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Canada Plus – May

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Canada Plus

Gordon Campbell

A message from the High Commissioner

On May 15, Canada assumes the chairmanship of the eight-member Arctic Council, leading the council for a two- year term. Canada will help the council navigate issues ranging from sustainability, to quality of life for those who call the Arctic home, to emerging environmental challenges.

Our European history touches as far back as the Vikings and the stories of heroic Arctic exploration,  Henry Hudson’s ambitious travels, all the way to the ever-present search for a navigable Northwest Passage. The Arctic has a special allure in the imaginations of millions. It is important to remember that before those early European explorers set out, the Inuit were already there, building a unique culture that endures to this day.

The UK has always had a special connection to the Arctic. Its scientific research and commitment to polar issues dates back to the very earliest explorers who set out. Captain John Franklin’s lost expedition of 1845 is both the stuff of legend and ongoing scientific research. More recently, it was acclaimed research scientist Thomas Henry Manning who left his native Britain and made Canada his home – even somehow convincing his new bride in 1938 that an 18-month-long honeymoon spent mapping Baffin Island was a romantic notion!

Today, the Scott Polar Institute in Cambridge is a world-leading research facility that draws upon the brightest minds in Arctic studies – many of them from Canada – to build upon the passion and commitment of those early explorers.

That history and expertise reflects itself in the UK’s permanent observer status on the Arctic Council. As Chair of the Arctic Council, Canada will endeavour to continue that tradition of informed inquiry.

In leading our fellow Arctic nations of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, the United States and the Russian Federation, Canada recognizes that the Arctic is undoubtedly on the cusp of major change. We are determined to act today to safeguard the region and to develop Arctic policies that improve the quality of life of the Inuit Canadians and others who live there, in addition to recognizing the region’s environmental importance.

The residents of the Arctic will have a voice in the Arctic Council’s deliberations - almost 4 million people  live there, including 125,000 Canadians. The Canadian North accounts for more than 40% of our landmass and it help define who we are.

Here in London, we have an ongoing program that recognizes the people who have helped shape this extraordinary part of the planet. The Arctic Film Festival in Cambridge in March brought an amazing array of filmmakers to Britain to showcase their very best and next month, Canada House on Trafalgar Square will host an exhibit of contemporary Inuit art in our gallery space – do plan on stopping by.   

Gordon Campbell



– Gordon Campbell


Canvey crisis remembered

Survivors of the flood and area representatives visited Canada House in LondonSixty years ago the people of Canvey Island in the South East of England suffered from a North Sea storm that flooded their community in the worst peacetime disaster in British history. Several thousand homes were destroyed and 58 people perished. In the days that followed, aid parcels came from all over, but most from Canada. The Canadian government sent a patchwork quilt and a carpet to every household. Canvey islanders planted 100 Canadian trees at a memorial site to show their appreciation, it is now known as Canada Corner. Last week, survivors of the flood and area representatives visited Canada House in London to once again say thank you.

Keeping royal company

Prince Harry has announced that he will be joining the British team for Walking with the Wounded’s South Pole Allied Challenge. Two Canadians have been named to the Commonwealth team. Former servicemen MCpl Chris Downey and Cpl Alexandre Beaudin d’Anjou, together with colleagues from Australia, will race their American and British colleagues across the 335 kilometre trek to the South Pole in aid of the Canadian charity Soldier On.

‘We Days’ are Coming

Marc and Craig KielburgerCanada House Presents was delighted to host a high energy evening featuring Marc and Craig Kielburger, the brothers behind the Free the Children foundation. The two led an inspirational discussion about their work and the plan to bring their We Days movement to the UK in March 2014. The Kielburgers asked us to pass along their sincere thanks to all who came along and received them so warmly and to invite anyone interested in getting involved to register their school to take part.

Tweet, tweet

TwitterIn addition to our monthly Canada Plus round-up of what Canada and Canadians in the UK are doing, don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter. We’ve just launched a new French language stream @CanadienRU, or follow us in English on @CanadianUK

Enter to win

Angela HewittA member of both the Order of Canada and Order of the British Empire, pianist Angela Hewitt is honoured in both Canada and the UK. Canada Plus readers can enter to win places to see her perform along with baritone Gerald Finley at an invitation-only event at Canada House on the evening of May 13th, followed by a reception. Send us an email with the subject line `Hewitt’ to with the email address of a friend you would like to sign up to receive Canada Plus, and we will enter you in the draw.

