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Canada Plus – August

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Canada Plus

A message from the High Commissioner

Gordon Campbell

By the time this edition of Canada Plus reaches you, we will have collectively marked the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.

I will have attended commemoration services at Glasgow Cathedral on the morning of August 4th and, later in the day, joined representatives from across the Commonwealth and around the world at Westminster Abbey.

Those services mark 100 years since the beginning of what was meant to be the war to end all wars - The Great War.

As I attend these sombre services, my mind will travel back to a wet, miserable November in Vancouver more than a quarter of a century ago. It was drizzling. The clouds hung over Vancouver’s Cenotaph and people were huddled in a great circle of Remembrance around the monument as the parade came to attention. My hands were freezing and the chill pushed its way through my coat as I looked out at our soldiers and our veterans. It was solemn. My eyes travelled over the wet, cold faces that looked on and then stopped and focused on a few men, covered in blankets, sitting in wheelchairs staring into the far horizon of their memory. They were veterans of the First World War.

As I stood there, feeling cold and getting colder, looking at them, I thought to myself how fortunate I was; within a couple of hours I would be in a warm dry room drinking hot coffee, laughing, swapping stories. I thought of what those gentle, dignified elderly veterans had experienced in the trenches: The cold, the wet, the mud, the rats, the seemingly endless shelling, the horrors and the misery that went on, day after day. I am of a generation that was so very lucky. I thought of the incredible gift given to us all by those men at the front of the circle on that particularly bitter Remembrance Day and I was struck by how little they asked of all of us in return - that we collectively take the time to think of them, as they sat there under their waterproof blankets and thought of their war buddies, their old friends - those they had to leave behind.

PoppiesThey ask of us only this: Never forget, always remember.

They had left 66,655 souls behind on the battlefields of World War I. They carried in their memories the stories of the 172,950 wounded in battle.

War was officially declared on August 4, 1914. Today, in Canada, there are no veterans still living. They have passed away, taking their stories, their suffering, their loss of friends and their memories of that horrific experience with them. They did not only protect our freedoms in the battles of war, many protected us for decades with their silence.

I ask all of us to take some time in the coming months and years - as we recall the many battles - Ypres, the Somme, Passchendaele and Vimy Ridge - to think of those individuals - the farmers and fishermen, the shopkeepers and doctors, the carpenters and lawyers, the young people of Canada and what they did for us.

Each endured and each took their own record of horror and loss with them. I think they wanted us to remember the good and the honour of their actions. They were both our protectors and our examples.

When you walk by a Cenotaph, a small village memorial plaque, or a Commonwealth War Grave, please pause to think of the words of Rupert Brook and remember “there is a corner of some foreign field that is forever” Canada.

Let’s all remember. #ShowYouRemember

Signature - Gordon Campbell
Gordon Campbell


Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John BairdStanding up for Girls

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Parliamentary Secretary Lois Brown both sent a strong message about our country’s commitment to ending child and early forced marriage and female genital mutilation with their presence at Girl Summit 2014 in London. Minister Baird chaired a commitments session to start the day off and stressed Canada’s ongoing leadership in ensuring that young, vulnerable girls are not forced into marriage. Canada is contributing $20 million over two years to UNICEF towards ending child, early and forced marriage in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Yemen and Zambia. For his explanation on why Canada is focusing on this issue, see Why Canada Is Speaking Up for Girls.

Van Doos - Mounting the Guard at Buckingham PalaceRoyal honour

We were delighted to see the Royal 22e Regiment (known as the Van Doos) honoured by being asked to Mount the Guard at Buckingham Palace, St James Palace and the Tower of London to celebrate their 100th anniversary. As ever, the famous francophone regiment did Canada proud, and met Her Majesty as part of the week of celebrations. Felicitations!

Invictus is infectious

Tickets have gone on sale for the Invictus Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which take place September 10-14. The Games, championed by HRH Prince Harry, will welcome more than 400 injured soldiers from 14 nations to compete in a range of sports from wheelchair rugby to athletics to indoor rowing. This is your chance to not only cheer on Canada’s team in the games but also to soak up the atmosphere at the former Olympic Park.

Henri Llyod crewSailing ahead

The Round the World Clipper Yacht Race finished in London, some 11 months after setting out. At the front of the pack, which included yachts with crews from around the world, was the Henri Lloyd, with skipper Eric Holden and a crew that included five other Canadians. They flew the Canadian flag proudly as the boat came into harbour in front of thousands of cheering spectators.

Social anniversary

Last month, the High Commission celebrated 2 years on Twitter. We’d like to thank everyone who has helped us in that time, from sending in photos to re-tweeting. Thanks to all our followers old and new, and don’t forget we’re always happy to hear from you @CanadianUK.

