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  • National Post COVID unleashed a pandemic of eating disorders Thursday July 29th, 2021
    The COVID-19 disruption hit adolescents hard, but teenagers don’t always voice their anxieties. Instead, they’ll often channel them into troubling behaviour, such as eating disorders. And we’re beginning to see just how tough the pandemic lockdowns have been for those who have, or are struggling to emerge from, an eating disorder. Advertisement Story continues below This advert...
  • National Post ‘So many people hate you’: Documenting the U.K.’s burgeoning anti-Semitism Saturday July 17th, 2021
    On Sunday July 18, the Church of England service will include a ceremony of “symbolic repentance” to mark the 800-year anniversary of the Synod of Oxford. The 1222 Synod set forth discriminatory laws for Jews, such as identifying badges and higher taxes. The gesture is especially significant in that the Church of England was only established in 1534. The Church is therefore apologizing for all...
  • National Post Mary Simon’s flippancy about French is a danger to Canada Friday July 9th, 2021
    It was always very likely that the new governor general would be Indigenous, so Inuk leader and former ambassador Mary Simon’s appointment came as no surprise. And the news was warmly received: observers familiar with Simon and her past endeavours have expressed delight at the prospect of Rideau Hall’s calm, competent and clubbable new tenant. Advertisement Story continues below ...
  • National Post Putting a bounce in your step Sunday July 4th, 2021
    It’s summer. A lightening of the mood is in order. Today I aim to put a bounce in my older readers’ steps. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content Oldies like to send each other compilations of “morning smiles.” I received a pandemic-themed list yesterday that included: “My goal for 202...
  • National Post The complicated truth about transwomen in women’s prisons Monday June 21st, 2021
    For five decades, thanks to feminism and The Pill, women’s cultural standing and fortunes advanced steadily. At long last respect! Then, gender ideologues decreed that men who identify as women “are” women, with all the attendant rights due to them such an affirmation implies. Astonishingly, without demur, in the name of “inclusion,” our cultural and political elites fell in with this self-e...
  • National Post Transgender weightlifter may expose the unfairness of trans athletes in Tokyo Monday June 7th, 2021
    There are nine trans athletes hoping to compete at the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer. All of them — whether born male or female — are seeking spots on women’s teams (transgenderism is a non-issue in men’s sport). Only one of the nine is assured a berth: New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, now 43, who made her first lift in international women’s sport in March 2017, and ...
  • National Post Let’s stop pretending the left’s disdain for Israel has anything to do with politics Wednesday May 26th, 2021
    Public Jew-baiting is out of control in the United Kingdom and Europe. And in Canada’s big cities, unprecedented displays of anti-Semitism, including physical violence that has been well documented in these pages, has given Jewish-Canadians a taste of the rage that European Jews have faced for decades. Nobody with eyes to see can press on with the myth that this is a political conflict. The ...
  • 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 be...
  • 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...
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