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Canada Plus – October 2017

Your monthly email newsletter from the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom. Subscribe now to Canada Plus.

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A message from the Deputy High Commissioner

Photo - Sarah Fountain SmithMy first few weeks as Canada’s new Deputy High Commissioner in the UK have been busy and exciting ones for the whole team. High Commissioner Charette attended Prime Minister May and PM Trudeau’s visit in Ottawa, where they reaffirmed the importance of the Canada-UK relationship and agreed to strengthen cooperation on gender equality, clean growth and climate change and disaster response – very timely as we work to help our friends in the Caribbean facing the devastation of recent hurricanes.

We also had cause for celebration as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the European Union and Canada (CETA) entered into provisional application on September 21st. This truly marks the start of a new era of open and progressive trade for Canada and our key trading partners. CETA is the “gold-standard” of trade agreements and with its implementation, 98% of tariffs have been eliminated and there are exciting new opportunities for services, procurement and labour mobility. Here in the United Kingdom, that means import duties on Canadian products ranging from clean technology to winter apparel and fabulous lobster are no more. And don’t forget the maple syrup! Tariffs have also been removed on great UK products ranging from gin and confectionary all the way to automotive components. But CETA is about more than that. It recognizes that trade policies need to contribute to our shared vision of benefit for all of our citizens and that is why it contains provisions to uphold and protect labour rights and the environment.

On a personal note, my family and I have been enjoying exploring London’s wonderful neighbourhoods, markets and parks on foot, by bicycle and even by boat. All this in only the first month and so much more to see and do!  In the coming weeks, I look forward to meeting you, our Canada Plus members, and hearing about your life and work here in the UK.

 Signature Sarah Fountain Smith
Sarah Fountain Smith


Best Canadian fiction 2017

Canada House and the Scotiabank Giller Prize will be hosting an exclusive event in London with the five shortlisted finalists for this prestigious Canadian fiction prize. Watch this space to find out how you could be invited to this exciting literary event at Canada House. Details in your November issue of Canada Plus.

Glasgow remembers WWII tragedy

A Canadian family has provided the missing link for a lost piece of maritime history. The TSS Athenia passenger vessel was the first ship torpedoed by a German U-boat during the Battle of the Atlantic – just hours after the United Kingdom declared war on Germany in September 1939. Canadian passenger Gerry Middleton Hutchinson shared a lifeboat with a severely wounded ship’s cook, Sid Worrall, who feared he would not survive and asked the Canadian to take care of his watch. Mr Hutchinson treasured the piece for 66 years until his death in 2015. His family have donated the watch to Glasgow’s Riverside Museum. Their gift prompted a search for relatives of Mr Worrall, who were traced and joined Mr Hutchinson’s family for the dedication of “Sid’s Watch” at the museum.

Tickets to the Breadwinner

In honour of the International Day of the Girl, we have two tickets to offer to The Breadwinner, showing at the BFI Film Festival on Sunday, October 15, at 11:30 at Embankment Gardens. Based on the novel by Canadian author Deborah Ellis, the Canadian - produced film tells the story of Parvana who struggles to support her family in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. Day of the Girl is a chance to talk about the challenges faced by women and girls worldwide and promote gender equality for all. Send an email to for your chance to win both the tickets and a copy of The Breadwinner novel.

Shaping Canada’s public policies

The Canadian Government’s Recruitment of Policy Leaders seeks out talented professionals, academics, scientists and thinkers and gives them a chance to launch directly into diverse careers in the federal public service as policy analysts. The program is looking for candidates with a strong record of academic excellence, an interest in public policy and experience that demonstrates leadership and commitment. Apply online from Oct 18 to Nov 2.

Collage - Governor General Julie Payette had her first audience with HM The Queen at Balmoral

Governor General Julie Payette had her first audience with HM The Queen at Balmoral on Sept 20.

Business Brief

Canadian Fintech startup lands in UK

Canadian online investing startup Wealthsimple has launched in the UK. Wealthsimple aims to make investing easy, low-cost and accessible, regardless of age or net worth. Wealthsimple serves more than 40,000 clients globally in Canada, the United States and the UK. The Toronto-headquartered company hosted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this past May to celebrate reaching $1 billion in assets under administration.

Consular Corner

Are you ready for Christmas? Yes, Christmas. It is less than 100 days until the holiday season is in full swing and we are urging any Canadians with travel plans to check their passports TODAY to find out if they expire soon. The introduction of the new requirement for dual nationals to obtain a Canadian passport for travel to Canada means that our consular section has experienced a dramatic increase in the volume of applications for passports. Our processing times have increased significantly, and we now expect most General and Child applications to be processed in approximately 8-12 weeks rather than the usual 4 weeks, with Simplified Renewal applications expected to take 6-8 weeks.

Don’t delay. Check your passport expiry date and submit your renewal application with plenty of time to spare.

