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Canada Plus – December

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Gordon Campbell

A message from the High Commissioner

Canadians and Christmas

The lights are glittering along Oxford Street, the weather is turning a little greyer than usual and we've started compiling our wish lists. It's December and for many of us, thoughts are turning to friends and family and all the traditions of the holiday season. It's a time for us to return to our roots, to appreciate who we are and where we come from. For some Canadians, their ancestral ties are here in the United Kingdom, but it works the other way around as well. We know there are thousands of Canadians living here in the UK, and you may be surprised at just how many are playing important roles in British society.

This year especially, it seems Canadians are spreading a little Canuck magic around, like Santa Claus.

The Bank of England wanted new leadership for Christmas. They turned to a Canadian. As we enter 2013, people here in the UK know the bank is in good hands as Mark Carney takes over the helm. It's a demonstration of how Canada's resilient economy is a shining example to the rest of the world.

As London dresses itself in festive glitz, Selfridges is the glamorous centerpiece of Europe's busiest shopping street. The window displays hold people transfixed on the sidewalk. The Canadian Weston family is the creative and managing force behind its current success.

If you have parcels to send home, down the street or around the world just pop them in a familiar red post box and they will be in the right hands at the right time. Moya Greene, another Canadian, is the chief executive of Royal Mail.

One of the things that's always on my Christmas list is a great book. Why not explore or re-discover a novel written by the Royal Society's newest Companions of Literature: Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro? We were delighted to have Margaret Atwood as our guest in Canada House last week, and she spoke to a packed room about everything from Canadian literature to tips on being a goalie!

Flying home for Christmas? Heathrow is one of the busiest airport hubs in the world. Don't worry, Normand Boivin, a Canadian, is in charge there too.

Even if you're just going out to see a feel-good holiday film you may end up in one of the cinemas run by Tim Richards, who founded Vue cinemas a little more than a decade ago and now operates 69 cinemas across the UK. And of course, you can probably guess where he came from.

Canadians are the gifts that just keep on giving to the United Kingdom. And as we celebrate at this special time of year, I say, "God bless them every one!!!!"

Merry Christmas everybody.

– Gordon Campbell


KateAt the moment the subject that has everyone talking is the expected arrival of a royal baby in the new year. May we add our heartfelt congratulations to that shared by the Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Governor General David Johnston to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on this happy occasion. Their child will be third in line to become the head of state of Canada, regardless of gender, and Canadians will look forward to welcoming them as a family on their first visit.

Meanwhile, it's a busy time here at the Canadian High Commission.

Remembrance Day 2012We'd like to extend a special thank you to all those who joined us at the Canada Memorial in Green Park on Remembrance Day. It was a moving occasion and a moment to pause and remember the sacrifices so many Canadians have made side-by-side with our British friends and colleagues.

Check out the CBC's Remembrance Day story about the Canadian Red Cross food parcels made to the people of the Channel Islands just after their liberation from the Nazis.

Enduring Gratitude – CBC The National

International Maritime Organization AwardMore recent acts of bravery were recognised last month, as three Canadian Forces Search and Rescue team members were awarded the International Maritime Organization Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea. Sergeant Janick Gilbert, Master Corporal Max Lahaye-Lemay and Master Corporal Marco Journeyman were given the honour for saving the lives of two Inuit hunters stranded in icy waters in Nunavut last October. Sadly, Sergent Gilbert perished during the rescue. His family accepted the award on his behalf.

a conference on freedom of religion or beliefIn partnership with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Wilton Park, we hosted a conference on freedom of religion or belief at Canada House. Experts from around the world, including the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bob Dechert, gathered to discuss what can be done to counter religious intolerance.