Cedar-planked salmon, fine wines and a taste of Haskap berries – you could be invited to sample some of Canada’s finest food and drink in the historic surroundings of Canada House. In order to spread the word about amazing Canadian products, we are hosting a special invitation-only event to introduce some specialties to the UK. You could win two places for this unique wine and food tasting on Thursday, May 16th. To enter just send in an email with a subject line that says ‘Food’ and sign a friend up to receive our newsletter at

Two very exciting Canadian electronic music acts are performing in London on May 21st. Ottawa’s A Tribe Called Red have been at the forefront of Electric Pow-Wow events that showcase native talent and aboriginal culture. Vancouver-based Humans have become one of Canada’s hottest electronic acts, bridging the gap between electronic music and live performance.  You could win two tickets to see this collection of Canuck talent take on Hoxton by emailing us a friend’s name for the newsletter with ‘Tribe’ in the subject line.

Canadian rock legends Rush – recently inducted into the Hall of Fame – are in London this month. We are offering two tickets to give to Canada Plus readers for the performance. To enter, again, just sign up a friend to receive our newsletter each month with the subject line ‘Rush’.

Consular corner

Two key developments in consular services this month

  • Please note that effective last month, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade implemented a new payment system for passport and consular services by credit / debit card.
  • As of 2 May, applicants seeking Temporary Resident Visas, Study Permits and Work Permits need to submit their applications to the Canadian Visa Application Centre, which is located near Paddington Station in London at The Battleship Building, 179 Harrow Road, W2 6NB. Please note that routine applications will no longer be accepted through the Canadian High Commission. The Canadian Visa Application Centre website has all the details for submitting applications either in person or by post and Citizenship and Immigration Canada has detailed information about moving to Canada for work, study or family reasons.

If you have a consular question for us, please email with the subject line Consular Corner.

May events

May 7 ¦ Angela Hewitt
Southbank Centre ¦ The acclaimed British/Canadian classical pianist returns to the Southbank Centre performing from Bach’s The Art of Fugue and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata.

May 10 ¦ Canada Seminar at Lady Margaret Hall
Oxford ¦ This year the seminar welcomes Susan Ormiston, CBC television’s correspondent in London. In addition to reporting on key international events, including the election of president Nelson Mandela in South Africa in 1994, Susan has covered wars and rebellions in Afghanistan, Syria, Libya and Egypt and while based in London, covered last year’s Olympic Games and HM the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. There is no charge for the event, but if you are planning to attend please email the Lady Margaret Hall Development Office or call 01865274362 by Wednesday May 8th 2013.

May 13 ¦ Lyse Doucet – 18th Annual Douglas W Bryant Lecture
British Library ¦ Acadian born Lyse Doucet, the BBC’s Chief International Correspondent, has been reporting from around the world for thirty years. Her award-winning reporting has earned her a reputation for expert coverage of the Middle East and beyond.  Her  lecture is titled “From Acadie to Arab Spring: Reflections on America’s Place in the World”. Places are free but you must register by emailing

May 13 ¦ The London Expat Canadian Meetup Group invites you to join in for wing night at the Maple Leaf tavern in Covent Garden ¦ The group has a range of activities throughout the month, including a pub night of their Vandoos group on the 22nd of each month and longer term plans that include a Thames River cruise at the end of June. Check out their website for all the details.

May 20 ¦ Canadian Studies Seminar – Patriating the Canadian Constitution
This public seminar entitled Blood on the Floor: Britain, Canada and the Patriation of the Canadian Constitution 1980 – 1982: A British Insider’s View, features Vivien Hughes, the Canada Desk Officer at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the early 1980s. Institute of the Americas, University College London, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1. 17:30 – 19:15. Entry is free. To register please contact or

May 21 ¦ McGill UK Signature Event – Cocktail Reception and Keynote Address
Canada House ¦ Lord (Gordon) Wasserman will discuss the introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales at a cocktail reception with McGill University alumni and friends including special guests Christopher Manfredi, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, and Marc Weinstein, Vice-Principal, Development and Alumni Relations. This event is open to all.

May 23 ¦ The ‘Big 5’ Conference: Unblocking the World’s Top PPP Markets
London ¦ The ‘Big 5’ Conference will focus on the five markets – including Canada – offering the most activity in the sector of Public-Private Partnerships over the next year. The event features a stellar Canadian panel, including PPP Canada CEO John McBride, Infrastructure Ontario President and CEO Mark Bain and Mark Romoff, President and CEO of Canadian Council of PPP. Other countries features at the event include Turkey, Columbia, the USA and the UK.

