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  • Canada to fund open campus education

    St. John’s Antigua- Over the next five years, the University of the West Indies UWI’s distance learning programme – the Open Campus – will be receiving a total of $20 million Canadian dollars from the government of Canada. The donation was announced yesterday as Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister of State Dianne Ablonczy spoke at University Centre in Antigua &Barbuda. She…

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  • EDITORIAL: Make it clear for Canadians

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The news that our offshore sector was recently severely criticized in the Canadian parliament is one more inconvenient truth that the Barbados economic policymakers will have to face. In a report earlier this month, the Standing Committee on Finance of that country’s parliament made recommendations to its government on a number of proposals to come down hard…

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  • Ally of slain Curacao politician suspects ‘political motive’ in attack by 2 assailants

    A close ally of a charismatic but divisive politician killed by two assailants in Curacao said Monday he believes the lawmaker was slain in some sort of politically motivated attack on the Dutch Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela. Donald Balentina, president of the Curacao political party founded by slain politician Helmin Wiels, told The Associated Press that he…

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  • Canada apologises for botched naval exercise

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, Observer – THE Canadian High Commission has apologised to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) for a botched naval exercise in March, which saw live 50-calibre rounds being fired in Jamaican coastal waters by two of that country's naval vessels and the interference with a boat in which former Prime Minister Bruce Golding was travelling. The disclosure came on…

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  • Canada’s trade relationship with the Caribbean should be allowed to flourish

    It is to be hoped that the visit last week to Canada of Kamla Persad-Bissessar, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, who in July will become the chair of Caricom, an association of 15 Caribbean nation-states, will help move forward Canada’s free-trade negotiations with Caricom. Canada’s merchandise trade with the Caricom countries is not huge, but the connections in…

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  • Canadian priest murdered

    PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – Police were searching for the killers of Canadian priest who was shot outside a bank minutes after he withdrew US$1,000 on Thursday. Police said 62-year-old Richard E. Joyal had just withdrawn the money from the bank when two men on a motorcycle approached and grabbed a bag he was carrying. The passenger shot him…

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  • Canada minister to meet with Haiti’s Prime Minister

    WASHINGTON, CMC – Canada’s International Co-operation Minister Julian Fantino will meet with Haiti’s Prime Minister Laurent Lamote on Friday more than four months after he questioned the level of aid to the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country. The meeting here will also be attended by officials from several international donors. In January, Fantino said his office would not initiate new…

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  • Canada focuses on Latin America

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Stabroek News – Last week the Canadian Foreign Minister, John Baird, made a diplomatic foray into Latin America, in a follow-up to, or probably reassessment of, Canada-Latin American relations since Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited the area in 2007. As part of Latin America, or the Americas as they are sometimes referred to in North America, Baird took…

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  • Exporters face threats, opportunities in Canadian market

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, Observer – JAMAICAN manufacturers of some key items are likely to have their profit margins squeezed by higher duties in the Canadian export market, if Caricom fails to reach a new trade agreement with the North American country before year end. Pepper sauce and rum exports top the list of goods that would potentially be under threat if…

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  • SPEAKING NOTES BY EDWIN W. CARRINGTON, SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY FOR THE ACCREDITATION OF H.E. MR. SERGE MARCOUX, AMBASSADOR OF CANADA TO THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM), 28 OCTOBER 2002, GEORGETOWN, GUYANA

    Your Excellency Serge Marcoux, Ambassador of Canada to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Deputy Secretary-General Representatives of the Canadian High Commission Distinguished guests Ladies and gentlemen Members of the Media It is with great pleasure that I welcome your Excellency Serge Marcoux to the Secretariat today for the special purpose of receiving your Credentials accrediting you as Canada's Ambassador to the…

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