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Free speech’s living barometer

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
Free speech’s living barometer

A version of this speech was delivered as the keynote address at the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom luncheon in Ottawa on May 2. It was 1903 and Pennsylvania governor Samuel Pennypacker had had enough. After a year of being depicted as a parrot by the cartoonist Charles Nelan of the North American, [a daily newspaper […]

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New NAFTA must ‘do no harm’

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
New NAFTA must ‘do no harm’

When the North American Free Trade Agreement was drafted in the early ’90s, most Canadian households did not have internet. Consumers drove to their local mall to purchase an item and financial interactions involved a teller, not a machine. Today Canadians can flip open a tablet and order a pair of shoes from Italy, a […]

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No place like home

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
No place like home

You could holiday in Spain, rent a cottage in P.E.I., or spend your vacation hauling yourself and the kids around New York City. Or you could savour the neglected delights of Ottawa and surrounding areas — not to mention saving a bundle in the process — with a staycation. Sound tantalizing? Here are some possibilities. […]

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A thrill a minute

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
A thrill a minute

Summer is upon us and it is time to choose an adventure. It is this imperative that has guided our decision to compile this list of adventure tourism activities that offer us thrills beyond the ordinary. The Adventure Travel Trade Association defines adventure tourism as a trip that includes at least two of the following: […]

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Canada’s chief of protocol ‘There was never a day in the U.S. where I didn’t feel as though I was working on things that mattered’

| June 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Canada’s chief of protocol ‘There was never a day in the U.S. where I didn’t feel as though I was working on things that mattered’

Roy Norton became Canada’s chief of protocol in July 2016. From 2014 to 2016, he was Canada’s consul general in Chicago, and from 2010 to 2014, Canada’s consul general in Detroit. For the four years prior, he served as minister (congressional relations and public affairs) at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Prior to that […]

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Is there hope for Europe?

| June 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Is there hope for Europe?

In the run-up to the French election following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, there were dire predictions about Europe’s future. France’s mainstream parties struggled to find their footing and Marine Le Pen, the right-wing, anti-Europe, anti-immigration candidate, gained traction with French voters who had grown increasingly disgusted with the status quo and yearned […]

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Pakistan’s welcoming home abroad

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Pakistan’s welcoming home abroad

That the Islamic world has long produced stunning carpets isn’t exactly breaking news. Indeed, discerning Europeans were scooping up fine specimens as early as the 14th Century. But what tickles Pakistani High Commissioner Tariq Azim Khan are the occasional irregularities in carpets such as the deep red one that adds warmth and texture to the […]

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Exploring the cuisine of Madagascar

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Exploring the cuisine of Madagascar

In the beginning, Madagascar was physically part of Africa, as were the islands of Seychelles, Mauritius and the Comoros. Some 165 million years ago, a cataclysmic earthquake set Madagascar free on a 45-million-year 400-kilometre northeastern journey to its current location. For millions of years, Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world, has been teeming […]

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Taiwan’s search for global space

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Taiwan’s search for global space

In early December 2016, U.S. president-elect Donald J. Trump accepted a congratulatory telephone call from President Tsai Ing-wen of the Republic of China (ROC)-Taiwan. In addition to breaking with decades of U.S.-China diplomatic protocol, this telephone conversation has been seen as one of the highest-profile examples of Taiwan’s ongoing search for international space in its […]

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The learning curve

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
The learning curve

A good education system is at the core of a country’s success. We list the leaders in science, math and reading, according to a study by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Every year since 2000, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has tested school children’s aptitudes around the world and compressed […]

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