Carolyn Risk 2013 LDC Fellow Carolyn Risk, Deputy Chief Executive Strategy and Governance at Internal Affairs, will be writing about her research trip to the United States and Canada. 

Mar 11, 2013

My last day in Canada is in Toronto – the capital of Ontario province and the largest city in Canada. It is the commercial centre of Canada. As New York is to Washington DC and Auckland is to Wellington, Toronto is to Ottawa. Toronto also has a population that is about the size of New Zealand – which puts quite a lot of things in proportion!

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Mar 7, 2013

This is my last day in Ottawa as tonight I fly to Toronto and on Friday will meet with officials from the Ontario Government.

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Mar 6, 2013

I am struggling to remember it is only Day 3 in Ottawa as I have seen and heard so much that it doesn't seem possible that it has only taken three days. I am almost saturated with new information and there is much to think about and share when I get home.

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Mar 5, 2013

It was cold again when I left my hotel this morning - minus eight degrees with a wind chill factor that took us down to minus 14. It was also snowing. I am expanding my vocabulary on how to describe the fact of it ‘snowing’. I am advised by the locals that I have not yet experienced a snow fall. I have experienced a dusting - that became heavy enough to be then described as a flurry - but not yet have I experienced a snow fall. The forecast suggests that may change tomorrow.

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Mar 4, 2013

I arrived in Ottawa yesterday after a short flight from Washington DC on a small plane, the size that would take you from Wellington to Blenheim - it was just that you had to go through customs and immigration at both ends!

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Mar 2, 2013

Today is my last full day in DC and it is Saturday so I have spent the day being a tourist.

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Feb 28, 2013

Today I met with Dr Paul Doremus, Deputy Assistant Administrator of Operations, National Marine Fisheries, which is part of NOAA – the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Feb 27, 2013

Kia ora,

As close as I could get to the White House was the outside of the fence. I did, however, have a meeting in the White House Conference Centre, which is on the other side of the park from the White House. I met there with Mark Burrow from the Office of Budget and Management. We met there rather than his office as to use his words ‘no security was required for me to get into the building’. That is true only in the Washington DC sense of relativity as it still required my bags to be x-rayed and me to walk through a screening device of the kind used at airports.

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Feb 26, 2013

My first full day in Washington DC was full of learnings – only some of them related directly to the reason for my visit. The reminders of the business of Washington DC are everywhere. Last night I was woken up by the sound of sirens that seemed to go on forever, and under my window was a motorcade of three SUVs with sirens on either side of a black sedan flying a pennant, which the hotel staff told me this morning is for the Vice President – Joe Biden was going home last night down my street.

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