Archive for September, 2013

Kazakhstan: The jewel of Central Asia

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Kazakhstan: The jewel of Central Asia

  Kazakhstan is the ninth biggest country in the world — larger than Western Europe, but located in Central Asia, deep in the Eurasian continent. It shares borders with Russia (the longest continental border in the world at 6,846 kilometres), China (1,533 kilometres), Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan. As a result of its geographic location and […]

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New Arrivals – Fall 2013

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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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A condo full of Croatian culture

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A condo full of Croatian culture

Croatia’s Ambassador Veselko Grubisic, his wife, Marta, and their three children live on Sussex Drive, or the capital’s Mile of History, as it is known. Their heritage condominium is a stone’s throw away from the National Gallery, across the street from the U.S. embassy and strategically located on the edge of the vibrant ByWard Market. […]

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The mystery and appeal of Pinot Noir

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The mystery and appeal of Pinot Noir

Wine endears itself to drama, romance and even a sense of mystery. And Pinot Noir is the perfect stage on which to play out those narratives. Its aromas, flavours and personality evoke plenty of drama and romance, and much of its seductive appeal is so mysterious that it is maddeningly hard to quantify and explain. […]

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Emily Murphy’s famous triumph

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Emily Murphy’s famous triumph

“I feel equal,” wrote Emily Murphy in 1927, “to high and splendid braveries.” By that point in her life, the 59-year-old native of Cookstown, Ont.’s had earned the right to big ambitions: Her achievements included turns as a successful writer (under the name “Janey Canuck”), social activist, self-taught legal expert and, as of 1916, the […]

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Need a Dublin lawyer?

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Need a Dublin lawyer?

  Ireland’s food history and culture can be traced back to prehistoric times. That it’s  an island at the very western edge of Europe meant the influence of other countries did not play much of a role in Irish cuisine until recently. As such, traditional dishes still figure prominently in a cuisine that has evolved […]

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Some diplomatic intrigues

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Some diplomatic intrigues

An error in Steven Spielberg’s film, Lincoln stirred up a little controversy last year. The movie, as most everyone now knows, depicts Abraham Lincoln’s manoeuvring to get the 13th amendment to the Constitution, the one abolishing slavery, passed by the House of Representatives. Tension builds to the scene where there is a roll-call vote. Two […]

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Solutions for inhumane slaughterhouse practices

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Solutions for inhumane slaughterhouse practices

The XL Foods E. coli outbreak in the fall of 2012 was a vivid reminder for many Canadians of the reality and risks of industrial slaughter. Accompanying the daily news updates on the outbreak — in total, there were 18 confirmed cases — were glimpses into the scope and speed of modern slaughter plants. XL […]

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The (animal) costs of transport

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The (animal) costs of transport

At some point in their lives, virtually all farmed animals are transported. The duration and conditions of transport have a major impact on animal well-being and are especially hard on certain species. Pigs are prone to motion sickness and heatstroke, in part because they don’t sweat. Chickens, meanwhile, are stacked on trucks in such a […]

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The hard lives of animals on Canada’s factory farms

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The hard lives of animals on Canada’s factory farms

Concentrated feeding animal operations — more commonly referred to as factory farms — first began to appear around the 1920s. Industrialization was speeding up everything from transportation to communication, while, at the same time, medical discoveries such as insulin and penicillin were dramatically improving the quality of human and animal health. Farmers realized they could […]

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