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DIPLOMATS WORST NIGHTMARE - THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY By Jeremy Kinsman (Article)

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Watching the public hearings on the impeachment of Donald Trump is worrying on many levels, but for a career diplomat, it’s sickening.

As a long-time Canadian Foreign Service officer and former ambassador to Russia, the European Union and the United Kingdom, among other postings, I feel gutted over the excruciating position that U.S. diplomats on duty in Kiev and Washington were put in during the Trump shakedown of Ukraine. The not-only politicized but corrupt back-channels, the previously unthinkable judgment calls, the conversations you wish you’d never heard much less been a part of: short of avoidable loss of life, the Trump doctrine on foreign affairs is pretty much a diplomat’s worst nightmare.

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BREXIT: A RATIONALE, NOT A DEFENSE By Jeremy Kinsman (Article)

 

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Brexit: A synonym for political chaos and confusion. To ardent advocates in a divided and embittered Britain, it represents a noble and historic national cause. Opponents fear it will reduce the United Kingdom’s stature, prosperity, and even size, tempting Scotland and Northern Ireland to defect from what they see as English nativism. Polls indicate most in Britain regret the way the 2016 referendum amounted to a careless leap in the dark, a simplistic binary choice then Prime Minister David Cameron presumably didn’t think he would lose and hardly tried to win.

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MOST CANADIANS DON'T WANT LAWS AND ENTITLEMENTS BASED ON RACE By Peter Best (Article)

 

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(JustOttawa’s Note: Peter Best, in authorizing JustOttawa to publish Chapter 1/ Introduction of his book “There is No Difference” asked that his website, thereisnodifference.ca., be noted. He also referred to Jack Major, retired justice of the Canadian Supreme Court who had written to Best, saying “There is No Difference” continues to impress me no doubt because I agree with it.” Major who had personal experience in the Residential School system says that it is a “myth” that native children were “torn from happy, loving homes.” Many were in fact saved from death by malnutrition and tuberculosis. English was mandatory but “how else to equip the student to function off a particular reserve?”.)

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BEING BACK: FOREIGN POLICY AS A CAMPAIGN ISSUE By Jeremy Kinsman

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Foreign policy rarely figures as a driving issue in Canadian elections. But in 2019, Canada’s place in the world and international stability itself are severely challenged, in large part because of the disruptive actions of the world’s most powerful country—and historically our most important ally—next door. However, don’t expect leaders to prioritize foreign policy in the campaign. (At this writing, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has not yet accepted an invitation for the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy debate scheduled for Oct. 1).

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OH, YOU'RE CANADIAN? By Jeremy Kinsman (Article)

 

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In Delray Beach, Florida, meeting one more snowbird holds little mystery. But for a local’s first-time encounter in Ulan Bator or Timbuktu, a Canadian can seem exotic. In London or Berlin, Shanghai or Santiago, people think they know us from hearsay but their impressions can be distorted.n the autumn of 2000, before 9/11 changed our world, when England was still basking in apparent prosperity and self-satisfaction, I opened London’s Sunday Times. Headlining the Arts section was an interview with Margaret Atwood, short-listed for the Booker Prize for the year’s best novel in English. The journalist declared he had just met that “rarest” of species—“an interesting Canadian.”

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HOW DO YOU MAKE DONALD TRUMP LAUGH - DEMOCRATS SHOULD THINK ABOUT IT By Jeremy Kinsman (Article)

 

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Many times in the past two years, people have told me they’ve never seen Donald Trump laugh.

So, what would it take?

A sure bet would be if — after the mid-term elections that bore very ominous tidings for President Trump’s hopes for re-election in 2020, because women voters chose Democrats for House races by a staggering 59% to 40% — new insurgent Democratic members of Congress, seeking generational and ideological change, rebelled against Nancy Pelosi’s re-election as Speaker of the House of Representatives when Democrats take the majority in January.

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VOYAGE AU RWANDA - JUILLET 2018 Par Henri Bigras (Article)

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Si marcher Compostelle pendant deux semaines en juillet 2017 a permis un bilan personnel réconfortant, parcourir en 2018 le Rwanda en famille le fut encore plus. C'était un très vieux projet pour les 12 ans de Maïka, notre petite-fille. Notre fils Éric n'y était pas retourné depuis 1983, 35 ans. Voyage extraordinairement réussi. Je vais essayer d'être factuel et réaliste. J'ai été un peu ébloui par les constats. J'ai donc essayé de confirmer par des informations les plus objectives disponibles mes coups de cœur. Je vous laisse donc apprécier.

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THE G7: HARD TALK OR A SLEEP-WALK By Jeremy Kinsman (Article)

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As the Charlevoix G7 approaches, there is some question as to how the June 8-9 summit could play out as a Trumpian disaster. As veteran diplomat Jeremy Kinsman writes, if the disruptive president plays skunk at the La Malbaie garden party, Justin Trudeau should think about publicly calling him out on it and issuing a heavily qualified final communiqué.

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SUPPORTIVE HOUSING IN OTTAWA - OTTAWA SALUS By Dwayne Wright and Lisa Ker (Article)

Back in the late 1970’s a project called Conservation House in Saskatchewan highlighted the use of air tightness and “heat recycling” to manage energy consumption.  It was one of the first demonstration projects of its kind in North America and achieved a benchmark of 85% less energy required than a standard home for heating and cooling.  At the time, the research behind its success did not manage to influence Canadian building codes.  Instead it made its way to Germany, where “Passive Houses” were designed and built beginning in the 1990s.  While Passive House construction is increasingly being used in the private housing market today, the application of its principles to publicly-funded housing has been less common. 

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