Regrets, this nation has had more than a few

But when will our national breast-beating end?

Regrets, this nation has had more than a fewPrime Minister Justin Trudeau mounted the national apology pulpit again recently by promising that at some point Parliament would express its regret for the Mackenzie King government’s refusal in 1939 to grant asylum to German Jews aboard the MS St. Louis. The ship, also denied entry by the United States and Cuba, eventually returned to…

Intemperance and intolerance in campus culture clashes

Students of the snowflake generation feel empowered to videotape, confront and swarm professors with whom they disagree

Intemperance and intolerance in campus culture clashesI must confess to a crime. Many years ago, when I was still in my 20s, I was enjoying a late-night non-alcoholic beverage with an old friend from my high school days. Our talk turned to the teachers in our adolescence, some of whom we revered, some of whom we despised. The memory of one…

The crisis of diversity in the super hero realm

Look! Up in the sky. It's a bird, it's a plane … it's Daycare Dynamo of the Social Justice Warriors

The crisis of diversity in the super hero realmConsumers of popular culture, aware of the recent box-office success of the movies Black Panther and Wonder Woman, may have been puzzled by recent claims that the world of fantasy entertainment – comics, films, books – was deemed to be suffering a crisis in diversity. The days are long past when non-white male comic book…

White privilege or simply elite posturing?

Creating a society in which everything is viewed in terms of race will divide our nation and breed resentment

White privilege or simply elite posturing?Parents in the interior of British Columbia were shocked recently when their children came home from school with news of a new social awareness campaign: posters put up throughout School District 74 featuring administrators commenting on racism. In one of the posters, district superintendent Teresa Downs (who appears to be a white woman) is shown…

When a kiss is just a kiss

Fairy tales impart pro-social values and are full of lessons for the young. We do our children no favours when we read lust and sexual assault into them

When a kiss is just a kissIn Casablanca, the greatest movie ever made, Dooley Wilson (as Sam) sings: “You must remember this/ A kiss is just a kiss/ A sigh is just a sigh.” Sarah Hall of North Shields, England, would disagree. For her, a kiss, such as that bestowed by the handsome prince on Sleeping Beauty, teaches impressionable youngsters that…

Nowhere to hide from 21st century retribution

Righteous indignation and claims to victimhood are instant and valuable weapons in a world driven by social media

Nowhere to hide from 21st century retributionOnce they were big. Really big. Kings of Hollywood, producers of movies that were nominated for more than 300 Oscars. But when their founder was outed as the captain of the American freestyle groping team, The Weinstein Company’s name became toxic: board members resigned, industry players rushed to disassociate themselves from the firm, and the…

Can’t we just talk politely about climate change?

Cheap shots from both sides won't get us closer to solutions about managing our planet's future – and the potential impact on billions of lives

Can’t we just talk politely about climate change?“Blatherskite.” “Trained seal.” “Dim-witted saboteur.” “A piece of sh--.” All these terms have been deemed “unparliamentary language” in Canada; use of them, and 102 other specified pieces of verbal abuse, may result in penalties levied by the Speaker of the House of Commons upon members of Parliament. To this list we must now add “climate…

The Halloween costume conundrum

With a whole industry made up of people ready to points fingers, it is getting harder and harder to pick one

The Halloween costume conundrumHalloween is fast approaching and it’s time for parents to ask themselves an important question: How offensive do I want my child’s costume to be? As children prepare to take to the streets to beg for obesity-producing and tooth-decaying treats, they should also be prepared to be judged on their political correctness. There’s a whole…

Hefner, Weinstein and the tawdry, damaging world of modern sex

The personal price for satisfaction for the Playboy founder and his disciples, but extremely high for society

Hefner, Weinstein and the tawdry, damaging world of modern sexHugh Hefner’s death has resulted in Latin maxims battling in my head. On one hand, “De mortuis nil nisi bonum” (“Of the dead say nothing but good”) is wise and charitable. But so too is “De mortuis nil nisi verum” (“Of the dead speak nothing but the truth”). If we spoke nothing but the truth about…

Is there really bias in the news media?

Don’t expect objectivity from newspaper and television news, which tend to lean left

Is there really bias in the news media?A recent Gallup poll in the United States revealed that while 62 per cent of Democratic Party voters trusted the media, only 14 per cent of Republicans believed the media regularly got the facts straight. Is there really bias in the news and public affairs media? Is the Pope Catholic? Is the Dalai Lama Buddhist?…