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A global pandemic’s ancillary risks

| April 3, 2020 | 0 Comments
A global pandemic’s ancillary risks

The virus that causes COVID-19 has spread like wildfire across the globe. The economic impact is already dramatic: Historic declines in stock markets and major impacts for industries, education and local health districts. Among the hardest hit are airlines and energy companies. “The global coronavirus outbreak has been and will continue to be a massive […]

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‘I think Brexit is a mistake, but democracy gives people the chance to make mistakes.’

| April 2, 2020 | 0 Comments
‘I think Brexit is a mistake, but democracy gives people the chance to make mistakes.’

Stefan Pehringer has been Austria’s ambassador to Canada since 2017. The ambassador studied law in Germany before joining the foreign ministry in 1996 and he later completed a doctoral degree in legal studies at the University of Vienna. Before being appointed ambassador to Canada, he had postings in Luxembourg, Germany, Denmark and Latvia. His office […]

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The risk of our rancorous times

| April 2, 2020 | 0 Comments
The risk of our rancorous times

Should politics be civil in the age of Trump and Twitter? Many Canadians think so. Canadians applauded when Conservative leadership candidate Peter MacKay walked back a tweet that had been issued by his leadership team poking fun at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s yoga habit with a caption saying that “while running for leader of the […]

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Kuwait’s residence perched high above the Ottawa River

| January 2, 2020 | 0 Comments
Kuwait’s residence perched high above the Ottawa River

It’s all about the panorama. Perched on quiet Acacia Lane in Rockcliffe, the Kuwait ambassador’s residence offers a sweeping view from its second-storey terrace of the sparkling Ottawa River and the Gatineau Hills, with early fall colours beginning to blaze in the distance when we visit. “It’s the most attractive place in the house,” says […]

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Time for comfort food and celebration

| January 2, 2020 | 0 Comments
Time for comfort food and celebration

With the arrival of the New Year, we look forward to going back to favourite comfort food recipes, and to Valentine’s Day. Chocolate, no doubt, remains the most popular way to celebrate this February Hallmark holiday. Some may also choose to put oysters — a renowned aphrodisiac — on their Valentine’s Day menu. Being true […]

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How China’s Belt and Road project affects global security

| January 2, 2020 | 0 Comments
How China’s Belt and Road project affects global security

China’s Belt and Road Initiative has several purposes for the emerging superpower: To increase its access to global trade, international development and strategic investment, to up its diplomatic engagement, to isolate Taiwan by buying away the few international friends it has left and to build a constellation of military bases and presence around the world […]

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CANZUK anyone?

| January 2, 2020 | 0 Comments
CANZUK anyone?

Today’s pundits and scholars no longer speak of “liberal international order,” but rather of an increasingly fragmented world, built around a handful of centres of power, most of them decidedly illiberal. This has prompted some conservatives to call for greater co-operation and co-ordination among “the English-speaking peoples,” to use Winston Churchill’s mid-20th-Century phrase. In Britain, major […]

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Where the world trades

| January 2, 2020 | 0 Comments
Where  the world trades

Trade agreements have been a foreign policy goal for Canada and many other nations worldwide. Laura Neilson Bonikowsky looks at the 10 largest in terms of dollar value and population. It’s true that money — in the form of trade — makes the world go ’round. Trading between civilizations began about 5,000 years ago, increasing […]

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Canada’s 2019 election: “The most unedifying spectacle I’ve ever had the misfortune of seeing.”

| January 1, 2020 | 1 Comment
Canada’s 2019 election: “The most unedifying spectacle I’ve ever had the misfortune of seeing.”

Brian Lee Crowley is managing director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, which, according to his biography on the website, “exists to make poor quality public policy in Ottawa unacceptable to Canadians and their political and opinion leaders, by proposing thoughtful alternatives through non-partisan and independent research and commentary.” Crowley was the founder of the Atlantic Institute for […]

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What the new year will bring

| January 1, 2020 | 0 Comments
What the new year will bring

The onset of the New Year is generally a time for punditry, predictions, crystal-ball gazing and the invariable resolutions — resolutely made, occasionally kept, more often broken. Resolutions aside, there is good reason to be circumspect about what 2020 will bring as the year unfolds. The geopolitical order is unstable. The global economy more so. […]

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