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Andrew Scheer: master of the House

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
Andrew Scheer: master of the House

  Andrew Scheer is Canada’s youngest-ever speaker of the House. For a kid who grew up in Ottawa and skipped classes at Immaculata High School (formerly on Bronson Avenue) to watch Question Period on Parliament Hill, it almost seems like destiny. But for the member for Regina Qu’Appelle (his wife is from Saskatchewan), life is […]

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Changing lives in Lesotho

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
Changing lives in Lesotho

Lesotho persistently has the world’s third highest rate of AIDS, decimating the population’s social and economic structures. Imagine the loss of productivity. This tiny land-locked mountain kingdom, entirely surrounded by South Africa, illustrates the development challenges of the aftermath of such devastating death rates (23.6 percent of its people are infected) which include poverty, increasing […]

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Hitting the slopes for Aboriginal health

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
Hitting the slopes for Aboriginal health

The Ottawa Diplomatic Association’s annual ski day is a win-win. Diplomats have a chance to enjoy a pleasant afternoon on the slopes with fellow diplomats and their families, and the event raises funds for a good cause in Ottawa. As it did last year, the ODA will once again donate the proceeds from Ski Day […]

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Major liberal reform lures investment to Belarus

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
Major liberal reform lures investment to Belarus

Strengthening economic relations between our countries is one of the major objectives of the Embassy of Belarus in Canada. Belarus is well known as a country of marvelous natural beauty and original culture. However, Belarus has recently also acquired status for the economic policy the country has adopted. The model of economic development Belarus has […]

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Britain: the Olympics in a time of austerity

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
Britain: the Olympics in a time of austerity

On July 6, 2005, at Raffles City in Singapore, the International Olympic Committee announced that London had won the bid for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The competition had been strong, including bids from Madrid, Moscow, New York and Paris. There was jubilation in London and across the United Kingdom. One of the world’s most dynamic, […]

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A view from America: down but not out

| February 8, 2012 | 0 Comments
A view from America: down but not out

Oh America! Still buried in a painful recovery from recession, while coping with record nine percent unemployment levels, the United States appears unable to reach conclusive decisions about a strategic path for recovery. At least to outsiders, the two-party political system seems fatefully polarized and therefore paralyzed. Partly as a matter of style and presidential […]

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Sri Lanka: gems, designer labels and famous tea

| February 8, 2012 | 0 Comments
Sri Lanka: gems, designer labels and famous tea

Diplomatic relations between Canada and Sri Lanka date back to the 1950s. From its inception, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has been a development partner to Sri Lanka. Against this background, our bilateral relations have evolved and the projects such as Colombo International Airport, the Canada-Sri Lanka Friendship Road, the Hardy Technical Training Institute, […]

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Tanzania: trade and tourism are on the rise

| February 8, 2012 | 0 Comments
Tanzania: trade and tourism are on the rise

I am grateful for this opportunity to comment on the main aspects of relations between Canada and Tanzania, and I will touch on three: trade, investment and tourism. With respect to trade, our two countries have close and long relations. Since 2009, Tanzania has been one of 20 countries, and only seven from Africa, that […]

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Romania: fine wine and renewable energy

| February 8, 2012 | 0 Comments
Romania: fine wine and renewable energy

The embassy of Romania in Ottawa pursues two complementary trade objectives. The first is to stimulate bilateral dialogue to increase trade and identify new niches of economic co-operation. The second is to harmonize the bilateral relations between Romania and Canada with the commercial policies of the EU acquis (body of European Union law). Visits to […]

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Norway’s oil explorers move to the High North

| February 8, 2012 | 0 Comments
Norway’s oil explorers move to the High North

The strong Norwegian interest in global energy affairs stems from the fact that Norway is a major energy nation. With just five million people, our country is the world’s second-largest natural gas exporter, the fifth-largest petroleum exporter (oil and gas together) and sixth in the world in terms of hydropower production. We provide Europe with […]

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