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Canada Plus – November

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A message from the High Commissioner

Photo - Gordon CampbellIt was with deep regret and profound sadness that we lowered our flags at the Canadian High Commission to half-mast on October 23rd in recognition of the loss of life in two separate terrorist attacks in Canada in recent weeks. The attacks that took the lives of two members of Canada's military, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, have focused our minds and our hearts on what we have and whom we have lost.

Our resolve to maintain and defend our shared values is unwavering and never more so than during this period of mourning. The National Arts Centre Orchestra’s recent tour of the UK as part of the commemoration of the start of World War I and our upcoming ceremonies of Remembrance both at the Canada Memorial in Green Park and at the Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey have taken on added meaning when we pause to consider the sacrifices of those who have fought for our enduring freedom and those who continue to put themselves in harm’s way. I do hope you can join us at this year’s Remembrance ceremonies.

I also would like to thank all of the people in our wider community here in the United Kingdom who sent along their many messages of condolence. On behalf of Canadians here in the UK and at home, please know that the kind support of our many friends here in the United Kingdom is gratefully received.

Signature - Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell


London Zoo - Statue of Winnie the Pooh and Lieutenant Harry ColebournA very Canadian centenary

One of Canada’s best-loved expats is celebrating 100 years. Winnie-the-Pooh wasn’t just a beloved storybook character with a fondness for “hunny”, but a real live companion to a Canadian soldier during the First World War. Some of you may know this tale already, many Canadians do, but it seems like the perfect time to remind ourselves of one of the more unusual Canadian ex-pats to find herself in the UK.

While travelling across Canada on the way to join troops on the Western Front in 1915, Lieutenant Harry Colebourn, a vet with the Royal Canadian Veterinary Corps, bought the orphaned cub for $20. He named her after his home town, Winnipeg. Winnie was destined to become the unofficial mascot of his Fort Garry Horse regiment, and joined them at their base on Salisbury Plain until they were shipped out to the front, and she was then loaned to the London Zoo. There, she became a favourite with local children, including A.A. Milne’s son, Christopher Robin. She lived at the zoo until 1934 and is remembered today with a statue, as well as through the charming childrens’ stories she inspired.

Royal gift

We were touched to hear that the Prince of Wales has made a substantial donation to the True Patriot Love Foundation, to the appeal for the families of Cpl Cirillo and Warrant Officer Vincent.  We understand he was deeply saddened to learn of last week's events and wanted to contribute to helping the families during such a difficult time for them. His Royal Highness is Colonel-in-Chief of several Canadian Regiments and has deep and long-standing ties with Canada's military. True Patriot Love accepts donations in general, or for specific members or groups.

Memories of Canada House

Did you collect an important letter from home there while backpacking across Europe in the ‘60s? Did your grandparents meet there at a wartime party many years ago? Canada House is a special place to many Canadians. As those of us at the High Commission get ready to move our offices back “home” to Canada House, we know many people share a history with that remarkable building in Trafalgar Square. We’d like to hear those memories. We’re working on a special project and are looking for stories, photos and drawings from Canada House’s history. Please get in touch

Artistic legacy

Joseph Plaskett, one of Canada’s most influential modern painters has died at his home in the UK at the age of 96. A member of the Order of Canada, his work is exhibited in the National Gallery of Canada, and we are fortunate to have one painting in the High Commissioner’s Official Residence. He worked extensively in Europe, and founded the Plaskett Foundation which sends young Canadian artists to travel and study in Europe for a year.

luxury bee hotel

We’re all abuzz about the latest addition to Canada House. The High Commissioner has unveiled a luxury bee hotel that will grace the roof of our new office in Trafalgar Square, donated by the Savoy Hotel, a Fairmont property. We’re pleased to be able to offer London’s bees a safe haven in the middle of the city, and staff are lining up to learn all about maintaining a great environment for these important animals.

Business Brief

This week sees our Trade Commissioner Service hosting the Global Business Leaders Series – Doing Business in Canada.  This seminar series brings together key business leaders from Canada and the UK to devise ways to work together and bolster business links, investment and trade in both directions. Canada’s solid banking system, stable economy, deep and highly-skilled talent pool, low taxes and strong commitment to freer and more open trade makes it a preferred destination for investment.

