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On Ukrainian defence

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
On Ukrainian defence

Diplomat contacted Ukraine’s defence ministry’s military intelligence, press service and public affairs office, which provided these answers in late August. 1. Could you supply up-to-date figures on war deaths and injuries in 2015 and 2016? 2,504 Ukrainian soldiers, within the Ukrainian armed forces, the National Guard, Border Guard and various law enforcement agencies have been […]

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Aboriginals: Canada’s founding peoples

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Aboriginals: Canada’s founding peoples

The history of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada begins much earlier than any other group living here — and is far more complex. When European settlers arrived in what would become Canada in the early 16th Century, the number of aboriginal people ranged from an estimated low of 350,000 to as high as two million. By […]

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A letter to the future president of the United States

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
A letter to the future president of the United States

Dear Candidates in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Race, American voters and foreign observers all search for substance in your stump speeches, trying to imagine their lives and the world at large under your leadership. Those of us who view the world through the prism of geopolitics remind ourselves that campaign rhetoric tends to diverge from […]

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‘Responsible conviction’ — when interests and values clash

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
‘Responsible conviction’ —  when interests and values clash

In a major speech at the University of Ottawa in March, Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion described the guiding principle of Liberal foreign policy as “responsible conviction.” The two-word term is a good starting point for analyzing the Liberal approach to Canada’s place in the world. Although Dion put a different spin on the expression, it’s […]

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Brazil into Africa

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Brazil into Africa

As China’s growth engines sputter, Europe remains weak and India focuses inward, African economies correspondingly retrench severely. Where African nations once were growing at a steady five percent a year, thanks to Chinese demand, now much of sub-Saharan Africa is increasing its GDP per capita at only two and three percent a year, with South […]

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Canada’s great auto slide

Canada’s great auto slide

Since the recession of 2008 and 2009, increasing concern has been expressed by politicians, union leaders and analysts concerning the decline of manufacturing in Canada. Indeed, during the past half-century, the share of manufacturing as a percentage of Canadian GDP has declined from just under 25 percent to 10 percent. The declines are also recorded […]

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Summering near Ottawa

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Summering near Ottawa

Swishy garden parties, faraway beaches and lawn bowling are all fine, but summer’s also a time for forays into uncharted territory. And that doesn’t have to mean packing a suitcase. We’ve found a tonne of unexpected fun within easy striking distance of downtown. Better yet, it won’t break the bank. Heritage homages: Plentiful and unassuming, […]

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Life is a beach

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Life is a beach

Your handy travel guide to the top 10 beaches from the Blue Flag program, an ecological certification system that recognizes and promotes cleanliness, safety, environmental awareness and sustainability. Initiated by the Foundation for Environmental Education and headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Blue Flag program is an ecological certification program that recognizes and promotes high standards […]

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The Top 10 threats to the world’s oceans

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
The Top 10 threats to the world’s oceans

“Every time I slip into the ocean, it’s like going home.” This quote from leading American oceanographer Sylvia Earle reminds us that the fate of humanity — our fate — inevitably depends on the fate of the oceans that cover almost 71 percent of our planet. In fact, it is misleading to speak of oceans […]

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Iran sanctions relaxed: Opportunities and risks

Iran sanctions relaxed: Opportunities and risks

In early February, Global Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion announced that Canada had amended its economic sanctions against Iran. This implements the Liberal government’s response to the January determination by the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran has met the requirements for sanctions relief to begin under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). A number […]

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