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Canada Plus – January

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A message from the High Commissioner

Photo - Gordon CampbellI can’t believe that we are already well into 2015.

We have been busy. On the weekend of January 10th, we celebrated the 200th anniversary of Sir John A. Macdonald’s birth in Glasgow. A son of Glasgow, Sir John A. was one of the stars of the Canadian bestseller, How the Scots Invented Canada. Granted he had a lot of help from friends we call the Fathers of Confederation!

Believe it or not there is some dispute as to whether Sir John A. was born on the 10th or 11th. I always thought it was the 11th, but we all agree that Saturday felt like a better day for a true celebration.  If you would like to learn more about Sir John A. Macdonald then I recommend the excellent two volume biography by Richard Gwyn: John A.: The Man Who Made Us and Nation Maker: John A. Macdonald: His Life, Our Times. Two other books you may enjoy on Sir John A. are Patricia Phenix, Private Demons: The Tragic Personal Life of John A. Macdonald and Blood and Daring: How Canada Fought the American Civil War and Forged a Nation by John Boyko. 

The celebration with Glasgow City Councillors and the Lord Mayor made it a special night and we were able to match it with a day of lectures and information. Like many celebrations across Canada, this was a time to reflect on all that he left us. He was certainly a man of vision and he sure knew his business in the boisterous 19th century of a fledgling nation.

Shortly, we will finish the new renovation to Canada House. The official opening will take place in the last part of February and we will be sure to keep Canada Plus subscribers up to date on weekend tours to follow. I can assure you there will be lots to see. The new Canada House will also include a revamped Canada Gallery to showcase both established Canadian artists and up and comers. We will be ensure our Canada Plus subscribers hear all about those events too.

The year ahead will undoubtedly be full of surprises. By this time next year there will have been an election here in the UK and at home in Canada as well. For the time being, we are completing our move and getting ready for an event-filled year including the birth of a new royal baby. Happy New Year everyone. Let’s make 2015 a year filled with good memories for all of us.

Signature - Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell

Collage - celebrated the 200th anniversary of Sir John A. Macdonald’s birth in Glasgow

Marking the 200th anniversary of Sir John A. Macdonald’s birth in Glasgow


News

The Shipping News

The man leading the search for the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition retold the fascinating story of the discovery of HMS Erebus to a packed crowd at the British Library. The Erebus was the ship sailed on by Sir John Franklin himself when he set out 160 years ago looking for a Northwest Passage. Ryan Harris, the Parks Canada underwater archeologist whose team discovered the wreck shared his experiences with the Observer’s Science Editor Robin McKie, who called it “the most exciting discovery of the year”.

Canadian leads La Francophonie

We were delighted to lend our congratulations to former Governor General Michaëlle Jean on becoming Secretary General of La Francophonie. The international organization – comprised of 57 member states and 20 observers - has chosen an imminently qualified Canadian, and the first woman, to lead its ambitious agenda in the years ahead. Canada and our many friends in the francophonie here in the UK celebrate Francophonie Week starting March 20.

Deadline for proposals – Canadian Studies

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of The British Association for Canadian Studies, the group has issued an open call for papers for the April 2015 conference. Individual papers (20 minutes maximum) and panels of 2, 3 or 4 papers (90 minutes maximum) are invited on any aspect of Canadian Studies.  Proposals for entire panels and/or papers with an anniversary theme will be especially welcome. Outline proposals (250-500 words per paper plus brief c.v. or c.vs) should be submitted by Friday 30 January 2015 to Dr Luke Flanagan lukeflanagan@btinternet.com and/or Dr Tony McCulloch tony.mcculloch@ucl.ac.uk

Canada PLus update - collage Macdonald House and Canada House

Goodbye to Macdonald House and hello to Canada House

Over a very busy few days in December, High Commission staff made the move to our new space in Canada House. The finishing touches are still very much underway but we are up and running and open for business. We are now looking ahead to an official opening next month and to welcoming you at our front door on Trafalgar Square. Stay tuned for details of all that’s still to come in this wonderful, newly-revitalized building.

Drawing - Canada House

Business Brief

The Government of Canada is reforming its economic immigration system to provide more possibilities for skilled foreign workers to build a permanent new life in Canada. Launched January 1st, Express Entry will enable us to select immigrants based on the skills and attributes that Canada needs. It will be a much faster, more effective, and more efficient way to welcome economic immigrants to Canada than anything we had before. For more information, see: Express Entry.

Consular Corner

Question:   I am a Canadian citizen and would like to get married in the UK. Do I require any documentation from the Canadian High Commission? Do I need to advise the Canadian authorities once I am married?

