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Arctic action

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Arctic action

There’s a kind of scorecard for where Canada stands in Arctic development compared to its Arctic neighbours, particularly Norway. In 2006, Norway published a detailed, 92-page outline of what it intended in its Arctic territory, and updated it three years later. Canada got around to the same kind of outline in 2009, and it had […]

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Who owns the Arctic?

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Who owns the Arctic?

High in the Canadian Arctic, working from a camp on Borden Island, a group of scientists uses autonomous vehicles to survey the floor of the Arctic Ocean. If they are successful in proving that Canada’s continental shelf is connected to a region around the geographic North Pole, their work will support the Canadian government’s assertion […]

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The photographer who documents heroes

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
The photographer who documents heroes

People are his passion. It was Norman H. Gershman’s Wall Street headhunting skills (he founded Consultants Period, Ltd..) that gave him the patience to track down an almost unknown story in a country cut off from the rest of the world for 50 years. But it was his passion for people that led him to […]

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Understanding besa, the Albanian code of honour

| September 2, 2010 | 1 Comment
Understanding besa, the Albanian code of honour

“All Jewish children will sleep with your children, all with eat the same food, all will live as one family” — Albanian Prime Minister Mehdi Frashëri, 1943   As the only country in Europe whose Jewish population grew 10-fold during World War II, and included refugees from all over Europe, Albania, with its 70 to […]

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Muslims who saved Jews

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Muslims who saved Jews

Muslims Who Saved Jews? Who Ever Heard of It? When I first learned of the WWII rescue of Jews in Muslim Albania and Kosovo, my reaction was visceral. Muslims who saved Jews? I must record this forgotten event with my camera and tell the story through the various family histories of the people I was […]

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Canada-EU deal: ‘Now the hard part starts’

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Canada-EU deal:  ‘Now the hard part starts’

The easy part — if ever there were one — is over. Now the hard part starts. This fall marks the midpoint in the two-year timeframe for the completion of a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Canada and Europe have had four rounds of formal negotiations and many informal discussions. Even a volcanic eruption […]

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Lessons from Estonia

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Lessons from Estonia

‘The home I grew up in was Estonian,‘ says Trade Minister Peter Van Loan… ’At nine years old, the wisdom of age was upon me’ Sitting on a sofa in his simply-furnished office in Centre Block, Canada’s International Trade Minister, Peter Van Loan explains how a first-generation Canadian of Estonian heritage wound up with a […]

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Canada’s nine free trade agreements

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Canada’s nine free trade agreements

Canada started signing free trade deals as far back as 1988 when it signed the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, which eventually grew into the North American Free Trade Agreement. Since then, this country has signed deals with 10 other countries and one principality and has agreements pending with Ukraine, Morocco and Korea, to name a […]

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Canada – Europe: Peter Van Loan on the next big prize

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Canada – Europe:  Peter Van Loan  on the next big prize

“Canada will be, if we have this agreement in place, the only developed country in the world with a free trade agreement with both the United States and the European Union — the two biggest economies in the world” By Donna Jacobs   nternational Trade Minister Peter Van Loan has no trouble making the switch […]

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