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Photography: The new art of diplomacy

| July 9, 2021 | 0 Comments
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

| July 9, 2021 | 0 Comments
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

| July 9, 2021 | 0 Comments
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

| July 9, 2021 | 0 Comments
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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China: A hidden workforce and education crisis

| July 9, 2021 | 0 Comments
China: A hidden workforce and education crisis

One recent, pre-COVID-era Christmas, I searched out the neighbourhood Canadian Tire for an instant-read thermometer, a gift for the cook in the family. There were several types on display, and out of curiosity, I started to scan the “Made in …” labels to see if I could find one not manufactured in China. No luck. […]

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Theatre, murals and summer fun: 9 things to do

| July 9, 2021 | 0 Comments
Theatre, murals and summer fun: 9 things to do

No question: It’s high time to rediscover the pleasures of local travel. Many public safety restrictions remain in place, but at the time of writing, opportunities for day and overnight trips were opening up in Ontario and Quebec. Our nine suggestions emphasize the outdoors (it is summer, after all) and even include a bit of […]

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Envoy’s Album – Spring 2021

| April 25, 2021 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album – Spring 2021

                                               

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This spring: Rembrandt, Earthly art and Egyptian Queens

| April 25, 2021 | 0 Comments
This spring: Rembrandt, Earthly art and Egyptian Queens

Editor’s note: given the continuing uncertainty of public-health lockdowns, before visiting be sure to check with museums and galleries as dates listed here could change. The name “Rembrandt” is so universally familiar that it’s difficult to believe Canada hasn’t seen a major exhibition of the Dutch master’s work since 1969, and that the National Gallery […]

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Expats: A secret weapon waiting to be discovered

| April 25, 2021 | 0 Comments
Expats: A secret weapon waiting to be discovered

Planet Canada: How Our Expats Are Shaping the Future John Stackhouse Penguin Random House Canada, 2020 351 pages Hardcover: $35 eBook: $16.99 Audiobook download: $32 At any given time, approximately 2.8 million Canadian citizens live abroad. Many are engaged in innovative — and lucrative — work. They’ve led some of the world’s great academic institutions, […]

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