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Canada Plus – April

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A message from the High Commissioner

Photo - Gordon CampbellMarch has been an exceptional first month following the opening of Canada House. Hundreds of people have visited, toured and photographed our new home. Thanks to everyone for the encouragement and the ongoing enthusiasm. One of my favourites was the evening of March 26  when we had five events happening all at once - everyone from Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz to alumni from McGill University to a dinner hosted by our Canadian Defence Liaison Staff for their colleagues here in the UK, the place was abuzz.

Another special evening was the “Taste of Canada” event at which guests from the UK hospitality industry discovered flavours of Canada ranging from traditional maple syrup to the more exotic geoduck, burrowing clams, the textures of distinct wild rice and the rich yet lean bison, not to mention the superb sustainable Canadian caviar.  It was an adventurous mix of natural ingredients and a fusion of tastes.

Canadian food today reflects the country itself - it is as diverse as Canada's landscape. Our multicultural make-up means that our food and drink draw upon not only our abundance of fresh products from the land and sea, but also the traditions from around the globe that have found a home in Canada.

photo - Taste of CanadaIn the next year or two, new kitchen doors will be open to Canadian products and produce as we enter the era of the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement with the European market. More variety and lower costs will only serve to enhance Canada’s already outstanding reputation for the food we produce.  Still, all this talk begs the question, “What is the Taste of Canada”? The Scots have their haggis, the English have bubble and squeak, the Welsh enjoy their cawl while the Irish have given us colcannon.

We are about more than poutine and maple syrup (tasty as they both are), so please, get involved and send us your ideas of a great Canadian dinner menu – the best suggestion will be treated to a dinner for up to 12 people in our top floor Laurier Room here at Canada House, featuring elements of your own menu. Just email us at CanadaPlus@international.gc.ca. If spring delivers some warm sunshine, you can enjoy the fabulous view over Trafalgar Square from our roof terrace. Bon Appetit!

Signature - Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell


News

Arctic Council

Canada will host the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting on Friday, April 24 in Iqaluit, Nunavut. The meeting, taking place in the heart of Canada’s North, will bring together ministers of the Arctic states and high-level representatives of the Indigenous Permanent Participant organizations to set the council’s objectives for the coming two years and highlight achievements during Canada’s 2013-2015 council chairmanship. The United Kingdom holds observer status on the council.

Canada’s overarching theme for this chairmanship has been “Development for the People of the North”.  One of our key accomplishments in this area is the Council’s creation of a new circumpolar business forum – the Arctic Economic Council (AEC) . This independent body, which was officially founded in early September 2014, is working to ensure that businesses of all sizes across the Arctic region work together to facilitate Arctic-to-Arctic trade and investment, and to do it in a responsible and sustainable manner. The AEC will play an important role in advising the Arctic Council on issues around responsible resource development

The Arctic Council is the leading body for international cooperation in the Arctic region and works to promote the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainable development in the Arctic. It was established in Ottawa in 1996 with the Ottawa Declaration.

Jean Vanier awarded Templeton Prize

Canadian Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche, a revolutionary international network of communities where people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together as peers, has won the 2015 Templeton Prize. Valued at £1.1 million, the Prize is one of the world's largest annual awards given to an individual and honours a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical work.

Another Canadian connection

Military Family Services Europe works with Canadian families posted to Europe. They also publish a monthly newsletter for Canadians. If you are interested you can view their Europe-wide newsletter *(PDF version, 5MB).

Spotlight on Canada

Design students from Memorial University who are studying in England in conjunction with Harlow College helped us tell Canada’s story through a contribution to the newly-revitalized Canada House. Supported by Jonathan Baker of the London College of Fashion, the students collaborated with the High Commission to devise unique display windows that aim to capture the essence of Canadian ingenuity, innovation and know-how.

One of the windows highlights the inventions of two men separated by a century. Alexander Graham Bell, a Scottish immigrant, invented the telephone, while Mike Lazaridis, a Greek-Canadian businessman, co-founded a little tech start up that went on to become Blackberry. A special thanks to the BT archives for helping us tell this Canadian story.

Winmdow displays - Canada House

Business Brief

The High Commission welcomed companies from Canada and across Europe for the 5th Europe Green Building Forum last month. The Forum, which proved very popular, creates the opportunity to bring together experts from across Canada and the EU to discuss matters of mutual interest and share best practise, all with the common objective to create sustainable homes, offices and communities.

Key themes included the use of renewable Canadian wood and wood products in construction and creating healthy buildings in which to live, play and work.

The event took place alongside Ecobuild 2015 which brought together more than 1,300 exhibitors to showcase the very latest in green building initiatives. The Forum was supported by the Canada UK Sustainable Building Network, which works with the High Commission and UK Trade & Investment to facilitate collaboration between companies in both countries.

Consular Corner

Question:  I am a Canadian citizen and have recently moved to the UK for work. Can I register my details with the High Commission in case of emergency?

