Archive for June, 2016

Brazil into Africa

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Brazil into Africa

As China’s growth engines sputter, Europe remains weak and India focuses inward, African economies correspondingly retrench severely. Where African nations once were growing at a steady five percent a year, thanks to Chinese demand, now much of sub-Saharan Africa is increasing its GDP per capita at only two and three percent a year, with South […]

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Canada’s great auto slide

Canada’s great auto slide

Since the recession of 2008 and 2009, increasing concern has been expressed by politicians, union leaders and analysts concerning the decline of manufacturing in Canada. Indeed, during the past half-century, the share of manufacturing as a percentage of Canadian GDP has declined from just under 25 percent to 10 percent. The declines are also recorded […]

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Summering near Ottawa

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Summering near Ottawa

Swishy garden parties, faraway beaches and lawn bowling are all fine, but summer’s also a time for forays into uncharted territory. And that doesn’t have to mean packing a suitcase. We’ve found a tonne of unexpected fun within easy striking distance of downtown. Better yet, it won’t break the bank. Heritage homages: Plentiful and unassuming, […]

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Life is a beach

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Life is a beach

Your handy travel guide to the top 10 beaches from the Blue Flag program, an ecological certification system that recognizes and promotes cleanliness, safety, environmental awareness and sustainability. Initiated by the Foundation for Environmental Education and headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Blue Flag program is an ecological certification program that recognizes and promotes high standards […]

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The Top 10 threats to the world’s oceans

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The Top 10 threats to the world’s oceans

“Every time I slip into the ocean, it’s like going home.” This quote from leading American oceanographer Sylvia Earle reminds us that the fate of humanity — our fate — inevitably depends on the fate of the oceans that cover almost 71 percent of our planet. In fact, it is misleading to speak of oceans […]

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Saudi Arabia: ‘Solving conflicts by peaceful means’

Saudi Arabia: ‘Solving conflicts by peaceful means’

Over the past year, there has been much talk in the media about the contract for General Dynamics Land Systems Canada to sell light armoured vehicles and provide training to the Saudi Arabia Royal Guard. There has also been a surge in misleading information about Saudi Arabia, which has been sensationalized and politicized by the […]

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Israel-Canada: Tech, cyber-security (and hummus)

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Israel-Canada: Tech, cyber-security (and hummus)

After signing free-trade agreements with its North American neighbours, Canada’s next agreement was with Israel. Since it came into force in 1997, trade has tripled, from less than $500 million to $1.6 billion in 2014. Israel’s top imports were aircraft, electrical machinery, paper and paperboard, precious stones and metals, cereals and vegetable products — in […]

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Vietnam: Canada’s fastest-growing partner in East Asia

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Vietnam: Canada’s fastest-growing partner in East Asia

Last year was a remarkable one for the Canada-Vietnam trading relationship. Two-way trade increased more than 40 percent, reaching $4.8 billion and making Vietnam Canada’s largest trading partner in Southeast Asia. It also made ours the fastest-growing trading relationship in all of East Asia. Vietnam exports $4.1 billion to Canada, while importing about $700 million […]

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Kazakhstan’s enticing deal for Canadian investors

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Kazakhstan’s enticing deal for Canadian investors

When it comes to trade, Kazakhstan is among Canada’s priority countries, according to Global Affairs Canada’s global markets action plan. In 2012-2013, two-way trade between Kazakhstan and Canada was almost $6 billion. During that period, exports from Kazakhstan to Canada were $5.7 billion, while the value of imports from Canada to Kazakhstan reached $267 million. […]

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HOMSA funds science studies for northern students

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HOMSA funds science studies for northern students

Thanks to the daughter of an ambassador — a graduate student at the University of Ottawa — the Heads of Mission Spouses Association (HOMSA) helped out a science learning initiative as part of its big annual fundraiser. The charity, known as Science Travels, runs a University of Ottawa science outreach program that aims to expose […]

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