Margaret AtwoodCanada House also welcomed author Margaret Atwood and members of the Royal Society of Literature as she accepted the rare honour of Companion of Literature – there are only 10 in the world. Numerous Canada Plus readers and followers on Twitter joined us for the event, and we’ve had wonderful feedback already. Dr. Madeline Hatfield said “Atwood's humour and intelligence outshone even the impressive chandeliers of Canada House.” Andrew Boggs wrote: “Hearing Margaret Atwood speak so humorously and candidly about her writing process, her thoughts on the power of literature, and on being Canadian was a wonderful opportunity: like catching evocative smells of Canada in the middle of London!”

Thanks to all of you who shared your poignant thoughts on the importance of Canadian literature. We would love to hear more from you and what kind of events you would like to see at Canada House. Please get in touch to discuss your interests through

Canada re-launched its international travel advisory site, which for the first time brings together information from all government departments to help Canadians be better informed before, during and after travel. There is also a new application called Travel Smart allowing you to access vital information on your mobile device.

Upcoming events

Canadian Family and Friends Carol Service

Dec 7 – Crown Court Church, London
The board of the Maple Leaf Trust invites Canadians to a special annual Christmas Carol Service. This tradition has been running for more than thirty years. A reception in the church hall follows. Funds collected go towards the Crown Court Church in Covent Garden and the Maple Leaf Trust at 6:30 p.m. Email for details or to RSVP.

London Expat Canadian Meetup Holiday Party

Dec 9 – The Albion, London
An afternoon and evening of fun and festive merriment is planned by the largest Canadian expat group in the world. You're welcome to join them for a drink and a holiday feast at The Albion, run by Canadian Scott McPhail. More event details here

The Grange Prize

Nov 1 – Jan 6, Canada House, London
Our congratulations to British photographer Jo Longhurst, who has just been announced as the winner of the $50,000 Grange Prize. She was chosen by the thousands of people in Canada and the UK who voted online or in Canada House. Come see the winning photographs, alongside the work of the other photographers short-listed for the competition. The Canada House gallery is open Mon – Fri 12:00 – 17:45, with a late opening until 20:00 on Thursdays.


One of Canada's musical dynasties, the Wainwrights, are performing in the UK in December. Martha Wainwright appears in Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow and brother Rufus in Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Canadian acts Alexisonfire, Cuff the Duke, Kathleen Edwards, Stars and Dragonette are all playing in London this month. Merry Christmas!

One of Canada's musical dynasties, the Wainwrights, are performing in the UK in December. Martha Wainwright appears in Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow and brother Rufus in Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Canadian acts Alexisonfire, Cuff the Duke, Kathleen Edwards, Stars and Dragonette are all playing in London this month. Merry Christmas!


We would like to engage with Canadian companies in the UK. If you are looking for assistance in identifying UK contacts, receiving introductions, trouble-shooting and other services, the High Commission can help. We have specialized Trade Commissioners for Information and Communications Technology, Infrastructure, Greenbuild, Aerospace and Defense/Security, Life Sciences, Financial Services, Environmental Services, Energy/Renewables, Agriculture and Agri-food, and Ocean Technologies. The High Commission also offers services to UK companies, including assistance in matching products, services or technology needs to appropriate Canadian sources, and advice on expanding into Canada. For more information, contact Jennifer Daubeny.

Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce Christmas Lunch

Dec 7 - The BBC Chief Economics Correspondent Hugh Pym addresses the CUKC annual luncheon. More information and registration details here

Genesis Conference 2012

Dec 13 - Attendees of the Genesis Conference will be able to learn about UK / Canada collaborations in Life Sciences research and hear insights into the success of the London and Vancouver Olympic Games. More information here


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

Consular corner

In each issue of Canada Plus, Consular Corner will address a question posed by you.

This month Consular Corner: Is my child, born in the UK, entitled to Canadian citizenship?


Indian Candy

A Canadian in London has started up a company importing Indian Candy to the UK direct from the West Coast. The intense, sweetened smoked salmon is available to order online, and is gaining popularity as a tapas-style snack served with sparkling wine.

Visit or call Trisha on 07767672653 for next-day delivery within central London.

Archive - Canada Plus

Canada Plus November 2012


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