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Why the Left Is So Afraid of Jordan Peterson

The Canadian psychology professor’s stardom is evidence that leftism is on the decline—and deeply vulnerable.<p>Two years ago, I walked downstairs and saw one of my teenage sons watching a strange YouTube video on the television.<p>“What is that?” I asked.<p>He turned to me earnestly and explained, “It’s a …

Jordan Peterson

The Two Words That Made Saudi Arabia Furious at Canada

The kingdom, accusing Canadians of interference, expelled their ambassador—and that was just the beginning.<p>The pandemonium started with a tweet, as so many political uproars seem to do these days.<p>“Canada is gravely concerned about additional arrests of civil society and women’s rights activists in …

Human Rights

Microsoft’s politically correct chatbot is even worse than its racist one

Every sibling relationship has its clichés. The high-strung sister, the runaway brother, the over-entitled youngest. In the Microsoft family of social-learning chatbots, the contrasts between Tay, the infamous, sex-crazed neo-Nazi, and her younger sister Zo, your teenage BFF with #friendgoals, are …

Chatbots

What governments spend on refugees is less important than how they spend it

As cities, provinces and Ottawa squabble over who will pick up the tab for the latest influx of refugees, it's worth taking a look at what the bill …

Canada

Georgia state Rep. Jason Spencer to resign in wake of Sacha Baron Cohen pants-dropping debacle

Georgia state Rep. Jason Spencer, who attracted nationwide ridicule after yelling obscenities and dropping his pants on Sacha Baron Cohen’s TV show, has submitted his resignation from the Georgia House of Representatives, the office of the House speaker confirmed to The Washington Post early …

Georgia (U.S. State)

Farmers prefer Trump do trade deals than hand them cash

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Many farmers remain critical of President Donald Trump's tariffs and the damage done to commodity prices and markets but were appreciative Tuesday that he offered to provide some cash to help offset their losses.<p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a $12 billion …

Donald Trump

So Now Trump Wants to Protect Farmers From Trump’s Trade War?

Scrambling to soften the blow of his destructive trade wars, President Trump is offering a $12 billion bailout for farmers facing retaliation from America’s trading partners hurt by his tariffs. It’s a desperation move, and it won’t do much to reverse the damage the administration has inflicted by …

Tariffs

College Board restores 250 years to AP World History course after outcry over plan to cut 9,000 years

Responding to an outcry over proposed changes, the College Board has agreed to restore 250 years to its AP World History course to ensure that students learn how civilizations outside Europe influenced the modern era. The course will start at the year 1200 rather than the previously announced shift …

Black History

Ontario’s sex-ed backlash isn’t about children’s safety

<i>Debra Soh holds a PhD in sexual neuroscience research from York University and writes about the science and politics of sex.</i><p>Last week, Ontario’s Education Minister, Lisa Thompson, announced that the province will revert to a previous version of its sex-education curriculum when students return to …

Why Enrollment Is Shrinking At Many American Colleges

Almost one-quarter of a millennium ago, at the very same time James Watt was inventing the steam engine, the Irish novelist and poet Oliver Goldsmith wrote “The Deserted Village,” a poem despairing the alleged depopulation of rural communities as the Industrial Revolution and urbanization …

College & University

How Trump’s Policy Decisions Undermine the Industries He Pledged to Help

WASHINGTON — “The assault on the American auto industry is over,” President Trump declared last spring in Detroit, promising auto executives that he would throttle back Obama-era regulations on vehicle pollution.<p>The moment embodied one of Mr. Trump’s main political promises — to promote …

U.S. Business Lobby Maps Out States Hardest Hit by Trump Tariffs

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce parsed out the economic impact of tariffs by state, doubling down in its opposition to a central tool of the Trump …

These are the places most vulnerable to U.S. tariffs

As Canada's retaliatory tariffs on billions of dollars worth of American goods come into play, the immediate effect of the escalating trade dispute …

Auto Industry To Trump: Keep Your Tariffs ... Please

President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs on foreign cars made in Asia, Europe, Canada and Mexico are not only counter-productive to the U.S. economy, but are a ridiculous slap in the face to companies like Toyota, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Hyundai and Volkswagen that have made enormous …

‘This would widen the trade war tenfold’: U.S. automakers say no to Trump’s car tariffs

America’s carmakers are wary as they watch what’s happening to other companies caught in Trump’s trade war.<p>President Donald Trump says he wants to save the U.S. auto industry by slapping tariffs as high as 25 percent on foreign-made cars, but there’s a problem: Automakers don’t want his help.<p>The …

