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Of humpbacks and humans

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
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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Creating community with an international buffet

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
Creating community with an international buffet

More than 25 diplomatic missions provided food for an international buffet at Rockcliffe Park’s Grand Village Fête to mark the 90th anniversary of the village’s creation. “It was a very special event for the community,” said Liz Heatherington, who co-ordinated the diplomatic portion. Heads of mission from the German, Thai, Japanese, Indonesian, Turkish, Czech and […]

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Ukraine’s quest towards the west

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Ukraine’s quest towards the west

The streets of downtown Kyiv keep the memory alive that fewer than four years ago, under president Viktor Yanukovych’s regime, this capital city of Europe’s second largest country was on fire. Ukrainian protesters were bludgeoned and shot by soldiers, police, secret service and even civilians called “titushky,” who were hired to support the police. Protesters […]

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On Ukrainian defence

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
On Ukrainian defence

Diplomat contacted Ukraine’s defence ministry’s military intelligence, press service and public affairs office, which provided these answers in late August. 1. Could you supply up-to-date figures on war deaths and injuries in 2015 and 2016? 2,504 Ukrainian soldiers, within the Ukrainian armed forces, the National Guard, Border Guard and various law enforcement agencies have been […]

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Emphasizing the positive

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Emphasizing the positive

His first year as U.S. ambassador has just passed. How has former investment banker and Goldman Sachs executive Bruce Heyman adapted to highly public life in his new job? “I guess you just do,” he says. “It’s the Bruce Heyman world of Darwinian thought: It’s not the smartest that survive. It’s not strongest that survive. […]

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Swimming with the spawning salmon

| January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
Swimming with the spawning salmon

Pull on a wetsuit and snorkel gear and step into a fast-running river. Float effortlessly for kilometres in your buoyant lifejacket down the current, while 20,000 salmon are swimming under you in the opposite direction. It is a thrill ride at five kilometres an hour down the swift-moving Campbell River on Vancouver Island’s east coast. […]

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For the love of the salmon

| January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
For the love of the salmon

Atlantic salmon have benefactors in Ottawa. Deputy Minister of Fisheries Matt King, MPs, diplomats, fishers, business people and civil servants turned out to support these iconic creatures that swim 3,000 kilometres from northern Europe to spawn in the rivers of their birth in Eastern Canada and the U.S. The 250 people who attended the Atlantic […]

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Towering Taiwan

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Towering Taiwan

The tour guide in Taiwan stops next to a tiny marker along a park path. It has a design that features a small box with hard edges inside a larger box that has rounded corners. The 20 journalists, invited from almost every continent to Taiwan by its foreign affairs department, look at the simple image […]

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Azerbaijan moves toward the limelight

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Azerbaijan moves toward the limelight

“Azerbaijan — moderate, secular and with a majority of its population Muslim — lives in a tough neighbourhood. We should give whatever encouragement we can in terms of [this emerging] democracy.” — Barry Devolin, a Conservative MP who was commenting on the merits of opening a Canadian embassy in Azerbaijan. Preparing to vist Azerbaijan always […]

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Saving the salmon

| January 5, 2014 | 1 Comment
Saving the salmon

There was nothing fishy about the Atlantic Salmon Federation’s 17th Annual Ottawa Fall Run Conservation Dinner and auction at the Museum of Civilization — except maybe the platters of Nova Scotia smoked salmon. Since 1948, the federation, along with 100 affiliated river-conservation groups and more than 30,000 volunteers, have been opening their wallets and raising […]

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