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Eugene Forsey: bringing Canada’s political history to life

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Eugene Forsey: bringing Canada’s political history to life

“I can remember many people who go a long, long way back in our history,” my father told an interviewer in 1970. “I remember one man who was elected to Parliament in 1867, half a dozen who were elected in 1874 … Sometimes [with] classes in Canadian government, I’m able to say, ‘Oh, no you’ve […]

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La pièce de résistance

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
La pièce de résistance

French Ambassador Phillipe Zeller and his wife, Odile, live in one of the most opulent and beautifully situated embassies in the nation’s capital — a granite edifice built on an escarpment above the Ottawa River. The French government bought the property from Arthur Blackburn in 1931 for $80,000 and in 1936, prime minister William Lyon […]

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Diplomats take flight

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Diplomats take flight

A record 115 diplomats, their families and business people soared over Ottawa and Gatineau on June 23 for the annual Flying Diplomat Day, held at the Rockcliffe Flying Club. Co-sponsored this year by the Ottawa Diplomatic Association and Diplomat & International Canada magazine, it featured a flight over Ottawa and Gatineau near the Ottawa River. […]

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Envoy’s Album – Fall 2012

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album – Fall 2012

 

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Abundant with cultural wonders, Azerbaijan awaits

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Abundant with cultural wonders, Azerbaijan awaits

By Farid Shafiyev Ambassador of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan — or “land of fires” for its ever-burning, inextinguishable natural gas flames that shoot spontaneously from the earth — offers other equally spectacular and utterly unique historical and cultural experiences. Travellers usually begin their journey to Azerbaijan in Baku, the country’s capital. Baku is the biggest political, trade […]

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Wine is fine but …

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Wine is fine but …

With the cool days of autumn upon us, it’s tempting to stay indoors and entertain. Throw in a few holidays and, all of a sudden, you’re hosting plenty of dinners. While well-selected wines will always play their roles in making dinners, why not truly wow your guests? A few perfectly chosen items besides the fermented […]

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Enchanting Ireland

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Enchanting Ireland

By Jessie Reynolds Ireland, a country less than 1/100th the size of Canada, holds an incredible number of surprises. Dublin reminds one of London, the west coast reminds one of Newfoundland and the south reminds one of Maine. There are ruins, scenic coastal drives, the world’s best bread pudding and small towns that can only […]

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Jamaica: the vibrant heart of the Caribbean

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
Jamaica: the vibrant heart of the Caribbean

A visit to Jamaica is an experience in which history and all your senses will converge to give you a lifetime of memories. Jamaica is unique, with its gifts to the world including reggae and dancehall music, fine rum, exquisite coffee and jerk seasoning. I am touched by the many Canadians who speak highly of […]

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Guatemala: the land of eternal springtime

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
Guatemala: the land of eternal springtime

People commonly describe Guatemala as “the land of eternal spring.” And rightly so. Exuberant displays of orange and violet bougainvilleas greet people year-round. The word Guatemala comes from the indigenous Mayan-Toltec word Quauhtemalla, meaning “land of many trees,” and, indeed our northern biosphere is part of one of the largest in this hemisphere. Los numeros […]

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Canada’s first Olympic gold-medalist

Canada’s first Olympic gold-medalist

On the official Olympic Games website, there are two records concerning George Orton at the Paris Olympics in 1900. The records show he won a bronze medal in the 400-metre men’s hurdles and a gold medal in the 3000-metre steeplechase. The records note his country as Canada, making George Orton the first Canadian to win […]

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