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Happy Boxing Day from Canadian Studies

From one of the Bay area Canadian organizations.

Happy Boxing Day
Canadian Studies: 2017 in Review
December 26, 2017
Greetings and happy holidays from Berkeley. As we celebrate Boxing Day, we thought we would reach out and let you know what we’ve been up to in 2017.
One area of particular focus this year has been supporting the work of our talented Hildebrand Fellows. They are Berkeley graduate students conducting research in Canada, or on Canadian topics, with the support of Canadian Studies. Two research roundtables were presented in the Fall 2017 semester. Gabrielle Goldstein (Health Policy), Jonathan Holmes (Economics) and Kimberly Richards (Theater, Dance and Performance Studies) spoke about their work in September. Julia Lewandoski (History), Daniel Suarez (Environmental Science, Policy, & Management) and Caitlin Tom (Political Science) shared their work at the Hildebrand roundtable colloquium in November.
Canadian Studies welcomed new Consul General Rana Sarkar in October. Consul General Sarkar spoke alongside Professor Irene Bloemraad addressing trade and immigration issues, including NAFTA and DACA.
Canadian Studies was delighted to partner with the Digital Moose Lounge to present Canadian Family Thanksgiving at Alumni House. Over 125 Canadians and friends of Canada gathered in early October to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving, network, hear a bilingual Canadian performance modeled after the musical Hamilton and enjoy Nanaimo Bars. The event was a smashing success and we look forward to our next opportunity to partner with the Digital Moose Lounge.
Last spring, our Program made further strides carrying on Tom Barnes’ tradition of Canadian Studies acting as a “Big Tent” and expanded our reach into the community of scholars in Linguistics. The 2017 Thomas Garden Barnes Lecture in Canadian Studies was delivered in February by Dr. Keren Rice, OC, of the University of Toronto. Dr. Rice spoke on Gots’udi ní̜dé Dene xedə́ t’áodéʔa: Indigenous Language Resilience in Canada. We were also pleased to host Sproul Fellow Inge Genee of the University of Lethbridge, who has recently completed a major project on Digital Resources for Blackfoot Language Documentation and Revitalization. In addition, we hosted a workshop on The Genesis of French Varieties Across North America. For more information see
Canadian Studies produced two documents with significant policy implications in 2017. The 2016-17 Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize in Canadian Studies was awarded to Evan Walsh for his research paper entitled “Addressing Vancouver’s Affordability Crisis” addressed to Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. In April, we convened a group of Columbia River stakeholders including both First Nations leaders and scientists led by Prof. G. Mathias Kondolf to produce a policy paper entitled New Science Requirements In Support Of A Modernized Columbia River Treaty. It is influencing the ongoing renegotiation process of the now-expired 1964 international agreement. For more information see
Looking ahead, on February 13, 2018 we will host a special event on NAFTA in partnership with the Institute of Governmental Studies. And in April we will welcome Elizabeth May, MP, to deliver the 2018 Thomas Garden Barnes Lecture in Canadian Studies. (We are working with Ms. May’s staff to determine the exact date). We will be in touch with schedule details when the date is confirmed.
In the meantime, we wish you the happiest of holidays. Please know that we are grateful for your ongoing support of Canadian Studies at Berkeley. We couldn’t do it without you.
Irene Bloemraad, Ph.D.
Thomas Garden Barnes Chair and Co-Director
Richard A. Rhodes, Ph.D.
Elliott Smith, MA
Program Manager
Good Reasons to Support Canadian Studies
If your family is planning end-of-the-year charitable giving to support causes you champion, we hope you’ll consider giving to Canadian Studies.
Here are some reasons why:
Did you know about our Program’s unique strength in French and First Nations Linguistics?
  • Canadian Studies Co-Director Richard A. Rhodes is working with Prof. Luc Baronian of the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and a panel of expert linguists to write a book on The Genesis Of French Varieties Across North America.
  • University of Toronto’s Keren Rice, OC, delivered the 2017 Thomas G. Barnes Lecture in Canadian Studies titled Indigenous Language Resilience in Canada: Gots’udi ní̜dé Dene xedə́ t’áodéʔa.
  • Canadian Studies Sproul Fellow Inge Genee has completed a major project on Digital Resources for Blackfoot Language Documentation and Revitalization.
Did you know about our Program is providing real-world policy solutions on pressing Canadian and Canadian-American issues?
  • Canadian Studies 2017 Rita Ross Prize winner Evan Walsh produced a policy paper for Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson entitled Addressing Vancouver’s Affordability Crisis.
  • Led by Prof. G. Mathias Kondolf, Canadian Studies assembled a team of First Nations leaders and scientists in 2017 who produced a policy paper entitled New Science Requirements In Support Of A Modernized Columbia River Treaty that is influencing Columbia River Treaty policy.
Did you know we’re one of the few Canadian Studies Programs left in the States?
  • We are part of a thin red line separating the United States from total ignorance of Canada. When the Government of Canada eliminated funding for Canadian Studies programs abroad, we were one of the few to survive, because of supporters like you.
Did you know your donation may qualify you for a tax credit?
  • UC Berkeley is a registered IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit and a Revenue Canada Prescribed University, so your contribution may be eligible for a tax credit.* (*Consult your tax professional)
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Merry Christmas to our devoted readers!

