Archive for September, 2015

Fun in the sun with Filipino hospitality

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Fun in the sun with Filipino hospitality

The Philippines is like a friend you wish you had met sooner. First-time tourists grudgingly end their holidays, but vow to return. Repeat visitors stay longer the next time, and some stay for good. Travel magazines and bloggers rave about the place, the people and the experience. My country lies at the crossroads of the […]

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Envoy’s Album – Fall 2015

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Envoy’s Album – Fall 2015

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New Arrivals – Fall 2015

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New Arrivals – Fall 2015

NEW ARRIVALS Tony Negus High Commissioner for Australia Tony Negus took his position as High Commissioner to Canada after working for the Australian Federal Police for 32 years, most recently as its commissioner (2009-2014.) Negus was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2005, the Bintang Bhayangkara Utama Medal (the National Police Meritorious Service Star from […]

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The house the elephants protect

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The house the elephants protect

Wandering along the northern end of Acacia Avenue in Rockcliffe Park, you’ll notice a wonderful display of sophisticated embassy residences, from Japan and Korea’s stone mansions to India’s brick Victorian and Iran’s more modern Arabic architecture. And then you come upon a distinctive large white stucco house with two stone elephants guarding the driveway. The […]

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Now that’s fortification

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Now that’s fortification

There’s so much to know about wine that it’s understandable that we tend to limit our awareness to what we know we like. However, these comfortable and safe choices can be a kind of cage. The dark and murky corners of the wine world deserve to be explored and our palates deserve the pleasure of […]

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Armenian cuisine’s complexity

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Armenian cuisine’s complexity

Bordered by the Caucasus and other mountain ranges, Armenia, more or less a high plateau, enjoys fertile soil, a basically temperate climate — though punctuated by extremes — and stunning scenery with many lakes and rivers. Indeed, the country, land of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, can trace its existence from ancient times, as it […]

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Terry Fox: Role model and inspiration

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Terry Fox: Role model and inspiration

In a country that frowns upon self-promotion, Canadians prefer modest heroes. This is true even when a hero’s fame lives on long after him, touches millions of people beyond the country’s borders and when his accomplishment has resulted in almost $700 million being raised for an important cause. Terry Fox was 22 years old in […]

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Out of Africa

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Out of Africa

In 2008, a British journalist named Tom Burgis, who helped cover Africa for the Financial Times, witnessed the mass murder of men, women and children at a place called Jos, along the invisible boundary that separates Nigeria’s Muslim north from its mostly Christian south. But the full effect of what he saw there didn’t strike […]

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Canada’s role in a changing world

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Canada’s role in a changing world

Note: Derek H. Burney, a former Canadian ambassador to the United States, is a senior strategic adviser at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP. In June, he gave the O.D. Skelton speech in Ottawa. Portions of it are excerpted here. Few countries spend as much time as Canada does analyzing and agonizing over foreign policy or […]

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Electoral foreign policy promises

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Electoral foreign policy promises

In most democratic countries, foreign policy concerns are further down the list of voter priorities than domestic issues. In Canada, things are no different. Of the six scheduled TV debates between the leaders, only one was scheduled to focus on foreign policy. Domestic concerns may pique the public’s interest, but foreign policy can also have […]

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