Archive for September, 2017

Of humpbacks and humans

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Of humpbacks and humans

People say that absolutely nothing compares to swimming eye-to-eye with a 30,000-kilogram humpback whale with a body as long as a rail box-car. They’re right. The humans call her Canopy. She is famous among snorkellers for her friendly, relaxed and trusting way with humans and her affectionate behaviour towards her male calf. Today, she is […]

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An invitation to visit ‘delicious Japan’

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An invitation to visit ‘delicious Japan’

If you want a fresh experience from your overseas travel, visit Japan. Japan has been gaining popularity as one of the major tourist destinations in the world. In recent years, the number of foreign visitors increased significantly. After achieving a decade-long goal of 10 million visitors in 2013, the number more than doubled in the […]

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Envoy’s Album – Fall 2017

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Envoy’s Album – Fall 2017

 

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New Arrivals – Fall 2017

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New Arrivals – Fall 2017

New arrivals Levon Martirosyan Ambassador of Armenia Ambassador Martirosyan began his working life by doing his service in Armenia’s armed forces for two years. In 1997, he completed his legal studies at Yerevan State University and started working as a lawyer. Four years later, he completed a master’s of law in international human rights at […]

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The castle Birkett built

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The castle Birkett built

We’ve all seen and heard of famous castles — Windsor Castle, Prague Castle, Mont Saint Michel, Ludwig’s (Mad Max’s) Castle in Bavaria. Exotic locations, fantastic designs, tourist destinations. And then there is Birkett’s Castle. Whose, you ask? Birkett’s? Where would that be? Try downtown Ottawa. Ask around about Thomas Birkett, a former mayor of Ottawa […]

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Winning Rieslings from Canada and beyond

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Winning Rieslings from Canada and beyond

If wine grapes were people, Riesling would have a large and crazy family. The personalities on one side would be sweet and affectionate, the other dry and austere. In between, there would be all sorts that are combinations of the two, but all would have their own sense of balance, poise and focus. And they […]

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Vietnam’s complex cuisine

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Vietnam’s complex cuisine

Vietnam, a long, narrow country, lies south of China, east of Laos and Cambodia and west of the South China Sea. The Vietnamese trace their origins back more than 4,000 years to the Red River Delta around Hanoi where area farmers became renowned for their rice cultivation. Beginning in the Second Century BC, the Vietnamese […]

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Russia’s revolutionary ideas

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Russia’s revolutionary ideas

Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday this year and on the other side of the world perhaps the most profound such observance right now is the centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917. Several important new books on the subject are being published. All of them struggle, some more successfully than others, to explain the […]

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Putin’s plan for the west

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Putin’s plan for the west

According to press reports, U.S. President Donald Trump, in his desire for reconciliation with Russia, was initially considering removing sanctions on Russia and recognizing a Russian zone of influence in Eastern Europe. In fact, Trump might not have achieved reconciliation through such measures. What Russia seeks is more than a zone of influence: It wants […]

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The Confucius Institute quandary

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The Confucius Institute quandary

The Confucius Institutes (CIs), ostensibly benign Chinese language and cultural agencies, are funded and overseen by the Beijing party-state through an office commonly known as Hanban, but are physically embedded in foreign universities and schools. There are today about 513 institutes and 1,074 Confucius Classrooms in 140 countries on five continents, including about 30 in […]

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