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OpenCanada is turning 5!

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May 20, 2016

With a June 9 panel on the state of leftist foreign policy, OpenCanada marks its fifth anniversary! Join our team, The New Republic's Jeet Heer, The Nation's Sarah Leonard, and Postmedia's Terry Glavin at CSI Spadina.


Redrawing borders

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November 18, 2014
What do borders mean today? In this graphic, we consider a number of ways of conceptualizing the divisions between us beyond just nationality.

The Green Energy Gap

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July 21, 2014
While the consumption of renewable energy is growing, the world still has a long way to go if it wants to phase out fossil fuels.

The Burgeoning Business of International Education

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June 18, 2014
The benefits of cross-border education go beyond the fees that international students pay. It is increasingly a way for a country to project itself on the world stage. This graphic breaks down the flow of international students and where Canada fits in.

Foreign Lands

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February 25, 2014
We crunch the numbers on where Canada and the United States stand in terms of their immigrant populations.

Putin's Party

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February 7, 2014
The Sochi Olympics will cost Russia $50 billion. In this graphic, we look at why the bill got so high.

Joining Forces to Fight Hunger

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December 9, 2013
Debate continues over the role of public-private partnerships in providing development assistance. We spoke to World Food Programme Ass. Exec. Dir. Elisabeth Rasmusson about that agency's approach.

Global Shift

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November 25, 2013
We asked the experts at the Toronto Global Forum to tell us what they consider to be the biggest shift now under way in the global economy.

What's Holding Europe Back?

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November 21, 2013
Many are wondering when or if the Eurozone will shake off the recession. OECD Chief Economist and Deputy Secretary-General Pier Carlo Padoan explains why achieving higher sustainable growth defies simple solutions.

Keeping Watch

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November 13, 2013
We map out the regional responsibilities of each member of the Five Eyes intelligence network.

CSR's Global Surge

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October 10, 2013
Companies today are grappling with the challenge of enforcing standards across globalized supply chains. OpenCanada asked Hershell Ezrin how Canadian companies are faring, and where the concept of corporate social responsibility is headed.

The Deutsch View

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October 1, 2013
OpenCanada interviewed Werner Wnendt, Germany's ambassador to Canada, about Merkel's election victory, Germany's role in Europe, and its relationship with Canada.

Want to Save the World?

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September 23, 2013
Many girls in the developing world will grow up without ever entering a classroom. The Girl Rising campaign aims to change that. We asked Holly Gordon, the campaign's executive director, to tell us how.

Think Local, Adopt Global

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August 22, 2013
With 153 million orphans worldwide, many Canadian families choose to adopt children from other countries. OpenCanada breaks down the international adoption process.

How Do You Aid?

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July 18, 2013
The U.S. spent almost $34 billion on foreign assistance last year. Over $9 billion of that was spent on security and military aid. We break down how much economic vs. security aid went to the 10 top recipients.

Pumping Carbon

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June 27, 2013
Obama says he wants a low-carbon, clean energy economy. That would be a change. Here we track the history of carbon emissions as new sources of energy have come online.

Betting on Brazil

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June 26, 2013
We asked Canada's Ambassador to Brazil, the Honourable Jamal Khokhar, about Brazil's economic prospects in the face of challenging global trends.

Three Canadian Water Myths

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June 24, 2013
Ralph Pentland, author of Down the Drain: How we are Failing to Protect our Water Resources, debunks three of the biggest myths about Canada's water resources.

Africa's Rising Resource Challenges

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June 17, 2013
Natural resources are playing an important role in Africa's economic growth. Experts from NSI's Ottawa Forum explain why governance of the extractive industry is critical if the benefits and risks are to be shared equitably.

The 0.7% Promise

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June 17, 2013
In 1970, we committed to spending 0.7% of our GDP on aid. In the 44 years since, only a small handful of countries have reached that goal. Canada never has. Here we track the progress made by eight countries.

Karzai's Long Goodbye

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June 5, 2013
Pamela Constable in the The Washington Post canvasses opinion on whether power will really change hands when Afghans head to the polls to vote for a new president in April 2014.

Tunisia's Arab Spring

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June 3, 2013
An interview with Hamadi el-Jebali, Tunisia’s first democratically elected prime minister, about his country's transition to democracy

The Business of Human Rights

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May 14, 2013
Dr. Alexandra Guáqueta, member of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, on state versus corporate responsibility to protect the human rights of workers in Bangladesh and beyond.

The Betrayal of Darfur

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April 29, 2013
Our interview with Mukesh Kapila, head of the United Nations mission in Sudan in 2003-2004, about the ongoing violence in Darfur

Soldiering On

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April 25, 2013
Our conversation with Patrick Reed, director of "Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children" on his new film with Romeo Dallaire.

Killer Dilemmas

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April 25, 2013
Our conversation with Dan Krauss, director of the Kill Team, on the stark choices that confront soldiers in war.

From Fear to Freedom

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April 25, 2013
Our interview with Ann Shin, director of the The Defector: Escape from North Korea, about the risk and hardship North Korean defectors face.

Identity Fusion

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April 25, 2013
Our interview with Khoa Lê, director of the film Ba Noi, about coming to Canada and the family left behind.

Breaking the Banks

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April 25, 2013
Our conversation with Corey Ogilvie, director of Occupy, on the social movement that may define our generation.

Economic Ties

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April 15, 2013
Canada's economic relationship with Japan, the third largest economy in the world, is an important one – and will become only more important should the two countries agree on a free-trade deal.

The ABC's of RWP

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March 27, 2013
OpenCanada talked to Dr. Malte Brosig about how the Responsibility While Protecting differs from the Responsibility to Protect.

Are We Running Out Of Water?

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March 22, 2013
Canadians have a way of taking their plentiful water resources for granted. Yes, we have a lot of fresh water, but that doesn't mean we don't have to manage it sustainably.

No Bragging Rights

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January 23, 2013
President Obama's second inauguration brought out an unfortunate Canadian tendency in relation to our American neighbours: smugness.

Troubling Ties

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January 22, 2013
Canadian links to the Algerian hostage crisis, albeit unconfirmed, are raising concerns among security experts.

Networked Cities

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November 23, 2012
Cities are increasingly becoming global players – hubs for information, goods, and people. And they're increasingly networked together.

R2P Today

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October 11, 2012
Romeo Dallaire, Art Eggleton, and Martha Hall Findlay on Canada and the Responsibility to Protect.

Required Reading

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September 11, 2012
OpenCanada's list of 12 IR classics to bolster your reading list when the theoretical going gets tough.

NATO ± Canada

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May 25, 2012
It's a give and take relationship. An infographic on what Canada has given NATO and what it hasn't.

Samantha Nutt

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January 24, 2012
CIDA is paying private contractors to build houses in Haiti. Dr. Samantha Nutt elaborates on her Globe op-ed.