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Food and festivities for Children’s Wish Foundation

| June 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Food and festivities for Children’s Wish Foundation

It was an event that had several winners, but the biggest one was the Children’s Wish Foundation. All Ottawans were invited to the event, held at the Horticultural Building at Lansdowne Park, a venue donated for the evening to the diplomatic community by Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa 2017. “The Ottawa Diplomatic Association decided to […]

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Canada’s chief of protocol ‘There was never a day in the U.S. where I didn’t feel as though I was working on things that mattered’

| June 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Canada’s chief of protocol ‘There was never a day in the U.S. where I didn’t feel as though I was working on things that mattered’

Roy Norton became Canada’s chief of protocol in July 2016. From 2014 to 2016, he was Canada’s consul general in Chicago, and from 2010 to 2014, Canada’s consul general in Detroit. For the four years prior, he served as minister (congressional relations and public affairs) at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Prior to that […]

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Is there hope for Europe?

| June 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Is there hope for Europe?

In the run-up to the French election following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, there were dire predictions about Europe’s future. France’s mainstream parties struggled to find their footing and Marine Le Pen, the right-wing, anti-Europe, anti-immigration candidate, gained traction with French voters who had grown increasingly disgusted with the status quo and yearned […]

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Canada-Chile FTA: 20 years of prosperity

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Canada-Chile FTA: 20 years of prosperity

Chile and Canada have much to look forward to in 2017. This year, we celebrate 20 years of our bilateral free-trade agreement, a milestone, as it was the first of its kind for Chile. Back in 1997, we negotiated an ambitious agenda and the FTA included goods, services and investment that were complemented by environment […]

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India: The world’s fastest-growing economy

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
India: The world’s fastest-growing economy

India-Canada bilateral relations are underpinned by shared values of democracy, pluralism and expanding economic engagement. Canada is home to more than 1.2 million people of Indian origin, making up three per cent of its population. Highly educated and industrious Indo-Canadians are well integrated and serve as a strong bridge between the two nations. Both countries […]

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Consider Latvia Canada’s Baltic trade hub

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Consider Latvia Canada’s Baltic trade hub

With increasing bilateral co-operation and a brisker pace of high-level visits, Canadian and Latvian trade is poised for steady growth in the coming years. This is particularly so given Latvia’s role as an undisputed Baltic hub and Canada and Latvia’s mutual intensive work with international organizations such as the OECD, the WTO, the UN and […]

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My time of torture in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib

My time of torture in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib

Recently we have been hearing the word “torture” thrown about by politicians of the highest ranks and we never really stop to ask ourselves what that word truly means. What are the long-term effects of keeping a nation under constant threat of violence and intimidation? I have a horrifying tale to tell, and I hope […]

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Children’s Bridge Foundation: Making futures bright

Children’s Bridge Foundation: Making futures bright

Lucy was just six years old when both her parents died from HIV/AIDS. She and her siblings, all from the coastal region of Kenya, were sent to live with their grandmother, but their grandmother was also ill and struggled to support the children. To complicate matters, Lucy’s little sister, who was infected with HIV at […]

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Non-stop cultural parties in 2017

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Non-stop cultural parties in 2017

Get ready for eight months of free parties, compliments of your friendly neighbourhood embassies and high commissions. “Ottawa Welcomes the World” is a program dreamed up by Mayor Jim Watson for Ottawa’s 2017 celebrations. The city offered all foreign missions in Ottawa free rent in either Lansdowne’s Aberdeen Pavilion or the Horticulture Building if they […]

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‘Friendships need work; let’s not take [the U.S.] for granted’

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
‘Friendships need work; let’s not take [the U.S.] for granted’

Andrew Leslie: Parliamentary secretary, Canada-U.S. relations ‘Friendships need work; let’s not take [the U.S.] for granted’ In 2011, Andrew Leslie retired from the Canadian Forces as a lieutenant-general. He had served as chief of land forces and also as chief of transformation. He retired on a Friday after 35 years in uniform, and started working […]

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