DIPLOMATICA

Finland and Canada: Few barriers to trade

Finland and Canada: Few barriers to trade

Finland and Canada are similar countries in many respects. We have cold winters and share the same values, such as gender equality, democracy and human rights, and are passionate about ice hockey. Finland and Canada see climate change as one of the most pressing issues to tackle. The climate is warming twice as fast in […]

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Kuwait: Turning to the private sector

Kuwait: Turning to the private sector

As a resource-rich country, Kuwait is diligently looking into steering the economy towards more private-sector activities, as well as exploiting other potential markets. Kuwait relies almost solely on its energy sector, with oil being the main product of export. In 2018, the nation sold approximately $79.2 billion worth of the commodity, which accounted for almost […]

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Lithuania: A gateway to EU market

Lithuania: A gateway to EU market

What could a small European country by the Baltic Sea and a G7 country that’s more than 150 times larger and spans the Atlantic and Pacific oceans possibly have in common? Plenty, as it turns out, with innovation being one. But let’s start at the beginning. Lithuania and Canada have been close partners for decades […]

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Puppy love from Honduran diplomats

Puppy love from Honduran diplomats

Four years ago, Honduran Ambassador Sofia Cerrato and her two sons decided to adopt a dog and what followed was a long-time devotion to the Ottawa-based Freedom Dog Rescue and its work. “When we decided to adopt a dog, we started looking into rescue organizations and we ended up adopting two little girls,” Cerrato says. […]

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Ex-pats helping children in their native Uganda

Ex-pats helping children in their native Uganda

Located in the Ugandan village of Kamengo, The Agnes Zabali Boys and Girls Club is dedicated to helping children living in poverty remain in school and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. The mission of The Agnes Zabali Boys and Girls Club (AZBGC), which partners with the Canada Africa Community Health Alliance, is to support orphans, […]

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DISPATCHES

Paul Kagame: Rwanda’s despot?

Paul Kagame: Rwanda’s despot?

Luring Paul Rusesabagina, the hero of Hotel Rwanda, to Kigali to be tried for “treason” for opposing the regime of President Paul Kagame is hardly the first “clever” Lukashenko-like entrapment of Rwandans who dare to criticize the tight-fisted manner in which Kagame has run his otherwise oft-praised African government. Much earlier, thugs sent by Kagame […]

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Hope and despair coexist in Niger

Hope and despair coexist in Niger

Niger is a country of 22 million people in Africa’s Sahel — a region that stretches for thousands of miles south of the Sahara across several countries. One of the poorest countries in the world, it has for decades provided refuge to people forced to flee their homes to escape devastating violence. The Sahel is […]

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China’s options to seize Taiwan

China’s options to seize Taiwan

There is much in the news lately about an increase in tensions between China and Taiwan. Beijing sees Taiwan as a renegade province that must be reunited with the mainland. This has been a cornerstone of Chinese national security policy since Mao’s Communist Party’s victory over the Nationalist forces of Chiang Kai-Shek in 1949 and […]

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Iran’s starring role in the May 2021 conflict

Iran’s starring role in the May 2021 conflict

The very recent fighting between Israel and the terrorist organizations Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) — both banned in Canada as foreign terrorist entities — is not about age-old grievances between Israel and Palestinians. It is about Iran. During Quds celebrations last year, according to the Associated Press, Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei called […]

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Quelling Africa’s apocalypse

Quelling Africa’s apocalypse

The horsemen of the apocalypse are galloping through Africa. There is abundant war, in Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Libya, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria and Somalia. There is pestilence and plague, with locusts swarming across northeastern and eastern Africa and the coronavirus, with its dangerous variants, […]

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DELIGHTS

Photography: The new art of diplomacy

Photography: The new art of diplomacy

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what power does that give an ambassador with an entire gallery to draw upon? Add the fact that the cumulative effect of those thousands of inspirational “words” can be understood in every language, and you’ll begin to appreciate the enthusiastic support Take Your Seat’s photography is garnering […]

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Envoy’s Album – Summer 2021

Envoy’s Album – Summer 2021

                                           

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The flavour-packed skin of grapes and why it matters

The flavour-packed skin of grapes and why it matters

Most wine grapes’ characteristics and colour come from the skins. Grape pulp houses sugars, water and acids, but it’s the thin protective layer that gives the grape its true character. Tannins, volatile aromatic compounds and bitterness all come from the skin. And upon it? Blooms of yeast, the inoculant for fermentation, can be found on […]

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A trio of summertime eats

A trio of summertime eats

Regardless of all that is happening around us, summer is the time to celebrate the outdoors — barbecuing, al fresco dining and savouring the flavours of the season. If you are in search of some easy inspiration, consider my Extraordinary Roast Beef Bites, where mini popover shells prove to be the perfect base upon which […]

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Portraits of Canada

Portraits of Canada

Note: Given the continuing uncertainty of public-health lockdowns, be sure to check with museums and galleries before visiting, as dates listed here could change. It’s been a long time coming,” sang the Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie, “it’s well worth the wait.” It seems appropriate to use the Tragically Hip — a band that wrote lyrical […]

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DIGNITARIES

New Arrivals – Summer 2021

New Arrivals – Summer 2021

New Arrivals Alfred Kenneth Russell High Commissioner for Bahamas After a long career at the Bahamas Oil Refinery, High Commissioner Russell became a justice of the peace and a member of the housing commission for the island of Grand Bahama. He was then responsible for public works as a council representative and then chairman of […]

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New Arrivals – Spring 2021

New Arrivals – Spring 2021

Josefina Martinez Gramuglia Ambassador of Argentina Ambassador Martinez Gramuglia began her career at the pro bono office at the ministry of justice and human rights. In 2000, she joined the directorate for international economic negotiations and was in charge of multilateral economic affairs and bilateral investment treaties. Between 2003 and 2004, she was deputy chief […]

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New Arrivals – Winter 2021

New Arrivals – Winter 2021

Ricardo A. Cisneros Ambassador of El Salvador Ambassador Cisneros joined the foreign service in 1990 as an administrative assistant at the embassy in France and was posted to Brussels three years later. In 1996, he became first secretary at the embassy in Ottawa, where he stayed for five years before becoming consul-general in Milan. For […]

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New Arrivals – Fall 2020

New Arrivals – Fall 2020

Larbi El Hadj Ali Ambassador of Algeria Ambassador El Hadj Ali is a career diplomat who joined the foreign ministry in 1983 Prior to arriving in Canada, he held several senior positions in the Department of Foreign Affairs. Since 2013, he has been adviser tp the foreign minister. From 2008 to 2013, he was deputy […]

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New Arrivals – Summer 2020

New Arrivals – Summer 2020

Chang Keung Ryong Ambassador of Korea Ambassador Chang comes to diplomacy from academia — and this is not his first stint in Canada. He studied political science and diplomacy at Kyunghee University in Seoul and then did a master’s in international relations at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey before coming to McGill University in […]

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