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Lt.-Col. Mark Chinner lays a wreath during a 2016 Remembrance Day ceremony at the Afghanistan Memorial at 12 Wing Shearwater, N.S. Controversy over the location and dedication of the repatriated Kandahar cenotaph in Ottawa has raised other questions about how the government honours fallen soldiers, writes Scott Taylor. DND photograph by LS Brad Upshall

Honouring our fallen is a noble exercise—but so is questioning the fight

Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Looking beyond a cenotaph, if Canada really wanted to honour the soldiers, we would conduct a full parliamentary inquiry into how we were drawn into an unwinnable war.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
After 30 years as Canada’s architectural avatar on ‘America’s Main Street,’ the Canadian embassy in Washington has become part of the local furniture.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Borders will start slamming shut in the countries, mostly in the temperate zone of the planet, where the climate is still tolerable and there is still enough food to eat.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Canadian lobby firm should not be doing business with Sudan military.
If the Greens are truly looking to make inroads, they should not be soliciting tired advice from politicos of yesteryear.
Opinion|Tim Powers
While Canada's premiers were at a prostates-only party in Saskatoon and Donald Trump was being Donald Trump, the U.S Women’s National soccer team was disrupting all manner of cultural norms.
Opinion|Stephen Blank
The bottom line seems to be—thus far—that notwithstanding thicker post-9/11 borders, the Great Recession, and two years of Trump, life does go on. 
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Looking beyond a cenotaph, if Canada really wanted to honour the soldiers, we would conduct a full parliamentary inquiry into how we were drawn into an unwinnable war.
Two showbiz figures, complete novices in politics, trying to run a country of 44 million people (which, by the way, is in a proxy war with Russia). What could possibly go wrong? 
After 30 years as Canada’s architectural avatar on ‘America’s Main Street,’ the Canadian embassy in Washington has become part of the local furniture.
It may have been unintentional, but the premiers helped define some issues that Canadians need to sort out before the Oct. 21 election.
The report on consular services for Canadians overseas will only have meaning if reflected in appropriate action by the government.
Foreign Policy
News|By Neil Moss
Global Affairs says Canada's priority in engagement with Iran is the case of Maryam Mombeini who has not been able to leave Iran since March of 2018 following the death of her imprisoned husband.
The outgoing U.S. ambassador was big on relationships and will be remembered for key Trump ties that proved useful during NAFTA renegotiations, says Liberal MP Wayne Easter.
Canada ‘more or less completely passive’ on China file, according to former Canadian diplomat to Beijing Charles Burton.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As the public sphere has become unrecognizably dystopian, the toll on human health includes a range of symptoms it may take more than pharmacology to cure.
Ottawa’s prioritization of Canada-Israel trade ties, exemplified by Minister Jim Carr’s trade mission to Israel last fall, has been valuable in paving the way for new partnerships.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
In mid-June, Saudi journalist Khaled al-Matrafi claimed that Al Jazeera’s headquarters in Doha, Qatar, was target for the Saudi-led, U.S.-backed coalition that has been bombing Yemen for the past four years.
Foreign Policy
In today’s world, it makes good sense to ensure Ukraine stays with law-abiding democracies rather than with caustic Russia.
Plus, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is in Toronto to make her pitch, 'A New Deal for Canadian Cities,' which seeks to give municipalities greater control over 'essential services' and more protection from the provinces they're beholden to.
Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant also wrote to Jane Corwin, chair on the International Joint Commission, calling for a review of the water regulation plan and to make adjustments accordingly.
‘This is what we can’t accept’: A unanimous House motion in June called on the UN to investigate ‘allegations of genocide’ against the country’s minority Tamils, a term the South Asian nation categorically rejects.
No doubt adding to the NDP’s financial woes is the fact the application for leave to appeal at the Supreme Court of Canada was dismissed with costs to the House.
Seniors Minister Filomena Tassi and Stéphane Lauzon, parliamentary secretary to the veterans affairs minister, are holding a presser at the National Press Theatre to tout the government's efforts at addressing issues of affordability issues.
‘Parties effectively get to choose the pool of people who will become Members of Parliament,' says Paul Thomas, based on Samara’s recent analysis of 6,600 candidates between 2004 and 2015.

Diplomatic spouses find community, give back with Wabano fundraiser

The Heads of Mission Spouses Association is planning a June 11 charity event for the Wabano Centre, helping raise funds for school supplies for 50 children.

Israel envoy announces departure, welcomes free trade agreement

A bill to modernize the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement, first signed in 1997, received royal assent on May 27.

Former Swedish Speaker switches gears to become ambassador

Canada and Sweden can ‘push the agenda’ on the world stage in the fight to protect democracy, Sweden's new envoy says.

Canada’s corporate ethics watchdog a ‘positive tool,’ says incoming Mexican ambassador

Mexico is ‘on the same page,’ says Juan José Gómez Camacho, with Canadian mining companies, which make up 70 per cent of foreign investment in the sector.
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