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The castle Birkett built

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
The castle Birkett built

We’ve all seen and heard of famous castles — Windsor Castle, Prague Castle, Mont Saint Michel, Ludwig’s (Mad Max’s) Castle in Bavaria. Exotic locations, fantastic designs, tourist destinations. And then there is Birkett’s Castle. Whose, you ask? Birkett’s? Where would that be? Try downtown Ottawa. Ask around about Thomas Birkett, a former mayor of Ottawa […]

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Vietnam’s complex cuisine

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Vietnam’s complex cuisine

Vietnam, a long, narrow country, lies south of China, east of Laos and Cambodia and west of the South China Sea. The Vietnamese trace their origins back more than 4,000 years to the Red River Delta around Hanoi where area farmers became renowned for their rice cultivation. Beginning in the Second Century BC, the Vietnamese […]

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Innovation at Kazakhstan’s EXPO

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Innovation at Kazakhstan’s EXPO

Innovation need not be complicated. In fact, some of the most ingenious submissions to EXPO 2017’s Energy Best Practices Pavilion were the kinds of things that make you slap your forehead and ask, “Why didn’t I think of that?” The theme of EXPO 2017, held between June and September in Astana, Kazakhstan’s young, thoroughly modern […]

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10 life-changing innovations

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
10 life-changing innovations

The future is not what it used to be. French poet Paul Valéry coined this phrase to describe the cultural pessimism that had gripped Europe after the First World War. Valéry — like so many of his contemporaries — had lost faith in the inevitability of progress that had defined the period leading up to […]

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On NAFTA’s renegotiation: ‘It’s been baptism by fire, for sure.’

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
On NAFTA’s renegotiation: ‘It’s been baptism by fire, for sure.’

Dennis Darby, who had been CEO of the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA), became CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) in January 2017. Before serving as CEO of the OPA, he spent 24 years with Procter & Gamble, starting his career as a product engineer and rising to director of North American External Relations. He […]

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The mounting risks of nuclear war

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
The mounting risks of nuclear war

The 1951 Civil Defence film, which was shown to millions of school children, told them what to do in the event of a nuclear attack. Like Bert the Turtle, they were told to “duck and cover.” If they were at school, that meant hiding under their desks and putting their heads between their knees. Though […]

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An artful residence for an artist and an ambassador

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
An artful residence for an artist and an ambassador

lf you wander into the residence of Czech Ambassador Pavel Hrncir in tony Rockcliffe, you might think you are in the wrong place. In an area known for its baronial manor houses, this house has none of the typical stucco and stone exteriors, no stone columns, no wrought-iron balconies and no circular driveway. Inside you […]

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Peru’s complex culinary evolution

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
Peru’s complex culinary evolution

Peru, situated on the west coast of South America, sharing borders with Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia and Chile, boasts a rich multicultural cuisine combining the flavours of four continents. Dating back to pre-Inca times, an ever-evolving Peruvian cuisine has shown unique tolerance and assimilation of those cuisines introduced by immigrants from Europe, Africa and Asia. […]

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States on the brink

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
States on the brink

The Fragile States Index is based on a conflict-assessment framework known as “CAST” that was developed by FFP nearly a quarter-century ago for assessing how vulnerable states are to collapse. The CAST framework measures this vulnerability in pre-conflict, active conflict and post-conflict situations and continues to be used widely by policy-makers, field practitioners and community […]

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Africa’s thirst: severe water gaps

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
Africa’s thirst: severe water gaps

Ezirazi wishes she were in school. But, like so many 10-year-old African girls south of the Sahara, she has to trek early every morning and just before sunset every night to fetch water from a well 10 kilometres away. The drinking and washing needs of her family take priority over schooling. Anyway, she also has […]

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