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The sad fate of the rhino in Africa

| January 4, 2016 | 1 Comment
The sad fate of the rhino in Africa

Editor’s note: James Parker volunteered with Southern African Wildlife College’s (SAWC) ranger division from June to September 2015. During his time at Kruger National Park, he worked with rangers-in-training. The two white rhinos are grazing in the grass, about 50 metres away. They are not really that hard to track, as they leave a distinctive […]

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Survival … of the fittest

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Survival … of the fittest

Every January, scores of people storm the doors of their local fitness studios. Their will is resolute, their aim simple — to finally get into shape, as they had promised themselves at the stroke of midnight on Jan. 1. Yet weeks later, the resolve behind this tide will have ebbed away, as old habits reassert […]

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Canada’s role in a changing world

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Canada’s role in a changing world

Note: Derek H. Burney, a former Canadian ambassador to the United States, is a senior strategic adviser at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP. In June, he gave the O.D. Skelton speech in Ottawa. Portions of it are excerpted here. Few countries spend as much time as Canada does analyzing and agonizing over foreign policy or […]

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Electoral foreign policy promises

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Electoral foreign policy promises

In most democratic countries, foreign policy concerns are further down the list of voter priorities than domestic issues. In Canada, things are no different. Of the six scheduled TV debates between the leaders, only one was scheduled to focus on foreign policy. Domestic concerns may pique the public’s interest, but foreign policy can also have […]

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Canada: Minerals and metals supplier to the world

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Canada: Minerals and metals supplier to the world

Canada is one of the world’s leading mining nations. From humble beginnings with small-scale coal mining on Cape Breton Island, N.S., 350 years ago, there are now more than 1,100 mining and exploration projects operating today. Canada produces more than 60 minerals and metals. The country ranks No. 1 in the world in potash and […]

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Africa plagued by third term-itis

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Africa plagued by third term-itis

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s graceful acceptance of his loss this year to incoming President Muhammadu Buhari was a major advance for African democracy, for setting peaceful transition precedents, and for helping to mature political leadership on the continent. But that easy handover to an opponent was exceptional. Equally often, African rulers cling tenaciously to their […]

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Environmental protection: Where Canada stands

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Environmental protection:  Where Canada stands

Canada enjoys an embarrassment of riches that make for a safe and healthy life for most of its citizens. The country prides itself on its health care and social systems, enjoys clean air and water and reaps the benefits of abundant natural resources. Canada’s management of these resources placed it 24th out of 178 countries […]

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The greenest countries

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
The greenest  countries

Pope Francis practically sounded like Canadian author Naomi Klein this past June when his second encyclical, titled Laudato Si,’ blamed irresponsible capitalism and consumerism for the environmental perils that confront humanity. Linking these problems to global inequality, western political interests and a “throwaway culture” that consumes resources and fetishizes technology, His Holiness warned of “unprecedented […]

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Travel security: playing it safe

Travel security: playing it safe

The thrill of travel far outweighs the risks for most common destinations — given their huge influx of tourists each year. Forget the lure of the safe backyard barbecue and Sunday drives. For the restless, the curious and for the adventurous, there is no substitute for seeing and doing afar and coming home with a […]

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Curbing corruption in Africa

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Curbing corruption in Africa

Corruption is everywhere —  in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia and Brazil. It persists in much of the rest of Asia beyond China, and is rampant in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. Of the lowest 50 performers on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) and the World Bank’s Control of […]

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