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By CHELSEA NASH PUBLISHED : Wednesday, cialis July 20, 2016 12:00 AM

الفوركس إشارات تداول الخيارات الثنائية Keith Halliday knows how mundane the work of a Canadian foreign service officer can be.

اسعار العملات في الهند He knows how it feels to spend meeting after meeting and round after round of editing in preparing briefing notes for a cabinet minister, “and then finding out that the minister was totally distracted and didn’t even read them.” Mr. Halliday himself is a former Canadian foreign service officer, having served on one rotation in the late ’90s as second secretary in Canada’s mission to the European Union in Brussels. Mr. Halliday said that cuts to the foreign service, and the prospect of having to spend more time in Ottawa than abroad, prompted him to reconsider his career choice. He ended up working at a Bay Street consultancy firm in Toronto.

انظر هنا الآن Mr. Halliday decided to turn his experience into satire, with his latest book, The Tar Sands Diplomat: A Novel of the Canadian Foreign Service. The novel is a satirical thriller, which follows the main character, Macgregor, on a perilous journey to get to the bottom of the murder of his friend.

اضغط هنا لمعرفة المزيد “Macgregor is on a dream posting to Brussels, until a red-haired Russian prostitute dramatically murders the Canadian mission’s star diplomat and plunges Macgregor into a world of spooks, Russian oligarchs, and eco-hacktivists,” reads the back of the book.

ثنائية مزايا تداول الخيارات وعيوب Macgregor is a talented diplomat, says Mr. Halliday, but because of ever-changing technology, he has a hard time keeping up, and ends up stuck in the middle of the bureaucracy.

جد أكثر “Macgregor represents that decent, talented, hardworking diplomat who doesn’t get any recognition,” he said in an interview last week. “He’s stuck in the middle of the bureaucracy, no one recognizes his talents, and it’s not until…after the murder, and the Russian oligarch and the eco-terrorists get involved that he has to reach back and tap into all the things he learned in his career in different places to finally make a difference that he wasn’t able to do when he was just at his desk job doing briefing notes.”

لماذا لا تحاول هذه Facing eco-hacktivists with impenetrable technological walls hiding their information, Macgregor defaults to 1950s spy tactics: following people in disguise and breaking into their homes in the middle of the night. He also has some funny run-ins along the way, said Mr. Halliday.

اقرأ المقال Mr. Halliday said he thinks the book will be relatable to anyone who has spent time working in Ottawa or in the foreign service.TSD Cover capture (bigger)

تفضل بزيارة الموقع “The foreign service was such a great place to start a career, and so many interesting things were happening, but there was also a whole angle of life and work in the foreign service that was so different from the image that everyone has, and that I had when I joined. A certain element of ridiculousness” persisted, he said. “What I thought was interesting was: if you combine this routine day-to-day bureaucracy of the foreign service with, you know, a real international crisis or scandal, which I didn’t happen to be involved in—that’s the fictional part. But the juxtaposition of those two things makes it all sort of an interesting package,” he added.

اكتشف During his time in the foreign service, Mr. Halliday said there was real opposition and even protests to some Canadian activities, such as the seal hunt, clear-cut forestry, and energy exports. Mr. Halliday said there was much misinformation in Europe surrounding these Canadian practices, but that the protests “are very different from [a] Canadian’s own self-image of the country as this sort of international good boy-scout.”

انظر المشاركة The idea of a “tar sands diplomat,” or a diplomat charged with the task of selling the idea of Canada’s oil sands, was created in order to keep the issues current, he said.

أفضل ثنائي الخيار الروبوت 2017 It’s also why the novel focuses on Russia, he added. “[Russia]’s much more important in Brussels these days, what with Ukraine and Crimea, and the resurgence of the Putin regime and the rise of the oligarchs and so on. And then combine that with the tar sands angle, I wanted to give this novel a bit more currency and connection to current public affairs.”

هذا الرابط In 2002, Mr. Halliday took what he describes as a “chemotherapy-induced vacation” from his job at Boston Consulting Group, a management consultancy firm. He needed to slow life down, he said, and so he, his wife, and their four children moved to his hometown of Whitehorse, Yukon, where they still live today.

While going through chemotherapy and radiation to treat the Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Mr. Halliday wrote Canada’s “number one diplomatic thriller,” a title for which there’s not really much competition, as Mr. Halliday himself joked.

Niche as the market may be, it draws a global audience. Mr. Halliday says he can tell the location of who downloads his podcast version of the book, (of which episodes are released for free on a weekly basis, and available on iTunes), and that he’s got listeners from Europe to Asia, and scattered around North America. The book is also available via Amazon and is self-published by Mr. Halliday. It’s been on the (digital) shelves since April.

If you can’t get enough of Macgregor and his antics, don’t fret: Mr. Halliday is currently working on a sequel. This time, the satirical spy novel will be set in Canada, with the working title Our Man in Toronto, said Mr. Halliday.

He is also the author of the children’s novel Aurore of the Yukon: A Girl’s Adventure in the Klondike Gold Rush, published in 2006, and three other historical adventure novels for youth.

Regarding his latest, he concluded: “I think it’s just a book by a former occupant, from someone who used to be inside Ottawa, I think it’s a bit of fun and I think it’s particularly appealing to people who have lived the Ottawa experience in ministers’ offices or in Foreign Affairs or at embassies, and hopefully a fun read—but also bringing forward a few wry chuckles that you’ll connect to your own life and experience in Ottawa.”

For more laughs: #CdnFSProblems

If you can’t get enough of nerdy foreign-service satire, you might want to check out the laugh-out-loud funny blog Canadian Foreign Service Problems, if you haven’t already.

The anonymous author of the blog didn’t want to be interviewed in order to keep his/her anonymity intact. But, they’ve certainly got a good thing going, with 598 Twitter followers (at the time of publication) using the handle @cdnfsproblems, and some pretty high-profile ones as well. Deputy minister of international development Peter Boehm follows the Twitter stream, as do heads of mission Artur Wilczynski (Norway), Rick Savone (Brazil), Marcel Lebleu (Chile), and Gwyn Kutz (Peru).

The blog features jokes in the form of, “when this happens to you,” accompanied by a relevant GIF from pop culture. The most recent post, from July 12, reads, “When your HoM tries to give you work during your last week before you rotate out,” alongside a GIF of a cat repeatedly knocking objects off a desk, with some choice expletives popping up as he does so.


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Selected press releases, cialis media articles and television series.

Hill Times profile on The Tar Sands Diplomat

Yukonomist interview series including The Yukon Commissioners on Northwestel Community TV

Off the Grid and In the Know: Up Here Business

Radio Canada - Les samedis du monde

Radio Canada - Zone Yukon (commentaires sur le Musée MacBride)

 Press Release: Aurore of the Yukon headed for US Schools

 Keith presenting at TEDx Whitehorse 2013