Answer:  You should contact the registry office where you wish to marry directly for the documentary requirements for your upcoming marriage. If the registry office suggests that you need any documents from our office we would be glad to assist you, although generally this is not required. If you are in the UK as a visitor (not a visa holder), then you should contact the UK authorities to make enquiries. You do not need to advise our office that you have married. Generally speaking, a legal marriage outside Canada is considered a legal marriage in Canada. Please see the “Validity of a foreign marriage” information. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us at ldn.consular@international.gc.ca.

If you have a question for us, please email ldn.publicaffairs@international.gc.ca with the subject line “Consular Corner”.

January Events

Tree (spiralling upward) - oil on paperUntil 8 March 2015 ¦ From the Forest to the Sea, Emily Carr in British Columbia
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London ¦ The first UK exhibition dedicated to Emily Carr, a pioneering modernist painter, has received rave reviews. The Dulwich Picture Gallery is showcasing more than 100 paintings produced by Carr between 1912 and 1939, including a focused selection of her watercolours and sketchbook drawings. The exhibit also highlights the importance of indigenous art as a key influence.

Emily Carr, Tree (spiralling upward), 1932 - 1933, oil on paper.

6 January – 8 February ¦ Cirque du Soleil – KooZa
Royal Albert Hall, London ¦ The international circus brand returns to the Royal Albert Hall with KooZa, a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil combining acrobatics and clowning.

11 January – 15 February ¦ Pig Girl
Finborough Theatre, London ¦ The controversial award-winning Canadian play Pig Girl gets its European debut on Sunday and Monday nights at the Finborough Theatre.

15 January ¦ Lunch with Philippe Couillard
Draper’s Hall, London ¦ The Premier of Quebec, Philippe Couillard, is the guest speaker at this luncheon where he will talk about accelerating trade relations between Quebec and the UK.

17 January – 21 March ¦ Le Vent du Nord
Various UK venues ¦ One of the leading Quebec folk bands will return to the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, as well as performing in London to launch their eighth album.

21 – 25 January ¦ London Art Fair
Business Design Centre, London ¦ Artist Adad Hannah has been selected for the Photo50 exhibition at London Art Fair entitled ‘Against Nature’.

21 – 25 January ¦ Wil Murray – London Art Fair 2015
London ¦ VITRINE (London) and p|m Gallery (Toronto) will present a solo booth of Canadian artist Wil Murray at ‘Dialogues,’ the new curated section of Art Projects at London Art Fair 2015. Works shown will include one large installation ‘Painted Shut’, planar paintings, and a selection of smaller collages and hand coloured photographic works.

22 – 29 January ¦ The Barr Brothers
Various UK venues ¦ The successful Montreal folk quartet tours the UK from Glasgow to Winchester.

24 – 31 January ¦ Countermeasure
Various UK venues ¦ This energetic young 14-piece group known as the “leading a cappella chorus out of Toronto” is touring festivals in the UK.

27 January ¦ Marc-André Hamelin
Royal Festival Hall, London ¦ Marc-André Hamelin performs Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.2 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, under conductor Charles Dutoit. 

29 January ¦ International Piano Series
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London ¦ Louis Lortie marks the centenary of Alexander Scriabin's death with a programme that features the composer´s 24 Preludes along with those of Fauré and Scriabin.  The Canadian pianist has been praised for possessing the 'combination of total spontaneity and meditated ripeness that only great pianists have'.

30 January ¦ Angela Hewitt
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London ¦ Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt performs at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, which is currently featuring the beautiful Emily Carr exhibit.

Further Ahead

13 – 15 February ¦ Nightwalks with Teenagers
Bristol ¦ Mammalian Diving Reflex participates in the IBT15 Bristol International Festival with a bespoke project that invites you to take a poignant, rebellious walk on the wild side. Their unique collaboration will challenge local Bristol teenagers to create a performative journey while they guide you deep into their suburbs at night.

Canada House leaf2 March ¦ Canada House presents Cindy Rodych
Canada House, London ¦ The lead interior designer for the Canada House Revitalization Project, Cindy Rodych from the Canadian firm Stantec, shares the story behind the transformation of Canada House and the adjacent building on Cockspur Street into a state-of-the-art chancery that showcases the very best of Canadian art and design. Hosted by the Canadian High Commission and Canada-UK Sustainable Building Network.

Canada House leaf24 March ¦ Canada House Presents an Evening with Thomas Tait
Canada House, London ¦ Thomas Tait, winner of the prestigious LVMH prize for Young Fashion Designers, comes to Canada House to discuss his work in fashion design, which began in Montreal.

Job Opportunities

Canadian High Commission ¦ We are looking for a Development Officer to help us promote the Canada brand in the UK.

Canada Plus Manager
Closing date: Sunday, 25 January 2015

You can also now follow our HR department on LinkedIn for the latest updates on opportunities.

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2015-01-20