Answer:  Yes. If you are travelling or living abroad, you are encouraged to register your details with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development using our online Registration of Canadians Abroad (ROCA) service. The service is quick, confidential and simple and enables us to get in touch with and assist you in the event of an emergency abroad. If you have any questions about the ROCA, please do not hesitate to contact us at ldn.consular@international.gc.ca.

Travel Reminder: If you intend to travel this summer, please check your passport’s expiry date and get your application in early if a new passport is required. Passport processing time is currently 20 business days.

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

April Events

Boy falls from treeUntil 15 May ¦ Jeff Wall

Canada House Gallery, London ¦ Renowned Canadian artist Jeff Wall’s unique large-scale photographs are the first to be featured in our newly-reopened Canada Gallery. Free. Monday – Saturday 11:00 – 5:45. Access through the Pall Mall entrance.

Boy falls from tree (2010)

April ¦ Mommy
Various theatres, UK ¦ Quebec director Xavier Dolan’s film about a young man with ADHD and his mother has opened to critical acclaim and is showing in theatres across the UK.

1 – 4 / 8 – 11 April ¦ Cirque Éloize
Edinburgh / Cardiff ¦ Quebec-based contemporary circus performers Cirque Éloize perform ‘Cirkopolis’ in Edinburgh and Cardiff.

11 / 18 April ¦ Titanic Memorial Walks
Royal Exchange, London ¦ These guided walks on the anniversary of the departure of the Titanic tells the story of the role of Canadians in this historic tragedy.

14 April ¦ Don Tapscott on the digital economy’s future
Canada House, London ¦ Part of the Rotman School of Management’s Big Ideas Speaker Series, author Don Tapscott gives a 20-year retrospective of the digital economy and a perspective on its future. Free, but registration is required.

16 April – 3 May ¦ With Cruel Times In Between
Various UK venues ¦ Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador bring their lyrical portrait of Newfoundland culture to small venues in the North of England.

17 April ¦ Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld
Islington Assembly Hall, London ¦ After a sell-out show at St. John in Bethnal Green, Colin Stetson returns to London, this time as a duo with Arcade Fire violinist Sarah Neufeld.

19 April ¦ Commemoration of the Second Battle of Ypres
Green Park, London ¦ Three Canadian regiments will commemorate their respective roles in the Second Battle of Ypres – in which Germany used chemical weapons on a large scale for the first time on the Western Front during WWI. 2pm, Canada Memorial, Green Park.

19 - 21 April ¦ Sarah Macdougall
Glasgow, Leeds, London ¦ The Whitehorse singer-songwriter and winner of the 2012 Western Canadian Music Award for Roots album of the year tours the UK.

23 – 25 April ¦ BACS Annual Conference
British Library, London ¦ The 40th anniversary conference of the British Association for Canadian Studies takes place at the British Library following an opening keynote lecture at 6.00pm on Thursday 23 April at Canada House. The keynote is entitled ‘Canada and International Human Rights Law: Is the Romance Over?’ and will be delivered by Payam Akhavan, a Professor at McGill University and a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University. There will be three other lectures during the conference and over 100 scholarly talks on various aspects of Canada will be given. Further details and registration instructions can be found on the BACS website.

HMCS Fredericton24 – 26 April ¦ HMCS Fredericton visit Liverpool
Liverpool ¦ The HMCS Fredericton is planning a stop in Liverpool. Please keep an eye on our calendar, Twitter and Facebook for updates on any public opportunities to visit the ship.

26 April ¦ Canadian cheering “pop-up” at the London Marathon
London ¦ The Canadian High Commission is planning on cheering on runners from around the world (and especially Canadians in the crowd) when they near the finish line. We aim to set up shop as close as we can get to Mile 25 – near Embankment Tube and just a stone’s throw from Canada House in order to hopefully boost some of the 30,000 runners as they near the finish line.

Until May 17 ¦ Ydessa Hendeles – From her wooden sleep
ICA, London ¦ Ydessa Hendeles is renowned for her large-scale, site-specific curatorial compositions.

Further Ahead

8 - 28 May ¦ Miss Caledonia
Various UK venues ¦ Melody Johnson’s comedy about an Ontario farm girl’s quest to become a movie star through entering beauty pageants tours venues in the North.

10 May ¦ Wreath Laying
St Peter’s Church, Petersham ¦ There will be a service and wreath-laying ceremony at the grave of Captain George Vancouver at 11:30.

Until June 6 ¦ Orbits and Occults
Gerald Moore Gallery, London ¦ Suzanne Caines joins contemporary artists from North America and the United Kingdom, in a show that explores the ways in which we navigate complex and ever growing networks of cosmologies.

More...

For more news of culture and the arts with Canadian connections appearing in the UK check out our Calendar of Events.

Job Opportunities

We are currently hiring a Nurse Adjudicator and interns to work at the Canadian High Commission. Find out more on our jobs page. You can also follow us on LinkedIn for regular updates on new openings at Canada House.

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2015-04-15