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Good on paper but its media needs to be more ambitious


A reputation for punching above its weight when it comes to contributing troops to peacekeeping operations and also producing female pop singers (Avril, Shania, Celine, KD, Nelly, Alanis), Canada is strong on soft diplomacy but is not a superpower.


Part of Ottawa's problem is that much of what it does on the world stage is refracted through a US prism. Female chanteuses and Cirque de Soleil aside, Canada doesn't make quite as big a cultural contribution as it could. The CBC could easily be an alternative international voice to the BBC but it's not. Canada could also boast a strong international newsweekly to push a slightly different Americas agenda but it's

seemingly content to play within its own borders.


And herein lies the problem, Canada is very content with its lot. While it threw considerable resources at Afghanistan and was a key player in Haiti, it could have gone much farther with the latter.


Looking north, the issue of Arctic sovereignty is looking for a leader and Canada should be manning this bridge as everyone scrambles for shipping routes and resources.


Country in numbers

Film exports: €22.25m

Foreign correspondents in country: 101

Number of tourists a year: 17.1 million

Number of schools and universities abroad: 4

Olympic gold medals 08/10 (summer and winter): 17

Percentage of GDP spent on aid: 0.3

Cultural mission offices: 0

Foreign languages spoken by prime minister: 1

Panel comments: Let down by its airline and leader.


Monocle fix: Public and private sector should work on producing a world-class print/web/broadcast outlet of record to offer a distinct voice to the BBC's.


(Courtesy of Monocle - issue 39)

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Because Harper isn't dumping tons of cash into Radio-Canasta International to make them as... big as the BBC World Service...


as for Arctic soverignty Harper seems to be pushing that as like the only key plank of the stuff he is doing... so I don't know what they are on about. Similar thing for Haiti... Canada has been showering cash and personnel there since it happened, or really since before it happened... and now, cholera epidemic. WTF in Montreal we learned how to prevent cholera centuries ago, don't drink and shit in the same place... they don't know yet? I think maybe we should build a bigger fence at the Dominican border and put the Haitians everywhere else, then maybe in a hundred years we can try making a country there again :rotfl:

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WTF in Montreal we learned how to prevent cholera centuries ago, don't drink and shit in the same place... they don't know yet?


If we had an devastating earthquake and a hurricane in the same year, we might be stuck with some diseases too.

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If we had an devastating earthquake and a hurricane in the same year, we might be stuck with some diseases too.


If it happened to us we'd probably just have Katrina properly managed...


I mean Chile had an earthquake magnitude 8.8, so strong that one city moved 10 feet to the west, Santiago moved 10 inches and a tsunami hit the coast, and all that really happened was Santiago's equivalent to our Metropolitan collapsed, a friend of mine said his grandparents had their plasma screen TV just shake a little, almost fall down, but remain standing... Haiti gets a 7.0 way before Chile and still they are doing nothing... and of course the Dominicans seem to have zero issues (I agree the epicentre of the quake was in Haiti but it isn't like Santo Domingo is very far from Port au Prince) take some dirt, squeeze together and make a house already FFS (because they chopped down all the trees already...) Meanwhile in Chile the collapsed highway is already rebuilt and open to traffic again...

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