Somewhere between ‘golden age’ and ‘culture of complaint’ lies the state of Canada’s foreign service. OpenCanada’s Catherine Tsalikis interviewed nearly two dozen diplomats and experts to discover a gradual tarnishing of the diplomatic corps over the years — but many are rooting for its restoration.
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A foreign service worth fighting for

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Somewhere between ‘golden age’ and ‘culture of complaint’ lies the state of Canada’s foreign service. OpenCanada’s Catherine Tsalikis interviewed nearly two dozen diplomats and experts to discover a gradual tarnishing of the diplomatic corps over the years — but many are rooting for its restoration. 
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A Syrian Doctor’s Story: ‘There is not any light at the end of the sky’

In Turkey, journalist Michael Petrou meets Abdolsalam Daif, a doctor who risks travel to Syria and whose anecdotes serve as a painful reminder of what families continue to experience there.
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The changing face of Canadian diplomats, policymakers

In case you missed it: Three young public servants — Alina Kwan, Mahmud Naqi and Shafiqah Muhamad Nor — share their personal stories, views on diversity in government and thoughts on how to attract young Canadians into a similar line of work.

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The lonely crusaders

For The New York Times Magazine, Alex Palmer takes an indepth and personal look at the repression China’s human rights lawyers face. Palmer profiles Liang Xiaojun, who has seen many of his colleagues detained. So why does Liang continue despite threats? ‘’People’s rights have been destroyed. Many times they have been tortured. Their families are broken. I cannot turn my back and ignore this.‘’
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NASA at the North Pole

NASA’s Operation IceBridge is an effort to measure the ice caps melting in the Arctic and Antarctic. “At the same time that we’re getting better at gathering this data, we seem to be losing the ability to communicate its importance to the public,” one engineer comments. For The Guardian, Avi Steinberg embeds with the crew to understand the critical work that they do — and why most people seem to not care.

Justin Trudeau's celebrity

It’s undeniable that Justin Trudeau is having a moment in global affairs, especially when held up in contrast to Donald Trump. A fawning profile of Trudeau written this week by Rolling Stone's Stephen Roderick is a revealing look into how the prime minister is understood by the foreign press, and begs the question: is now Canada’s time to shine?

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Welcome to Vancouver: A Discussion on LGBTQ2+ Refugees in Canada

Aug. 3, 2017, Vancouver
The Vancouver Branch of Canadian International Council in partnership with the Vancouver Pride Society are hosting the inaugural Vancouver Pride Society LGBTQ2+ human rights panel discussion. 
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International Law Graduate Student Conference

Aug. 14, 2017, Waterloo
This conference will examine the history and practices of International Law in Canada over the past 150 years as they relate to each of the ILRP themes: environmental law, economic law, intellectual property law and Indigenous law. 

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