WATERLOO — An environment that encourages risks and rewards imagination has helped position Waterloo on the frontier of 21st century economic change.
At the end of a weekend spent huddling at an emergency financial summit in Washington, back in November, leaders of the world's largest economies emerged with a promise to push back against any move to raise international trade barriers.
Remember last fall's version of Stephen Harper? In campaign mode, his preferred setting was the backyard of an average-looking family. When it came to talking policy, he was all about cutting the tax on diesel, or giving parents a tax break for their kids' music lessons. But that down-home guy hasn't been seen lately. In his place, a retooled, internationally oriented Prime Minister has been repeatedly sighted. His favoured backdrop is the CNN set of Fareed Zakaria GPS, required viewing, not for most Canadians, but for foreign affairs buffs everywhere. His policy preoccupations tend toward international financial regulation and the future of NATO.
What's going on and why does it matter?
Speeding through the waters in a small, home-made submarine just off the northwestern coast of South America in early January, gangsters carting millions worth of cocaine to North America had little warning they were about to be captured.
Erratic response to the spreading militancy, deep divisions in Islamabad, alarms West.
The current situation in cyclone-ravaged Burma, otherwise known as Myanmar, is especially grim. Some disaster experts expect the death toll to climb to over 100,000 people in the coming days and weeks.
The United Nations is doing a lot in the fight against poverty and inequality but it can do better, a former deputy secretary-general said Friday.
Is Canada an emerging energy superpower? Or just America's gas jockey? And who is the world's real energy superpower?