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A sobering report on UN goals

| January 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
A sobering report on UN goals

Jon Lane is the former executive director of the UN’s Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council. WaterCan presented him with the Michael Lubbock Award in October in Ottawa for his contributions in the field of international water and sanitation. The following are excerpts from his acceptance speech. I started work in water and sanitation in […]

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Biodiversity in a bottle

| January 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
Biodiversity in a bottle

Utterly unperturbed, Lili Ana Rodrigues gently pries open the roof of a handmade wooden bee box, slices off paper-thin peaks of miniature mountains made of charcoal-coloured parchment, and carefully inserts a plastic syringe into what should be the dangerous, inner domain of several hundred wild bees. The inner hive is, in fact, pulsating with tiny […]

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Morocco’s exotic cuisine

| January 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
Morocco’s exotic cuisine

  Morocco’s culinary roots can be traced back to nomads, known as Berbers, who lived off the land. Subsequently, traders and conquering nations introduced a myriad of food customs, but the most profound impact came with the 7th-Century Arab invasion, which brought a wide variety of exotic spices (cumin, cinnamon, saffron, ginger and caraway). Today, the […]

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A short, chilly history of Canadian winters

| January 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
A short, chilly history of Canadian winters

How often in winter do we cringe at hearing the dreaded question, “Is it cold enough for ya?!” True, it is a conversation opener, and we Canadians do speak volumes about our weather. In Canada, winter is a part of our community to the extent that it defines us in the global consciousness. It also […]

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A welcoming Korean residence

| January 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
A welcoming Korean residence

Two large, fierce haetae guard the entrance to the stunning stone residence of Korean Ambassador Cho Hee-yong and his wife, Yang Lee. The strange creatures sitting on their plinths in front of the large circular driveway serve a purpose. In traditional Korean mythology, they are said to discern good and evil, prevent natural disasters and […]

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Envoy’s Album – Winter 2013

| January 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album – Winter 2013

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Internet wars

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Internet wars

By Fen Osler Hampson and Gordon S. Smith At the end of the year, the nations of the world will convene at the Gulf port city of Dubai to renegotiate key provisions of the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITR), a UN treaty that governs the use of the airwaves, but not the internet. It is already […]

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A reflection on responsibility: What does Syria mean for R2P?

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
A reflection on responsibility: What does Syria mean for R2P?

By Lloyd Axworthy and Allan Rock The world has watched in frustration as the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad of Syria has turned its weapons against its own citizens to suppress an insurgency and cling to power. The shocking estimates of civilian casualties (some as high as 20,000) don’t measure the untold misery of the […]

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Canadians confront a global issue

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Canadians confront a global issue

By Liz Ballantyne-Jackson It’s a little known problem in the west, but exposure to smoke from cooking fires kills approximately two million people worldwide every year. Globally, nearly three billion people use polluting, inefficient stoves or open flames to cook their food. This results in deforestation, carbon emissions and numerous health issues. Breathing in the […]

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Surviving cancer and living a football dream

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Surviving cancer and living a football dream

Fareed Ali was 17 years old when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. One of the bright spots in his intensive treatment plan, which included eight months of chemotherapy and four lumbar punctures (spinal taps), was an offer from the Children’s Wish Foundation. They asked him to dream big and he did — the avid […]

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