Werner Patels
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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

(12) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 11:38 AM

Originally published at Prince Arthur Herald

On a recent episode of the original British Dragons' Den, a woman pitching her hair-extension business was asked by a Dragon about the numbers in her balance sheet. To which she replied, "What is a balance sheet?"

This whole pitch...

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Conservatives, Show Us Your Fiscal Prudence!

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 9:26 PM

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 Conservatives have done precisely the opposite of what every self-respecting economist...

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America Should Give Immigrants a 'Canadian' Welcome

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 1:29 AM

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 appearance of our eyes, but this is merely cosmetic. Some of us may even...

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Alberta - Canada's 'Banana Republic'?

(14) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 11:43 AM

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.

To recap: Alberta is facing a major deficit, and even that is being underplayed by the...

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Proportional Representation (PR) For Canada - And Above All Alberta

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 11:33 PM

Oh, Jeff, if you continue to turn out columns like this one on a regular basis, I just might be tempted to download your books onto my tablets or e-readers.

But I digress.

Globe and Mail columnist Jeffrey Simpson's latest column on Alberta's "boom-and-bust" is a winner in...

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Let's Give Wynne a Fighting Chance

(2) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 4:00 PM

Ontario has a new premier, and the hyperpartisans are out in full force (it was a full moon, after all). Less than 24 hours after Kathleen Wynne won the Liberal leadership, Twitter exploded with rants and taunts calling on the PCs and NDP to force an election immediately.

One such...

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Dear CRTC, It's Time to Let the Sun Go Down

(44) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 11:38 AM

Sun News Network is trying to force mandatory carriage on cable systems across the country -- despite objective facts (subscribers, ratings) that show that the channel has been a failure, including with its intended core audience.

I'm writing this with a bit of a heavy heart. As a...

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Your Next Prime Minister Will Probably Be a Liberal

(53) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 4:34 PM

The federal Liberal Party leadership contest now has a ninth candidate: former cabinet minister Martin Cauchon. The more the merrier, I say. At least, this will make the coronation of Justin Trudeau a little less likely.

The news will make every political pundit's heart jump -- this is...

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You Can't Predict Politics, So Here Are My 2013 Wishes

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 4:25 PM

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. As a nation, we're...

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The Liberals Deserve Better Than Justin

(63) Comments | Posted January 4, 2013 | 10:15 AM

If Justin Bieber were a nobody and you'd met him in the street or at a bar, you might be inclined, provided he's your type, to ask him, "Wanna hang out sometime?", or, more awkwardly, "For you, I'd change the alphabet and put U and I next to each other."...

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Alberta - A Wealth of Oil, but No Money

(25) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 5:58 PM

Here and there, some people voice their support for an independent Western Canada, or independent Alberta. But seeing how difficult it will be for Alberta to sell its oil, it makes you wonder how useful, or even realistic, such a scenario is.

The Keystone XL pipeline will probably...

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