Canada may become the second country to implement legalization of marijuana nationally. Nazlee Maghsoudi, with the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy, explains the thinking behind such legislation. 
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Canada may become the second country to implement legalization of marijuana nationally. Nazlee Maghsoudi, with the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy, explains the thinking behind such legislation. 
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Canada in Paris: Dispatches from the CIGI team at COP21

Is a movement that was once 'unthinkable' now unstoppable? CIGI experts assess the final agreement reached in Paris.
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Five high-impact voices heard in the corridors of COP21

From Paris, Lauren Kaljur names some of the unofficial actors who made their voices heard on the sidewalks of the Champs-Élysées and all around Paris during the climate conference.
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#WelcomeToCanada: This is how to win a propaganda war

The widely shared photos and videos of Syrian refugees welcomed into Canada last weekend are a win not just for Trudeau and not just for Canada, but for the larger campaign against ISIS. By Steve Saideman.
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Sustainable development’s new driving force?

As Daniel Poon and Richard Kozul-Wright explain, China’s public-public partnerships could offer lessons for the international community when it comes to paying for sustainable development projects.
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A Cotton Tale: The one crop at the heart of trade challenges in Africa

As the WTO meets in Nairobi this week, will the organisation move beyond the poverty of poverty reduction to improve trade for Africa’s cotton producers? By Adam Sneyd.

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As Alleen Brown writes for The Intercept, much attention has been paid to the thousands of people who have died or disappeared as they crossed the sea this year, but migrants have been perishing on land as well. During COP21, Brown spent time in a different part of France, the "garbage-dump-turned-refugee-camp" in Calais known as "the Jungle."

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