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Saving the salmon

| January 5, 2014 | 1 Comment
Saving the salmon

There was nothing fishy about the Atlantic Salmon Federation’s 17th Annual Ottawa Fall Run Conservation Dinner and auction at the Museum of Civilization — except maybe the platters of Nova Scotia smoked salmon. Since 1948, the federation, along with 100 affiliated river-conservation groups and more than 30,000 volunteers, have been opening their wallets and raising […]

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Food animals: How Canada lags on humaness

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Food animals: How Canada lags on humaness

Feed many families and you begin to feed a whole nation. To that end, the UN has declared 2014 The International Year of Family Farming. This family-by-family focus targets food self-sufficiency and large-scale benefits for developing countries. It aims to supply tools and know-how to small farmers — often women — so they can feed […]

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Tunisia’s bold gamble on democracy: ‘One day or another, we will win’

| April 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Tunisia’s bold gamble on democracy:  ‘One day or another, we will win’

In December 2010, the Arab Spring erupted through the impervious soil of authoritarian rule in the Middle East. The Arab awakening drove dictatorial and nepotistic rulers from power, first in Tunisia and then Egypt, Libya and Yemen. Popular protests swept the region — Syria, Algeria, Morocco, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan, and Sudan, with smaller demonstrations […]

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Getting the world’s most impoverished nation on its feet

| January 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
Getting the world’s most impoverished nation on its feet

Frantz Liautaud is Haiti’s first ambassador to Canada in five years. The son of a diplomat, he comes to diplomacy from the world of business. Prior to his appointment as ambassador, he was president of the Haitian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The former property developer — has a civil engineering degree from the School […]

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Ebullient Sri Lanka: making up for lost time

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
Ebullient Sri Lanka: making up for lost time

If you are lucky enough to have a week in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital city, you can: • See more vividly coloured gems in one hour than you’ll see in a lifetime — small piles of cut sparkling sapphires (deep blue to pink, yellow and orange), topaz, moonstones from several dollars to $125,000 (for 50-carat […]

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Hard talk: a conversation with Iran

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
Hard talk: a conversation with Iran

‘In such a dire situation,’ says Chargé d’Affaires Kambiz Sheikh-Hassani, ‘cool heads should prevail’ By Donna Jacobs   Iran has provoked widespread international concern over its controversial pursuit of nuclear power and its suspected pursuit of nuclear weapons. It is also criticized for its unjust imprisonment and execution of its citizens, including children, as well […]

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John Baird: warm manner, blunt talk

| February 8, 2012 | 0 Comments
John Baird: warm manner, blunt talk

The Conservative government champions religious freedom as a “bedrock” freedom: “Societies that protect  religious freedom are more likely to protect all other fundamental freedoms,” Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says. “They are typically more stable and more prosperous societies.”   In the small ante-room to John Baird’s parliamentary office, you have to consciously avoid knocking over the official […]

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Lost legacy

| December 1, 2010 | 0 Comments
Lost legacy

Ontario’s official watcher of the woods says we need to plant billions of trees in southern Ontario alone. Why? Beginning in the 1990s, the province presided over a calamitous decline in the number of trees it plants every year. By Donna Jacobs When their sheer beauty is not enough, trees more than earn their right […]

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Lessons from Estonia

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Lessons from Estonia

‘The home I grew up in was Estonian,‘ says Trade Minister Peter Van Loan… ’At nine years old, the wisdom of age was upon me’ Sitting on a sofa in his simply-furnished office in Centre Block, Canada’s International Trade Minister, Peter Van Loan explains how a first-generation Canadian of Estonian heritage wound up with a […]

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Canada – Europe: Peter Van Loan on the next big prize

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Canada – Europe:  Peter Van Loan  on the next big prize

“Canada will be, if we have this agreement in place, the only developed country in the world with a free trade agreement with both the United States and the European Union — the two biggest economies in the world” By Donna Jacobs   nternational Trade Minister Peter Van Loan has no trouble making the switch […]

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