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Barbara Kay

Barbara Kay is a founding governor of the Prince Arthur Herald. She has been a columnist for the National Post newspaper since 2003, and is a frequent commentator on television and radio, as well as a public speaker. Her novel A Three Day Event was published in 2015. She lives in Montreal.

A Humorous Look at the Euthanasia Study

  John Untel To: Mom Re: How are you doing?   24/01/17   Hi Mom,   Sorry I could not make it to the hospital last night. Things got pretty hectic at the office, and as I’ve told you, we’re seeing cuts right and left. This would be a bad time for me to take off early and attract the evil eye.   I know you’re getting good care, though, and thank God for our Medicare system, eh? I bet the Queen herself – who I guess you heard was under the weather for a few weeks (at 91! I like that I never have to look up her age, because you share a birth year) – doesn’t get better treatment. She seems to be making a full recovery. I wonder if Charles is thrilled about that. Kidding!! Kidding!!   Lots of news to keep you from getting bored. Looks like Canada isn’t in much danger from Trump’s anti-trade rampage, so that’s all good. They found some puppies alive in the boiler room of the Italian hotel that got hit by the avalanche. Sweet little guys. Oh, and here’s a front-page item: A study says doctor-assisted may save us up to $139 million a year by avoiding costly “end of life care.” That’s a pretty impressive amount of money. According to the study authors, “as death approaches, health-care costs increase dramatically in the final months. Patients who choose medical assistance in dying may forgo this resource-intensive period.”   I’ll try to get there tonight, or the latest this weekend. Sis sends love, and will visit as soon as she can get a super deal on a flight. Things a bit tight on her end, what with hubby checking out (didn’t we tell her on Day One he was a rotter?)… Read More

Parental Alienation Syndrome in the Pitt-Jolie affair?

As all the world knows, Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are not only divorcing after 12 years together, they are not on speaking terms as a result of Jolie’s immediate bid for sole custody of the couple’s six children and refusal to give Pitt more than the most meager, supervised access to him. By all accounts, Pitt was caught completely off guard by the swiftness and hostility of Jolie’s actions. US Magazine reported that Pit was “totally crushed” by the split and “can’t believe” how his life has changed so dramatically. It took weeks to get his legal act together and file (Nov 4) for joint physical and legal custody of his children. The whole story has yet to be revealed. We have no idea if Jolie’s vague claim of “abuse” of the children or that the “health of her family” was at stake have merit. What we do know is that Pitt cooperated fully with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), voluntarily submitting to multiple drug tests, entering therapy and agreeing to all recommendations. According to a reliable source close to the investigation quoted in In Touch magazine – yes, but only at the hairdresser, and by the way, magazines like this and the National Enquirer are more trustworthy than many other sources, because they get sued so often they are very careful about fact-checking – one of the children made an allegation of abuse, then “in a follow-up interview he had trouble recalling what had happened and basically recanted the story.” The source added: “This was very concerning to social workers for obvious reasons.” I will predict that neither of the two will come off looking like an angel, but there are plenty of non-angels parenting children in intact households. If in fact the… Read More

