Uris’s gripping 1958 novel, Exodus, in a marathon 20-hour fugue. Uris’s historical novels, always meticulously researched, were compelling and informative reads...
Over the past month, three noteworthy events have presented as provocative grist to the groaning mill of Indigenous-“settler” relations. First, acclaimed Cree playwright/novelist Tomson...
From the day he was elected, Donald Trump was perceived by U.S. Democrats, incredulous at the crass demagogic buffoon’s victory, as a satanic figure that required exorcism. The first mention ...
Quebec’s Bill 21, which proscribes visible religious symbols in many public-sector jobs — popular with Quebec francophones, unpopular with Quebec and Canadian anglophones — was passe...
In 2006, Canadian downhill mountain bike racer Danika Schroeter found out the hard way what happens to female athletes when they protest against unfair policies in sports. Standing on the podium fo...
Got your booster shot yet? Mine is scheduled for Dec. 20. My first two were Pfizer, but this time it will be Moderna which, unlike Pfizer’s booster, comes in two strengths — full and half ...
Donald Trump is an awful human being: narcissistic, abusive, arrogant, vengeful, untruthful, sexist, bombastic and sporadically unhinged, most undeniably so when he lost the 2020 election. But that ...