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Tom Kott

Tom Kott is the CEO of the Prince Arthur Herald
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Why We Should Bring Back Dominion Day

Of course, Canadians should be proud of our history as a tolerant, multicultural nation. But this comes without the need to destroy the symbols that brought us to this proud point. Rather, we need to see ourselves as dwarfs on the shoulders of giants. For this reason, Dominion Day should be brought back.
07/01/2014 07:51 EDT

Five Reasons You Need to Fear the PQ

They want to control what you wear. Yes, I'm talking about the Quebec Charter of Values. It will allow the state to tell you what you can and cannot wear as well as what you can and cannot say. As one Prince Arthur Herald editorial also described, it won't only affect people who are religious.
03/07/2014 04:10 EST
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Ridgeway: Canada's First Modern Military Battle

On June 1st 1866, a determined group of Civil War veterans boarded barges from Buffalo, crossed the Niagara River, and invaded Canada. The battle was small, as it lasted two days, and only saw 15 battleground deaths. It was plagued by inexperience, misunderstandings, screw ups, and failure on the Canadians' parts. But it shaped our nation.
07/03/2013 12:22 EDT
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The Senate Scandal Will Be Harper's Downfall

Stephen Harper is starting to feel the heat. Rather than just being a Senate problem, the Mike Duffy scandal has for the first time directly involved the Prime Minister's Office and threatens to ruin any credibility the PM has left on being accountable.
05/27/2013 12:20 EDT
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If Trudeau Doesn't Attack, He'll Lose

Trudeau needs to attack Harper's strongest point: the economy. While he has been doing that in the House of Commons, only avid politicos will be aware of it. He needs to bring those criticism on a larger scale and reach more Canadians via advertisements.
05/22/2013 05:42 EDT
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Is Justin Trudeau A Conservative?

Trudeau is trying to find a new niche for the Liberal Party. A preliminary look indicated that he is trying to take the Conservative party's old right-of-centre spot on the ideological spectrum. With fewer differences between the two parties, Trudeau's youth and vitality may come as an asset in 2015 when Canadians go to the polls.
04/30/2013 01:08 EDT
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It's Time for Quebec to Sign the Constitution

Despite all the problems, it's about time Quebec signed the Constitution. Quebeckers in the early '90s were tired of the constitutional discussion, and clearly expressed their opposition to it at the ballot box. Yet two decades have passed and a new generation of leaders have entered the political discussion.
03/22/2013 05:31 EDT
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In Canada, Speaking Your Mind is a Crime

The utilitarian belief that individual rights to speak freely are somehow less important than the right of others to not be offended is ludicrous in so many ways. For the top court of the country to support it brings many questions of its legitimacy and effectiveness in protecting the fundamental freedoms that we supposedly enjoy.
03/08/2013 12:37 EST
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Objecting to "Pasta" Is How the OQLF Makes Profit

The Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) has put itself on an inevitable journey to self-destruction in the last two weeks. "Pastagate" started when a Montreal-Italian restaurant was told that the term pasta violated the Quebec Charter of the French Language as it was not a proper French term. The fewer, legitimate claims of language violations the OQLF receives, the more they have to pursue weak cases and go digging through restaurant menus. The OQLF must investigate the most absurd cases they receive if they want to keep getting their yearly $19 million budget and keep their 248 jobs. Creating new divisions among Quebecers is a profitable business for them.
02/26/2013 12:21 EST
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North Korea: The World's Ticking Time Bomb

When his father, Kim Jong-Il, died in December 2011, there were speculations that his young successor would have an interest in modernizing and bringing capitalism to the impoverished nation. North Korea announced they would continue with plans for a third nuclear test and test rockets capable of reaching the United States. It may be argued that Kim Jong-un is more dangerous to the world than his father had ever been.
02/12/2013 11:11 EST

Think Canada Allows Freedom of Speech? Think Again

This societal need to prosecute potty mouths and anything deemed offensive has become a popular trend in Canada. Most recently this has been transcended into anti-bullying laws introduced in legislatures all over the country.We have to be careful about legislating offensiveness. We cannot allow the government to decide what subjective comments are acceptable and which should land you in prison. Britain is taking steps to restore absolute freedom of speech, so should Canada.
12/19/2012 11:45 EST

A Call For Moderation On Language Issues

As the FLQ was a product of the Quiet Revolution, recent attacks seemed to have been sparked by the Parti Québécois' electoral victory on September 4, 2012. Anglophones must now constantly worry about full Nelsons and biological attacks wherever they go, whether it's on the metro or in a hospital, or wherever else the next attack might take place.
11/02/2012 12:06 EDT
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When Did Canadians Stop Believing in Discussion?

A considerable number of attacks on freedom of speech and freedom of thought suggest that we are a much weaker country than we believe ourselves to be. We no longer value diversity but prefer assimilation. If you disagree with the consensus, you will suffer the wrath of the despotic majority.
10/30/2012 01:33 EDT