Archive for June, 2011

Envoy’s Album

| June 27, 2011 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album

       

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A Victorian mansion fit for a prime minister

| June 27, 2011 | 0 Comments
A Victorian mansion fit for a prime minister

Settled comfortably into gracious gardens, Earnscliffe, the elegant grey limestone residence of British High Commissioner Andrew Pocock and his wife, Julie, looks much the same as when it housed Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. The stone is mellow with age and the bright, white gingerbread trim reflects the Victorian Gothic style of […]

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The wondrous world of white

| June 27, 2011 | 0 Comments
The wondrous world of white

The warm brilliant days of summer can inspire us to travel, explore and seek out new pleasures. Thanks to their freshness, vibrancy and plain deliciousness, white wines are a natural fit for the pleasures part. And, why not use wine to scratch the itch to travel or assuage the travel bug, too? Any given bottle […]

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The ultimate stacked dinner

| June 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
The ultimate stacked dinner

Just as our political, environmental and social worlds spin at an alarming rate, so too does the culinary world. While not underestimating the importance of global changes, the world of food has dramatically evolved on a number of fronts. In the past few years, organic, local and seasonal have become important buzz words often inspiring, […]

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God save the Queen — and other royal visitors

God save the Queen — and other royal visitors

This summer’s visit to Canada of Prince William and his bride, Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, continues a long tradition of royal visits to this country. That Canada was chosen as the destination for their first official visit as a couple reflects Canada’s importance within the Commonwealth — an importance that has made […]

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Roy MacLaren: Memoir of a formidable man

| June 26, 2011 | 1 Comment
Roy MacLaren: Memoir of a formidable man

There are times in The Fundamental Things Apply (McGill-Queen’s University Press, $39.95), Roy Mac­Laren’s memoir of his life in diplomacy, business and politics, when one is reminded of the Lanny Budd cycle by Upton Sinclair. This is a sequence of 11 novels in which the character Budd, an American diplomat, seems to bump into all […]

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Assessing Canada’s vulnerability

| June 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
Assessing Canada’s vulnerability

In war and peace, the support and confidence of allies can be decisive for a country’s survival and prosperity. Canada’s profound reliance on its trade, defence and other ties to the United States means that Canadians have a crucial interest in keeping borders and diplomatic, military and intelligence channels open with their neighbour. This access […]

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A billion people still go hungry

| June 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
A billion people still go hungry

  Globe-trotting journalist Don Cayo explains why millions of impoverished people are doing better — and why millions more are doing worse There are people in the world so hungry that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread. — Mahatma Gandhi When men and women feel compelled to bind their midsections […]

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The Arab uprising

| June 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
The Arab uprising

Events across the Middle East and North Africa appear remarkably similar in causation to what occurred in the 1970s in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, and, after 1989, across Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Many outsiders misread the Arab mind and heart as anti-Western, and consequently came to depend on outdated […]

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The Dirty Dozen Worst Dictators

| June 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
The Dirty Dozen Worst Dictators

In the minds of millions, the Arab Spring began on Dec. 17, 2010, with a solitary act of desperate defiance when Tunisian street vendor Mohammed Bouazizi torched himself to protest the humiliating harassment he had just experienced at the hands of corrupt government officials. By the time Mr. Bouazizi died of third-degree burns, 18 days […]

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