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Sri Lanka’s residence is full of charm — and charms

| July 6, 2019 | 0 Comments
Sri Lanka’s residence is full of charm — and charms

The odds are good you’ve never seen a dumb waiter quite like the one in the Sandy Hill residence of Sri Lankan High Commissioner Madukande Asoka Kumara Girihagama. In fact, at first glance, you might mistake the wood-panelled beauty concealed behind a white interior door as an elevator for short people who don’t suffer from […]

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Where in the world everybody is going

Where in the world everybody is going

The Top 10 tourist destinations around the globe Each year, people around the world leave home searching for adventure or a change of scenery. While most tend to travel mainly within their own region, international travel has become a dynamic and profitable business. In 2017, the most recent year for which statistics are available, there […]

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The refugee crisis: ‘[We should] stabilize the hotspots so people can go back to their homes’

| July 5, 2019 | 0 Comments
The refugee crisis: ‘[We should] stabilize the hotspots so people can go back to their homes’

Ratna Omidvar came to Canada from Iran in 1981 and her own experiences of displacement, integration and citizen engagement have inspired her work in Canada. She was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in April 2016 as an independent senator representing Ontario. Prior to her appointment, Omidvar was the founding executive director of the think-tank […]

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Why foreign policy should be an election issue

| July 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
Why foreign policy should be an election issue

Foreign policy won’t be a federal election issue during the 2019 campaign, although it should. To be sure, there may be a leader’s debate about foreign policy as there was in the 2015 election. But foreign policy is generally not a do-or-die, make-or-break issue with Canadians. Like voters pretty much anywhere, they are preoccupied with […]

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A stately hilltop mansion for Italy’s envoys

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
A stately hilltop mansion for Italy’s envoys

When deciding to bring his love affair with wood into his home, lumber baron Robert L. Blackburn clearly realized that some discretion was in order. Blackburn built the stately hilltop mansion on chemin d’Aylmer in Gatineau next to the tony Royal Ottawa Golf Club in 1924. It has been the official residence of the Italian […]

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Spring recipes that will dazzle

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
Spring recipes that will dazzle

In this issue, as we face a well-deserved spring, I feature recipes that always delight guests with the simple complexity of ingredients that strategically play off one another in terms of flavours, textures and even colours. The appetizer and dessert recipes can also be modified to become cocktail party favourites. Macadamia, Shrimp and Avocado Timbales […]

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Who fills the vacuum?

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
Who fills the vacuum?

In December 2018, the Trump White House ordered the Pentagon to plan for a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. According to officials, plans for this complete withdrawal must be prepared sometime thiAs year. Interestingly, this order follows the Trump administration’s announcement that it is also pulling all American forces out of Syria after claiming victory over […]

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What happens in Syria now?

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
What happens in Syria now?

The United States’ entry into the coalition fight against the Islamic State began in 2015; the Islamic State had cut out large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria, claiming a caliphate. In the following three years, the self-declared caliphate has all but been eradicated; however, throughout Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State (IS) has […]

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The world’s best national debt managers

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
The world’s best national debt managers

Debt is a powerful force, with total global government debt exceeding US$65 trillion, up from $37 trillion a decade earlier. Wolfgang Depner examines global debt and gives shout-outs to the world’s best financial bosses. It was a small but symbolic occasion. For the first time in 20 years, Germany’s debt counter reversed direction in January […]

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‘Canadians need to think about being in China. It’s always been risky and this is a reminder to them.’

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
‘Canadians need to think about being in China. It’s always been risky and this is a reminder to them.’

David Mulroney is a career diplomat who finished his career as Canada’s ambassador to China between 2009 and 2012. Using expertise he gleaned there, he penned the book Middle Power, Middle Kingdom: What Canadians Need to Know about China in the 21st Century. Prior to his posting in Beijing, he was deputy minister responsible for […]

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