New Haven pit bull attack

Barbara Kay is a founding governor of the Prince Arthur Herald. She has been a columnist for the National Post newspaper since 2003, and is a frequent commentator on television and radio, as well as a public speaker. Her novel A Three Day Event was published in 2015. She lives in Montreal. Author's Note: Since publication, the pit bull victim in my story has died after a week in a medically induced coma. It was announced this month that both Montreal  and Quebec City intend to pass dangerous-dog legislation bills that have enraged pit bull advocates but will, in a victory for public-safety proponents, ban new pit bulls from the general dog population in these jurisdictions. As with bans in other jurisdictions like Denver, which has not seen a dogbite-related fatality since its ban was enacted in 1989, the initiative will eliminate dogbite-related fatalities like a recent incident in Montreal, and will starkly reduce the most serious kinds of dogbite-related injuries. Praise is due to these Canadian municipalities for acting on evidence rather than succumbing to the well-oiled machinations of the pit bull advocacy movement. (Special kudos to Quebec’s largest French-language newspaper, La Presse, for doing real homework on the issue and for its subsequently influential editorial campaign on this front.) By painful coincidence, the announcement coincided with an especially horrific pit bull incident in New Haven, Connecticut, where two pit bulls belonging to Hamilton Hicks, a 36-yr old Harvard-trained psychiatric resident at Yale University attacked a 53-year old woman friend, Jocelyn Winfrey, as she entered his property with him. The dogs also attacked Hicks when he attempted to pull the dogs off Winfrey. His injuries were reported as serious, but not life-threatening, while Winfrey’s are shockingly extensive. In media interviews, a neighbour, Alderman Brian Wingate described what he witnessed:… Read More

The Enemy Within the “Safe Spaces” of Jews on campus

      Barbara Kay is a founding governor of the Prince Arthur Herald. She has been a columnist for the National Post newspaper since 2003, and is a frequent commentator on television and radio, as well as a public speaker. Her novel A Three Day Event was published in 2015. She lives in Montreal. Academia is awash in social justice warriors (SJW). There are SJW consumed with racism, gender and Islamophobia, but the issue that looms largest and most relentlessly on all campuses with a sizable Jewish population is anti-Zionism. A demonstration of one’s unnuanced hostility to Israel coupled with unconditional sympathy for the plight of the Palestinians has become something of a litmus test for a student’s good standing as a progressive, much as unconditional support for unfettered abortion is a litmus test for one’s good standing as a feminist. And so, since a remarkable number of European, North American and even Israeli Jews  consider progressivism their paramount political calling, they have boarded the anti-Zionism train. Apart from Palestinians and other Arabs, Jews, both academics and students, are the most numerous and ferociously enthusiastic of the anti-Zionist corps. For Jews on campus who are pro-Israel or who wish to remain politically neutral, aggressive anti-Israel campaigns can create anxiety and a kind of siege mentality. They often feel they are the only group on campus to whom the notion of a “safe space” does not apply (one may believe, as I do, that the whole concept of the “safe space” from dissenting views is wrong, but if every other minority is considered deserving of one, one can still argue for a level playing field). They also believe, with good reason, that the anti-Israel militancy they are constantly exposed to, fleshed out in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement (BDS),… Read More

The rise of the “activersity”

It’s an uphill job, the campus social justice circuit. It isn’t just a matter of showing up with some signs and megaphones and hollering, maybe disrupting the odd speech with a little horn-blowing or firebell-ringing. It takes organization and passion and energy. Most of all it takes time. Righteousness can even take a toll on one’s health, it seems. I happened upon a recent article in the Brown University Daily Herald, entitled “Schoolwork, advocacy place strain on student activists.” Here I learned from an undergraduate identified only as David, who confronts issues of racism and diversity on campus, that “There are people breaking down, dropping out of classes and failing classes because of the activism work they are taking on.” David himself is a good example. He confides to the reporter that his commitment to social justice has resulted in dramatically reduced grades, lost weight and a regimen of antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills. Another student, Justice Gaines, has similar problems. Once, feeling compelled to take part in a protest, xe (sic) “had a panic attack and couldn’t go to class for several days.” What helped Gaines to manage both xyr (sic) schoolwork and activism was deans’ notes deferring assignment deadlines. Usually deans are quite amenable to issuing these notes and professors equally amenable to accepting them. But sometimes - sometimes - they are not. It was a Thursday, as student Liliana Sampredo remembers it. She had a research presentation that was supposed to be completed that week. But she was also part of a group that was activating for revisions in the university’s “diversity and inclusion action plan.” She felt her activism should take precedence on her schoolwork, so “I remember emailing the professor and begging her to put things off another week.” But the professor denied her request. And… Read More
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