Electoral reminder

Just a reminder that Elections Canada has recently eliminated the five-year rule for Canadian electors residing abroad. Now, Canadian citizens aged 18 or older who reside abroad may apply to be added to the International Register of Electors and to vote by mail-in special ballot in federal general elections, by-elections and referendums, provided they have at some point resided in Canada. For more information visit Elections Canada.

Just for kicks

Fresh from Wold Cup fever, an all-female football club is looking for new recruits, any women interested in joining can contact Clapham Kicks through Facebook, Twitter or by emailing

Canada House Update
Collage - Canada House - work

L-R: Canada House, the High Commissioner cuts the ribbon as another passage between the buildings is opened.

Work continues apace as Canada House on Trafalgar Square is transformed. The passageways physically connecting the two buildings have been created and on the outside, banners announcing our new space have gone up to tell passersby what we’re up to.

Further ahead, there are exciting sponsorship opportunities related to the re-opening of Canada House. Contact Stephanie MacMillan for further details at

Drawing - Canada House

Consular Corner

Question:  My parent is Canadian. Does that mean I am automatically Canadian?

Answer:  Whether you will have a claim to citizenship will depend on when and how your Canadian parent obtained his or her Canadian citizenship. You may use Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Am I a Canadian Citizen? online self-assessment tool to ascertain whether you have a claim to citizenship. If you find that you do have a claim, you will find information about making your application through our High Commission in London.

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

August Events

1 August – 19 October ¦ Where do I end and you begin?
City Art Centre, Edinburgh ¦ An extensive group exhibition of international contemporary art that brings together 20 artists from across the Commonwealth and curators from five Commonwealth countries: New Zealand, South Africa, India, the UK and Canada.  Highlights of the exhibition include a film collaboration by Canadian artists Brian Jungen & Duane Linklater.

1 – 25 August ¦ Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Edinburgh ¦ Comedy, cabaret, dance, circus, theatre, storytelling, puppetry…more than 30 acts represent Canada in what is considered the world's largest arts festival.

1 August – 14 September ¦ Digital Revolution
Barbican Centre, London ¦ Described as the most comprehensive presentation of digital creativity to be staged in the UK, this immersive and interactive exhibition brings together a range of artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and game developers pushing the boundaries of their fields using digital media. The exhibition includes works by two Montreal-based artists: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Amon Tobin.

1 August – 13 September ¦ BBC Proms
Royal Albert Hall, London ¦ Soprano Erin Wall, baritone Gerald Finley and violinist James Ehnes are among the first class musicians representing Canada at the 2014 BBC Proms. Singer-composer Rufus Wainwright is also debuting at this year’s edition of the legendary eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts and events.

2 – 6 August ¦ Alvvays
Various London venues ¦ Toronto indie-quintet Alvvays celebrate the release of their latest album of the same name by playing Vision Festival in London.

7 August ¦ Vancouver Institute of Media Arts (VanArts)
Millenium Bailey's Hotel, London ¦ For the first time, this leading Vancouver school is coming to London to share details about their unique training opportunities in the media arts.

8, 9, 10 August ¦ Vancouver Institute of Media Arts (VanArts) and PIXAR Masterclass
Natural History Museum, London ¦ This three-day workshop offers budding visual artists the chance to learn from the industry's top talent in story development, character design and animation.

8 – 31 August ¦ Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh ¦ Canadian soprano Erin Wall, conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin and the Trio Verlaine, are among the top class performers featured in this year’s edition of the Edinburgh International Festival. Not to be missed is the new play and multimedia thriller, Helen Lawrence, a Canadian Stage production.

9 – 25 August ¦ Edinburgh International Book Festival
Edinburgh ¦ In this year’s edition of one of the largest literary festivals, crime fiction writer Peter May, discusses his new thriller based in Canada, Entry Island, while Canadian Joseph Boyden, author of The Orenda, is in conversation with Brazilian novelist Paulo Scotts about the representation of indigenous people in their writing.

15 August – 13 September ¦ Cockadoodle
Manchester ¦ This first European solo exhibition by Maurice Vellekoop presents his contribution to illustration and underground comics. The Canadian artist draws from a vast and familiar pool of televisual and filmic motifs. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Vogue, Wallpaper, New York Times and Rolling Stone.

15 – 16 August ¦ Caribou
Jabberwocky and Green Man Festivals ¦ Multi-talented Dave Snaith AKA Caribou performs his unique blend of alternative pop.

16 – 19 August ¦ Labour of Love
Edinburgh Fringe Festival ¦ A youth theatre from Kennetcook, Nova Scotia, takes the international stage with a romantic comedy written and performed by members of the group.

