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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 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...
  • 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 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 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...
  • National Post Following the science in the controversy over when you became you Friday January 29th, 2021
    One of the great pleasures of a second pregnancy is telling your first child that he or she is to have a sibling. Anticipated questions bubble up. How did the baby get in there? Can (s)he see me? The child may start talking to the baby by name (real or invented). If the child is old enough to understand — say six or seven — the gift of an illustrated children’s book explainin...
  • National Post Text messages exonerate Jessica Mulroney after she was cancelled last summer Thursday January 21st, 2021
    “Cancel culture” is pandemic today, but the virus was already in patchy play 30 years ago. In 1991, Toronto journalist and social activist June Callwood was charged with racist behaviour by a Black staff member of Nellie’s women’s shelter, one of 50 social organizations Callwood helped establish in her lifetime. The staffer accused Callwood of being “a woman of pr...
  • National Post My reason to be grateful in a thankless year Saturday December 26th, 2020
    Today’s theme is gratitude, without which equanimity in tough times is impossible. A personal story.In Grade 2, our teacher gave us a simple vision test. We covered our left and right eyes in turn and, from a distance, identified letters on the blackboard. With my right eye covered, I couldn’t identify a single letter.Barbara Kay: My reason to be grateful in a thankless yearI was ta...
  • National Post The glaring flaw of ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ that no one wants to mention Friday December 11th, 2020
    Thanks to a well-crafted Netflix series, “The Queen’s Gambit,” chess is having more than a moment this season. Google chess searches doubled from October to November, and participation in online chess sites is soaring. I well remember the 1970s popular surge, when American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer showed the dominant Russian chess mafia who was da real Cold War bomb, beati...
  • National Post The problems with Bill C-6 and the gender affirmation model Friday November 27th, 2020
    In my last column, I slammed Bill C-6, which passed second reading with a majority of the House of Commons and is now under review by the justice committee. I’d hoped one column would be enough to encapsulate my contempt for the political insouciance that produced this fiasco, but it wasn’t. This bill seeks to criminalize “conversion therapy,” a term previously applied ...
  • National Post The case for deep-sixing Bill C-6 Friday November 20th, 2020
    Late last month, 306 members of Parliament gave approval in principle to “conversion therapy” Bill C-6, with only seven Conservative party votes opposed (leader Erin O’Toole supported it, but permitted his MPs a free vote). The House of Commons justice committee is reviewing public responses to it. C-6 defines “conversion therapy” as any “practice, treatment...
  • National Post I know a misogynistic sports policy when I see it Friday November 6th, 2020
    Fair, safe and inclusive sport requires stratification. Combat sports delineate by weight class. Youth sports stratify by chronological age. And, traditionally, all sports, including the Paralympics, have prioritized categorization by sex, given men’s inherent athletic advantages of size, strength, speed, endurance and reaction time. The purpose of age, weight and sex categories is to mi...
  • National Post Transgender sports policies have thrown fair play out the window Friday October 23rd, 2020
    Reverence for sport’s first principle — fair play — unites people across the globe. Hell hath no fury like sport enthusiasts witnessing systemic cheating. Speaking of which: That burning smell? It’s the rubber of gender theory hitting the road of biological reality, as the consequences of broadening gender “inclusion” policies in sport achieve visible effect ...
  • National Post From free society to fear society in the halls of higher learning Tuesday July 14th, 2020
    My editor, a man in his prime, recently tweeted bemusement that his older readers often preface their emails to him with allusions to their age (“as a 75-year old man …” “I’m an 82-year old woman …”). I know these readers. Or others like them. When my oldie readers introduce generation markers in their emails, it’s generally a semaphore ...
  • National Post Learn from the best while you can Thursday June 25th, 2020
    Last week — for another publication — I recounted the story of Tomas Hudlicky, a Brock University professor of organic chemistry who has endured an in-house “swarming” by an ad hoc confederacy of administration, graduate students and journal publishers for allegedly incorrect views he expressed in a peer-reviewed article. Hudlicky was blindsided by the multiple att...
  • National Post U of A professor holds the line on free expression Tuesday June 9th, 2020
    Kathleen Lowrey, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Alberta, ascribes much of her intellectual formation to Marxism and radical feminism. Not, I think my regular readers would agree, someone with whom I would normally have a great deal in common. And yet, in this strange cultural moment, Prof. Lowrey and I find ourselves amicably united in the service of a mutually reve...
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