Archive for January, 2021

This millennium’s major innovations

| January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
This millennium’s major innovations

Looking past 2020’s annus horribilis, Wolfgang Depner presents the 21st Century’s Top-10 major innovations and technologies. When 2020 dawned, various media organizations whetted the appetites of their readers with lists of things to come, ranging from major sporting events and the release of new movies and musicals to pending breakthroughs in medicine and transportation. As […]

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An emergency on top of an emergency

| January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
An emergency on top of an emergency

I returned to Canada less than a year ago, after many years working for the United Nations abroad. At the time, I joked with my new colleagues that wherever I go, disaster seems to follow. Little did we know that a few months later, the world would be facing an unprecedented global health emergency. COVID-19 […]

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Slovenia seeks FDI in renewable energy and ICT

| January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
Slovenia seeks FDI in renewable energy and ICT

As Slovenia and Canada look to build back after COVID-19, both countries put a premium on the environment, sustainability and digital innovation. These are all areas where we can find new opportunities. COVID taught us how important it is to have business partners who are reliable, who share a compatible business culture and who subscribe […]

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Hungary: Pharma, food, IT and vehicles trade

| January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
Hungary: Pharma, food, IT and vehicles trade

Hungary is one of the fastest-growing economies in the European Union. The central European country’s GDP grew by five per cent in 2019. It has one of the highest trade-to-GDP ratios in the world, at approximately 83 per cent, according to the World Bank. This indicates a robust dependence on world trade. Hungary is a […]

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Annual EU concert: ‘A strong Christmas tradition’

| January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
Annual EU concert: ‘A strong Christmas tradition’

For the previous 12 years, the European Union had held an annual Christmas concert at Ottawa’s Notre Dame Cathedral. It was always a seasonal celebration and a treasured gift to the city, so it would be sad to have COVID cancel it. The same was true of the EU Film Festival, which took place every […]

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Warm meals for winter nights

| January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
Warm meals for winter nights

Cold weather has set in, awaking our desire for comfort food and that starts with breakfast. My oven-poached eggs are a perfect choice. In addition to the delicate nature of eggs poached in this manner, the combination and strategic positioning of ingredients will delight palates. But be aware that the eggs will continue to cook […]

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Saving the orangutans of Borneo

| January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
Saving the orangutans of Borneo

A red-headed youngster takes a bite of a banana and slowly chews it while gazing off into the distance, her brown eyes thoughtful. Then, in the manner of kids everywhere, she seems to surge with energy and makes a sudden lunge for the woman sitting nearby, cartwheeling and running right into her lap. After a […]

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Nutrition is something that’s intimately connected to the stability of our world

| January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
Nutrition is something that’s intimately connected to the stability of our world

Joel Spicer is a global health leader who has led initiatives and partnerships in nutrition, maternal and child health, TB, HIV, innovative finance and resource mobilization. Over his career, he has worked for the Canadian International Development Agency, UNICEF, the WHO, Stop TB Partnership and the World Bank. He attended the Harvard School of Public […]

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Canada’s gains and losses in a Biden presidency

| January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
Canada’s gains and losses in a Biden presidency

Many hope that Joe Biden’s presidency will reap big dividends for American allies and for Canada after four tumultuous years of Donald Trump. There will be less bashing of friends and fewer insults with the new president. He will also pay greater attention to nurturing alliances and multilateral institutions. But there is no going back […]

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