Archive for April, 2014

Myanmar: A new frontier of trade and investment for Canadian business

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Myanmar: A new frontier of trade and investment for Canadian business

Over the past two years, soon after Myanmar embarked on the path of democratic transformation and economic reforms, many positive and significant developments have taken place in Myanmar-Canada bilateral relations. The year 2012, in particular, ushered in a new relationship between the two countries. Foreign Minister John Baird was the first Canadian foreign minister to […]

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Ireland and Canada: Historic ties in a modern relationship

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Ireland and Canada: Historic ties in a modern relationship

Five hundred years ago, fishermen from Ireland sailed west to fish cod off the  banks of Newfoundland. In time, a vibrant trade relationship began, and by the late 17th Century, merchants in Ireland were exporting supplies such as pork, butter and beef to support the migratory transatlantic fishery. Eventually, many of those fishermen and traders […]

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For the love of Bach

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For the love of Bach

The Ottawa Bach Choir is an Ottawa institution but it’s just as cherished by German transplants in the city, and it has its fans in other quarters of the diplomatic corps as well. “The Germans are very supportive of us,” explains Lisette Canton, founder and artistic director of the choir. “We’re the Ottawa Bach Choir, […]

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Aga Khan Foundation: Bringing world-class health care to hard-to-reach communities

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Aga Khan Foundation: Bringing world-class health care to hard-to-reach communities

The lush hills of Tanzania’s Uluguru mountain range have many things to offer: 100 plant species found nowhere else in the world, a forest-capped peak towering at 2,630 metres high and rushing rivers that form the main source of water for the urban population of Dar es Salaam. But there is one feature strikingly absent […]

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Irwin Cotler: Human rights crusader retires as MP

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Irwin Cotler: Human rights crusader retires as MP

Irwin Cotler, who has been called the “pre-eminent voice in the fight against oppression,” is retiring after 16 years as an MP, a job he didn’t really want, at least in the beginning. As the tireless crusader for human rights, freedom and democracy, tells Diplomat’s editor, Jennifer Campbell, he has no plans to change his […]

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The heavy price of corruption for democracy

The heavy price of corruption for democracy

  There is a story — apocryphal perhaps — that used to make the rounds in Turkish political circles. When he was the mayor of Istanbul, Turkey’s current prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was paid a visit by some of the country’s leading businessmen about a major construction project. At the end of the meeting, […]

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