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

Visa Info

Question: I am a permanent resident of Canada. Do I need an eTA if I leave and want to travel back to Canada by air?

Answer: No, you are not eligible for an eTA if you are a permanent resident of Canada.

Rather, you must travel with a valid Permanent Resident Card or a Permanent Resident Travel Document. Otherwise, you may face delays or be prevented from boarding your flight to Canada.

If you do not currently have a Permanent Resident Card, find out how to apply.

If you are a Canadian permanent resident outside of Canada and do not have a Permanent Resident Card or your card is expired, find out how to apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document.

If you need to apply for an eTA or learn more about it, visit

Did You Know?

Most passengers transiting through Canada will need an eTA or a visa, regardless of the length of time they spend in Canada.

October Events

3 Oct ¦ True North Sounds: A Canadian music celebration
Royal Over-Seas League, London ¦ This evening of classical music in celebration of Canada 150 includes work by Canadian composers performed by international musicians.

4 – 15 Oct ¦ BFI London Film Festival
If you’re visiting this year’s festival be sure to check out the Canadian films Resurrecting Hassan, The Breadwinner, Abu, and A Skin So Soft.

4 – 21 Oct ¦ Cirque Eloize
Peacock Theatre, London ¦ The contemporary circus troupe finds a home in the West End for the UK premiere of their new show, Saloon, inspired by the Wild West.

5 – 8 Oct ¦ Frieze Art Fair
Regents Park, London  ¦ Toronto gallery Cooper Cole presents a group show of work by four emerging artists from Canada and New Zealand (Georgia Dickie, Ryan Foerster, Kate Newby, Andrea Pinheiro) consisting of sculpture and mixed media photography.

5 – 20 Oct ¦ The Dears
Various UK venues ¦ Husband and wife led indie rock from Montreal tour their latest album, Times Infinity Volume Two.

6 – 8 Oct ¦ Flipside festival
Snape Maltings ¦ This unique festival centres around Latin American literature and arts but this year welcomes keynote speaker Margaret Atwood and award-winning novelist and poet Ann Michaels to a weekend of collaboration and inspiration.

Canada House leaf7 Oct ¦ EduCanada Fair
Canada House, London ¦ Join us for this annual event giving students and parents in the UK a chance to learn more about options for post-secondary education in Canada.  This year’s event will feature a Postgraduate Studies Fair in the morning from 10am-12pm, followed by the Undergraduate Studies Fair from 12:30pm-5pm.  Admission is free, but registration is required. Canadian institutions attending include:  Bishop’s, Brock, Carleton, Centennial College, Concordia, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, HEC Montréal, Humber College, Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec, McGill, Memorial University Newfoundland, Mohawk College, Mount Allison, OCAD, Queen’s, Royal Roads University, Ryerson, Sheridan College, UBC, Université de Montréal, Universities of Calgary, Guelph, Toronto, Waterloo, Windsor, Vancouver Island University, and York.

7, 8, 9 and 15 Oct ¦ Meetup Canada 150 Thanksgiving Roasts
The Larrik Inn, London ¦ The Canadian Expat Meetup Group is hosting FOUR Thanksgiving dinners in Marylebone with the addition of poutine, pumpkin pie, as well as a traditional roast dinner.

7 – 9 Oct ¦ Omar El Akkad
Various UK locations ¦ Award-winning journalist and author, Omar El Akkad, tours the UK (Cheltenham Literary Festival, Sheffield Off the Shelf Festival, and Manchester Literary Festival), discussing American War. His debut novel has been described as prophetic, provocative and haunting.

9 Oct ¦ Canadians in London Thanksgiving Dinner
White Mustache, Camden, London ¦ Turkey, pumpkin pie, smores, Canadian beer and Caesars are on the menu at this two course Thanksgiving feast. Tickets required. Canadians in London is also running a raffle with two flights to Canada as the top prize.

10 – 17 Oct ¦ Yves Charuest
Various UK venues ¦ The jazz saxophonist tours the UK and Europe after the release of his album ‘stir’.

11 Oct ¦ The Environment and the Economy
LSE, London ¦ Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change will be speaking at the London School of Economics at this free lunchtime event.

11 Oct – 17 Nov ¦ Trouble in Tahiti
Opera North, Leeds ¦ Canadian mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta stars in Leonard Bernstein’s first opera, rich with jazz rhythms that evoke the bygone days of Hollywood and Broadway.

12 Oct – 5 Nov ¦ Native Spirit Festival
Various Glasgow venues ¦ With four feature films and 25 shorts it’s a big year for Canada at Native Spirit. Highlights include Alethea Baruq-Baril’s Angry Inuk and Chloé Leriche’s Before the Streets.

Until 14 Oct ¦ Susan Platts in The Magic Flute
Royal Opera House, London ¦ Canadian mezzo-soprano Susan Platts makes her Royal Opera debut as Third Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, under the baton of Julia Jones.

