An Exclusive with U.S. Ambassador Bruce A. Heyman

May 12, 2015 2:07 pm
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The United States Ambassador to Canada, Bruce A. Heyman, arrived in Ottawa last summer and has been one of the most active U.S. ambassadors in decades. In less than a year, Heyman has hosted seven senior United States cabinet members in Canada, including several visits by Secretary of State John […]

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Crimea Uncensored: A Look from Inside the Peninsula

May 7, 2015 1:01 pm
Swallow's nest castle, decorative castle, located on the Black Sea coast between Yalta and Alupka on the Crimean Peninsula. Photo courtesy: Igor Mazurov, Flickr

Photo courtesy: Igor Mazurov, Flickr In 2014, on a sunny August day, my spouse and I were on our way to Crimea. We were driving along the shorelines of the Black Sea, curving green hills of the Caucasian Mountains. I have been following the Crimean crisis from home in Ottawa, watching […]

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Kazakhstan’s Nursultan Nazarbayev Wins His Fifth Election

April 30, 2015 11:24 am
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Photo courtesy: Official site of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan It came as no surprise, Nursultan Nazarbayev has won yet another election in the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan. The incumbent president knows his country and his people well. President Nazarbayev is an experienced politician. In his campaign, he […]

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What Really Stands Behind Eurasian Economic Union?

April 20, 2015 9:47 am
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Above: From left: President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed the Treaty of Eurasian Economic Union in Astana. The treaty came into force January 1, 2015. | Photo courtesy: Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti Media has paid little attention to the Eurasian Economic Union […]

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Give Pierre a Chance

April 8, 2015 12:14 pm
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With new cabinet responsibilities, Pierre Poilievre has the opportunity to prove his worth The new minister responsible for the National Capital Commission isn’t without his critics. Pierre Poilievre, who has served as the minister of state for democratic reform since July 2013, has gained what seems like an unending supply […]

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Waking Up Ottawa with Training, Safety and Survival

March 31, 2015 10:12 am
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The City of Ottawa has picked up on the importance of fire emergency response, as the number of Ottawa residents increases with each passing year. New provisions and incentives, including changes in the administration and execution of emergency fire services, aid in strengthening existing serviceability for Ottawa residents. The goal […]

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Trudeau Needs More “Nate’s”

March 13, 2015 4:03 pm
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For the Liberals, the Tories and the NDP, the nomination process is a political blood sport and intrigue and backroom manoeuvrings have defined nomination races in all parties since Confederation. All political parties have nomination issues. In Calgary, a former provincial Conservative minister defeated a sitting MP, Rob Anders, for […]

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More Than a Boring Government Town

March 9, 2015 3:02 pm
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Let’s face it; Ottawa doesn’t have the best reputation for its fun factor. But one company is trying to change that! Invest Ottawa is challenging the Capital’s dull name with the Why Ottawa project. The project argues Ottawa is not only the best city in Canada, but the best place […]

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Canada Eyes Kazakhstan as a Top Priority Market

January 30, 2015 9:37 am
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On December 16, folk festivals, parades, displays of traditional food and fireworks took over many cities across Kazakhstan. Cheering crowds flooded main streets to celebrate the country’s 23rd birthday. In connection with Kazakhstan’s Independence Day, prominent Canadian politicians and members of the business community shared their experiences of working with […]

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Quebec’s Proposed Health Reform Ignores Best Evidence

January 28, 2015 11:30 am
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Mega-mergers in healthcare don’t save money or improve health outcomes Quebec’s Bill 10’s objectives are the improvement to the access and quality of health and social services in the province, while diminishing bureaucracy and increasing efficiency. To accomplish these objectives, the proposed law merges all public health and social service […]

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Three Things We Can Do to End Poverty in Canada

January 16, 2015 9:50 am
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Poverty degrades our economy, changes the nature of our cities and the cohesion of our society “Time to end poverty in Canada” has been the message from the Salvation Army coming across our TV screens this holiday season. A great idea from an organization that fights poverty every day in […]

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Oil: A High-Stakes Game of Chance

January 15, 2015 11:30 am
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Popular wisdom has it that the only certainty in life is death and taxes. Until a few short months ago, most economists, politicians, political pundits and journalists would have added to that short list a perpetual increase in the price of oil. But, in today’s interconnected world, much can happen […]

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Preventing Radicalization: Two-Decade Social Experiment

December 17, 2014 4:00 pm
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The Assembly of Nations unites all 140 nationalities living in Kazakhstan to promote cooperation and to give them political voice. Nine representatives of the Assembly are elected to the legislative chamber of the Parliament. On Wednesday, October 22, Ottawa woke-up to the sounds of shooting coming from Parliament Hill, the […]

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U.S. and China: Capping Economic and Environmental Controversy

December 2, 2014 2:55 pm
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The United States and China, which are liable for more than one-third of global greenhouse gas-emissions, have agreed to get a handle on pollution. But concerns of potential business restrictions, tax increases, job cuts and inefficiency in planning have created political controversy. The arguments focus on longevity, healthcare costs and sustaining […]

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Youth on the Streets: Anything but Hopeless

November 18, 2014 1:01 pm
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Kevin Belisle begs for money and attention. He sits on Bank Street, holding a carton that reads, “Extremely hungry. Please help.” In his backpack: high school equivalency, a criminal record and a dirty jacket. Belisle, 23, doesn’t have a permanent address or a job. For a living, he paints walls, […]

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Why does Canada’s Innovation Government Funding Support not Working?

November 14, 2014 12:00 pm
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In spite of significant tax incentives from many levels of government, Canada continues to lag its Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) peer countries in innovation performance. The Conference Board of Canada report concludes the following: Despite a decade or so of innovation agendas and prosperity reports, Canada remains […]

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How U.S. Midterm Elections might affect Online Gambling Regulations in the U.S.A.

November 13, 2014 2:48 pm
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Last week the U.S.A. saw the holding of midterm elections for represented positions in the United States Senate. The Republican Party had a considerable win and was able to pick up many seats in these elections, and in turn ensured they now command the majority of the voting power in […]

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