Novel Thomas

About the Author Novel Thomas

Novel is a well-respected columnist and a foundation member of the CONTACT team. He graduated from Concordia University’s English department. His writing is insightful and thought-provoking.

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THE CHERRY-GRAPES FLAVOUR HAS SOURED

No More Flashy Saturday Night Outfits on CBC – For Now I am no hockey fanatic by any stretch; but there was a time when I did watch hockey – a lot, but never played the game. In my younger years I looked forward to weekends, especially Saturday night. It meant tuning in to CBC television for Hockey Night In Canada; a bunch of us (old school friends) regularly got together to enjoy games featuring les Canadiens de Montreal while chomping on pizza and guzzling some brand of beer. It was a nice time to be a hockey fan back …

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The politicking is done, so how do we figure?

POLTICS AND RACENovel THOMAS There’s always a certain sense of excitement at election time as people—at least those with an interest in the recurring political exercise—contract the political fever. So after the recent 40-day heated political exercise… or campaign of promises amounting to billions of dollars by the primary party leaders, which in the end was capped off with the re-election of Justin Trudeau to a second term as Prime Minister, everything is back to a semblance of normalcy. But that’s passé. The question now is how did we do in the recent political exercise, whomever we individually or collectively …

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Political Values For Sale?

SPECIOUS OR REAL Every time I hear that word “values” I immediately think money$, a commodity, something… anything of value that can easily be translated/or converted into money. But in the word has taken on a different connotation, it has been politicized, has gradually wormed its way into socio-political discourse and narratives… Not necessarily a good thing, as certain people, especially politicians, have essentially appropriated the term and are using it as a weapon against in the voices of reason. And it’s especially evident in this era of people movement across the globe, with finding themselves in countries where learning …

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The Politics of Immigration

Whenever the subject of immigration is brought into the political arena and discourse, a whirlwind of discussion (not always civil, and in fact always contentious) is inevitable. Only because throughout the course of this national election there will be heated moments as people discuss the merits of immigration, as they state and stake their positions, standing their ground as it were. And so it will be and continue to be as this 2019 federal election cycle plays out. Still a particularly hot topic across Western Europe, with record numbers of emigrants risking their lives, crashing land borders, or washing up …

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Must be ELECTION TIME

The political stallions are off and running… With Canadians inoculated, the national election campaign is on. And leaders of the respective federal political parties are crisscrossing the country, trying to convince the populace that their party’s political goods, otherwise known as promises, are the best remedy for their individual and collective ailments. So a little over a month from now we will know which leader was most effective in communicating the party’s message to the people, and thus the right to take the country forward into the next decade. Based on the ongoing election conversation, money matters and the environment …

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COLONIALISM’S IMPACT AND ENDURING LEGACY

When Europeans set out across the world centuries ago under the auspices of kings, queens and governments and flags, they never foresaw centuries of post-colonials’ discontent.Novel THOMAS I have never had a modicum of interest in Maxime Bernier’s PEOPLES PARTY OF CANADA (PPC) and its political agenda—whatever the disgruntled former Conservative Member of Parliament in the Stephen Harper government has been selling Canadians since he decided to breakaway from the Conservatives to start his own political party and one imagines version of conservatism. On reflection I’ve come to the conclusion that Harper’s version of “Old Stock” [Canadian] Conservatism wasn’t radical …

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Continuing… […] The charismatic political cultist continues to star in his presidential reality show uninterrupted, south of the border. Nothing the so-called “most powerful” man in the world does or speaks that transgresses American political and social norms (deemed offensive, inappropriate, ‘un-presidential’ and sanctionable behaviour, by his political adversaries and others in the wider public who are staunchly opposed to him and his divisive contentious ‘agenda’) seems to stymie him” So the ‘show’ continues – commercial-free, with a highlight moment almost each day – forcing some people to wonder: what will he do next, as he goes about his merry …

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THE J.J-D.T EFFECT

Creating two socio-religious-political Frankensteins, with apologies to Mary Shelley One is described as a [pseudo] “civil rights preacher, faith healer, and cult leader (of the Peoples Temple).” In 1978, the charismatic cult leader “conspired with his inner circle to direct a mass suicide of [his] followers,” inducing them to consume ‘cyanide-laced’ fruit punch… at his jungle commune in Jonestown, Guyana. The other, a veritable political cult leader, among myriad descriptions and personal characteristics, is a real estate tycoon, (“filthy lucre” –type) multi-billionaire, former television celebrity cum novice politician (by happenstance), and, more shockingly, is now President of the United States. …

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IT’S A MOOT POINT

Watching that ongoing discussion on U.S. television networks with hopes of finally hearing some earth-shattering news about the man occupying the White House is a virtual waste of time. He’s unfazed. But is he racist? For years I heard of him and read about him and his [financial] exploits, especially about his wealth accrued from major real estate holdings around the world, but especially in New York City and other parts of the U.S. But something about the real estate magnate, his wealth, his arrogance, over-the-top ego, pompousness, bombast, and other questionable human traits never resonated with me. Not the …

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IS UNION NOW UNITED?

Novel Thomas Sunday, July 7: A double celebration at church Last week Thursday 4, “she who must be obeyed” as a former local radio personality used to fondly describe his better half, announced in passing: “I’m going to church on Sunday.” Actually, she was in another room when she made the statement, but it was within earshot, probably a heads-up to me; there was no one else around to hear. I immediately thought I really don’t feel like church on Sunday, and began thinking of a few things on the home front that I could do while “She” was worshipping… …

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