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Cartier and Macdonald: unlikely allies

| January 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Cartier and Macdonald: unlikely allies

Canada’s history is filled with events rooted in relationships between two people. Without the alliance between Shawnee chief Tecumseh and British military commander Sir Isaac Brock, the War of 1812 might have been quite different — and Canada might be part of the United States. Before and during the Second World War, the trust that […]

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Nitty-gritty cities

| January 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Nitty-gritty cities

Odd how certain dead film stars are often the subject of popular cults. Among those with the most enduring posthumous lives is the Hollywood femme fatale Hedy Lamarr, whom many enthusiasts practically fetishize. Little surprise then that last year, on the centenary of her birth, at least two new biographies of her appeared. For the […]

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Kazakhstan: The jewel of Central Asia

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Kazakhstan: The jewel of Central Asia

  Kazakhstan is the ninth biggest country in the world — larger than Western Europe, but located in Central Asia, deep in the Eurasian continent. It shares borders with Russia (the longest continental border in the world at 6,846 kilometres), China (1,533 kilometres), Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan. As a result of its geographic location and […]

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A condo full of Croatian culture

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
A condo full of Croatian culture

Croatia’s Ambassador Veselko Grubisic, his wife, Marta, and their three children live on Sussex Drive, or the capital’s Mile of History, as it is known. Their heritage condominium is a stone’s throw away from the National Gallery, across the street from the U.S. embassy and strategically located on the edge of the vibrant ByWard Market. […]

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The mystery and appeal of Pinot Noir

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
The mystery and appeal of Pinot Noir

Wine endears itself to drama, romance and even a sense of mystery. And Pinot Noir is the perfect stage on which to play out those narratives. Its aromas, flavours and personality evoke plenty of drama and romance, and much of its seductive appeal is so mysterious that it is maddeningly hard to quantify and explain. […]

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Emily Murphy’s famous triumph

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Emily Murphy’s famous triumph

“I feel equal,” wrote Emily Murphy in 1927, “to high and splendid braveries.” By that point in her life, the 59-year-old native of Cookstown, Ont.’s had earned the right to big ambitions: Her achievements included turns as a successful writer (under the name “Janey Canuck”), social activist, self-taught legal expert and, as of 1916, the […]

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Need a Dublin lawyer?

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Need a Dublin lawyer?

  Ireland’s food history and culture can be traced back to prehistoric times. That it’s  an island at the very western edge of Europe meant the influence of other countries did not play much of a role in Irish cuisine until recently. As such, traditional dishes still figure prominently in a cuisine that has evolved […]

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Some diplomatic intrigues

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Some diplomatic intrigues

An error in Steven Spielberg’s film, Lincoln stirred up a little controversy last year. The movie, as most everyone now knows, depicts Abraham Lincoln’s manoeuvring to get the 13th amendment to the Constitution, the one abolishing slavery, passed by the House of Representatives. Tension builds to the scene where there is a roll-call vote. Two […]

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Envoy’s Album – Fall 2013

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album – Fall 2013

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Costa Rica: a natural wonder

Costa Rica: a natural wonder

They say the best things come in small packages and Costa Rica is a real-life example of small-package delights. The Central American country sits between two oceans and helps bridge North and South America, a geographical position that has ensured natural riches and cultural diversity. Costa Rica houses close to 5 percent of the world’s […]

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