The Consider Canada City Alliance has joined forces with the High Commission to ensure businesses in the UK are fully aware of the advantages they offer to investors. The organization is unique in the world in its capability to have 11 city level governments, along with the national government, cooperate to present what Canada has to offer. Together, Consider Canada’s eleven members represent approximately 52% of Canada’s population, 56% of its employment, and between 2008 and 2013, 68% of the GDP growth in Canada.

Consular Corner

There are new requirements for identification needed when you apply for a Canadian passport. Documents must show your name, date of birth, sex, and include a photo and signature. The name to be shown on your passport also must be the same as the name on your Canadian birth certificate or Canadian citizenship certificate. Information on the new rules can be found on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada site.

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

November Events

1 November – 8 March 2015 ¦ From the Forest to the Sea, Emily Carr in British Columbia
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London ¦ The much-anticipated first UK exhibition dedicated to Emily Carr, a pioneering modernist painter. The Dulwich Picture Gallery will showcase more than 100 paintings produced by Carr between 1912 and 1939, including a focused selection of her watercolours and sketchbook drawings. The exhibit will also highlight the importance of indigenous art as a key influence.

Emily Carr, Tree (spiralling upward), 1932 - 1933, oil on paper.

8 November ¦ Commonwealth Fair
London ¦ This year’s Commonwealth Fair takes place in Kensington Town Hall from 11:30-6:00pm. Canada’s booth will offer pancakes and maple syrup and Nanaimo bars. The event raises money for a Commonwealth girls’ scholarship fund.

9 November ¦ Queen’s University UK Open Day
Bader International Study Centre, East Sussex ¦ Students, parents and careers advisors are invited to learn more about undergraduate opportunities from staff, current students and alumni. The visit will include transportation to and from London, a light lunch, a tour of our 15th century castle and an information session highlighting academic programs of study at Queen’s University and how to apply. Registration is free.

Poppies9 and 11 November ¦ Remembrance Day Services
Green Park, London and Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey ¦ Anyone is welcome to join Canadian servicemen and women in honouring the fallen at Remembrance services at either the Canada Memorial in Green Park at 1:30p.m. on Nov 9th or Brookwood in Surrey at 10:10a.m. on Nov 11th.

10 – 22 November ¦ Gaywise Festival
Various venues, London ¦ The LGBTQI cross-art festival presents JUNE, a short film by Aaron Chan and a panel discussion on LGBT ‘Myths and Mythology’ through South Asian Dance with Hari Krishnan of InDance from Toronto.

12 November ¦ Queen’s University info evening
Canadian High Commission, London ¦ This evening event hosted by the High Commission is a chance to learn about opportunities to study at Queen’s University.  Register your interest by emailing

13 – 26 November ¦ Bryan Adams
Various UK venues ¦ The Canadian rock legend plays songs from his new album, Tracks of My Years.

17 – 27 November ¦ Martha Wainwright
Various UK venues ¦ Canadian folk singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright plays solo in her European tour.

18 November ¦ Kiesza
London, Manchester ¦ London-based Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kiesa Rae Ellestad performs her own brand of deep house-infused pop.

18 – 19 November ¦ Canada Europe Energy Summit
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London ¦ The sixth annual event will bring together leaders from the Canadian energy sector with colleagues and investors from Europe to discuss advances in oil and gas production and low carbon technologies.

21 – 26 November ¦ Rural Alberta Advantage
Various UK venues ¦ Songs about summers in the Rockies and winters on the farm from the appropriately-named trio.

23 – 25 November ¦ Mac DeMarco
Various UK venues ¦ Vernor Winfield McBriare Smith IV AKA multi-instrumentalist DeMarco plays indie rock across the UK.

28 November ¦ Old Dog, New Tricks – Journalism at Internet Speeds
Frontline Club, London ¦ One-day workshop from Canadian trainers SecDev on how user-generated and open source content can boost your journalism.

Until 29 November ¦ Aidan McNeill’s Borders Between
Canadian High Commission, London ¦ The High Commission – along with the PayneShurvall gallery - is delighted to host a new solo show by emerging artist Aidan McNeill. Borders Between takes the artist’s own large-format botanical images of English Roses and transforms them into lyrical works of light and shadow. There is limited availability to view the show, if interested in attending, please contact

Further Ahead

1 December ¦ The Search For Franklin’s Lost Ships
British Library ¦ Canadian government marine archaeologist Ryan Harris speaks about the recent exciting discovery of HMS Erebus in the Northwest Passage. To win a pair of tickets to this sold-out event email with Franklin in the subject line.


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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