The $15-billion Saudi deal may be Canada’s biggest but it is certainly not the first. As Canada’s long history as an arms exporter shows, many deals are not on the books and fly in the face of the country’s peacekeeper reputation.
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The murky world of Canada’s arms manufacturing

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The $15-billion Saudi deal may be Canada’s biggest but it is certainly not the first. As Canada’s long history as an arms exporter shows, many deals are not on the books and fly in the face of the country’s peacekeeper reputation. An in-depth interview with arms expert Ken Epps.
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By the numbers: Canada's Saudi deal

Just how big is Canada's biggest deal yet?
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Is Canada’s economic future free of fossil fuels?

Simon Dalby argues climate and energy policies are now one and the same. To take the Paris Agreement seriously, Canada must accept that the oil sands can no longer be key to its economy.   
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Will Trudeau follow his father’s footsteps when it comes to China?

Pierre Trudeau considered the development of Canadian-Chinese relations imperative while in government. Will Justin Trudeau take a similar approach? By Hugh Stephens.
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What to expect from Obama's final year in office

On the eve of Obama's last State of the Union, Colin Robertson looks at what to expect in the remaining months of the Obama presidency. 
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Life in the City of Thorns

‘These cities are growing. There are more and more people being born in them. In some respects, this is the future.’ Author Ben Rawlence shines a light on Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp. 

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From Beirut to Peterborough

It's easy to be overwhelmed by news coverage of the influx of Syrian refugees coming to Canada. By focusing on one Syrian mother and her children - "family no. 417" - Michael Friscolanti makes the story personal. He captures the family's voyage from Beirut to Peterborough, ON., and tells of a community determined to make a difference. For Maclean's
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A new Cuban revolution

Big changes are forecasted for Cuba as relations with the U.S. become normalized. What does a more open economy mean for a historically Communist country? Stephanie Nolen investigated for The Globe and Mail, but it "proved tricky – not many people study inequality in a place where, in theory, the political system has eradicated it."

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CIC National Capital: Canadian Strategy in an Era of Tremendous Change in Global Trade

Jan. 18, 2016, Ottawa
Join Elaine Feldman and a panel of experts for an examination of free trade issues.
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Paris COP21: Next Steps for Canadian Leadership on Climate Change

Jan. 20, 2016, Ottawa
A public panel on the outcomes of COP21 and next steps for Canada's government.
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CIC Montreal: Covering Conflict

Jan. 20, 2016, Montreal
 A conversation with New York Times war correspondent C.J. Chivers.

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