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OttawaWatch 1: Darfur and the 3D strategy.

Article synopsis: During 2004, Darfur, a battle-tense region on the west side of Islamic-controlled Sudan, was commanding worldwide attention. A November, 2004, Ottawa committee meeting highlighted Canada’s interests in the region, which was the subject of something known as the Darfur genocide. This account traces sometimes-typical multi-party approach to tackling global social development human rights issues.

OttawaWatch 2: Two nations, two schools, two premiers.

Article synopsis: During a December 1, 2004 speech in Halifax, then-president of the United States, George W. Bush made reference to an unidentified Canadian politician who described Americans as “our best friends, whether we like it or not” by Robert N. Thompson, former Social Credit MP.

OttawaWatch 5: Hope, music under the Peace Tower.

Article synopsis: Despite the contention of some Christians that faith was absent on Parliament Hill, the author maintained the opposite. Later in the article, there is a continued report on the Parliamentary discussion on same-sex marriage.

OttawaWatch 6: Tsunamis' sea change, plus border caucus.

Article synopsis: The 2004 Boxing Day tsunami killed an estimated 250,000 in southeast Asia. The event produced changes in the way journalism was done between Christmas and the New Year. The news stories were dominated by relief and development efforts directed toward “less-developed” Asian nations impacted by the tsunami, much of it coming from western faith-based agencies, assisted, bolstered often by national grant funds.

OttawaWatch 2004 articles.

Series consists of articles written for OttawaWatch in 2004 and include the following:

  • OttawaWatch 1: Darfur and the 3D strategy
  • OttawaWatch 2: Two nations, two schools, two premiers
  • OttawaWatch 3: Same-sex continuum continues.
  • OttawaWatch 5: Hope, music under the Peace Tower
  • OttawaWatch 6: Tsunamis' sea change, plus border caucus

OttawaWatch 7: Those pesky little blow-ins.

Article synopsis: The blow-in theme explains the relationship between the Christian community and the relief and development activities triggered globally, often with the help of the federal government.

OttawaWatch 9: "Help your MP" strategy emerges.

Article synopsis: The REAL Women advocacy group recent email to MPs that sought to defend the traditional defination of marriage as opposed to same-sex marriage. Article ends with the REAL Women list of MPs by province, party affiliation and riding.

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