Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

LETTER FROM CANADA

What is one life worth?

Have Canadians, insulated from the cruelty of life elsewhere, become too sentimental? Or have Slovaks been made callous to the fate of others by decades of cynical misrule?

Bratislava For Decent Slovakia protest March 16, 2018. (Source: Braňo Lengyel & Nina Nováková)

Moving from Slovakia to Canada can be profoundly disorienting. It’s more than the sudden sense of human space (4 people per square kilometer here compared to 113 in Slovakia); the sea and the immense dark woods; the fact that police patrol the streets rather than ambushing drivers at hidden stops; or that in Canada you can visit one office to get a driver’s license, public health insurance or unemployment benefits, quickly and pleasantly, rather than pry these services from disgruntled clerks at multiple government offices.

No, it’s more than the greater freedom and convenience of life. It’s that life here seems comparatively uneventful, even – sometimes – a little boring.

Take the example of Teddy.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

Annual
subscription

29 €
Buy
You save 17.80 € compared with monthly subsription
Quarterly
subscription
9.90 €
Buy
You save 1.80 € compared with monthly subsription
Monthly
subscription
0.98 €
Buy
Price is only for new subscribers for their first month. All other months are standard price of 3.90€

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Top stories

The Nordic walker with the best technique in the world is Slovak Photo

For Lucia Okoličányová, Nordic walking has become her love of life and philosophy

Lucia Okoličányová

Pro-EU voters vote for anti-EU governments

This phenomenon is no longer limited to Central Europe.

Hungarian and foreign students took to the streets of Budapest to support CEU.

Planes will steal the sky above Dubová

Visitors should expect a colourful programme full of acrobatic demonstrations and tourist flights at the airport in Dubová, close to Bratislava.

Sulík: Kiska's party would only further break the centre right

Fico's star is falling and he could still save himself now for another election term, says opposition SaS leader Richard Sulík about who would benefit from early elections.

Richard Sulik