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Gorgeous Grüner Veltliner

| March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
Gorgeous Grüner Veltliner

Few countries have a wine industry that’s only known for a single grape varietal. Sure, many North American wine drinkers immediately expect a Pinotage when they think of what they will find in their glass of South African red wine. Yet, those consumers would probably be surprised that Pinotage represents only seven percent of South […]

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Celebrating Asian heritage

| March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
Celebrating Asian heritage

Many Canadians today see our diverse population as a source of pride and strength — for good reason. More than one in five Canadians were born elsewhere. That is the highest percentage of immigrants in the G7 group of large industrialized nations. Asia (including people born in the Middle East) has provided the greatest number […]

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Revisionism revisited

| March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
Revisionism revisited

As it happened, Ronald C. Rosbottom, a professor of French culture at Amherst College in New England, was in Paris on Jan. 7, 2015, the day of the terrorist attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo. A bit of bad luck, one might say, but perhaps a bit of good luck as well, for Rosbottom […]

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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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