DIPLOMATICA

The Pacific Alliance should be a win for Canada

The Pacific Alliance should be a win for Canada

It has been called the most ambitious trade initiative since NAFTA. When the Pacific Alliance was launched, two years ago, the four member countries already enjoyed free-trade agreements among themselves. So, naturally, some questioned the objective of the Alliance. The Pacific Alliance is the agreement between Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru to modernise and further […]

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Shipping help inside a tourist’s suitcase

Shipping help inside a tourist’s suitcase

When an Ottawa couple lost their 11-year-old daughter to a condition she’d had her whole life, they were understandably devastated. But it gave them some small solace — a bit of hope that her memory would be honoured — when they were able to donate the girl’s two wheelchairs to worthy recipients two worlds away. […]

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Armenia and Canada: A trading work in progress

Armenia and Canada: A trading work in progress

Further enhancing trade with Canada has been on my radar since the first day I arrived in Canada. In my previous capacity, as director of the Americas at Armenia’s foreign ministry, I was aware of our economic realities, mainly that there was established mining co-operation between our countries and that all other aspects of trade […]

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Philippines and Canada: Future trading partners with similar values

Philippines and Canada: Future trading partners with similar values

The Philippines is on a definitive reform path. The social contract of President Benigno S. Aquino III with the Filipino people compels the government to embark upon a transformative economic and political mission. That contract revolves around five action areas: Good governance, poverty alleviation, sustained economic growth, justice and human rights and environmental protection, climate-change […]

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DISPATCHES

Iran’s other side: the South Caucasus

Iran’s other side: the South Caucasus

The recent loosening of anti-nuclear economic sanctions against Iran will change its role along its northern frontier, which faces the South Caucasus, the Caspian Sea and Turkmenistan. Iran will be able to sell more oil, and the ensuing revenues, linked with new means of transportation, will allow it to throw its weight around, to bring […]

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Poland’s amazing accession

Poland’s amazing accession

The past 25 years of regained independence after the fall of communism were the most successful in the last 400 years of Poland’s history. To a large extent, that’s thanks to entering into the EU. This is why 2014 will be a special year for my country. It is an opportunity to celebrate the anniversary […]

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An historic EU enlargement

An historic EU enlargement

When 10 Central and Eastern European countries joined the European Union on May 1, 2004, enlarging the union from 15 to 25 member states, a new chapter in Europe’s history books was written with the new members claiming their rightful place within the European family. It was an historic development and the most ambitious initiative […]

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EU Enlargement: Ten years later

EU Enlargement: Ten years later

In May 2004, the EU embarked on its largest expansion, with the admission of 10 new member states, eight of them previously part of the Soviet bloc. In a Brussels speech two years earlier, European Commission president Romano Prodi predicted this move would be “one of the most successful and impressive political transformations of the […]

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DELIGHTS

Enchanting India: sights, smells and tastes to entice 

Enchanting India: sights, smells and tastes to entice 

Exotic, extravagant, elegant, eclectic: India offers different aspects of her personality to travellers. Only there can you go on a camel safari in the hot, mesmerising deserts of Rajasthan, heli-ski in the Himalayas, raft down the mighty Ganges and trek in pristine Garhwal Himalayas, all in the same month. There are 89 national parks, 13 […]

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Envoy’s Album – Summer 2014

Envoy’s Album – Summer 2014

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Off program: A summer ode to hops

Off program: A summer ode to hops

Beer is the world’s most consumed alcoholic beverage. It is so prevalent and has such deep historical roots that it’s actually intertwined with the identities of several cultures. Not only does beer pair brilliantly with a great variety of foods, it also goes perfectly on occasions ranging from loud celebrations to quiet contemplative moments. Yet, […]

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Portuguese cuisine: a global mosaic

Portuguese cuisine: a global mosaic

  Those unfamiliar with Portuguese cuisine may understandably assume it is similar to that of Spain. And while many of the same ingredients are featured in both, Portugal’s robust cuisine includes distinctively different recipes and cooking techniques that reflect a broad spectrum of terrain and climates and diverse historical influences over the centuries. With two […]

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DIGNITARIES

New Arrivals – Summer 2014

New Arrivals – Summer 2014

Sham L. Bathija Ambassador of Afghanistan Mr. Bathija comes to this post after a varied career as a development economist and a diplomat. From June 2010 until he came to Canada, he was a minister and senior economic adviser to President Hamid Karzai. Prior to that, he worked as a representative of the secretary general […]

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New Arrivals – Spring 2014

New Arrivals – Spring 2014

Pedro Fernando Bretas Bastos Ambassador of Brazil Mr. Brêtas completed a law and social sciences degree at the Federal University of Brazil and practised law, working for Exxon Mobil Corporation and COSIGUA, before going into diplomacy. After completing his diplomatic studies, he became a desk officer for Canada, something that perhaps foreshadowed his current appointment. […]

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New Arrivals – Winter 2014

New Arrivals – Winter 2014

S.E.M. Pamphile C. Goutondji Ambassador of Benin Ambassador Goutondji is a career diplomat who joined the foreign ministry in 1983. After completing a bachelor’s degree in 1976 and a master’s in international relations in Kiev in 1983, he joined the ministry and held increasingly responsible positions, including department head and assistant to the foreign minister. […]

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New Arrivals – Fall 2013

New Arrivals – Fall 2013

Calsey Willmore Johnson High Commissioner for the Bahamas Dr. Johnson was a career broadcaster for three decades and was general manager of the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas (BCB) — the country’s  national broadcasting system — for 14 years. He served a five-year term as executive chairman of the board of the BCB. He also served […]

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