Why China Can’t Fix Its Housing Bubble

Real estate is the driver of the Chinese economy. By some estimates, it accounts (directly and indirectly) for as much as 30 percent of gross domestic product. Keeping housing prices buoyant and development robust is thus an overriding imperative for China — one that is distorting policymaking and …

Real Estate

Beyond Trump’s separation of migrant families lies a real border crisis that is proving bigger than the presidency

Did President Trump manufacture a border crisis where none existed?<p>That’s the argument his critics have made over the past week in the wake of an international uproar over the Trump administration’s now-reversed decision to separate immigrant families. The rate of illegal border crossings remains …

Immigration

‘This is a warning’: Jordan Peterson launches $1.5M defamation lawsuit against Wilfrid Laurier University

University of Toronto Professor Jordan Peterson has launched a $1.5-million defamation suit against Wilfrid Laurier University, two of its professors …

Harvard's Impossible Personality Test

New revelations from a lawsuit against the university capture the difficulty of comparing thousands upon thousands of talented teenagers.<p>Every year, Harvard’s admissions officers are charged with whittling a batch of 40,000 applicants down to a bare-bones selection to fill the institution’s roughly …

College & University

How the dairy industry complicates the quest for better butter

Four years ago, I had a butter epiphany.<p>My family was planning a trip to France and before we left, a foodie friend told me that I had to try French …

College Admission Is Not a Personality Contest. Or Is It?

Documents showing that Harvard rated Asian-American applicants lower on personality traits than applicants of other races raise questions about how college admissions officers evaluate intangible criteria. What constitutes “likability” or “courage?” How do they know someone is “widely …

Embattled EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Faces Anger In Farm Country Over Policy

With a litany of alleged ethics controversies swirling at home, embattled Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt took the show on the road this week, meeting with farmers in a handful of Midwestern states to talk about his policy agenda.<p>While Thursday evening's meeting in Lincoln, Neb., …

Chinese Tariffs Are Already Hitting Trump Voters

In Iowa, where farmers raise 40 million to 50 million pigs annually, President Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum from Mexico have already cost producers $560 million, according to an Iowa State University economist. How can that be, you ask. Mexico has threatened countervailing tariffs that …

One map shows why Trump's trade fight with Canada could end in disaster

President Donald Trump's fight with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau not only threatens to unravel the US's relationship with one of its oldest international partners — it could also significantly damage the US economy.<p>Following the G7 summit in Quebec, Canada, over the weekend, Trump and …

Canada

Trump is a bully who thought Canada was weak. He was wrong about us | Jen Gerson

Trump may be a polarizing figure in the US, but he is turning out to be a great unifier of Canadians<p>It was, by all accounts, a tense conversation over trade and the economy. The US president called the Canadian prime minister an “asshole”. When the prime minister learned of it, he responded: “I’ve …

Donald Trump

Meet the guys who tape Trump's papers back together

The president's unofficial 'filing system' involves tearing up documents into pieces, even when they're supposed to be preserved.<p>Solomon Lartey spent the first five months of the Trump administration working in the Old Executive Office Building, standing over a desk with scraps of paper spread out …

Donald Trump

Debacle in Quebec

For all their pomp, most multilateral summit meetings are boring and of little consequence. I once spoke to a State Department official who had a role in putting these meetings together; he described his job as “policing the nuances,” which gives you an idea about how much is normally at …

One party is dreading marijuana legalization: the Marijuana party

'What they're doing is nothing like anything we campaigned for' Blair Longley<p>When Blair Longley considers Canada’s looming plans to reform its marijuana laws, it is with a degree of trepidation.<p>He is not among those who worry about the impact of drugged driving or the risks for mental health, …

'I deliver to your house': pot dealers on why legalization won't kill the black market

It’s a case of My Guy versus The Man: who will you buy your pot from? As legalization looms, governments across Canada are angling for a generous slice of what was a $5.7bn marijuana business in 2017. The rules vary across the country – some provinces will permit licensed private retailers; others …

Cannabis

G7 Summit Off to a Great Start as Trump Accuses Canada of Burning Down the White House

That’ll help already-strained relations!<p>Last week, in all his infinite wisdom, <b>Donald Trump</b> decided to alienate the U.S.’s most important allies more than he already has by slapping steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, Mexico, and the European Union on dubious “national security” grounds. As …

Donald Trump