Oman News Agency via AP
To be sure, Professor Hoodfar's release highlights the benefits of diplomatic engagement and could be the beginning of a shift in Canada-Iran relations. While Canada's closest international partners re-engage Iran and establish diplomatic and/or economic ties, Ottawa has understandably been taking its time on playing catch up.
I recently attended the wedding for Sarah and Shane, with Josh as their best man and witnessing the vision they had more than two years ago, while still held hostage in Iran, was as surreal as their capture and captivity. The contrast was dramatic: ALL outdoors with their ceremony and reception in a field surrounded by mountains, followed by brunch the next day on a beach overlooking the crashing waves of the Pacific ocean.