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

As it turns out, liberal democracy is not the highest form of political evolution, in Slovakia as elsewhere, writes Tom Nicholson.24. Apr 2020, at 7:00

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.

Slovakia’s conflicts are insoluble, while there are no adults to own them

Conflict solution is a skill that can be applied to both personal and civilizational problems.3. Feb 2019, at 12:01

Mikuláš Dzurinda
Letter from Canada

Home is where the music makes sense

We may share poverty, but never the songs that make us shiver.17. Jan 2019, at 7:55

Tom Waits

The importance of finding the best in others

How we think of each other is the greatest difference between Slovakia and Canada.7. Jan 2019, at 7:32

Letter from Canada

A different kind of courage

A Slovak in the New World, an outdoorsman with scars to prove it, it was his first love that still made him weep.19. Dec 2018, at 6:50

Vancouver Island

Finding meaning in the Gorila audio

Even though it won’t lead to charges, new evidence will make political choices starker.10. Dec 2018, at 18:00

2012 Gorilla protests
Letter from Canada

Home (for a rest)

Returning from exile is a fine thing, but no one talks about how exhausting it is.17. Nov 2018, at 13:00

Letter from Canada

Signs of life on Day of the Dead

Salmon were once a hundred times more populous on Canada’s Western coast.6. Nov 2018, at 6:32

Illustrative stock photo
Letter from Canada

The Canada I looked forward to no longer exists

There was something in the vet’s bedside manner that evoked in me a longing for the doctor I longed for.29. Oct 2018, at 12:09

The Health Ministry has announced grants to combat the shortage of medical workers.
Letter from Canada

Marijuana is legal and I've got a new roof

Thanks to legalisation, the price of illegally-grown marijuana has tumbled, and my friends had lost their incomes.22. Oct 2018, at 8:02

Letter from Canada

The silo effect

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

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Letter from Canada

Only in Canada

Exaggerated obligingness is one aspect of life here.5. Sep 2018, at 11:30

Illustrative stock photo
Letter from Canada

The benign indifference of the universe to our fate

That is what these forest fires felt like.27. Aug 2018, at 16:08

A wildfire burns near the Nadleh Whut'en First Nation in Fort Fraser, British Columbia, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018.
Letter from Canada


You don’t choose them, but you rarely want to change them.29. Jul 2018, at 14:25

I had very decent neighbours in Svätý Jur, but even there, people responded quizzically to acts of altruism.
Letter from Canada

No thanks for daddy

To the uninitiated, a 10-year-old’s birthday party might seem like a tame way to spend the day. Ha!24. Jul 2018, at 9:45

Northumberland Picnic Chocolate Cake

The better it gets, the worse it gets

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. 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. 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. 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. Jul 2018, at 7:18

Letter from Canada

Signs of danger averted

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

Canada Pacific coast