Archive for June, 2015

Travel security: playing it safe

Travel security: playing it safe

The thrill of travel far outweighs the risks for most common destinations — given their huge influx of tourists each year. Forget the lure of the safe backyard barbecue and Sunday drives. For the restless, the curious and for the adventurous, there is no substitute for seeing and doing afar and coming home with a […]

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Magical Kenya

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Magical Kenya

Kenya is a land of diversity, offering stark safari plains in the south, snow-capped mountains and breathtaking eastern coastlines whose dark blue waters are home to colourful coral reefs and six national reserves to protect marine life. Majestic hills stretch towards endlessly sunny skies while valleys, such as the famous Rift Valley, and more than […]

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Envoy’s Album – Summer 2015

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Envoy’s Album – Summer 2015

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New Arrivals – Summer 2015

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New Arrivals – Summer 2015

NEW ARRIVALS Edgar Gaspar Martins Ambassador of Angola Ambassador Gaspar Martins has a degree in international relations from the University of Havana in Cuba. He began his diplomatic career in 1983 as an attaché and third secretary in the Africa and Middle East section of the foreign ministry. By 1993, he was first secretary at […]

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A home called Ballybeg

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A home called Ballybeg

Ballybeg is the anglicized version of the Irish word for “little town.” The large stone Rockcliffe house that bears that name may not exactly fit the translation, but it is as much a hub of activity today as it was in the days of admiral Sir Charles Kingsmill, who, during the First World War, commissioned […]

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You’ve come a long way, Canada. Cheers!

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You’ve come a long way, Canada. Cheers!

Canada has come a long way since the early 1800s when Johann Schiller, a retired German mercenary from the Rhine, settled near Toronto and developed a small winery based on the native varietals he found on his property. He sold the wine he made to his neighbours and came to be what is considered Canada’s […]

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In Japanese cuisine, tradition prevails

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In Japanese cuisine, tradition prevails

One of the basic principles of Japanese cooking is to capitalize on the food of the seasons — seafood, vegetables and fruit at the peak of their flavours. Add to this Japan’s widely varying climates in each season and you get the famed Japanese cuisine. The archipelago of Japan extends from the northern cool, temperate […]

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Aboriginals’ fight for the franchise

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Aboriginals’ fight for the franchise

Imagine that your family has lived on the same land for generations. Over time, others arrive, take residence and establish a government whose rules now apply to you.  But they do not include you in consultations — in fact, they specifically exclude you. This was the situation facing Aboriginal Peoples in Canada for much of […]

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Fu Manchu to you too

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Fu Manchu to you too

Here’s a story that’s been passed along in my family — which means that it’s most likely not true. The story is that my grandfather met Sax Rohmer, probably in San Francisco in 1919. Rohmer (real name: Arthur Henry Ward) was the British author of the Fu Manchu short stories and novels that did so […]

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Curbing corruption in Africa

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Curbing corruption in Africa

Corruption is everywhere —  in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia and Brazil. It persists in much of the rest of Asia beyond China, and is rampant in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. Of the lowest 50 performers on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) and the World Bank’s Control of […]

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