Archive for October, 2016

Portugal’s diplomatic residence off the beaten path

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Portugal’s diplomatic residence off the beaten path

Portuguese Ambassador Jose Moreira da Cunha and his wife, Lurdes, live in what they describe as a modest embassy residence on Island Park Drive, far from some of the baronial manor houses of Rockcliffe where many of their diplomatic friends live. But they say they couldn’t be happier. Not only do they love the location, […]

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Liberals’ China dilemma

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Liberals’ China dilemma

During the 2015 federal elections in Canada, the Liberal Party platform spoke of building up the Canadian middle class. One of the ways it said it would do that was by forging greater trade relations with emerging markets, including China. But, during the Munk Centre foreign policy debate between the Liberal, Conservative and NDP leaders, […]

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Tunisia’s fragile advances

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Tunisia’s fragile advances

When political change is not accompanied by widespread economic change, there is a risk of reversion… When old economic structures are preserved or only modestly adapted, it cannot be expected that different outcomes on growth and equality will result. — Oxford University Press. Mostly hidden from western eyes, Tunisia, the only nation to successfully emerge […]

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China’s domestic problems

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China’s domestic problems

Economic growth stood out for a long time as the big story coming out of China, concealing other aspects of its governance that were problematic, including environmental degradation, rising inequalities, worrying demographic imbalance, abuses of power, corruption and a poor record on human rights. For many years, the Communist Party answered critics of its poor […]

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Moldova’s magnificent wine adventures

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Moldova’s magnificent wine adventures

At first glance on the world map, the Republic of Moldova will most likely go unnoticed due to its size. Bordered by Romania and Ukraine, between the Carpathian Mountains and the Black Sea, Moldova is a small country with only 3.5 million people and a relatively short history of independence. Its key geographical position in […]

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The irresistibly intense wines of Prince Edward County

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The irresistibly intense wines of Prince Edward County

Over the past two decades, something very special has been happening at the eastern end of Lake Ontario. Intrepid and determined grape growers and winemakers have carved out a most unexpected wine region that borders the impossible while striving for the fantastic. The quality of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Franc and sparkling wines […]

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Canada’s Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion ‘It’s important to be an interlocutor for peace’

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Canada’s Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion ‘It’s important to be an interlocutor for peace’

Stéphane Dion is an academic-turned-parliamentarian who was first elected to represent the Montreal riding of Saint-Laurent in 1996. He has served as president of the privy council, minister of intergovernmental affairs and minister of the environment and became leader of the Liberal party for two years, beginning in 2006 after then-prime minister Paul Martin’s electoral […]

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Little-known fact: Winston Churchill was a shopaholic

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Little-known fact: Winston Churchill was a shopaholic

In 1929, Winston Churchill, who was then the chancellor of the exchequer in Stanley Baldwin’s government, was making a tour of Canada and the U.S. In a speech in Vancouver on Sept. 23, he said, “We see Canada growing in every way — education, civilization, numbers and wealth.” That was the day prices on U.S. […]

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Will Africa keep rising?

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Will Africa keep rising?

Sub-Saharan Africa has been rising rapidly in this century, growing economically at an unprecedentedly rapid pace from 2005 to 2015, with most of its 49 countries participating in a new post-colonial prosperity. But, with China’s own economic surge slipping, India and Japan weak, Europe lagging and North American demand limited, will sub-Saharan Africa stagnate and […]

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China’s scientific rise

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China’s scientific rise

In May 2016, Chinese President Xi Jinping set a target for China to become a leading power in science and technology (S&T) by the middle of this century. As he stated at the time: “China should establish itself as one of the most innovative countries by 2020 and a leading innovator by 2030, and become […]

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