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Werner Patels

Translator, thinker and transposer of words, ideas and content & proud cosmopolitan Canadian

Werner Patels is a columnist for the Prince Arthur Herald. He is also a translator, interpreter, writer and international communications consultant in Toronto. In business since 1987, he has studied translation and languages (English, German, Spanish, French, Japanese, etc.) as well as political science and holds a Master's degree. He has lived and worked in Europe and Canada.
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Sun News Network Shows Its Hypocrisy

Anything that has a market should be allowed to remain in business. But that's the problem: Sun News doesn't have a market even though, contrary to the misinformation peddled by the broadcaster, it is literally available to any Canadian who's willing to subscribe to a cable or satellite service that carries the channel
05/08/2013 12:13 EDT

Conservatives, Show Us Your Fiscal Prudence!

First published at The Prince Arthur Herald Jeffrey Simpson is absolutely correct (and so is Bruce Stewart) when he observes that the most recent budget is a complete disaster. Again, as before, the C...
03/27/2013 04:46 EDT

America Should Give Immigrants a 'Canadian' Welcome

There are some things we'd like to change about ourselves, but they can't be changed. We can dye our hair, but it doesn't change our original hair colour. We can wear contact lenses to change the appe...
03/21/2013 02:46 EDT

Alberta - Canada's 'Banana Republic'?

Canadians are taking in the daily news stories out of Alberta and are seriously beginning to wonder whether the country's once-richest province is on its way to becoming a banana republic within the Confederation.
02/28/2013 01:28 EST

Let's Give Wynne a Fighting Chance

No matter what Wynne's predecessor, Dalton McGuinty, did, it is simply ridiculous to assume that she would automatically continue on as a McGuinty clone or robot. Parties are parties, but they change depending on the people leading them. That Wynne leans to the left is well-known, but she might still surprise Ontarians.
01/28/2013 05:10 EST
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Dear CRTC, It's Time to Let the Sun Go Down

As a supporter of diversity in (news) media, and sometime collaborator with Sun News Network, it pains me to write this, but I don't think that the CRTC should give in to this application for mandatory carriage. If it wants to have a shot at greater viewership, Sun News will have to look closely at what it means to be conservative in Canada, and then adapt its style accordingly.
01/24/2013 12:13 EST
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You Can't Predict Politics, So Here Are My 2013 Wishes

Choosing six out of 49 numbers that will turn you into a millionaire is an easier task than predicting the political events and outcomes of 2013. I have therefore decided to list my wishes for the New Year instead. We need clear priorities across the country.
01/08/2013 05:12 EST
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The Liberals Deserve Better Than Justin

Justin Trudeau is a leadership hopeful who can't figure out what he wants to stand for. Gun registry? Yes and No. Support Quebec separatists? Yes and No. Albertans good people? Yes and No. Doesn't the Liberal Party deserve better? Shouldn't the race be more than baton-twirling and swimsuit competitions?
01/04/2013 12:15 EST
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Alberta - A Wealth of Oil, but No Money

It's not Ottawa or Ontario that stands in the way of Alberta's success, nor will the rants of Thomas Mulcair or Justin Trudeau have any noticeable impact on the well-being of Albertans. An independent Alberta would face the same problems as now, and even worse, because British Columbia next door would be even less inclined to open its territory to a pipeline from the "Republic of Alberta".
01/02/2013 02:16 EST