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Canada Plus – July

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Canada Plus

Photo - Gordon CampbellA message from the High Commissioner

It truly is good to be home in Canada House. There’s nothing like a house full of visitors to signal a celebration and that is exactly what we enjoyed on Canada Day. I was delighted that we were able to welcome more than 400 people through our front door on Trafalgar Square to help us mark our country’s 148th birthday. Thanks to all of you who came to tour the building and stayed for a Canada Day cupcake with us. It was great to see so many Canadians dressed up in red and white, sporting their Maple Leafs and waving the flag on what turned out to be the hottest day of the year in London.

Signature - Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell

 Collage - Canada Day and Canada House

 Canada Day 2015

2015-07-07: Today we take a moment to mark the 10 years that have passed since the United Kingdom was subjected to terrorist attacks on the London transport system on 7 July, 2005. Like all Londoners, those of us here at Canada House will pause and remember those who lost their lives and those who have overcome life-changing injuries. The victims of last week’s attack in Tunisia and their families are also very much in our thoughts and Canada will continue to work alongside our allies to help make our world safer and to promote our shared values of peace, democracy and human rights.


Graphic work - Event IIBritish Museum acquires new First Nations piece

An oil and graphic work by Saskatchewan artist Adrian A. Stimson has been purchased by the British Museum for its Native North American permanent collection. The piece, entitled Event II, was featured in an ongoing exhibition sponsored by Creative Saskatchewan that featured the work of five indigenous artists from the province.

Coast Salish art to Cambridge

Vancouver Island based Coast Salish artist Chris Paul’s work called Life is a Cosmic Phenomenon (The Salish Sea) was presented on Canada Day to Churchill College, Cambridge in celebration of the visionary collaboration of two renowned scientists - Sir Fred Hoyle and Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe. The piece is a gift of the Cattlepoint Arts, Science and Culture Foundation in Oak Bay, Victoria, British Columbia.

Canada House Update

Canada House tours: Canada House on Trafalgar Square serves as a true showcase of our country in the 21st century and we are keen to share it with our many friends and visitors here in the United Kingdom through upcoming public tours on selected Friday afternoons.

Register for the next available tour.

Business Brief

On June 29 High Commissioner Gordon Campbell signed a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the Canadian government for closer cooperation on nuclear energy with the UK. The MOU will create opportunities for Canadian and British enterprises in the growing nuclear energy market. The UK has identified nuclear energy as a low-carbon technology that will help it meet its CO2 emission targets. Around 30,000 people work in Canada’s nuclear energy industry, helping to make Canada’s electricity supply among the world’s cleanest.

Visa Info

Question: My husband and I obtained a permanent resident visa last year and we landed as immigrants. Shortly after, however, we had to return to the UK to deal with personal matters. We are now ready to go back to Canada and settle there permanently. Do we need any special document for this?

Answer: When you become a permanent resident of Canada, you obtain a “permanent resident card” within a few months. This card confirms your status as a permanent resident and should be used in conjunction with your passport to travel back to Canada.  If you do not have this card (because you lost it or you have not yet received it), you will need to apply for a PR travel document before you travel to Canada. You will then be issued with a document that will be placed in your passport to facilitate your re-entry in Canada as a permanent resident.

For more information on permanent resident status please visit the CIC website.

Consular Corner

Question:  I am a Canadian citizen who has been resident in the UK for several years. This summer, I am visiting Canada for a few weeks. Do I need travel insurance, or would I be covered by provincial health care since I am a Canadian citizen?

Answer:  If you have been resident outside Canada for six months or more, you would likely no longer be covered by provincial health care. Most provinces have a residency requirement (generally three months) that you need to fulfill before becoming eligible for health care coverage. For more information on provincial health care eligibility, please contact the relevant provincial health care provider. We strongly advise you to purchase travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

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

July Events

July ¦ The Night Stages
UK ¦ Release of Jane Urquart’s newest novel set mostly in mid-20th-century Ireland, has been described as a “panoramic study of departures and arrivals, loss and discovery” and praised as another mesmerising tour de force by critics.

July ¦ The Season’s Vagrant Light
UK ¦ The UK debut of the Canadian poet Sheri Benning features new poems alongside work previously published in Canada.  Her poems depict her native Saskatchewan and further afield, Russia, New Mexico and Scotland.

6 - 10 July ¦ Cambridge Lecture Series
Fitzpatrick Hall, Cambridge ¦ The lecture series presented by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies includes internationally renowned members of the judiciary and academia. To attend please email, spaces are given on a first come, first served basis.

Until 12 July ¦ Traces, The 7 Fingers
The Peacock Theatre, London ¦ Described by New York Times as “a fix of pure urban adrenaline”, the contemporary circus classic from Montreal returns to London with its acrobatic brilliance, humour and gravity-defying tricks.

6 – 18 July ¦ Falstaff
Royal Opera House ¦ Robert Carsen sets Verdi’s comic opera in 1950s England, drawing out the warmth and love of food that is at the heart of the story. This is a co-production among several opera houses, including the Canadian Opera Company, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Royal Opera House.

13 July ¦  Janina Fialkowska
Wigmore Hall, London ¦ Janina Fialkowska demonstrates her artistry and virtuosity in a recital featuring the work of Grieg, Liszt, Ravel and Schumann.

14 July ¦ Liquid Trust
ICA, London ¦ A visual and acoustic spectacle that combines surreal cinematic images, sound and spoken word. The work is the result of a collaboration between Szuper Gallery (Susanne Clausen and Pavlo Kerestey) with Michele Sereda and Curtain Razors.

Until 17 July ¦ Gioachino Rossini: Guillaume Tell
Royal Opera House, London ¦ Gerald Finley sings the title role in a new Royal Opera House production of Rossini’s final opera.  Finley recently won the Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance at the Canadian JUNO Awards 2015 for his recording with Julius Drake of Schubert's Winterreise.

23 July ¦ Bakkhai
Almeida Theatre, London ¦ James Macdonald directs Anne Carson’s new version of Euripides’ tragedy about the struggle to the death between freedom and restraint, the rational and the irrational, man and god.  The Almeida Greeks Festival includes a mix of performances, events, talks and readings as an array of contemporary artists interrogate the Ancient Greek canon.  The season opened with Oresteia and will also include a new version of Medea by Rachel Cusk.

23 July ¦ Marc-André Hamelin
Wigmore Hall, London ¦ The French-Canadian pianist returns to Wigmore Hall with a recital that combines the music of John Field and Yehudi Wynerth with two approaches to the sonata form from Schubert and Chopin.


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

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