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Kazakhstan: Eyes on Astana

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Kazakhstan: Eyes on Astana

Each year on July 6, Kazakhstan proudly celebrates Capital City Day, honouring its capital, Astana, with a week of cultural festivities. The activities highlight Kazakh culture, history and the city’s central position in the nation’s life. Astana has grown from a small provincial city to an influential player on the world stage and a symbol […]

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Envoy’s Album – Winter 2016

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album – Winter 2016

                                         

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Annual Dinner raises $93,000 for survival of threatened salmon

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Annual Dinner raises $93,000 for  survival of threatened salmon

For the international touch, it was Iceland and Ireland all the way at Ottawa’s 19th Atlantic Salmon Federation Annual Fall Run Dinner last autumn at the Museum of History in Gatineau. Iceland is known internationally for its dedication to saving the threatened wild Atlantic salmon species. Iceland’s ambassador to Canada, Sturla Sigurjónsson, who attended with […]

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Blacks in Canada: A complicated history

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Blacks in Canada: A complicated history

As we mark Black History Month in Canada in February, it’s worth reflecting on the legacy of our country’s black community and the prejudice its members have faced. On the plus side, Canada — even before it formally became a country — took progressive steps to end discrimination ahead of some other countries. In 1793, […]

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Bubbles from the New World

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Bubbles from the New World

Sparkling wine is an incredible and splendid kind of drink. Not only is it delicious, and versatile for food pairings, it transcends being a wine to become an icon of culture. Its mere mention evokes images of everything from proper celebrations to a heady life on Easy Street. All that said, it’s also serious and […]

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Filipino food: A historical odyssey

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Filipino food: A historical odyssey

The Philippines, an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands east of Vietnam, boasts the longest discontinuous coastline in the world. Its topography features mountains, plains, coral reefs and a vast number of lakes, rivers, streams and springs, while its tropical climate includes rainy and dry seasons. With 100-plus ethnic groups, the gastronomy of this nation […]

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A search for the middle ground

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
A search for the middle ground

In 1962, George Woodcock, the Vancouver literary and social critic, published what turned out to be his most famous book, one that has stayed in print ever since. He called it Anarchism: A History of Libertarian Ideas and Movements. He always described himself as a “philosophical anarchist,” a phrase coined in reaction to that stereotype […]

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Fun in the sun with Filipino hospitality

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Fun in the sun with Filipino hospitality

The Philippines is like a friend you wish you had met sooner. First-time tourists grudgingly end their holidays, but vow to return. Repeat visitors stay longer the next time, and some stay for good. Travel magazines and bloggers rave about the place, the people and the experience. My country lies at the crossroads of the […]

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Envoy’s Album – Fall 2015

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album – Fall 2015

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The house the elephants protect

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
The house the elephants protect

Wandering along the northern end of Acacia Avenue in Rockcliffe Park, you’ll notice a wonderful display of sophisticated embassy residences, from Japan and Korea’s stone mansions to India’s brick Victorian and Iran’s more modern Arabic architecture. And then you come upon a distinctive large white stucco house with two stone elephants guarding the driveway. The […]

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