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    Christie Blatchford's Coverage of the Jian Ghomeshi Trial

    Christie Blatchford’s Coverage of the Jian Ghomeshi Trial

    I’m writing this in response to critics unhappy with Christie Blatchford’s coverage of the Jian Ghomeshi trial. Her words may be unsettling, but she speaks for many who question the prevalence of victim narratives when it comes to women and abuse.  Imagine this: we have two male articling students at the same law firm. Gary […]

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    The CBC is wrong about Gregory Alan Elliott and the Twitter Trial

    The CBC is wrong about Gregory Alan Elliott and the Twitter Trial

    This is in written in response to the CBC’s assessment of the outcome of Elliott’s trial. As usual, they are supporting hysterical social justice warriors at the expense of one of our national treasures, our common sense.  Judge Brent Knazan has sent a clear message, but they insist that “there is no doubt that Stephanie […]

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    Toronto's Twitter Trial: the Best Possible Outcome

    Toronto’s Twitter Trial: the Best Possible Outcome

    The final judgement in the Twitter harassment trial was handed down in Toronto today; it upheld Canadians’ rights to free speech. To read more click here.  

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    James Deen: Porn, Rape and Consent

    James Deen: Porn, Rape and Consent

    There’s been a lot of hysteria on Twitter lately, especially when it comes to celebrities and their alleged sex crimes. Mobs that pursued Canadian broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi a year ago are pursuing James Deen, the American porn actor, now. For both, events unfolded predictably. Reports of rape, made by ex-girlfriends, produced headlines and a procession of angry and tearful […]

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    Lou Reed and His Demons

    Lou Reed and His Demons

    Apparently Lou Reed was an asshole. That’s according to his latest biographer, Howard Sounes. In Notes from the Velvet Underground, Sounes collates the impressions of Reed’s peers, lovers and acolytes, most of whom reported suffering emotional (and sometimes physical) abuse at Reed’s hands. It’s an exhaustive account and well supported by documentation. It seems there […]

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    The Syrian Refugee Crisis

    The Syrian Refugee Crisis

    The Syrian refugee crisis is testing the limits of public compassion. As Sweden and Germany struggle with overwhelmed infrastructures, some states in the US have simply said no to refugees. For those Americans, memories of 9/11 were revived by the Paris attacks, and a collective sense of hunkering down and sitting out the finger-pointing asserted […]

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    Dear Liberal Do-gooders...why you scare me

    Dear Liberal Do-gooders…why you scare me

    For my father on Remembrance Day: My father was woken by a friend in the middle of the night, back in the late 40s, in Yugoslavia. He was told that the secret police were coming to purge him. He couldn’t wake his family to say goodbye because if they were awake, they might be punished […]

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    Uneasy on the Eyes

    Uneasy on the Eyes

    We Canadians are known for being nice. It’s a dubious accolade, but our nation’s liberals have taken it to heart, transforming it into a moral imperative: always speak nicely or else. It’s left Canada feeling like one big library. A lot of us are getting shushed on a regular basis. To continue reading click here.   

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    Why Louise Arbour is Wrong About the Niqab

    Why Louise Arbour is Wrong About the Niqab

    According to the former Supreme Court justice Louise Arbour, Canada cannot liberate niqab-wearing women against their will. She is the latest in a string of political high-flyers to come out against the Harper government’s tough stance on the niqab. Characterizing the debate as insubstantial and politically strategic is an insult to Canadians who have been […]

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    A Reckless Memoir of Chrissie Hynde

    A Reckless Memoir of Chrissie Hynde

    A better title for Chrissie Hynde’s memoir Reckless would be Confounding. As an enumeration of Seventies and Eighties music – think Biblical begets and begats – it works. As the story of Hynde’s ascent through that combustible and creative era, it’s surprisingly uneven. It may be down to Hynde’s flintiness, captured in the cool distance […]

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    Sex, Disability and Alice Dreger

    Sex, Disability and Alice Dreger

    The latest brouhaha to come out of Northwestern University, the Illinois institution beset by censorship scandals, is one that has seen Alice Dreger, a renowned professor of medical humanities and bioethics, resign over a controversial journal she edited. It’s a skirmish indicative of the underlife many academics feel confined to these days, a state of […]

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    Gamergate: A Consumer Revolt or Feminist Challenge?

    Gamergate: A Consumer Revolt or Feminist Challenge?

    The scales tipping in the #Gamergate controversy, the consumer revolt against misconduct in the video-games press, are between freedom and control. Gamers want to maintain their creative rights; so-called third-wave feminists, like those following Anita Sarkeesian, are challenging them. At its heart, this is a battle about artistic freedom. Click here to go to Spiked-Online […]

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    Is Online Life Real?

    Is Online Life Real?

    Apparently Tauriq Moosa, over at Daily Beast, supports censorship. His take on the Twitter trial unfolding in Toronto is tilted in favour of the plaintiffs, three young women who are attempting to get a 53-year-old man convicted of criminal harassment for criticising them online. Moosa says of the accused, Greg Elliott: ‘Regardless of being blocked, […]

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    Lying: How to Win at Life, Death and Real Estate

    Lying: How to Win at Life, Death and Real Estate

    After my mother’s stroke, I often asked for advice. My queries were about how to navigate the hospital system, manage my mother’s assets and find good help. I always found well-informed people at a rural park I belong to, one that requires a membership and allows dogs to roam freely. A story from one walk […]