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A little Christmas ‘gift to Ottawa’

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
A little Christmas ‘gift to Ottawa’

This year, for the sixth year in a row, the delegation of the European Union will present a unique Christmas concert, free of charge, to Ottawans. The concert, which attracted 1,300 Ottawans last year, has become a well-loved tradition, featuring Christmas carols from many of the European Union’s member states. It gives Canadians a chance […]

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Inspiring through educational opportunity

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Inspiring through educational opportunity

I founded ACCESO International in 1996 to address the disparity between my own educational and scholarship opportunities and those of underprivileged students in developing countries of the Americas, a disparity that struck me during my travels in the region. ACCESO International is an Ottawa-based Canadian charitable organization that is completely volunteer-operated. In my work with […]

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Eliminating Nigerian corruption: ‘a work in progress’

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Eliminating Nigerian corruption:  ‘a work in progress’

Ojo Uma Maduekwe came to diplomacy from politics. He was a member of the national assembly of Nigeria in the 1980s and was part of a constituent assembly that wrote a constitution for Nigeria following a military coup. He spent two years as an adviser to the chairman of the Social Democratic Party and was […]

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Restoring Democracy’s Lustre

Restoring Democracy’s Lustre

On Aug. 14, Canadians and the rest of the world woke up to the news that hundreds of Egyptians had died when security forces stormed two encampments where supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi had been holed up to protest his overthrow by Egypt’s military. The scenes on television of hundreds of dead Egyptians, […]

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A home full of Chilean charm

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
A home full of Chilean charm

Looking from the street at the Rockcliffe home of Chile’s ambassador, it’s hard to reconcile what you see with the flamboyant atmosphere that greets you inside. The rather severe two-storey redwood and yellow brick exterior hides a warm joie-de-vivre inside. Built by Ottawa land developer Harold Shenkman and his wife, Belle, a well-known arts philanthropist, […]

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Korea: Yin-Yang Cuisine

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Korea: Yin-Yang Cuisine

  With the mention of the word Korea, tastes of smoky, sweetly marinated thin slices of grilled beef (bulgogi), extraordinary barbecued ribs (kalbi), memorable soya sauce-scented noodles with various vegetables (japchae) and fire-hot kimchi, all compete simultaneously in exciting my appetite. Ambassador Cho Hee-yong recognizes my enthusiasm and admits that Korean food is playing an […]

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Canada’s defence on right track

Canada’s defence on right track

Looking back, one feels almost nostalgic about the comparative stability of the Cold War era. Yes, there were tense times and hot proxy wars, but the world’s two superpowers were constrained by the prospect of mutually assured destruction. Today, acts of terrorism kill thousands and cost billions; cyber-attacks can cripple a country or an industry […]

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Top world heritage sites in Canada

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Top world heritage sites in Canada

(1) Nahanni National Park, N.W.T. Located in the southwest corner of the Northwest Territories along the South Nahanni and Flat rivers, this mountainous park is a fine example of the desolate beauty of Canada’s North. (2) SGang Gwaay, B.C. Sitting on a small island off the west coast of Haida Gwaii, this abandoned Haida village […]

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Most difficult UNESCO heritage sites to visit

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Most difficult UNESCO heritage sites to visit

(1) Surtsey, Iceland Created by volcanic eruptions between 1963 and 1967, Surtsey is a pristine natural laboratory. Free from human interference, it offers invaluable insights into several natural processes. It is possible to see the island from tour boats. (2) Henderson Island, Pitcairn Island, U.K. Part of the remote Pitcairn Island Group made famous by […]

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World’s best educational sites

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
World’s best educational sites

(1) Musée du Louvre, Paris Visiting this repository of artistry may be a daunting experience, if only for the large crowds (8.5 million annually) that flock to it. But when one looks at the big picture, so to speak, the long lineups to see immortal pieces such as the Mona Lisa are minor inconveniences. (2) […]

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