As Canada marks its 150th anniversary, Luke Savage looks at why its image as a multicultural, multilateral country of peacekeepers, drawn from an era now gone by, persists despite bearing little relation to its present actions on the world stage. Does this sanitized national narrative hold the country back from imagining something better?
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Accounting for Histories: 150 Years of Canadian Maple Washing

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As Canada marks its 150th anniversary, Luke Savage looks at why its image as a multicultural, multilateral country of peacekeepers, drawn from an era now gone by, persists despite bearing little relation to its present actions on the world stage. Does this sanitized national narrative hold the country back from imagining something better?
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How domestic forces could help prevent Trump from dismantling U.S. climate efforts

While the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement could have an effect on international efforts, Maria Banda argues there are three factors that could lessen the impact: the role of sub-national government, private sector initiatives and climate litigation.
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On climate change, the U.S. had ‘already jumped ship’

The U.S. has announced it will withdraw from the Paris Agreement, but Matthew Hoffmann argues it had already abandoned leadership on climate change. That’s why other countries — such as Canada and China — and corporations need to step up.
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Where do Merkel’s comments leave the EU and Canada?

If a serious rift between the U.S. and Europe were to develop, “Canada might potentially play a bridge-building role,” Achim Hurrelmann says in an interview.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Muslim Integration in France and Canada Compared

June 8, 2017, Toronto
In this panel discussion, experts from France and Canada will present and discuss recent survey research assessing the integration of Muslim minorities in France, Quebec and Canada.
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Operation UNIFIER: Joint Task Force Ukraine

June 8, 2017, Winnipeg
A talk with Lieutenant-Colonel Wayne Niven, who commanded approximately 200 Canadian Armed Forces personnel based at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Starychi, Ukraine.
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Tackling the Global Tobacco Epidemic With Research Evidence

June 13, 2017, Waterloo
This lecture will present findings from the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project.

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