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Canada Plus – December

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A message from the High Commissioner

Photo - Gordon CampbellChristmas has come early here at the High Commission. The wait is over and this month, for the first time in more than 50 years, all of us at the High Commission will move back to our historic home in the UK – Canada House on Trafalgar Square. The building has been completely renovated and linked to newly-acquired premises immediately behind Canada House.

Canada House now showcases Canadian materials, furniture, art and design. Everybody at the High Commission will move from our current location in Grosvenor Square on Thursday, 11 December and our doors will reopen to provide a full range of services on Tuesday, 16 December.

To accommodate the move, we will be closed on Friday, 12 December and Monday, 15 December.

We all look forward to welcoming you back to Canada House.

Thanks to everyone for their encouragement throughout. I hope you have a great December and that like me you are looking forward to a New Year that will be full of surprises and excitement.

Have a great holiday season. Merry Christmas every one!

Signature - Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell


William Hague honoured

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, the Hon John Baird, stopped in London recently to present former UK Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon William Hague, with the 2014 John Diefenbaker Defender of Human Rights and Freedom Award. The award, founded in 2010, was named in recognition of former prime minister John Diefenbaker, who, during his time in office, championed human rights both in Canada and around the world. His determination to secure rights for all led to the passage of the Canadian Bill of Rights in 1960. Mr Hague was recognized for his commitment to preventing sexual violence in conflict zones around the world.

Collage: The Honourable John Baird &  The Right Honourable William Hague / The Honourable John Baird

Son of Glasgow, Father of Canada

A conference is being held in the birthplace of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A Macdonald. In January, on the 200th anniversary of his birth, academics will gather to discuss the legacy of one of Canada’s founding fathers and a banquet will celebrate both the man and the enduring ties between Canada and Scotland. See the listings below for details.

Frequent fliers can go faster

The UK has launched a new program to allow frequent business travellers from Canada to pass through Heathrow and Gatwick more quickly and efficiently. Those who enroll in the Registered Traveller scheme will be able to use ePassport gates or go through the queue normally designed for EU passport holders. The change will also mean that those registered for the scheme will not need to fill in a landing card. The 5,000 people who will be eligible to register will need to have travelled to the UK from Canada at least four times in the past year and be subject to extensive checks. If you meet the criteria, you can find out more about enrolment on the YouGov site.

Thanks from the Maple Leaf Trust

The Maple Leaf Ball Committee and the Maple Leaf Trust would like to say thank you very much to everyone who participated in the 2014 Maple Leaf Ball.  It is worth celebrating when volunteers, sponsors and party guests can get together, have fun and raise more than £150,000 to help veterans and students. The organizing team are very grateful to CIBC, the presenting sponsor, for helping to make the evening such a resounding success.

Canada House update

Canada House, Trafalgar Square WC2, City of WestminsterThe day is finally here! Canada House is now undergoing the finishing touches and we are set to be open for business on Trafalgar Square on Tuesday, 16 December. Please do not forget that we are closed from midday on Thursday, 11 December to facilitate our move.

Please note in particular that the consular and passport office will be closed over the move period and will reopen Tuesday 16 December at 09:30am at our location on Trafalgar Square. If you require urgent assistance while we are closed please contact Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Centre at 00 800 2326 6831 or

Drawing - Canada House

Business Brief

Canada and the UK have recently signed an agreement to work more closely together on technology that will help reduce the impact of climate change. At the annual Canada-Europe Energy Summit held in London on November 18, Bob Hamilton, Deputy Minister from the Department of Natural Resources and Secretary of State Matthew Hancock from the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, signed a joint statement on carbon capture and storage, known as CCS. Both Canada and the UK have worked to advance CCS technology to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change while ensuring economic competiveness. In October, the world’s first commercial-scale CCS project was opened at Boundary Dam in Saskatchewan, which is expected to reduce emissions by a million tonnes of CO2 a year. This agreement means closer cooperation between our countries, including joint research projects, knowledge sharing and working to promote CCS technology in larger international organizations, ensuring that both Canada and the UK remain the best places to invest in innovative technology.

Consular Corner

Question: I'm a Canadian citizen living here in the UK and I'm about to get married to a British citizen. I would like to take my husband's last name, but I don't know how to go about changing my name.

Answer: You will need to contact each agency which has issued you documents directly to find out what will be required to change your name. In many cases, you will find that your UK marriage licence may be sufficient to make this change. If you have a Canadian driving licence and health card, you should contact the provincial Ministry of Transportation and provincial healthcare provider directly to make the change. To change your name on your Canadian passport, you will find information at Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

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

December Events

Tree (spiralling upward) - oil on paperUntil 8 March 2015 ¦ From the Forest to the Sea, Emily Carr in British Columbia
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London ¦ The first UK exhibition dedicated to Emily Carr, a pioneering modernist painter, has received rave reviews. The Dulwich Picture Gallery is showcasing more than 100 paintings produced by Carr between 1912 and 1939, including a focused selection of her watercolours and sketchbook drawings. The exhibit also highlights the importance of indigenous art as a key influence.

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

2 - 16 December ¦ Michael Bublé
Various UK venues ¦ King of the crooners, multi-award winning Michael Bublé celebrates the season with a UK tour.

3 December ¦ Owen Pallett
Southbank Centre, London ¦ Polaris prize-winning musician Owen Pallett returns to the UK for just one night in a European tour.

5 December ¦ Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce Christmas Lunch
Painter’s Hall, London ¦ The CUKC celebrates Christmas with a lunch featuring guest speaker Poppy Trowbridge, Sky News Special Correspondent. Live music and a Christmas raffle.

13 December ¦ London Expat Canadian Meetup Holiday Party
The Albion, London ¦ Share some festive cheer and a three course lunch with fellow Canadians as the Canadian Expat group meets on Saturday afternoon at the Albion on New Bridge Street.

13 December ¦ Poutine Supper Club
Briggs and Williams, London ¦ London’s Poutine Queens host a three-course Canadian-inspired supper club pop-up with maple-infused salmon, poutine and meatballs and pumpkin pie.

21 - 31 December and 2-4 January ¦ Timber!
London and Brighton ¦ Quebec’s Cirque Alfonse family return to the UK, bringing their rousing, axe-juggling acrobatic crowd-pleaser of a show with them. They will be at Queen Elizabeth Hall from Dec 21-31 and the Dome in Brighton from Jan 2-4.

Ongoing ¦ B.Traits
BBC Radio One ¦ Check out producer, club DJ and presenter B. Traits aka Brianna Price from Nelson, B.C. on the BBC Radio 1 Friday night late slot from 1 to 4am.

Further Ahead

10 January ¦ Sir John A Macdonald *(PDF version, 363 KB)
City Chambers, Glasgow ¦ Professors Ged Martin and Sir Tom Devine will be guest speakers at this conference to bring together diverse perspectives for an evaluation of the life and legacy of Sir John A. Macdonald, born 200 years ago in Glasgow.


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

Job Opportunities at the High Commission

The Canadian High Commission is currently recruiting.

Business Development Officer
Closing date: Sunday, 7th December 2014

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