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Eating local produce is a great idea to help support your local farmers and the economy. But is it realistic to choose local fruits and vegetables all winter long in Canada? As a dietitian, I also en...
It looks like showers really do bring flowers.
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The Chilean port city (and UNESCO World Heritage site) of Valparaíso has stolen our hearts. Wander around its bustling plazas, get lost in its hilltop neighbourhoods and gaze at intriguing street art.
Heralded not so long ago as economic engines through the crisis years, emerging markets' neo-slowing has been a big disappointment. Latin America is no exception; a trip there two weeks ago confirmed that sentiment has soured. What's up?
The real solution to the flood of illegal immigrants from Central America is not higher walls or more guns to combat gangs, but to follow the path of Chile. Increased economic freedom, open to all not just the elites, would give youth an alternative to gangs and create the prosperity, opportunity, and calm that will keep people at home.
My friend Julia and I arrived in Santiago, picked up a map and walked to Central Plaza de Armas Square. It wasn't too long before I heard my friend scream. After a couple of seconds of shock it finally registered that a man had been following us and had just ripped my friend's purse off of her and ran. Julia had just lost the majority of her money, her IDs, visa, debit, iPhone and her passport. I started to panic.
I had already been enjoying the relaxed pace of rural Patagonia for a couple weeks and I'd decided to settle down in El Chalten, the trekking capital of Argentina, for a week. We set out for Cerro Fitz Roy base camp, a 26 kilometre round trip. This granite spear peaks at 3,375 metres and attracts hardcore climbers from the world over. From here the real work began.
On top of the generalized global interest about Argentina's move to nationalize its largest energy company YPF, the majority owner of which had been the Spanish energy company Repsol, there is a special local twist as the Mexican President Felipe Calderón has been particularly critical of Argentina's move calling it "very regrettable."
People whose names show up on No-Fly or Selectee Lists have no recourse in Canada. Air Canada could not remove my name from Federal No-Fly or Selectee Lists. My problems have been complicated with this latest Interpol incident -- illustrating the disregard this current government has shown in protecting the privacy of Canadian citizens.
We have a secret. When we go wine shopping, we like to play a game. It's called the Cheaper and Better Game. The rules of this game are simple: find the best wines we can for $15 and under.
The post-Cold War years were good for the fortunes of small countries. Small states did indeed seem beautiful in the 1990s and early 2000s. The end of bipolarity and the competing alliances ended the...