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China's Soft-Power Fail

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On Oct. 1, the Toronto District School Board became the latest high-profile North American educational institution to sever ties with the Confucius Institutes, a Chinese government-funded language and culture program. 

National Ballet Can Bask in World Ballet Day's Success

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A milestone event in the history of the Internet took place last week and Canada’s National Ballet was right there in the thick of it. Five major international troupes digitally opened their doors to the world in a first-of-its-kind webcast called World Ballet Day.

Africa's Growth is a Development Story: Canada

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“Africa’s development is not only an important economic growth story, it is also a development story,” said minister Christian Paradis.  In his address to Canadian and African businesses, the minister added that economic growth was critical to creating better communities.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird Hosts Impromptu Twitter Chat

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For the second time in six months, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has taken to the twitter airwaves to host an impromptu Q&A under the #AskBaird hashtag.  Among the revelations to emerge over the course of the chat, which lasted just over an hour: While "a tweet won't tackle ISIL," he sees "digital diplomacy" as "an important tool for promoting our values."

Indian Officials to Showcase Country's 'Soft Power' at Toronto Fest

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rom joint collaboration to single window clearance - an Indian delegation would be showcasing the country's "soft power" at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival.  India and Canada had recently signed an Audio-Visual Co-Production Agreement, which enables Indian and Canadian film producers to collaborate on various facets of filmmaking.

Diplomacy In The Open As Rivals Trade Tweets

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Diplomacy is traditionally carried out behind closed doors, in hushed rooms, with perhaps a bowl of Ferrero Rocher to hand to put ambassadors at ease. Diplomacy 2.0, though, is carried out in public and, like everything else on social media, with a fair amount of sarcasm. 

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