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New Arrivals – Spring 2014

| April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
New Arrivals – Spring 2014

Pedro Fernando Bretas Bastos Ambassador of Brazil Mr. Brêtas completed a law and social sciences degree at the Federal University of Brazil and practised law, working for Exxon Mobil Corporation and COSIGUA, before going into diplomacy. After completing his diplomatic studies, he became a desk officer for Canada, something that perhaps foreshadowed his current appointment. […]

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For the love of Bach

| April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
For the love of Bach

The Ottawa Bach Choir is an Ottawa institution but it’s just as cherished by German transplants in the city, and it has its fans in other quarters of the diplomatic corps as well. “The Germans are very supportive of us,” explains Lisette Canton, founder and artistic director of the choir. “We’re the Ottawa Bach Choir, […]

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Irwin Cotler: Human rights crusader retires as MP

| April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Irwin Cotler: Human rights crusader retires as MP

Irwin Cotler, who has been called the “pre-eminent voice in the fight against oppression,” is retiring after 16 years as an MP, a job he didn’t really want, at least in the beginning. As the tireless crusader for human rights, freedom and democracy, tells Diplomat’s editor, Jennifer Campbell, he has no plans to change his […]

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Envoy’s Album – Winter 2014

| January 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album – Winter 2014

                       

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New Arrivals – Winter 2014

| January 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
New Arrivals – Winter 2014

S.E.M. Pamphile C. Goutondji Ambassador of Benin Ambassador Goutondji is a career diplomat who joined the foreign ministry in 1983. After completing a bachelor’s degree in 1976 and a master’s in international relations in Kiev in 1983, he joined the ministry and held increasingly responsible positions, including department head and assistant to the foreign minister. […]

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Diplomacy in all its elegance benefits the National Capital Region’s Children’s Wish Foundation

| January 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Diplomacy in all its elegance benefits the National Capital Region’s Children’s Wish Foundation

It’s one of the Ottawa Diplomatic Association’s most elegant events of the year and also one of its best networking opportunities. The annual black-tie diplomatic ball has become such a popular event that it sold out three weeks beforehand. The ball began in 2011 as the brainchild of former Zambian high commissioner Nevers Mumba, as […]

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Canada’s religious freedom ambassador: ‘Human rights are not a Western liberal democracy preserve.‘

| January 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canada’s religious freedom ambassador:  ‘Human rights are not a Western liberal democracy preserve.‘

Andrew Bennett is Canada’s first ambassador to the office of religious freedom, a position he accepted in February 2013. A devout Catholic, he  studied history at Dalhousie University and McGill University and completed a PhD in political science at the University of Edinburgh. He then worked for Natural Resources Canada, Export Development Canada, the Privy […]

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New Arrivals – Fall 2013

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
New Arrivals – Fall 2013

Calsey Willmore Johnson High Commissioner for the Bahamas Dr. Johnson was a career broadcaster for three decades and was general manager of the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas (BCB) — the country’s  national broadcasting system — for 14 years. He served a five-year term as executive chairman of the board of the BCB. He also served […]

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Envoy’s Album – Fall 2013

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album – Fall 2013

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A little Christmas ‘gift to Ottawa’

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
A little Christmas ‘gift to Ottawa’

This year, for the sixth year in a row, the delegation of the European Union will present a unique Christmas concert, free of charge, to Ottawans. The concert, which attracted 1,300 Ottawans last year, has become a well-loved tradition, featuring Christmas carols from many of the European Union’s member states. It gives Canadians a chance […]

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