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  • National Post America is not a racist country and critical race theory is bunk Monday May 10th, 2021
    On April 28 U.S. president Joe Biden gave his first address to Congress. It will be remembered less for its content than for Black South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott’s charged words in response to it. “Hear me clearly,” Scott said. “America is not a racist country.” He didn’t say there is no racism in America. Scott himself has encountered racist behaviour and said so. But he refute...
  • National Post 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...
  • National Post Gad Saad — the man who’s not afraid to call BS Friday April 23rd, 2021
    A keen American observer of the human condition once described his rhetorical vocation as, “Standing off on the sidelines, viewing the various public escapades — political, cultural, social — and calling out with some regularity, ‘Bulls–t! Bulls–t! Bulls–t!’” Although one could never describe Canadian academic and public intellectual Gad Sa...
  • The Post Millennial Findings that 'systemic racism' doesn't exist in the UK met with fury by anti-racist activists Friday April 23rd, 2021
    In the United Kingdom, a significant mobbing is in progress. If the dignified black man the mob has targeted is discredited and toppled, it will be a setback for all who value disinterested research in support of constructive political action. It will also be a setback for blacks in Britain. In July, responding to a wave of Black Lives Matter protests in America that had spread t...
  • National Post Without exemptions to protect women in prison, gender identity laws are unconstitutional Monday April 12th, 2021
    Canada’s federal prisons for women were once like men’s: cells, high security, guards with guns. But following the suicides of seven female inmates between 1989 and 1991 (all but one Indigenous), inquiries led to the Task Force on Federally Sentenced Women, culminating in a report, Creating Choices. As a result, six regional women’s prisons were created whose infrastructure and policies reflec...
  • National Post 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...
  • The Post Millennial Woody Allen is not the enemy—he is a distraction Sunday April 4th, 2021
    I was happy to read Cathy Young's lucid, thoroughly-researched and persuasive critique of the misleading HBO documentary "Allen vs Farrow." Amongst many other excellent points, Young notes that pedophiles are creatures of pattern. Before former partner Mia Farrow's allegation that Woody sexually abused his adoptive daughter Dylan at the age of seven, Woody had never before been accuse...
  • National Post In the progressive era, even literary critics aren’t safe Monday March 29th, 2021
    In 1981, Toni Morrison wrote, “If there were better criticism, there would be better books.” Better can mean negative — sometimes even harsh — criticism. There was a time when that was received wisdom. No longer. John Metcalf, a transplant to Montreal from England, has for 55 years toiled in Canada’s various literary vineyards: teaching, editing (300-plus books), publishing (Porcupine Press ...
  • The Post Millennial Government-sponsored erasure of women's rights advances with the word 'female' being banned on International Women's Day Sunday March 21st, 2021
    According to research on the "cancellation" of conservative thinkers in academia, gender-critical academics are the most beleaguered of all. In his recent Quillette article, "The Threat to Academic Freedom: From Anecdotes to Data," University of London professor Eric Kaufmann writes, "just 28 percent of American and Canadian academics, and barely a third of British academics, would ha...
  • National Post Birth of a new resistance: Parents mobilize to tackle woke ideology Friday March 12th, 2021
    Riverdale Country School is one of New York City’s — and therefore America’s — most elite private schools. Last June the school administration sent a memo to parents alerting them to curriculum changes that would reflect “the responsibility to use our privilege to fight for change.” At the first assembly in September, instead of the school’s traditiona...
  • The Post Millennial Switzerland votes to ban the niqab in public Tuesday March 9th, 2021
    Switzerland takes direct democracy very seriously, often putting questions of public policy to the public in the form of a national or regional referendum requiring a 50 percent threshold for passage. Sometimes the results accord with the government's preferred policy, sometimes not. In 2009, Swiss citizens resisted government advice and voted to ban the building of minarets, agreeing wi...
  • National Post 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...
  • The Post Millennial Mask mandates for children have no basis in science Friday March 5th, 2021
    At about this time last year, I was fretting to a friend about the paucity of medical masks available, and the difficulty of getting hold of cloth ones. My friend thought I was over-reacting. The government isn't telling us to wear masks, she said. They're even saying masks are ineffective and counter-productive. I remember my exact words to her: "Government policy accords with the scarcity of ...
  • National Post One-size-fits-all solutions won’t work for childcare, especially after the pandemic Friday March 5th, 2021
    COVID-19 has changed the habits of those in the work force, but parents of very young children have been especially hard hit. Prior to the pandemic, many parents were using childcare services for reasons of work and study. But a national survey of childcare facilities in April-May 2020 found that 70 per cent of centres reported they had laid off some or all of their staff. In Ontario and Quebec...
  • National Post Finding hope in the unlikeliest ways Friday February 26th, 2021
    In January 2014, Harold Heft, a successful writer, educator and communications executive, learned he had inoperable brain cancer of the kind that killed the Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie. He had less than two years to live. In that precious time, working with his beloved wife Suzanne Heft, a social activist and fundraiser, and his close friend Peter O’Brien, journalist, author, entre...
  • The Post Millennial Academics and theorists reframe opposition to dangerous pit bulls in racist terms Monday February 22nd, 2021
    I am a seasoned polemicist in the pit bull wars (I'm not a fan of pit bull type dogs, to put it kindly, as you can see in this 2017 piece published in The Walrus online). It's been quite a while since I've engaged on that front, though. So a recent book review published in Aero magazine acted upon me as a bugle to an old cavalry horse. Titled "critical race theory is Coming for the Dogs," I ha...
  • The Post Millennial Jessica Mulroney was exonerated —so why isn't anyone apologizing for her cancellation? Sunday February 14th, 2021
    It's not often an opinion columnist has the opportunity for a "scoop"—that is, the opportunity to break a story to the public that has not been covered by other media outlets. It's a gratifying experience when it happens—and also, to judge by the feedback—an instructive one. In December, my editor at the National Post invited me to write a feature article based on material th...
  • National Post Wider access to assisted dying in Canada will be catastrophic for the disabled Saturday February 13th, 2021
    A bill to expand access to medical assistance in dying (MAiD) comes to a Senate vote no later than Feb 17. That leaves a bare working week for the House to consider what may be a number of Senate-approved amendments before a court-imposed deadline for final passage on Feb 26. Bill C-7 is the Trudeau government’s response to the 2019 Quebec Superior Court Truchon ruling — named for ...
  • National Post 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...
  • National Post U of T student faces petition to revoke academic award because he is conservative Thursday February 4th, 2021
    Academia is so dominated by progressive dogmas that most students and professors who hold conservative views keep them on the “down low” to avoid being censured by the thought police. But a diminishing few still boldly thrust their heads above the parapet. We find an example of this endangered species in Arjun Singh, a University of Toronto political science student whose extracurr...
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