Canadian High Commission on the move – Regional Security, Disaster Mitigation & expanding Barbados Library

The day before yesterday was Canada Day, these folk have much to be proud of since 1867 – they are one of the few places in the world to avoid much of hardships experienced with the 2008 global recession, and as a result of their wise investment tactics they have taken some of the rewards and shared with this region…

Among those invited to the Museum was USA's new Charge D'Affaires, Christopher Sandrolini, who is in the gray suit and an open jacket towards the right...

This was confirmed by their High Commissioner to Barbados & the Eastern Caribbean, Ruth F. Archibald, who told celebrants at the Museum how the Mounties (Royal Canadian Mounted Police/RCMP) are now teaming up with the Regional Security System to combat illegal Narco-Trafficking {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Her Excellency revealed how the RCMP assisted in regional police training as part of their Americas strategy, boosting public security and safety throughout the Caribbean.

Projects for Grenada and St Vincent from the World Bank got a significant boost via Ottawa {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

100 million dollars was donated by Ottawa to the World Bank for two Disaster-prevention projects, one for St Vincent and the other for Grenada where retro-fitting buildings is a major component of the initiative.

The gustatory observation of Canada was slathered in Shrimp, be it from Brunswick or Nova Scotia – the invited Bajans munched the omnivores like no tomorrow! There was also caramelised popcorn using Maple Syrup since Canada’s flag features that tree in its flag.

Annette Smith of the National Library Service expresses thanks on behalf of her organisation for the kind gift from the Canadian High Commission

There was also a presentation of entries to Canada’s Governor-General’s Literary Awards for the Barbados National Library Service, the service was represented by Annette Smith and the envoy explained the significance of the contribution {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

There are seven categories in both English and French language, with winners receiving $25,000 and publishers get a $3,000 grant to promote the winning books – two full sets were sent this year for Barbados, according to the Diplomat.

The tent lights would not come on, so the Envoy had to use Courtyard light for reading which meant no Lectern which was then a challenge in handling the speech

In addition, a special book on how Bridgetown & Toronto intersect was also made to Ms Smith {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Some Barbadian Candians” was a project spearheaded by former Bajan consul to Canada, Mr Evelyn Greaves – it looks at Canadians of Barbadian descent who made notable achievements in various fields of endeavour.

In all, the only thing missing from the celebration was Labatt’s or Molson lager and Tim Horton’s cocoa and coffee!

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