DIPLOMATICA

Taiwan’s participation: A matter of life and death

Taiwan’s participation: A matter of life and death

When crises strike, global co-operation becomes more important than ever. The most pressing issues of our time — climate change, fighting transnational crime and global conflict resolution — are all problems of international significance, and are therefore problems that require international co-operation. Such is particularly the case with the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that originated […]

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Uruguay: Digital age trade partnerships

Uruguay: Digital age trade partnerships

When we think about trade, we tend to think about the exchange of goods. We imagine containers, a port, warehouses and trucks. In the case of the trade relations between Canada and Uruguay, we could picture packages of frozen Uruguayan grass-fed beef coming to the port of Montreal and being transferred to trucks en route […]

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Tanzania: A beckoning investment opportunity

Tanzania: A beckoning investment opportunity

East Africa’s Tanzania is a mountainous and densely forested country, except in the central zones. Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, is in northeastern Tanzania. Three of Africa’s Great Lakes are partly within Tanzania — Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika and Lake Nyasa — which is located on the East Indian Ocean shore, with about 1,200 kilometres […]

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Malaysia: A dynamic trading partner

Malaysia: A dynamic trading partner

Malaysia, a sunny Southeast Asian country with idyllic sandy beaches, alluring islands and unspoiled tropical rainforests, is not only a business-friendly nation, but also one of the world’s preferred tourist destinations and a retirement heaven for foreigners who choose to make Malaysia their ”second home.” Business Insider ranked Malaysia seventh in the world as the […]

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Helping impoverished children in Ottawa and Chile

Helping impoverished children in Ottawa and Chile

Two autistic children in Chile are getting therapy this year thanks to the hard work of the Chilean Canadian Women’s Association of Ottawa. The funding for the therapy came from a wine-and-cheese event that’s hosted annually at the Chilean ambassador’s residence and features Chilean wines, cheeses from around the world and a large silent auction […]

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DISPATCHES

Anti-corruption rallies on the rise

Anti-corruption rallies on the rise

Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index keeps track of the issue worldwide. We offer excerpts from the report: The Corruption Perceptions Index 2019 reveals a staggering number of countries are showing little to no improvement in tackling corruption. Our analysis also suggests that reducing big money in politics and promoting inclusive political decision-making are essential to […]

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Transparency International’s corruption report

Transparency International’s corruption report

Corruption Perceptions Index

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Wanted: An anti-corruption court

Wanted: An anti-corruption court

Kleptocracy destroys countries from within. Kleptocrats turn sometime democracies into criminal states that plunder national resources and national patrimonies, depriving citizens of their rights, their tax revenues and their ability to determine policy priorities. A cacophony of African states — Angola, the Comoros, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, South Africa, […]

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The dynamic Russia-China duo: Russia and China are actively working to subvert NATO security in an era of political war.

The dynamic Russia-China duo: Russia and China are actively working to subvert NATO security in an era of political war.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization turned 70 in 2019 and continues to be the world’s most successful military-political alliance, if not the only one. In good news last year, NATO defence spending was up and NATO countries were working to re-arm and improve lagging readiness. But its 70th anniversary was not without its share of […]

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Scarce resources: Wolfgang Depner investigates the world’s Top-10 scarcest resources and why they matter to humanity.

Scarce resources: Wolfgang Depner investigates the world’s Top-10 scarcest resources and why they matter to humanity.

Concerns about the causes and consequences of scarce natural resources have a long and rich history that stretches through classical Greek thought, with Plato and Aristotle; medieval Christian theology, with St. Thomas of Aquinas; all the way to the European Enlightenment, with Adam Smith. The debate has since broadly ranged between two large opposing intellectual camps: […]

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DELIGHTS

The floating university: excerpts from the experts

The floating university: excerpts from the experts

Their first-hand stories are funny, vivid, scientific, sometimes distressing — another kind of exploration. Dylan White, wilderness and wildlife guide, has worked on 150 projects for government, academia and private groups. His Arctic mammal talk included black bears, grizzly and polar bears, all of which can interbreed to produce, in the case of the latter […]

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Expeditions are a family affair

Expeditions are a family affair

“Expedition” is a loaded word in the travelling world. “If you don’t know what an ‘expedition’ is, you think, ‘Am I going to be on a dogsled going to the North Pole for two weeks, fishing for my food?’” asks Cedar Swan, Adventure Canada’s award-winning CEO. From the deck of their comfortable ship or in […]

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The Inuit of Labrador’s forced relocation

The Inuit of Labrador’s forced relocation

Hebron, though only a deserted coastal settlement in northern Labrador, is a uniquely powerful National Historic Site of Canada. And, it may hold double interest to its visitors in these early days of the COVID-19 virus’ spread around the world. Members of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, representing 180,000 Inuit in Canada, Alaska, Greenland and Russia, […]

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Aboard the Ocean Endeavour

Aboard the Ocean Endeavour

Sailing on Adventure Canada’s Greenland and Wild Labrador Expedition gives new meaning to the phrase “peak experience.” Besides hiking along the base of Canada’s highest mountains east of the Rockies — northern Labrador’s Torngat Mountains’ peak altitude is 1,652 metres — we walked along its fjord cliffs and rode Zodiacs into the narrow fjords. During […]

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See the region as spring blossoms

See the region as spring blossoms

Editor’s note: At press time, most public places and even National Parks were closed so be sure to check on these events before heading out. Sorry, but April is not the cruellest month. In fact, it’s a dandy one, when skies are bright, temperatures generally congenial and the highways and byways beckon to the winter-weary. […]

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DIGNITARIES

New Arrivals – Spring 2020

New Arrivals – Spring 2020

Pedro Henrique Lopes Borio Ambassador of Brazil Ambassador Lopes Borio joined the foreign service in 1977 as an adviser in the department of international organizations. A year later, he was sent to New York and stayed on as an adviser at the mission to the United Nations. In 1986, he went to Tokyo as second […]

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New Arrivals – Winter 2020

New Arrivals – Winter 2020

Mohammad Hassan Soroosh Yousufzai Ambassador of Afghanistan Ambassador Yousufzal joined the foreign ministry in 2002 and has served in several capacities, including as director-general for economic co-operation. He was chargé d’affaires in Vienna; counsellor in Washington, D.C.; deputy director-general for economic affairs; director of regional co-operation; director of human rights and head of the political […]

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New Arrivals – Fall 2019

New Arrivals – Fall 2019

Anahit Harutyunyan Ambassador of Armenia Ambassador Harutyunyan joined the foreign ministry in 1997 as an attaché. She then became head of the Turkey desk and then second secretary at the embassy of Argentina. In 2008, she returned to headquarters in the department of countries in the Americas. She was then chief specialist of the external […]

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New Arrivals – Summer 2019

New Arrivals – Summer 2019

Nasise Challi Jira Ambassador of Ethiopia Ambassador Jira began her career as a lecturer at universities in Ethiopia, including Jimma University, St. Mary’s University College and Adama Science and Technology University. She then went to work as director of the directorate of protocol and public relations in the president’s office of Oromia National Regional Government. […]

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New Arrivals – Spring 2019

New Arrivals – Spring 2019

New arrivals Federico-Eduardo Hoyos-Salazar Ambassador of Colombia Prior to being posted to Canada, Ambassador Hoyos-Salazar was a house representative for Antioquia in Colombia’s Congress. He was elected for a four-year term in 2014 and was a member of the Second Constitutional Commission in charge of security and defence, foreign affairs and foreign trade. Between 2010 […]

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