21 August – 2 September ¦ PUP
Various UK venues ¦ Canadian punk rock group from Toronto which has been described as both “effortlessly cool and charmingly nerdy” by NME.

22 August ¦ Ryan Hemsworth
XOYO, London ¦ Nova Scotian DJ and producer Ryan Hemsworth helps the London club celebrate its second birthday with his genre-busting brand of electronic music.

August 26 |Frank Horvat
Kensington Unitarian Church | premiere in London of Diskriminatsiya by critically acclaimed composer and songwriter Frank Horvat.

Further Ahead

1 September ¦ Cousins
Oslo, Hackney ¦ Garage rock from the Nova Scotian guitar/drums duo playing songs from their album The Halls of Wickwire.

2 September ¦ Royal Roads University Information Event
Macdonald House, London ¦ Learn more about Royal Roads University’s learning and delivery model, programs, student experience and campus. Admission is based on more than just transcripts, welcoming students with extensive and practical learning in the workforce and life who may have been overlooked by other institutions. Join Thevi Pather, Director, Global Advancement in this general information session about RRU.

11 September ¦ Simon Fraser University Information Event
Macdonald House, London ¦ Speak to a representative to learn more about being an undergraduate student at Simon Fraser University, one of Canada's top universities in one of the world's most liveable cities, Vancouver. Registration is free, email:

15 September ¦ University of Toronto and University of British Columbia Career Advisor Workshop
Macdonald House, London ¦ This special workshop event is designed to give secondary school counsellors all the information they need to help share the benefits of study at the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia with their students.

18 September ¦ University of Toronto student information event
Macdonald House, London ¦ This exclusive session will help students learn more about the many benefits of choosing the University of Toronto for their academic future and why Toronto’s multicultural community is the hub for world-class business, culture and education.

20 September ¦ University of British Columbia Information Session
Macdonald House, London ¦ Representatives from the University of British Columbia will host an information session at the Canadian High Commission at 3pm. Join us to learn about studying at one of Canada’s premier research universities. Hear about undergraduate programs, campuses, admission requirements, tuition fees, scholarships, and more. Register by emailing

3 October ¦ Study Abroad Huddle
Leeds ¦ The Study Abroad Huddle is aimed at post-18 career and HE advisors and other staff from schools and colleges in the UK to develop an understanding of the international market, why international universities want UK students and how to best advise your student body.  Learn about studying opportunities for students in Canada, the US, Australia and Europe among others.  Registration is free.

4 October ¦ The Student World Fair
Leeds ¦ Meet with more than 40 universities from around the world, including Canadian universities and colleges, at the Student World Fair in Leeds. Seminars held throughout the day on studying in specific countries, including Canada. Free to attend. New Dock Hall, Armouries Drive, Leeds LS10 1LT.

5 October ¦ The Student World Fair
London ¦ Meet with more than 60 universities from around the world, including Canadian universities and colleges, at the Student World Fair in London. Seminars held throughout the day on studying in specific countries, including Canada. Free to attend. Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington.

5 October ¦ Terry Fox Run
Hampshire ¦ Thirty-four years after Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope, millions of people honour his legacy by participating in fundraising events, such as this 5km run around the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire estate. For details email

7 October ¦ Study in Canada
British Library, London ¦ Students in the UK are increasingly looking abroad for undergraduate and postgraduate study opportunities, and Canadian universities and colleges are an attractive destination. University counsellors and career advisors from UK schools and FE/HE institutions are invited to attend this event to learn about opportunities for their students in Canada. We are also hosting a separate evening event for students and families.

  • 1.00 – 4.30pm ¦ For careers advisors and university counsellors: Join us for this Canada-focused event for careers professionals which will include presentations on study opportunities in Canada, as well as information on funding, study permits, and a chance to meet with Canadian university and college representatives. Lunch will be provided, and the seminar program will be followed by tea and coffee. Reference materials will be provided for attendees. Location: the British Library Conference Centre.
  • 5.30 – 8.30pm ¦ For students and their families: In the evening we will have a programme for students interested in studying opportunities in Canada, which will include presentations on studying in Canada, funding, and study permits. Students will have a chance to meet with Canadian university and college representatives, as well as alumni who have studied in Canada and would like to share their experiences. A sandwich buffet as well as snacks and refreshments will be provided throughout the evening. Location: the British Library Conference Centre.

Please email to register your interest in these events.

11 October ¦ QS MBA World Tour and Canadian MBA Event
The Lancaster, London ¦ Speak with admissions directors from the world's leading business schools to find the MBA program that's right for you. Top business schools from Canada will be in attendance including University of Toronto, York, McGill, Queens, Western and UBC.  Free to attend.


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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