An old white man awakes to his privilege – and its power for good

I’ve become much more prone to analyze daily social situations on the grounds of age, ethnicity and gender

An old white man awakes to his privilege – and its power for goodBeing older (I’m 67 and increasingly told this is old), white and male is being pointed out more and more these days. In less than glowing terms. While Donald Trump is arguably the global archetype of the boomer personae I’m describing, the phrase “old white man” is getting more deliberate usage in different parts of…

The rise of anti-male sexism and the corruption of feminism

Feminism today is simply a reversal of anti-female sexism. All males are reduced to a common set of evil characteristics

The rise of anti-male sexism and the corruption of feminismFeminism began as a challenge to male domination and female subordination. It could have become a champion of equality and the dignity of individuals. Unfortunately, contemporary feminism is not a liberation from sexism. It’s true that feminism rejects anti-female sexism. But in place of anti-female sexism, it doesn’t advocate gender-blind standards; it doesn’t advocate treating…

Why would we concern ourselves with a mix of sex, law and religion?

The Supreme Court's TWU decision shows once again that when it comes to Canadian courts, sexual rights trump religious ones

Why would we concern ourselves with a mix of sex, law and religion?Two thousand years ago, two small religious groups fought against the prevailing sexual morality of the Roman Empire. Unlike their neighbours, who were permitted to abuse their wives, have sex with their slaves, keep concubines, patronize brothels, attend orgies and leave their unwanted babies out in the open to die, Jews and Christians behaved differently.…

Denying TWU’s bid for a law school was the right decision

But why were so many provincial law societies silent in the face of clear LGBTQ discrimination?

Denying TWU’s bid for a law school was the right decisionIn a society that prizes the rights and freedoms guaranteed to us by our Constitution, sorting through what to do when rights collide can be challenging. The Supreme Court of Canada recently dealt with that very issue. The Supreme Court protected the dignity of LGBTQ people in Canada and the integrity of the legal profession…

Freedom of religion disappearing in Canada

What we have in its place is a gospel of the secular, as interpreted by unelected judges and a feminist prime minister

Freedom of religion disappearing in CanadaFreedom of religion is guaranteed to all Canadians in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Charter has taken two major blows recently – one from a policy change implemented by the federal government, the second from the Supreme Court of Canada. The first blow came when the government announced that any group wishing to…

Denying TWU’s law school an affront to democracy

The Supreme Court decision reeks of judicial activism and defies liberty and freedom

Denying TWU’s law school an affront to democracyThe Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 7-2 against Trinity Western University’s proposed new law school. The majority opinion believed it was “proportionate and reasonable” for TWU to limit religious rights and values, so that potential LGBT students could have open access to study law on the campus. With all due respect to the highest…

Television’s telling trend to female cops

On fictional program after fictional program, women dominate. Now universities reflect that trend in reality. Will the job market follow?

Television’s telling trend to female copsIn contemporary British and Canadian television programs, women are portrayed as the prominent police officers, with men of colour as their main complements, and white men presented in demeaning ways or absent altogether. Scott and Bailey (British) is both produced and directed by women. It features two white female detectives, both constables at first, then…

Entertainment as diversity propaganda

Television has taken it upon itself to correct social wrongs. But it doesn't fairly represent the mosaic of our society

Entertainment as diversity propagandaTelevision programs not only entertain, they also influence our ideas about society and culture. These messages aren’t meant to solely and accurately reflect social reality – they’re also meant to shape that reality. People and their actions and opinions are presented as if they’re typical and to be emulated. These programs offer a view of…

Balancing Indigenous claims of institutional discrimination

If we go beyond the increasingly shrill voices, we can find stories of compassion and equality

Balancing Indigenous claims of institutional discriminationWe keep hearing about the negative ways that institutions treat Indigenous people. It’s a perception that needs to be challenged. Think of what has been said during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, about the ’60s scoop, and at the trials into the…

#TimesUp supplants #MeToo as a movement of positive action

#TimesUp has already raised more than $20 million, acquired legal support and reached out to help harassment victims

#TimesUp supplants #MeToo as a movement of positive actionIt is not always obvious what policies and practices our political leaders support. In Canada, however, our prime minister has made very clear that the removal of gender discrimination is a major focus that he’s already taken steps to implement. A major component of gender discrimination and one that should have been eliminated long ago…

The double standards of social justice ideology

Allocating and denying benefits on the basis of race undermines the integrity and the autonomy of individuals

The double standards of social justice ideologyWhat would the death of six million people look like in the Canadian population? A loss of that number would be equivalent to the annihilation of every person in Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, London and Halifax. Or the death of every person in British Columbia and Manitoba. For Canadians, such numbers are impossible to imagine.…

When diversity and inclusion result in reverse racism

Let's face it: Universities are no longer educational institutions but political organizations engaged in social engineering

When diversity and inclusion result in reverse racism“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King Jr. History is replete with people being treated according to their category: Muslims enslaved and executed…

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…

Law Society of Ontario’s unprincipled “Statement of Principles”

The Law Society of Ontario is asking divisive, intrusive and shameful questions of its members. It needs to stop

Law Society of Ontario’s unprincipled “Statement of Principles”Lawyers in Ontario (of which I am one) have until March 31 to file our annual reports for 2017 with the law society. This usually routine procedure has become controversial because we’re now required to tick a box declaring whether we abide by a “Statement of Principles” (which we’re required to draft) incorporating an obligation…

The tragedy of Oscar Wilde

The Anglo-Irish playwright, poet and novelist ended up imprisoned, the casualty of his own foolishness

The tragedy of Oscar WildeOnce upon a time, I had an uncomplicated view of capital punishment. I was against it. Period. And a reading of the poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde could reduce me to tears. Even now with a much more nuanced view of the subject, the power of the language still moves me.…
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