The Mother’s Day question that one columnist did not shrink to ask

The western world-- or much of it, anyway-- celebrated Mother's Day last weekend with the customary and much deserved paeans to mothers and motherhood and how much we are all indebted to them and how deeply we cherish the woman who served in this role on our behalf. Mother's Day is observed in about 40 countries, not always on the same Sunday.

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Masculinity: the new target for the creators of our new society

One non-discussed implication of the mass murder of 10 people and the injuring of 15 more on Toronto's busy Yonge Street last week is that gun control won't stop random mass slaughters. You don't need an AK47 to do the job. You can do it with almost any motor vehicle. Vans and panel trucks are particularly suitable: they fit so nicely on crowded sidewalks.

The unmentioned implication of the Yonge Street slaughter

One non-discussed implication of the mass murder of 10 people and the injuring of 15 more on Toronto's busy Yonge Street last week is that gun control won't stop random mass slaughters. You don't need an AK47 to do the job. You can do it with almost any motor vehicle. Vans and panel trucks are particularly suitable: they fit so nicely on crowded sidewalks.

Why did the Humboldt hockey bus crash become a national tragedy?

The death last week of 14 members of a Humboldt, Saskatchewan Junior hockey team in a bus-truck highway collision struck the entire country with unusual force. Memorials echoed in all ten provinces with flags flying at half mast in many, with shock and a note of seeming despair on open line shows. Nationwide, there came commiserations and pity of undeniable sincerity for all involved. This went on for the whole of the following week. But why, exactly? If it had been, say, 14 dead in an airplane crash, would the effect have been that pronounced and that prolonged? I don't think so. It seemed there was something special about this. What was it?

The sudden silence of Alberta’s controversial Education minister

When an outspoken politician suddenly falls silent, be assured that somebody has got to him with an unpleasant message: "Please do us all a favour, and try to keep your big mouth shut for a change." Something less lucid than that, probably, but the meaning got through. The particular politician I have in mind has become well known to many in the Canadian province where I live, Alberta. He is David Eggen, our minister of Education. Within a week or so he will have completed an entire session of the Legislature without enraging anybody.

The Social Media represent Canada’s biggest ever venture in democracy

Throughout what's coming to be a very long lifetime. much of it spent covering and watching politics, I think the strangest and most improbable thing I've ever seen is the phenomenon known as the "social media." It's strange because it represents an endeavour in what can accurately be described as "pure democracy." It's improbable because officialdom to date has not found a way of suppressing it, or even touching it.

Can Alberta heal the deadly malady that threatens all conservatism?

The most irksome problem facing the conservative movement in both United States and Canada is the conflict between what are often referred to as the “Fiscal Conservatives” and the “Social Conservatives.” It is at present particularly acute in my own province of Alberta where the controversy has split the political Right severely enough to break it in two, resulting in the unthinkable phenomenon of a socialist government in a terrain renowned for its conservative traditions.

How come all the MeToo complainants are female? Where are the men?

"When a girl goes out on her first date." my wife once remarked, "she has two concerns. First, that the boy might become sexually aggressive, because that could mean there was something wrong with him. Second, that the boy might not become sexually aggressive, because that could mean there was something wrong with her." Even in our day, that is, sex posed problems. But you'd have to look pretty hard through all of history to find anything to equate with what's going on today. For we have reached the era of the "#MeToo" movement in which, as usual, the quest for freedom has led to bondage, and the people in bonds are all women.

Is a massive youth exodus from the church really occurring?

The continuing attempt of Alberta's minister of education to force the province's Catholic schools to stop teaching Christian morality in their sex-ed courses and teach the government's version of morality instead makes immediately relevant what appears below. It is a chapter from a book I am currently writing. It's on the rooted determination of bureaucracies to silence any Christian voice in the shaping of education policy, and how they co-opted an unwitting media to help them do it. It goes a long way back, but it is certainly working. We are losing young people from the faith in frightening numbers, not in the universities, but in the high schools.

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