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Camera: Henry Kissinger, Brian Mulroney and other noted brains and statesmen at the Munk Debates after-party

Adrienne Clarkson

(Image: George Pimentel Photography)

June 17. Last year’s verbal slugfest between former British PM Tony Blair and journalist Christopher Hitchens established the Munk Debates as a must-attend event for Toronto’s intelligentsia. This year’s showdown affirmed that reputation. Harvard pop economist Niall Ferguson and Chinese scholar David Li argued that “the 21st century will belong to China,” while Henry Kissinger and CNN’s Fareed Zakaria opposed the motion. Kissinger commanded the stage, then made his way down the hall to the VIP reception and ruled the room. Guests practically lined up for one-on-one time with the Cold War icon, including Brian Mulroney, Adrienne Clarkson and Michael Ignatieff, who yanked his wife Zsuzsanna away from a conversation with Steve Paikin to get at the esteemed statesman. But no one got as close as Zakaria. After it was announced that he and Kissinger had won, he flashed his TV-trained smile and surprised his debate partner with a man hug.

  • Edson

    Interestingly enough, rents have not yet inesearcd and the 1st month of 2011 has seen some activity. Landlords are remaining bullish in the hope that the market does turn in their favour and they start to achieve the level of rents that have been forecasted. January was a fairly busy month after the long Christmas break and it is now back to business. We placed a number of companies into new office space both serviced and leasehold with nearly all of the deals favouring the tenant. February, has started strong in terms of levels of leads and maybe as demand increases so will the rents.