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A welcoming Korean residence

| January 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
A welcoming Korean residence

Two large, fierce haetae guard the entrance to the stunning stone residence of Korean Ambassador Cho Hee-yong and his wife, Yang Lee. The strange creatures sitting on their plinths in front of the large circular driveway serve a purpose. In traditional Korean mythology, they are said to discern good and evil, prevent natural disasters and […]

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New legislation great for Canadian wine consumption

| January 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
New legislation great for Canadian wine consumption

Canada has a great and evolving home-grown wine culture. More wineries are being established; grape growers and wine-makers continue to hone their craft and Canadian wine drinkers are aware and justifiably proud of our fantastic wines. And, with a little luck and a touch of patience, wine drinkers from one end of our nation to […]

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New Arrivals – Winter 2013

| January 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
New Arrivals – Winter 2013

New heads of mission Arno Riedel  Ambassador of Austria Mr. Riedel completed an MBA from the University of Economics in Vienna before studying at Vienna’s diplomatic academy. He began his foreign service career in 1980 as a desk officer, and, within five years, was first secretary at the embassy in Budapest. He was counsellor in […]

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Envoy’s Album – Winter 2013

| January 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album – Winter 2013

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An ambassadorial tour of Spain

| January 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
An ambassadorial tour of Spain

By Carlos Gómez-Múgica Ambassador of Spain To write about my country is something that I love, especially to invite readers to visit Spain and to see it from a different perspective. Tourists, on their first visit especially, express amazement at Spain’s diversity. Not by chance has Spain been labelled a mosaic of history and cultures. […]

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Canada’s principled move in Iran

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Canada’s principled move in Iran

John Baird’s surprise decision to pull the plug on diplomatic relations with Iran is one that was long overdue. But it is a principled decision against a pariah regime that sends the simple message: Enough is enough. The fact that Baird made the announcement on his way to Vladivostok just before the APEC summit struck […]

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Internet wars

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Internet wars

By Fen Osler Hampson and Gordon S. Smith At the end of the year, the nations of the world will convene at the Gulf port city of Dubai to renegotiate key provisions of the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITR), a UN treaty that governs the use of the airwaves, but not the internet. It is already […]

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A reflection on responsibility: What does Syria mean for R2P?

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
A reflection on responsibility: What does Syria mean for R2P?

By Lloyd Axworthy and Allan Rock The world has watched in frustration as the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad of Syria has turned its weapons against its own citizens to suppress an insurgency and cling to power. The shocking estimates of civilian casualties (some as high as 20,000) don’t measure the untold misery of the […]

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Canadians confront a global issue

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Canadians confront a global issue

By Liz Ballantyne-Jackson It’s a little known problem in the west, but exposure to smoke from cooking fires kills approximately two million people worldwide every year. Globally, nearly three billion people use polluting, inefficient stoves or open flames to cook their food. This results in deforestation, carbon emissions and numerous health issues. Breathing in the […]

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Surviving cancer and living a football dream

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Surviving cancer and living a football dream

Fareed Ali was 17 years old when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. One of the bright spots in his intensive treatment plan, which included eight months of chemotherapy and four lumbar punctures (spinal taps), was an offer from the Children’s Wish Foundation. They asked him to dream big and he did — the avid […]

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