19 Oct ¦ ‘Alberta: Creating a diversified and resilient economy’
Canada House, London  ¦ The Canada – UK Chamber of Commerce welcomes guest speaker Deron Bilous, the Minister for Economic Development and Trade for Alberta. Registration required.

19 Oct ¦ Ladies’ Meetup Thursday Drinks
The Heights Bar, London ¦ Canadian women are invited for post-work drinks organised through the London Canadian Expat Meetup Group.

19 – 21 Oct ¦ Comfort From Kindness
Bath & West Showgrounds, Shepton Mallet, Somerset ¦ An historic collection of WWII Canadian Red Cross quilts from the collection of the late Anna Mansi will be on display at the Craft4Crafters show in Somerset. Thousands of quilts were made by Canadians for those in the UK who had lost their homes or been displaced or evacuated during the war.

20 Oct ¦ Geek Girls
Stirling ¦ The Central Scotland Documentary Festival includes this feature-length Canadian doc exploring the female side of fan culture, including professional gamers, fake names and death threats.

22 Oct ¦ Café Canada
Second Cup, London ¦ A monthly cafe social with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at the Second Cup on Portobello Road.

22 Oct ¦ London Vandoos
The Euston Flyer, London ¦ Regular drinks night held on the 22nd of each month with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group.

23 – 27 Oct ¦ Busty and the Bass
Various UK venues ¦ The nine-piece Montreal group brings their blend of hip-hop, brass and synths to Manchester, London, Leeds and Reading.

23 – 29 Oct ¦ The Sadies
Various UK venues ¦ Torontonian rock ‘n’ roll / country and western band The Sadies with their tenth studio album, Northern Passages.

23 – 31 Oct ¦ Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Various UK venues ¦ Hear the latest from the Montreal-born experimental rock collective.

26 – 29 Oct ¦ Bozzini Quartet
Aberdeen ¦ As part of their 2017/18 European tour, the Bozzini Quartet performs at Scotland’s main festival of new music. Their participation includes a BQ Composers' Kitchen Concert, working with emerging Canadian and UK composers, as well as concerts featuring Quebec’s Simon Martin, James Dillon, and a range of composers from Northern cultures.

26 Oct – 5 Nov ¦ Sonica
Various Glasgow venues ¦ 11-day city-wide exploration of the best visual sonic arts featuring Quebec artists Maotik and Martin Messier.

26 Oct – 20 Dec ¦ Stan Douglas
Victoria Miro, London ¦ Canadian artist Stan Douglas presents new large-scale photographic works focusing on locations of the 2011 London riots.

Further Ahead

1 – 4 Nov ¦ Staging Canada at Expo67
Various venues, London ¦ This four-day event celebrating the 50th anniversary of Expo67 in Montreal includes film screenings, a multi-media performance and an academic symposium.

6 Nov ¦ Monthly Expat Meetup: Wings Night
The Hippodrome Casino ¦ A monthly social event with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at The Hippodrome, Leicester Square.

9 Nov – 19 Nov ¦ The Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey
The Royal British Legion hosts 390 separate plots where people can plant a remembrance cross in the shadow of Westminster Abbey. The tradition dates back to a small group of First World War disabled ex-servicemen from the Poppy Factory who grouped together around a battlefield cross reminiscent of Flanders Field and invited passers-by to plant a poppy in remembrance. Canada’s plot is Number 96.

Poppies11 and 12 Nov ¦ Canadian Remembrance Services
Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey and Green Park, London ¦ The public are invited to join the High Commissioner, Canadian Forces personnel and their families as they mark Remembrance Day at the Brookwood Military Cemetery at 10:30 on Saturday, 11 November or at the Canada Memorial in Green Park at 13:45 on Sunday, 12 November.

Canada House leafUntil 18 Nov ¦ Self-Abstractions
Thread, Cal LaneCanada Gallery, Canada House, London ¦ The Canada Gallery’s new exhibition brings together artists Jannick Deslauriers, Cal Lane, Marie-Eve Levasseur, Nadia Myre and Jinny Yu. Through a variety of innovative techniques, these five female artists look outward to situate themselves in the world. In an era characterised by an excessive proliferation of self-portraits, the artists deploy counter-strategies to represent themselves in their work.  Mon-Sat, 11am – 5:45pm.
Image - Thread (2016), Cal Lane (synthetic hair, tire, steel stand)

3 Dec ¦ Christmas Holiday Party
The Albion Pub, London ¦ The London Expat Canadian Meetup Group hosts a holiday party with food and drinks.

Until 7 Jan ¦ Death in the Ice: The shocking story of Franklin’s final expedition
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich ¦ A major exhibition exploring the mysterious fate of Sir John Franklin and his crew on their fatal last journey into the Arctic in search of the Northwest Passage. This will be the first time the artifacts found by Parks Canada will be on display in the UK.


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

Job Opportunities

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