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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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Now that’s fortification

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Now that’s fortification

There’s so much to know about wine that it’s understandable that we tend to limit our awareness to what we know we like. However, these comfortable and safe choices can be a kind of cage. The dark and murky corners of the wine world deserve to be explored and our palates deserve the pleasure of […]

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Armenian cuisine’s complexity

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Armenian cuisine’s complexity

Bordered by the Caucasus and other mountain ranges, Armenia, more or less a high plateau, enjoys fertile soil, a basically temperate climate — though punctuated by extremes — and stunning scenery with many lakes and rivers. Indeed, the country, land of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, can trace its existence from ancient times, as it […]

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Terry Fox: Role model and inspiration

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Terry Fox: Role model and inspiration

In a country that frowns upon self-promotion, Canadians prefer modest heroes. This is true even when a hero’s fame lives on long after him, touches millions of people beyond the country’s borders and when his accomplishment has resulted in almost $700 million being raised for an important cause. Terry Fox was 22 years old in […]

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