Tom Nicholson

Tom Nicholson

About author

Tom Nicholson has been with The Slovak Spectator since 1997. He was appointed editor-in-chief in 1998, and publisher in 2001. After taking a leave from the paper from 2002 to 2004, he rejoined it as publisher and as editor of the SPEX magazine. In March 2007 he left the Spectator to lead an investigative program at the SME daily paper. He continues to cooperate with the Spectator. He holds a master’s degree in history from Queen’s University in Canada, and has worked for the Whig Standard and National Post dailies in that country.

List of authors articles

Spectator Anniversary

The virtue of knowing too little

After his time with the Spectator, Tom Nicholson went on to write for the Trend weekly and the Sme daily and became one of Slovakia's most respected investigative reporters before he returned to Canada in 2018.
As it turns out, liberal democracy is not the highest form of political evolution, in Slovakia as elsewhere, writes Tom Nicholson. 24. apr24. Apr 2020, at 7:00
Mikuláš Dzurinda
Conflict solution is a skill that can be applied to both personal and civilizational problems. 3. feb3. Feb 2019, at 12:01
Tom Waits
We may share poverty, but never the songs that make us shiver. 17. jan17. Jan 2019, at 7:55
How we think of each other is the greatest difference between Slovakia and Canada. 7. jan7. Jan 2019, at 7:32
Letter from Canada

A different kind of courage

Vancouver Island
A Slovak in the New World, an outdoorsman with scars to prove it, it was his first love that still made him weep. 19. dec19. Dec 2018, at 6:50
2012 Gorilla protests
Even though it won’t lead to charges, new evidence will make political choices starker. 10. dec10. Dec 2018, at 18:00
Letter from Canada

Home (for a rest)

Returning from exile is a fine thing, but no one talks about how exhausting it is. 17. nov17. Nov 2018, at 13:00
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Salmon were once a hundred times more populous on Canada’s Western coast. 6. nov6. Nov 2018, at 6:32
The Health Ministry has announced grants to combat the shortage of medical workers.
There was something in the vet’s bedside manner that evoked in me a longing for the doctor I longed for. 29. okt29. Oct 2018, at 12:09
Thanks to legalisation, the price of illegally-grown marijuana has tumbled, and my friends had lost their incomes. 22. okt22. Oct 2018, at 8:02
Letter from Canada

The silo effect

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There is still diversity in the folly on display on Facebook, even among ‘friends’ who aren’t overtly racist, crude or stupid. 16. okt16. Oct 2018, at 8:15
Letter from Canada

Only in Canada

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Exaggerated obligingness is one aspect of life here. 5. sep5. Sep 2018, at 11:30
A wildfire burns near the Nadleh Whut'en First Nation in Fort Fraser, British Columbia, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018.
That is what these forest fires felt like. 27. aug27. Aug 2018, at 16:08
Letter from Canada


I had very decent neighbours in Svätý Jur, but even there, people responded quizzically to acts of altruism.
You don’t choose them, but you rarely want to change them. 29. júl29. Jul 2018, at 14:25
Letter from Canada

No thanks for daddy

Northumberland Picnic Chocolate Cake
To the uninitiated, a 10-year-old’s birthday party might seem like a tame way to spend the day. Ha! 24. júl24. Jul 2018, at 9:45
In countries like Slovakia, we are in danger of ignoring real progress because we are enraged by the flaws that remain, and altering our standards as time goes by. 19. júl19. Jul 2018, at 13:30
Letter from Canada

Begin afresh

I’m not sure if there is a typical Canadian way to get married. 16. júl16. Jul 2018, at 13:27
Letter from Canada

The sweet sadness of emigration

The heart wants what it wants, but is oblivious to the pain that comes with getting it. 10. júl10. Jul 2018, at 8:13
Letter from Canada

Happy boring birthday, Canada

It turns out that drama and struggle are not essential to the good life. 2. júl2. Jul 2018, at 7:18
Letter from Canada

Signs of danger averted

Canada Pacific coast
The world has never been this safe, and may never be again. 20. jún20. Jun 2018, at 12:40