Archive for September, 2014

Christian Paradis: ‘It’s about getting results’

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Christian Paradis: ‘It’s about getting results’

Christian Paradis has been Canada’s development minister since July 2013. He is also the minister responsible for the Francophonie. He was first elected to the House of Commons as an MP from Mégantic-L’Erable in Quebec. He has served as secretary of state for agriculture (2007), minister of public works (2008), minister of natural resources (2010), […]

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Islamic extremism: The nightmare that never left

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Islamic extremism: The nightmare that never left

It’s like the 1979 horror sci-fi flick Alien. Just when you think the monster is dead, it jumps out at you again. A recurring nightmare. It was not so long ago that some security experts and officials were elatedly predicting al-Qaeda’s demise and with it, the end of Islamic extremism and the Jihadist threat to […]

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As the situation in Ukraine simmers…

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As the situation in Ukraine simmers…

When pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine were almost defeated in late August by Ukraine’s military, President Vladimir Putin sent thousands of Russian soldiers into Ukraine to turn the tide. He has now offered a ceasefire to Kiev, presumably because the tougher sanctions the West is now imposing are biting and because of the billions of […]

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Vive la France and all its beauty

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Vive la France and all its beauty

France is the world’s leading tourist destination (83 million visitors in 2013) and has so much to offer, it is hard to choose just a few places to recommend. Of course, Paris is the top tourist destination within France — a city of romance and the country’s fashion capital. It boasts extraordinary monuments and museums. […]

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Envoy’s Album – Fall 2014

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Envoy’s Album – Fall 2014

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New Arrivals – Fall 2014

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New Arrivals – Fall 2014

Raoul Delcorde Ambassador of Belgium Mr. Delcorde has a PhD in political science. He began his career as an assistant professor before entering the diplomatic service in 1984. Two years later, he was deputy head of mission in Islamabad and, following that, he was first secretary at the UN in New York. He served two […]

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Vietnam’s home away home away from home

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Vietnam’s home away home away from home

Vietnamese Ambassador To Anh Dung and his wife, Tran Phi Nga, meet photographer Dyanne Wilson and me at the door of their Glebe home. Ms Tran is wearing a traditional hand-painted silk Ao Dai, a national dress that bears a slight to the exterior of their heritage house whose architecture is Spanish. But inside, the […]

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Venerable Viognier

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Venerable Viognier

A dog-eared book, an old sweater, or, even a glass of wine poured more out of habit than pleasure are all familiar things. Unfortunately, while familiarity is certainly comforting and reassuring, it rarely exceeds expectations. The prevalence of certain too-familiar wine grapes and their common styles can send palates running in the direction of something […]

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UAE: From camel milk and dates to international cuisine

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UAE: From camel milk and dates to international cuisine

A recent adventure took me and my husband to the amazing United Arab Emirates (UAE). Located in the Middle East, it borders Saudi Arabia, Oman, the Gulf of Oman and the Persian/Arabian Gulf, and is at the centre of three of the world’s strategic regions, each with its own dynamic food culture — the Middle […]

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Canadian citizenship: What it takes

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Canadian citizenship: What it takes

Think fast — test your knowledge about Canada. Can you name two responsibilities of citizenship? What qualifications are necessary to vote in a federal election? What addition was made to the Constitution of Canada in 1982? The answers, in order, are: obeying the law and voting in elections; being a Canadian citizen at least 18 […]

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