DIPLOMATICA

Russian offensive revives painful past for Estonians

Russian offensive revives painful past for Estonians

I joined the Estonian foreign service in 1993, an exciting time for my country. On my first day, as I awaited my first assignment, a colleague suggested I find out how much military equipment the Russians had transported back over the border that month; this was prior to their full military withdrawal in August 2014. […]

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Slovenia: Globally branded and seeking trade

Slovenia: Globally branded and seeking trade

Throughout history, Slovenia has been at a crossroads of routes leading from east to west and north to south, with many influences shaping its character. Today, this can be seen in Slovenia’s cultural diversity, its adventuresome people, its vibrant economic activity and the valuable contributions of Slovenian scientists to the world. Positive results achieved by […]

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Ethiopia: 11 percent GDP growth for a decade

Ethiopia: 11 percent GDP growth for a decade

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and Canada. Although Canada is well-known to Ethiopians, events were held in Addis Ababa and Ottawa to celebrate formal diplomatic ties. Ethiopia has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, having managed to maintain an average 11 percent GDP growth […]

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Ecuador: Ready for Canadian investment

Ecuador: Ready for Canadian investment

Ecuador is blessed with a privileged position on the world map. Located at latitude zero, the country sits right on the equatorial line, nestled between the Andes Mountains, the Pacific Ocean and the Amazon rainforest. It is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world and is the home of the Galapagos Islands, where […]

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DISPATCHES

The greenest  countries

The greenest countries

Pope Francis practically sounded like Canadian author Naomi Klein this past June when his second encyclical, titled Laudato Si,’ blamed irresponsible capitalism and consumerism for the environmental perils that confront humanity. Linking these problems to global inequality, western political interests and a “throwaway culture” that consumes resources and fetishizes technology, His Holiness warned of “unprecedented […]

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Travel security: playing it safe

Travel security: playing it safe

The thrill of travel far outweighs the risks for most common destinations — given their huge influx of tourists each year. Forget the lure of the safe backyard barbecue and Sunday drives. For the restless, the curious and for the adventurous, there is no substitute for seeing and doing afar and coming home with a […]

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Curbing corruption in Africa

Curbing corruption in Africa

Corruption is everywhere —  in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia and Brazil. It persists in much of the rest of Asia beyond China, and is rampant in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. Of the lowest 50 performers on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) and the World Bank’s Control of […]

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Emphasizing the positive

Emphasizing the positive

His first year as U.S. ambassador has just passed. How has former investment banker and Goldman Sachs executive Bruce Heyman adapted to highly public life in his new job? “I guess you just do,” he says. “It’s the Bruce Heyman world of Darwinian thought: It’s not the smartest that survive. It’s not strongest that survive. […]

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DELIGHTS

Kazakhstan: Eyes on Astana

Kazakhstan: Eyes on Astana

Each year on July 6, Kazakhstan proudly celebrates Capital City Day, honouring its capital, Astana, with a week of cultural festivities. The activities highlight Kazakh culture, history and the city’s central position in the nation’s life. Astana has grown from a small provincial city to an influential player on the world stage and a symbol […]

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Envoy’s Album – Winter 2016

Envoy’s Album – Winter 2016

                                         

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Annual Dinner raises $93,000 for  survival of threatened salmon

Annual Dinner raises $93,000 for survival of threatened salmon

For the international touch, it was Iceland and Ireland all the way at Ottawa’s 19th Atlantic Salmon Federation Annual Fall Run Dinner last autumn at the Museum of History in Gatineau. Iceland is known internationally for its dedication to saving the threatened wild Atlantic salmon species. Iceland’s ambassador to Canada, Sturla Sigurjónsson, who attended with […]

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Blacks in Canada: A complicated history

Blacks in Canada: A complicated history

As we mark Black History Month in Canada in February, it’s worth reflecting on the legacy of our country’s black community and the prejudice its members have faced. On the plus side, Canada — even before it formally became a country — took progressive steps to end discrimination ahead of some other countries. In 1793, […]

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DIGNITARIES

New Arrivals – Winter 2016

New Arrivals – Winter 2016

New arrivals Tariq Azim Khan High Commissioner for Pakistan Ambassador Khan holds a bachelor of science, a post-graduate diploma in industrial administration and a master’s of business administration. After graduating, he worked as a consultant with Industrial Society U.K. and as a director for his family-owned telecommunications business before serving as a media adviser for […]

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New Arrivals – Fall 2015

New Arrivals – Fall 2015

NEW ARRIVALS Tony Negus High Commissioner for Australia Tony Negus took his position as High Commissioner to Canada after working for the Australian Federal Police for 32 years, most recently as its commissioner (2009-2014.) Negus was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2005, the Bintang Bhayangkara Utama Medal (the National Police Meritorious Service Star from […]

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New Arrivals – Summer 2015

New Arrivals – Summer 2015

NEW ARRIVALS Edgar Gaspar Martins Ambassador of Angola Ambassador Gaspar Martins has a degree in international relations from the University of Havana in Cuba. He began his diplomatic career in 1983 as an attaché and third secretary in the Africa and Middle East section of the foreign ministry. By 1993, he was first secretary at […]

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New Arrivals – Spring 2015

New Arrivals – Spring 2015

New arrivals Hocine Meghar Ambassador of Algeria Mr. Meghar started his career at the foreign ministry in 1972, after graduating from the National School of Administration in Algeria. He has held various positions within the ministry. He was director-general of European socialist countries (1984-1987), director-general of consular affairs (2000-2004) and director-general of national communities abroad […]

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