From the Legion Magazine.

Merry Christmas!
Front lines
On operations with G.I. Joe

On operations with G.I. Joe 

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

It was the one and only Christmas I went downstairs before anyone else in the
family—a grievous breach of protocol in my house, where we traditionally
gathered military-style at the top of the stairs and descended together.

But the Christmas I was six, or maybe it was seven, I just couldn’t wait.
And for good reason because there, under the tree at 6 a.m., was the
one thing I had desperately wanted: a G.I. Joe.

Centurions of Christmas

Centurions of Christmas

Story by Terry Fallis

There’s a photo that hangs in our church taken in the early 1940s. It’s a big church in
Toronto—it seats about 800 or so—with one of the largest United Church congregations in Canada.
The photo was taken from up in the east side gallery looking down on the main sanctuary.
Every pew below is packed to the gunnels with Canadian servicemen in uniform.
It was a special service for them on the eve of their departure for the war in Europe.

Christmas on the Front lines

Christmas on the front lines

A special Christmas tribute video dedicated to all those who served and continue to serve.


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Explore the Halifax Explosion…100 years later

From the Legion Magazine.

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The Halifax Explosion

The Halifax Explosion
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Story by Sharon Adams
Design by Julia Paddick
After winning gold for Best Interactive Website at the 2017 Canadian
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presents our latest interactive website: The Halifax Explosion.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion,
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[eNewsletter #164] It was one amazing day…

From the Wreaths Across America organization.

One Amazing Day!

1,422 participating locations nationwide; nearly 500 truckloads transporting 1,565,000 veterans’ remembrance wreaths throughout the country. Immeasurable love and respect show to our active duty military, veterans, and their families. Thank you America!
I cannot express the pride we all feel, when given a chance to step back and take in the view of a mission accomplished, after the wreaths have been placed. But what I am most proud of – is our volunteers. They persevere through all kinds of weather and challenges – all heeding the call to do their part. They help make the Wreaths Across America experience available to everyone.
Without them, there would be no Wreath Day. No quiet moments between families and between generations. No solemn salutes.
They (our volunteers) are the caretakers of our freedom, by honoring those who fought and sacrifice for those freedoms. Congratulations on a job well done.
~ Karen Worcester | Executive Director
and the Wreaths Across America Team

From The Smallest Locations To the Large – It Was A Day Filled With The Mission To Remember, Honor, and Teach

These are just a small sample of the many stories, photos, and videos that were shared on the Wreaths Across America page this weekend after the events at 1,422 locations nationwide.
Patriotism and Pride Shown Across the Nation on National Wreath Day

Patriotism and Pride Shown Across the Nation on National Wreath Day

In 1992, a wreath-maker from Maine had 5,000 extra wreaths. Rather than letting them go to waste, he gave the wreaths as a gift of thanks for the service and sacrifice made by our nation’s…
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New Wreaths Across America group honors 2,100 veterans graves in North Huntingdon

New Wreaths Across America group honors 2,100 veterans’ graves in North Huntingdon

Grave by grave, more than 2,000 veterans in two North Huntingdon cemeteries were honored with wreaths, salutes and thank-yous Saturday with the inauguration of a new chapter of Wreaths…
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Check Out This Great Image From Fort Logan, CO

Check Out This Great Image From Fort Logan, CO

Thank you to volunteer Erin Rafferty for sharing this unique look at the events of the day from Fort Logan.
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3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)

3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)

December 16, 2017 marked the 26th Annual National Wreaths Across America Day. Over 75,000 volunteers laid wreaths on over 230,000 graves at Arlington National Cemetery. (U.S. Army video by Pvt. Jacob Plank)
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Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

More than 75,000 volunteers braved the cold weather and heavy traffic to help#HonorThem during #WreathsAcrossAmerica Day at #ArlingtonNationalCemetery this past Saturday, Dec. 16.
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See Images From Long Island National

See these image shared on Facebook, of volunteers who placed wreaths as Long Island National, in their biggest year so far!
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WAAs Youngest Ambassador Visits The National Cemetery Of The Alleghenies

WAA’s Youngest Ambassador Visits The National Cemetery Of The Alleghenies

Mighty Miles and his mother report in from the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies where over 10,000 wreaths were placed by over 4,000 volunteers.
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Other Stories This Week, For And About Our Veterans

This Coast Guardsman saved a Navy base during the Vietnam War

This Coast Guardsman saved a Navy base during the Vietnam War

It’s not widely known the Coast Guard served in Vietnam – and every armed conflict since 1790. This attack hit the Naval Detachment south of the Vietnam DMZ.
6 rare facts about the Battle of the Bulge

6 rare facts about the Battle of the Bulge

The Battle of the Bulge was a Hail Mary pass by a führer who was quickly running out of options. Hitler desperately needed a decisive victory on either his Western or Eastern front….

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To everyone who helps play a role in carrying out the mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach – we want to say THANK YOU for another great year!
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