Archive for January, 2021

Ski trails, virtual snooping and murals for staycations

| January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
Ski trails, virtual snooping and murals for staycations

Avid travellers may be longing for the return of footloose times, but the pandemic hasn’t nixed every opportunity to get out and about, even if some of our sojourns are now virtual. We’ve uncovered a clutch of COVID-safe travel ideas to keep you going until the spring. Some get you outside enjoying our Canadian winter, […]

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Envoy’s Album – Winter 2021

| January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album – Winter 2021

                                           

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New Arrivals – Winter 2021

| January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
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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Pandemic art can be a salve in troubled times

| January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
Pandemic art can be a salve in troubled times

What strange things the pandemic makes us do. Even the simple act of looking ahead to exhibitions in local galleries becomes tricky, as, at time of writing, it’s not even certain that galleries will be open to the public when the intended opening dates arrive. In other cases, the precise dates were still to be […]

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To vinfinity and beyond

| January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
To vinfinity and beyond

A grape’s life often ends in the production of wine, but that’s becoming less the norm. Producers are looking to tradition and sustainability by using wine byproducts, expanding into new and old territory alike, while crafting beautiful beverages. “Great wine comes from good beer,” is a truism I’ve heard countless times at wineries around the […]

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Canada and the corruption court

| January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
Canada and the corruption court

2020 was like no other in living memory. No one envisioned starting the decade with a pandemic. Well before the virus washed over us like a poison tsunami, sweeping unpredictability and uncertainty already existed in many aspects of our lives. In addition to responding to COVID-19, I suggest we use this moment to shape our […]

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It’s time for an IACC

It’s time for an IACC

The World Bank estimates that each year between US $20 billion and US $40 billion in development assistance is stolen by corrupt officials. Such grand corruption undermines support in the West for foreign aid, while at the same time defeating its very purpose. Those who steal the money cheat the intended beneficiaries out of the […]

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Canada could host global tribunal

| January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
Canada could host global tribunal

When global human rights activists and international affairs strategists campaigned for a new international tribunal to help to prevent future Rwandan genocides and other outrages, Canada was in the vanguard of those writing and creating the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). Likewise, when a similar cohort of important parties gathered together […]

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What Biden should do in Africa

| January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
What Biden should do in Africa

U.S. President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Tony Blinken have not yet decided who will be in charge of Africa policy-making, but we already know that the nations of Africa will be respected, befriended and hardly consigned to the lavatory and schoolboy lavatory talk. Biden has travelled to Africa multiple times. Blinken, on Biden’s […]

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The COVID crushers

| January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
The  COVID crushers

The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV2, COVID-19, has taken lives, disrupted our days, ruined businesses, spread fear and birthed a plethora of conspiracy theories. In that, it is very much like earlier pandemics. A disease becomes a pandemic when it becomes prevalent over a whole country or the world. Pandemics have included smallpox, leprosy, influenza, cholera and […]

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