May 24 ¦ Rush bring their Clockwork Angels tour to London’s 02HMCS Iroquois crew prepare to greet visitors

May 24 – 27 ¦ Battle of the Atlantic commemoration in Liverpool
HMCS Iroquois will join vessels from the Royal Navy and other Allied nations to mark the 70th anniversary of the turning point of the Battle of the Atlantic. Events include flypasts, memorial services and tours of some of the ships taking part.

HMCS Iroquois crew prepare to greet visitors as she docks in London’s Canary Wharf

May 30 ¦ Tanner Lecture Series, Linacre College
Oxford ¦ Linacre College is delighted to host Michael Ignatieff at this year’s Tanner Lecture on Human Values in Oxford. Author, academic and former politician Dr. Ignatieff will speak on the subject of Representation and Responsibility: Ethics and Public Office. This lecture will be held at the University Museum of Natural History, Oxford. Entry is free, but registration is required. For bookings, please contact by May 15th.

Until May 31 ¦ Peter Wilkins 12 Writers’ Portrait
Canada House Gallery ¦ Peter Wilkins’ 12 Writers’ Portraits presents video portraits of celebrated Canadian writers: Margaret Atwood, Roch Carrier, Austin Clarke, Douglas Coupland, Wayne Johnston, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Alistair MacLeod, Yann Martel, Anne Michaels, David Adams Richards, Jane Urquhart and M.G. Vassanji.

12 Writers’ Portraits combines explorations of portraiture, technology and the interpretative screens that link audience with celebrity.

Planning ahead

June 1 ¦ Oxbridge Canadian Conference
Canada House, London │ The Canadian High Commission will host a conference called “Positioning Canada: Emerging Economies, Scientific Frontiers and Socio-political Challenges”. It aims to offer Canadian graduates at Cambridge and Oxford a chance to meet and share ideas both between institutions and with the High Commission.

June 10 ¦ The Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation at Goodenough College
Join a community of thinkers and decision-makers from the public, private and NGO sectors for an evening of discussion and networking hosted by the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation of Montreal and Goodenough College of London. Come learn about the work of the Foundation and hear 2011 Trudeau Fellow Macartan Humphreys of Columbia University speak on experimental research and the evaluation of development programs in the Congo. This event will be held at Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2AB. To register, please RSVP to The deadline to register is May 29th.

From mid-June ¦ Inuit Illumi: Inuit Today
Canada House is pleased to present this exciting exhibition of contemporary Inuit art in association with TD Bank. The exhibit will be free and open to the public in the Canada House Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Watch for more detail in June’s newsletter.

June 17 and 19 ¦ Neil Young and Crazy Horse  perform at London’s O2 arena

June 21 ¦ Leonard Cohen performs at the O2 arena

June 27 ¦ Study in Canada seminar
Canada House will play host to this one day workshop for career and university counsellors in the UK who have students interested in attending university abroad for undergraduate studies. Everything from study permits to detailed presentations by Canadian universities will be covered. If you would like to attend please email with ‘June 27’ in the subject line.

June 28 ¦ Graduate Opportunities seminar
Day two of our education event see us welcome potential graduate students who want to know more about what Canada’s first-class universities have to offer. This half-day session will offer students a chance to network with alumni and fellow students as well as providing details on work permits, study permits and presentations by a dozen key Canadian universities. To be added to the guest list, please email with ‘June 28’ in the subject line.

July 1 ¦ Canada Day Education Fair and MBA seminar
Anyone interested in Canada as a study or research destination are invited to visit us on Trafalgar Square to learn more from our teams of representatives from a dozen major Canadian universities and colleges.  If you are looking specifically at MBA possibilities, we will also be hosting an MBA seminar late afternoon. To add your name to the guest list, please email with ‘MBA’ in the subject line.

Canada Day in Trafalgar SquareJuly 1 ¦ Canada Day in Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square ¦ The annual free London party celebrating our national holiday will feature music from The Tragically Hip, Jann Arden, Arkells and The Sheepdogs. The festival will also include yoga with lululemon, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, First Nations Pow-Wow and Round Dance singing group Northern Cree, and of course, the annual street hockey tournament. From 10:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m., it’s 12 hours of Canadian food, music and culture in central London.

July 30 – 31 ¦ ‘Canada Abroad’ Conference
Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex ¦ Bader International Study Centre (BISC) at Queen’s University hosts the ‘Canada Abroad’ conference exploring Canada’s historic and current roles in the world. Topics range from Canadian Education and Study Abroad, Canadian Artists and Writers in an International Context, Canada’s Contemporary Role in International Affairs and The View from Abroad: International Perceptions of Canada. For registration information and rates, please contact Registration is required by May 31st.


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

Employment opportunities

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