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For business or for beaches, choose Ecuador

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
For business or for beaches, choose Ecuador

For the embassy of Ecuador, boosting trade and investment with Canada is a key goal. On the trade side, the potential to increase bilateral commerce is accentuated by our interestingly diverse products. Ecuador exports oil, bananas, shrimp, fish, flowers, tropical fruits, cacao, coffee and industrialized products such as textiles, car parts, software and canned tuna. […]

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Afghanistan’s ambassador: thank you, Canada

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
Afghanistan’s ambassador: thank you, Canada

Barna Karimi, Afghanistan’s new ambassador to Canada, has a varied background which most recently included two key jobs in Afghanistan — first working as President Hamid Karzai’s deputy chief of staff (2005-2007) and then working for him as a deputy minister (2007-2011). But he comes with corporate and cultural distinctions, too. For four years (2001-2005), […]

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Chile, ‘pioneer’ in free trade

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
Chile, ‘pioneer’ in free trade

When Chile joined Brunei, New Zealand and Singapore as founding members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in 2006, it was no accident. Chile’s first big step toward becoming a pioneer country — one that has been working for decades to achieve better conditions for worldwide trade, particularly within the Pacific basin area — took place when […]

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Chamberfest 2012 stars 450 artists

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
Chamberfest 2012 stars 450 artists

The 19th annual Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival takes place between July 26 and August 9. This summer’s edition presents more than 450 artists and 100 concerts and events over 15 days of musical celebration in the nation’s capital. Canadian Brass opens Ottawa Chamberfest 2012, July 26 at Dominion-Chalmers United Church, with its legendary musical […]

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Paying it forward, Korean-style

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
Paying it forward, Korean-style

The idea of “paying it forward” has always been something that appealed to departing South Korean Ambassador Nam Joo-hong and that’s exactly what he did in April, just days before he was unexpectedly called home for a new, high-profile job in Korea’s national security. The Rolling Rampage on the Hill is put on by the […]

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Creating perfect smiles

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
Creating perfect smiles

Words that describe Canadian volunteers overseas — modest, polite, friendly, empathetic, inclusive, thoughtful, but most of all good friends and partners. These were the words that inspired Kimit Rai to found Canadian-led surgical group Operation Rainbow Canada (ORC) in 1998. The mandate of ORC is to provide free cleft lip and palate surgery to impoverished […]

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Supply management: an antiquated barrier to trade

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
Supply management: an antiquated barrier to trade

The Conservative government of Stephen Harper has made it increasingly clear that international trade is one of its top economic priorities. Whether through expanding existing trade agreements (such as building on NAFTA) or negotiating new deals with the European Union, Japan, Korea, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Ottawa is placing ever-growing emphasis on trade deals as […]

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A pugnacious Putin, an assertive Russia

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
A pugnacious Putin, an assertive Russia

Vladimir Putin began a Feb. 8 op-ed in The Washington Post with the following statement: “True democracy is not created overnight. Society must be ready for democratic mechanisms. The majority of the population must feel they are citizens and be ready to devote attention, time, and effort to participating in the process of government.” The […]

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Preventing a slaughter of refugees

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
Preventing a slaughter of refugees

Camp Ashraf was created in an Iraqi desert by several thousand Iranians, who in 1980 fled from the terror unleashed on them across Iran by Ayatollah Khomeini. Supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), founded in the 1960s by leftist university students, they had actively opposed the regimes of the shah and the […]

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The case for Scottish independence

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
The case for Scottish independence

Scotland will hold a referendum in 2014 on independence as mandated by the Scottish National Party in its 2011 election platform. This is an edited transcript of the arguments for independence as articulated by the SNP. Size matters Some have suggested Scotland’s too small to be independent. Not so. The size or population of a […]

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