Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Fighting the Columbine copycats

I’m weighing in on the Virginia Tech massacre bandwagon rather late, because when news of the tragedy broke, I was in Quebec City for...

Higher education’s best-kept secret

When you can fill a small bookstore with eulogies of the liberal arts in our universities, you know you have an institution in trouble. The...

It is time for the (Anti) Canadian Arab Federation to fold its tents

As Canada Day 2009, our 142nd birthday, draws to a close here in Montreal, I suppose it’s just as well I didn’t plan to...

In praise of the common parka

Every spring, a true Canadian’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of next year’s winter coat. In Montreal, where I live, winter often starts in...

Be faithful. Stay alive

More money continues to be spent on HIV/AIDS—a terrible but preventable scourge—than any other disease in history. Billions. Much of it is wasted though,...

Parents don’t always reap what they sow

Some time after 9/11, on the now defunct CBC TV program counterSpin, a young law student launched a virulent diatribe against America. By a...

At the nail salon, boredom’s antidote

Archimedes discovered his hydrostatic principle while sloshing about in the tub. I too had my “Eureka!” moment, when I suddenly realized why men throw...

Forty years of “peace” studies and nothing to show for it

The Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution has just wrapped up a two-day conference at Ottawa’s Saint Paul University, called “Women Building Peace.” Peace, peace, peace....

Hunting the fox, skewering the Finn

Unlike French intellectuals, upon whom national honours are copiously lavished, English intellectuals have always been more likely to face public indifference or even, from...

An unfinished country

The silly name for our national holiday, “Canada Day” (imagine “Italy Day” or “U.S.A. Day”) always makes me flinch. It has done so since...

The crying game

If you’ve indulged in banned substances while in high office, or stolen the pocketable equivalent of a fully loaded Lexus RX 300, how do...

On domestic violence, no one wants to hear the truth

In a just world, Englishwoman Erin Pizzey, who founded the world’s first shelter for battered wives in 1971, would be a sought-after speaker on...

From Chatelaine, a condescending rant by yesterday’s feminist

A jubilant Montreal Gazette headline announced on Monday: “We’ve got babies on the brain.” July births in Quebec—7,400—are the highest monthly total this decade,...

Liberate The Campus

In an ongoing series, National Post writers are being asked a simple question: If you had the power to change a single thing about...

From out of anti-Semitism’s muck, scholarly gold

In their choice of divorce lawyers as in all else, royals Charles and Diana went their separate ways: Charles to experienced establishment divorce-law solicitor...