Archive for April, 2013

Croatia: See, Feel, Enjoy

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Croatia: See, Feel, Enjoy

By Veselko Grubišić Ambassador of Croatia “On the last day of the Creation, God desired to crown His work, and thus created the Kornati Islands out of tears, stars and breath.” When describing my country, I often borrow this famous quotation made by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw when he visited the Kornati archipelago off […]

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Envoy’s Album – Spring 2013

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Envoy’s Album – Spring 2013

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New Arrivals – Spring 2013

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New Arrivals – Spring 2013

New heads of mission Nicolas Lloreda-Ricaurte Ambassador of Colombia Mr. Lloreda comes to diplomacy from the field of law. Between 2001 and 2010, he was senior counsel on international business transactions, trade and investment policy and international dispute resolution at Crowell & Moring. For him, diplomacy started when he was appointed to serve as deputy […]

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Wine from under the Tuscan sun

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Wine from under the Tuscan sun

For most of us, the mere mention of Tuscany easily stirs up romantic imagery. We see the rolling hills. We feel the warmth of the Mediterranean sun. We walk the narrow streets of ancient fortified towns. However, besides inspiring daydreams, the true power of Tuscany is its strong sense of authenticity. This is particularly seductive […]

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A little Frank Lloyd Wright in Rockcliffe

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A little Frank Lloyd Wright in Rockcliffe

Although their house wasn’t built to be their official residence, the feeling that they are home in Finland permeates the atmosphere for Ambassador Charles Murto and his wife, Ritva. They are completely comfortable in the California redwood house overlooking McKay Lake in Rockcliffe, a house actually built in 1953, but as modern-looking today as it […]

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Jamaican cuisine: A delightful tangle of cultures

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Jamaican cuisine: A delightful tangle of cultures

  Joyfully vibrating to the beat of reggae, Jamaica is a lush tropical island paradise and, understandably, a popular tourist destination. While exploring the culinary history and culture of the island, I also learned of its uniqueness and delighted in the evolving historical puzzle that became more complex with each wave of new arrivals to […]

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The war of 1812: A native hero named Norton

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The war of 1812: A native hero named Norton

Canada is a country so vast that too often, it seems, our history is lost inside our geography. A striking example is our country’s First Nations, whose long, rich history is well-preserved by them, but seldom gets the same attention on a broader scale, even when their stories affect us all. Consider Mohawk chief John […]

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Canada’s 26 men and one woman in London

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Canada’s 26 men and one woman in London

Canada didn’t leap to send a diplomat to Britain immediately following Confederation. After all, communicating with Ottawa and London on matters affecting the new Dominion was the job of the governor general. But in 1869, Sir John A. Macdonald picked Sir John Rose, a Montreal banker and railway magnate, to be, not an orthodox diplomat, […]

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How Salada Tea built Canada House

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How Salada Tea built Canada House

For the first 50 years or so, Canada conducted its diplomatic, consular and trade affairs in London from a variety of rented addresses ranging from the Strand to Charing Cross Road. In the 1920s, however, prime minister Mackenzie King launched a plan to consolidate all such functions under one roof, and sent High Commissioner Peter […]

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His Excellency, Gordon Campbell

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His Excellency, Gordon Campbell

In 2011, after a decade in the position, Gordon Campbell resigned as the Liberal premier of British Columbia. His departure followed a stunning loss of popularity resulting from his government’s introduction of the harmonized sales tax (HST). But he was ending on a high note as well — a very high one indeed. The Winter […]

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