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Cuba’s reforms: necessary and well-received

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Cuba’s reforms: necessary and well-received

Diplomatic relations between Canada and Cuba are more than a half-century old, characterized by respect and sincere dialogue. Canada is among Cuba’s main trading partners as seen in tourism numbers alone — more than a million Canadians visit each year, drawn by the beauty of the landscape and its people’s hospitality. However, misinformation about the […]

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Dollars raised from dining

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Dollars raised from dining

There’s something special about dining in the home of an ambassador and that’s the draw for the Dining with Ambassadors event, which raises money for the Rockcliffe Park Foundation. Organizers recruit ambassadors and high commissioners to offer private dinners in their homes on a designated night in April, and then they sell tickets to the […]

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‘The world is our emergency room’

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
‘The world is our emergency room’

“My responsibility is to use those opportunities I’ve been given and try and put some good back into the world,” says physician and humanitarian AnneMarie Pegg. Pegg, who is from Yellowknife, is currently part of a crisis team working in Central African Republic and is one of hundreds of Canadians who work overseas every year […]

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Indian envoy has pre-ordained agenda for Canada

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Indian envoy has pre-ordained agenda for Canada

Indian High Commissioner and retired Admiral Nirmal Kumar Verma joined the Indian Navy in 1970 and became the 20th chief of the naval staff in 2009. He retired from service after commanding three ships, including an aircraft carrier. Over his career, he served on vessels in the former Soviet Union and studied at the Royal […]

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Joining ‘the force’ in Star Wars

Joining ‘the force’ in Star Wars

Twenty years ago, then-president Ronald Reagan went before the American people to declare his bold new vision of a nuclear-free world. Appearing on national television, he said: “Let me share with you a vision of the future which offers hope. It is that we embark on a program to counter the awesome Soviet missile threat […]

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Canada’s global quest for free trade

| April 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Canada’s global quest for free trade

  Over the past two years, I have had the privilege of serving as Canada’s minister of international trade. It has been an incredibly busy and exciting time. Guided by the global commerce strategy (GCS) introduced in 2007, Canada has been undertaking the most ambitious trade expansion plan in our country’s history. The strategy is […]

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Portugal: On the path of recovery

| April 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Portugal: On the path of recovery

By Pedro Moitinho de Almeida Former ambassador of Portugal Portugal is currently undergoing an economic adjustment program, that is steering the economy on a path of recovery. With assistance from the IMF, EU and ECB (the Troika), a balanced program has been implemented, with the goal of promoting reforms to increase competitiveness and boost economic […]

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Canada and Australia: natural trade partners

| April 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Canada and Australia: natural trade partners

By Louise Hand Australian High Commissioner The Australia-Canada relationship is very close and works exceptionally well across a wide range of issues. We co-operate closely in international affairs, advocating human rights, democracy and freedom around the world, including through the United Nations and the Commonwealth. Almost daily, our political and business leaders use one another […]

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Tunisia’s bold gamble on democracy: ‘One day or another, we will win’

| April 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Tunisia’s bold gamble on democracy:  ‘One day or another, we will win’

In December 2010, the Arab Spring erupted through the impervious soil of authoritarian rule in the Middle East. The Arab awakening drove dictatorial and nepotistic rulers from power, first in Tunisia and then Egypt, Libya and Yemen. Popular protests swept the region — Syria, Algeria, Morocco, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan, and Sudan, with smaller demonstrations […]

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Abenomics: Revitalizating Japan’s economy

| April 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Abenomics: Revitalizating Japan’s economy

Following last December’s general election in Japan, a coalition government was formed by the Liberal Democratic Party and the New Komeito Party. LDP leader Shinzo Abe was elected as Japan’s prime minister to lead the coalition government. In his policy speech at the Diet (Japan’s national legislature) Jan. 28, 2013, he identified three major tasks […]

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