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Clamp down on Pornhub

By Interim Staff After a New York Times column by Nicholas Kristof appeared early last month, there was tremendous pressure on one of the world’s largest websites to finally take down videos featuring “child rape, revenge pornography, spy cam videos of women showering,” and other illegal or otherwise concerning material. Pornhub, owned by Montreal-based MindGeek, has long been criticized for profiting from [...]

2021-01-13T23:31:39-06:00January 13, 2021|Society & Culture|

The real death toll

Interim writer, John Carpay, Law Matters By John Carpay Editor's Note: The statistics in this column were accurate when the print edition went to press on Dec. 20, 2020. A friend wrote me recently, stating “There are times when personal freedom has to be limited for the greater good. I was a small child in World War II, but well [...]

2021-01-15T14:13:01-06:00January 7, 2021|John Carpay, Society & Culture|

Class dismissed

Interim writer, Rick McGinnis, Amusements By Rick McGinnis The recent Netflix adaptation of J.D. Vance’s 2016 memoir Hillbilly Elegy begins with a flashback – a vignette of working-class life that resonated with me, perhaps more than with most viewers. We begin with a montage where the camera glances over scenes of life in ramshackle rural Kentucky, the “hill country” where [...]

2021-01-08T14:17:52-06:00January 6, 2021|Rick McGinnis, Society & Culture|

How worried should we be over The Great Reset

Paul Tuns Commentary There is a cynical saying in politics about never letting a serious crisis go to waste. The idea is simple enough: to use an unusual situation as a pretense to implement an agenda that might otherwise prove unpopular. The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns imposed by governments have presented an opportunity to some to ensure we do not return [...]

2021-01-07T20:34:05-06:00December 30, 2020|Society & Culture|

A Greater Reset

Canada—like the rest of the world—is in the grip of a dangerous epidemic. This sickness is transferred from person to person, and often travels on the spoken word. Yet, unlike COVID-19, its reach is more pervasive and its effects more pernicious. This plague can propagate through modern modes of mass communication, a spiritual contagion which combines a “viral” ability to spread with [...]

2020-12-30T22:06:21-06:00December 30, 2020|Society & Culture|

University of Manitoba expels med student over pro-life comments

Michael Haynes Special to The Interim A Christian medical student in Manitoba has been expelled from university for expressing anti-abortion views on Facebook. Rafael Zaki is a Coptic Christian, who left Egypt along with his parents, in order to be able to practise their religion freely. His parents are both successful in medical careers, The Post Millennial (TPM) reports, and as Zaki [...]

2020-12-26T13:57:33-06:00December 26, 2020|Pro-Life, Society & Culture|

Books for Christmas

The Interim invited a number of pro-life leaders and contributors to the paper to suggest a book or two that would make a great Christmas gift.  Joe Campbell When, as a student, I told an aging priest that I had never read anything by G.K. Chesterton, he declared, “If I had tears, I would cry for you.” I was so impressed by [...]

2020-12-15T12:56:07-06:00December 10, 2020|Paul Tuns, Society & Culture|

In praise of charter schools book review

By Oswald Clark Charter Schools and Their Enemies by Thomas Sowell (Basic Books, $28, 276 pages) The economist and erstwhile columnist Thomas Sowell is a national treasure. He wrote a regular column for 25 years and wrote more than three dozen books. He is what National Review’s Kevin Williamson calls “that rarest of things among serious academics: plainspoken.” His books have tackled [...]

2020-12-15T12:58:11-06:00December 10, 2020|Society & Culture|

Christmas-themed comics to distract from COVID this season

By Michael Taube Family gatherings will undoubtedly be smaller and more intimate this year. We’ll have to regularly wash our hands, and maintain proper amounts of social and physical distancing, for health and safety purposes. This will make it more challenging to eat together at the dining room table, trim the tree, sing carols in the crisp night air, and open beautifully [...]

2020-12-10T18:49:18-06:00December 10, 2020|Society & Culture|

Keep porn out of kid’s gaze

In September, Senator Julie Miville-Dechêne (Independent Senators Group) introduced her private member’s bill, S-203, An Act to restrict young persons’ online access to sexually explicit materials. If passed, the bill would require commercial pornography websites to verify their consumers are adults to access their content. While there is little public appetite to tackle pornography despite its often degrading and dehumanizing depiction of women [...]

2020-12-15T13:00:27-06:00December 10, 2020|Society & Culture|

Demography and destiny

Low fertility rates, not over-population, present challenge “Demography is destiny,” the French sociologist Auguste Comte reportedly said. Population trends – fertility rates, infant survival, ageing, and other facts that are literally about life and death – greatly influence the economy, politics, culture, and world affairs. Demography may not be destiny, but it is nonetheless a powerful force and one that often seems [...]

Instagram, the ignored social media platform

Interim writer, Rick McGinnis, Amusements By Rick McGinnis The term “social media” wasn’t in widespread use over 10 years ago, when I started writing this column. Back then we still worried about television and the general amount of “screen time” our children were spending on increasingly smaller and less expensive devices. Re-reading my old columns, like almost every exercise in [...]

Canada’s China-like Cultural Revolution?

By Rick McGinnis While our collective anxiety was being ramped up amidst stories of plague and rioting, 2020 reached deep into its awful cornucopia this summer with a reprise of cancel culture. That apparently ceaseless turkey shoot, insuring that anyone employed in politics, the arts, academia, journalism and science – so far agriculture, fisheries and forestry seem immune, but the year isn’t [...]

2020-12-06T15:57:33-06:00October 18, 2020|Rick McGinnis, Society & Culture|

Will the truth set us free?

The lockdowns have now become a permanent violation of our Charter Rights and Freedom to move, travel, assemble, associate, and worship. Governments are showing no intentions of removing restrictions, even as COVID-19 deaths slow to a trickle, and are now proven to be a small fraction of the dire predictions made by politicians in March. Masks have become mandatory for children to attend [...]

2020-12-06T15:59:44-06:00October 9, 2020|Announcements, John Carpay, Society & Culture|

The real We scandal: its support for abortion

The summer political news cycle was dominated a scandal that saw the Federal Liberals give money to the We Charity, which had paid speaking fees to members of the Trudeau family and provided travel to the family of then-finance minister Bill Morneau. In the Spring, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $900-million in new funding for students who could not find summer work [...]

2020-12-06T16:43:30-06:00August 31, 2020|Abortion, Issues, Society & Culture, Youth Activism|
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