Archive for June, 2014

The scourge of malaria

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
The scourge of malaria

Imagine a city the size of Vancouver, teeming with life, where 90-plus percent of the inhabitants are very young children. Now try to envision the horror of this place if everyone in it were dead. This mental exercise dramatises, in the first case, the striking success of global efforts over the last 12 years to […]

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Water and Sanitation: Everyone, Everywhere by 2030

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Water and Sanitation: Everyone, Everywhere by 2030

Shamefully, millions upon millions of human beings today are unable to meet one of their most fundamental needs for survival: access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. What many Canadians take for granted for themselves and their pet cats and dogs remains inaccessible to children, women and men around the globe, and with terrible […]

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Canada’s principled and firm stand on Ukraine

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canada’s principled and firm stand on Ukraine

Vladimir Putin’s recent actions represent the greatest threat to security in Europe we have seen in some time. The Russian military occupation of Crimea and the transparent involvement of Russia in efforts to destabilise Ukraine are serious, but they represent a troubling approach to advancing Putin’s perception of Russia’s national interest. With the echoes of […]

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East-Europe’s economic triumphs and territorial worries over Ukraine

East-Europe’s economic triumphs and territorial worries over Ukraine

The implosion of the Soviet Union after December 1991 brought freedom to almost 20 restored or new democracies of Central and Eastern Europe. Europeans were reunited, independent and free after almost half a century of oppression under an earlier version of Homo Sovieticus. Russian leaders Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin supported national self-determination and democracy. […]

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Azerbaijan moves toward the limelight

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Azerbaijan moves toward the limelight

“Azerbaijan — moderate, secular and with a majority of its population Muslim — lives in a tough neighbourhood. We should give whatever encouragement we can in terms of [this emerging] democracy.” — Barry Devolin, a Conservative MP who was commenting on the merits of opening a Canadian embassy in Azerbaijan. Preparing to vist Azerbaijan always […]

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The travel world’s treasures

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
The travel world’s treasures

What do we want out of a vacation? Always intensely personal, the answer says a lot about who we are — our preferences, priorities and decision-making process. Travel forces us into difficult choices about two very precious resources — time and money. But travel is not merely about maximizing some cost-utility function that fits a […]

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Slaughtering the innocent

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Slaughtering the innocent

Poachers have killed 300 gentle rhinoceroses since the beginning of 2014 in South Africa alone. So far this year, throughout the whole of sub-Saharan Africa, poachers have gunned down another 15,000 unsuspecting elephants. Lions are dying out, too. Fabled Africa, with its profusion of big game, is now imperiled by Asian greed, rampant corruption in […]

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The Pacific Alliance should be a win for Canada

The Pacific Alliance should be a win for Canada

It has been called the most ambitious trade initiative since NAFTA. When the Pacific Alliance was launched, two years ago, the four member countries already enjoyed free-trade agreements among themselves. So, naturally, some questioned the objective of the Alliance. The Pacific Alliance is the agreement between Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru to modernise and further […]

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Shipping help inside a tourist’s suitcase

Shipping help inside a tourist’s suitcase

When an Ottawa couple lost their 11-year-old daughter to a condition she’d had her whole life, they were understandably devastated. But it gave them some small solace — a bit of hope that her memory would be honoured — when they were able to donate the girl’s two wheelchairs to worthy recipients two worlds away. […]

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Armenia and Canada: A trading work in progress

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Armenia and Canada: A trading work in progress

Further enhancing trade with Canada has been on my radar since the first day I arrived in Canada. In my previous capacity, as director of the Americas at Armenia’s foreign ministry, I was aware of our economic realities, mainly that there was established mining co-operation between our countries and that all other aspects of trade […]

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