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China’s residence: Sharing a culture with Canada

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
China’s residence: Sharing a culture with Canada

If you ask Ambassador Luo Zhaohui about his spacious Rockcliffe residence, he’ll tell you with a big smile that it has all the elements of good feng shui, the Chinese philosophical system for harmonizing with the surrounding environment. His house is sort of halfway up a hill, between water — the backyard swimming pool and […]

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Filipino food: A historical odyssey

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Filipino food: A historical odyssey

The Philippines, an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands east of Vietnam, boasts the longest discontinuous coastline in the world. Its topography features mountains, plains, coral reefs and a vast number of lakes, rivers, streams and springs, while its tropical climate includes rainy and dry seasons. With 100-plus ethnic groups, the gastronomy of this nation […]

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Vladimir Putin and the decline of the West

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Vladimir Putin and the decline of the West

“America’s retreat from the world is no longer abstract — it has delivered Syria… to Moscow and Iran’s mullahs, probably for generations. The strategic defeat is only exceeded by the moral defeat.” — National Post, Oct. 5, 2015 The world is changing quickly and not in our favour. The strategic balance has been moving steadily […]

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The pervasive prejudice against females

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
The pervasive prejudice against females

In September 2015, leaders from around the world gathered in New York City for the UN General Assembly and adopted the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Seventeen goals were agreed upon as part of the new framework, which lasts until 2030, including a goal on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. It’s […]

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The sad fate of the rhino in Africa

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
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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Canadian Chamber of Commerce CEO Perrin Beatty ‘Are we living up to our potential or are we stealing from our kids? I think we’ve been falling short’

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Canadian Chamber of Commerce CEO Perrin Beatty ‘Are we living up to our potential or are we stealing from our kids?  I think we’ve been falling short’

Perrin Beatty, president and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, was first elected to the House of Commons as a Progressive Conservative in 1972 at the age of 22. Seven years later, then-prime minister Joe Clark appointed him minister of state for the Treasury Board, making him the youngest person ever appointed to cabinet. […]

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2016: Political, economic and social upheaval

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
2016: Political, economic and social upheaval

Danish physicist Niels Bohr once said: “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.” Bohr’s injunction is worth keeping in mind as we explore some of the major trends that will shape the global political and economic landscape in 2016. The shocking terrorist attacks in San Bernadino, California, in December and Paris in […]

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The house the elephants protect

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
The house the elephants protect

Wandering along the northern end of Acacia Avenue in Rockcliffe Park, you’ll notice a wonderful display of sophisticated embassy residences, from Japan and Korea’s stone mansions to India’s brick Victorian and Iran’s more modern Arabic architecture. And then you come upon a distinctive large white stucco house with two stone elephants guarding the driveway. The […]

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Armenian cuisine’s complexity

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Armenian cuisine’s complexity

Bordered by the Caucasus and other mountain ranges, Armenia, more or less a high plateau, enjoys fertile soil, a basically temperate climate — though punctuated by extremes — and stunning scenery with many lakes and rivers. Indeed, the country, land of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, can trace its existence from ancient times, as it […]

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