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ERIC REGULY

Canada doesn’t always get its Italian diplomacy right – but in this case it did

The students of the University of L’Aquila will say “Let’s meet at Canada” or “See you at Canada.”

No, they are not about to hop on a transatlantic flight. They are about to walk down a hill from the main campus on the outskirts of town to a modern structure formally called the Palestera Centro Polifunzionale – Youth Community Centre. It vaguely resembles a small-city airport and was Canada’s reconstruction gift to the destroyed Italian city after the April 6, 2009 earthquake, which killed 309 people, 55 of them students.