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The refugee crisis: ‘[We should] stabilize the hotspots so people can go back to their homes’

| July 5, 2019 | 0 Comments
The refugee crisis: ‘[We should] stabilize the hotspots so people can go back to their homes’

Ratna Omidvar came to Canada from Iran in 1981 and her own experiences of displacement, integration and citizen engagement have inspired her work in Canada. She was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in April 2016 as an independent senator representing Ontario. Prior to her appointment, Omidvar was the founding executive director of the think-tank […]

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Why foreign policy should be an election issue

| July 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
Why foreign policy should be an election issue

Foreign policy won’t be a federal election issue during the 2019 campaign, although it should. To be sure, there may be a leader’s debate about foreign policy as there was in the 2015 election. But foreign policy is generally not a do-or-die, make-or-break issue with Canadians. Like voters pretty much anywhere, they are preoccupied with […]

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Jordan: A beacon for peace in the Middle East

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
Jordan: A beacon for peace in the Middle East

Jordan, as a modern, moderate Muslim Arab country, has achieved remarkable successes in many fields, including education, health, infrastructure, information technology, industry and tourism. Short of natural resources, Jordan has focused on the strength of its human capital. The enormous challenges that Jordan faces have not deterred it from continued structural reforms and the modernization […]

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Trade with Nepal: Ripe for growth

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
Trade with Nepal: Ripe for growth

Nepal and Canada established diplomatic relations in 1965, and have enjoyed longstanding friendly ties ever since. Canada has always supported Nepal’s socio-economic development. But recently, bilateral interactions between the two countries have entered a new phase, following the first bilateral meeting between our prime ministers and the subsequent signing of a memorandum of understanding establishing […]

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Algeria: A gateway for Europe and the Middle East

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
Algeria: A gateway for Europe and the Middle East

Algeria’s economy ranks among the most attractive in the North Africa and Middle East region in terms of gross domestic product, opportunities to invest and doing business. It offers a buoyant market for trade and industrial capacity-building. Algeria is the largest country in Africa and has the largest economy in North Africa. It also borders […]

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Right To Play: Opening doors to education

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
Right To Play: Opening doors to education

The following wise words came from Julienne, a 12-year-old girl in Rwanda who has become a community hero: “School is where lives can be changed for the better.” Julienne is part of a Right To Play leadership club of 125 members, who range in age from 8 to 14. She created the Let Girls Go […]

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| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Over its 50-year history, Friends of the National Arts Centre Orchestra (FNACO) has raised thousands of dollars for music education for students. But it couldn’t do what it does without the help of dedicated diplomats. FNACO launched in 1969, at the same time as the National Arts Centre opened its doors. Then, the organization’s mission […]

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‘Canadians need to think about being in China. It’s always been risky and this is a reminder to them.’

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
‘Canadians need to think about being in China. It’s always been risky and this is a reminder to them.’

David Mulroney is a career diplomat who finished his career as Canada’s ambassador to China between 2009 and 2012. Using expertise he gleaned there, he penned the book Middle Power, Middle Kingdom: What Canadians Need to Know about China in the 21st Century. Prior to his posting in Beijing, he was deputy minister responsible for […]

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Europe’s ever-deepening malaise

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
Europe’s ever-deepening malaise

The European Union’s mounting woes over Brexit and its aftermath are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Europe has many other problems, some below the waterline, some above, that threaten its future. They include the fragmentation of the political landscape with a proliferation of extremist parties on the left and right that make it […]

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Denmark: Europe’s No. 1 for ease of doing business

| December 29, 2018 | 0 Comments
Denmark: Europe’s No. 1 for ease of doing business

Denmark is Canada’s neighbour in the North. We have one of the world’s most open economies and one of Europe’s strongest, characterized by a balanced budget, a stable currency, low interest rates and low inflation. Furthermore, the World Bank’s 2018 index ranks Denmark as the No. 1 country in Europe for ease of doing business. […]

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