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TORONTO — You probably missed it. With the new year focus on America’s continued efforts to deal with U.S. President George W. Bush’s three “evils” — Iraq, Iran and North Korea — you probably were not aware of the potential long-term international consequences of a speech by a Russian minister in January, in Canada.

The speech involved the development of a year-round sea route through the islands of Northwest Canada. But before we look at Russia’s interest in this matter, a little background is in order.

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