A courageous stand against made-up gender pronouns

Individuals and groups cannot simply force a change in speech, language or perception that hasn’t been recognized by the vast majority of society

There have been occasions when seemingly innocuous YouTube videos go viral. The most recent (and unusual) example has been a Canadian academic’s esoteric discussion of a violation of his right to free speech on campus. Yet, there are many logical reasons why Jordan Peterson’s 57 minute, 42 second video, “Fear and the Law,” posted on…

Donald Trump’s dangerous scorched-earth language

His boasting fans the flame of mistrust, anger and hatred, and has galvanized a segment of the American population

Donald Trump’s dangerous scorched-earth languageU.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump has, among other things, implied he is more Christian than Pope Francis. As a self-described good Christian, Trump might heed some advice from an ancient letter attributed to the apostle James. James singles out boasting as dangerous language, comparing it to a small flame that ignites a massive fire. As…

Free speech is under attack, but Jordan Peterson stands firm

We must be free to think and speak in Canada. If University of Toronto's Jordan Peterson can’t do it with tenure, then who can?

Free speech is under attack, but Jordan Peterson stands firmFreedom of speech and thought are in peril in Canada. The attacks on Jordan Peterson help demonstrate that. Peterson, a psychology professor at University of Toronto, launched himself into the public eye recently by expressing concerns about the growth of state authority and diminishing freedom related to transgender activism. Make no mistake, this is about freedom –…

Play Ball! Bid to ban Chief Wahoo gets the Tomahawk Chop

A court of law has much better things to do than waste valuable time and resources on these types of frivolous matters

Play Ball! Bid to ban Chief Wahoo gets the Tomahawk ChopThe political left occasionally focuses its political radar on the rather tiresome issue of sports teams’ nicknames. The newest target is the Cleveland Indians – and it’s happening in Canada, of all places. The Indians and Toronto Blue Jays are facing off in the American League Championship Series. Hours before the third game was played…

Cool the foolish rhetorical wildfires

Fort McMurray fire ignites the wrath of useless idiots from both sides of the ideological divide

Cool the foolish rhetorical wildfiresNo one knows what caused the Fort McMurray fire. But that hasn’t stopped too many people – on both sides of the ideological divide – from assigning blame. From pointing fingers, and recklessly accusing others. It’s happened on the ideological left and on the right. Early on, former NDP candidate Tom Moffatt posted this on…

Euphemisms obscure truth about assisted suicide

We need to take extraordinary care in defining the terms of medically-assisted death in Canada

Euphemisms obscure truth about assisted suicideIn a debate as significant to the nation as that about medically-assisted death, every word matters. Bill C-14, introduced in the House of Commons on April 14, is titled “An Act to amend the Criminal Code and make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying).” The phrase “medical assistance in dying” is used…

Judge, jury and Twitter in the Jian Ghomeshi trial

Facebook – and Twitter in particular – facilitate a sort-of mob mentality online

Judge, jury and Twitter in the Jian Ghomeshi trialHave you ever worked on a trial, from start to finish? I have. When I did so, I was always amazed about how much information – how much detail – I would miss by simply stepping out of the courtroom to go to the bathroom. And that brings me to the Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault…
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