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Envoy’s Album – Summer 2012

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album – Summer 2012

 

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Why there may be more alcohol in your wine

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
Why there may be more alcohol in your wine

  Alcohol is an obvious part of wine. It’s expected to be there. However, there’s a growing sense among wine drinkers that their drink is getting stronger. Chardonnay seems bigger. Côtes du Rhône tastes hotter. And they’re right. It’s not just a feeling. Over the last four decades, the amount of alcohol in wine has […]

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A noted astronomer checks out the coming Mayan doomsday

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
A noted astronomer checks out the coming Mayan doomsday

The American-made disaster film 2012 was one of the most profitable disaster movies of all time (earning US$700 million). Released on Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, director Roland Emmerich’s fictional portrayal of global cataclysm exploited the approach of the year 2012 when, according to best-selling doomsday prophets, the world would end precisely (they said) as the […]

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I, spy

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
I, spy

A remarkable true story of enterprise and espionage, of mystery and mayhem, in the Far East Jim Thompson was the best-known western businessman in Thailand, arguably the best known in all of Southeast Asia. Then one day, during a brief holiday in the highlands of Malaysia, he simply vanished — and became famous round the […]

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Rape as a weapon of war: then and now

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Rape as a weapon of war: then and now

“It has become more dangerous to be a woman fetching water or collecting firewood than a fighter on the frontline.” — UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Margot Wallström, 2012 UN BACKGROUND REPORT The victims of modern armed conflict are far more likely to be civilians than soldiers. According to UN Action Against […]

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The Big Six Goals: Canada’s priorities in the U.S.

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The Big Six Goals: Canada’s priorities in the U.S.

Canada and the U.S. have the closest and most integrated partnership in the world. As Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on a recent visit, “We are partners, neighbours, allies and, most of all, we are true friends.” A recent Gallup poll found that the American public agrees, with 96 percent of Americans having a positive […]

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Superstar Nations

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Superstar Nations

The 10 most productive countries on Earth — and five contenders   The Age of Expectations, published in 1994 by American economist Paul Krugman (who has since become a Nobel laureate) opens with the following observation: “Productivity isn’t everything, but in the long run it is almost everything. A country’s ability to improve its standard […]

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Shifting our guns to the Pacific

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
Shifting our guns to the Pacific

Within the last few decades, the world centre of gravity has moved from the Atlantic to the Pacific. By virtually any metric, whether it is economic power, military power, political power, or global influence, the world centre of power has come to reside in the Pacific — with China at the heart of this profound […]

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‘Made in Slovakia’ — for Canadians

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
‘Made in Slovakia’ — for Canadians

Slovakia, one of the world’s youngest countries, has in nearly 20 years of its independence managed to achieve results that should make its people proud. Slovakia has become a full-fledged member of such prestigious clubs as OECD (2000), EU and NATO (2004), the Schengen Area (2007) and Eurozone (2009). Canada, one of the world’s most […]

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Malaysia: Harness our country’s growth

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Malaysia: Harness our country’s growth

Malaysia is one of the top five most competitive countries in the world for international trade, according to the World Competitiveness Yearbook 2011. Despite the world economic downturn, Malaysia enjoyed a trade surplus of US$38.97 billion in 2011, an increase of 8.7 percent in total trade from the previous year. Trade between Malaysia and Canada […]

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