Events & News, plus special coronavirus town hall with Consul-General Rana Sarkar

A newsletter from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.  Pay particular attention to the town hall with our local Consul General, Rana Sarkar.

Canadian Studies Announcements
Special event: COVID-19 Q&A with Canadian Consul General, April 7 (RSVP required)
From the Canadian Embassy: COVID-19 safety and travel tips
Event: Student Research Roundtable, April 21
In the News: Berkeley faculty research on inequality in Canada
Town Hall with Canadian Consul-General Rana Sarkar on Canada’s Coronavirus Response
Town Hall | April 7 | 12:45 p.m. | Online
Canadian Studies in pleased to host a special town hall forum with the Rana Sarkar, the current consul-general of Canada in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Mr. Sarkar will discuss the Canadian government’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with a special focus on issues affecting the Bay Area, such as the border closure and evacuation of Canadians from the Grand Princess.
To RSVP for this event, please reply to
From the Canadian Embassy:
COVID-19 Safety Information for Canadian Citizens
Thank for your patience while we attempt to respond to the unprecedented demand for additional information and support. We have a created an information and resource page to answer some of the most frequently asked questions. Please check this page regularly for updates to allow us to focus on assisting Canadians requiring urgent assistance. If you require additional consular assistance, please contact us by email at You can also follow our social media channels (TwitterFacebook and Instagram) for ongoing guidance.
Returning to Canada
The Government of Canada has created a temporary financial assistance program to help Canadians impacted by COVID-19 return home. For more info, please consult the FAQ page for the Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad.
All Canadians outside the country should register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service, and make sure their contact information is complete and up to date. This will allow consular officials to contact you, provide updates and confirm your situation.
Staying in Touch through the Arts
In lieu of our planned film screening of Under Thin Ice, we’ve shared a Q&A with Canadian filmmaker Jill Heinerth. The full film is available to watch for free as part of the #DCEFF2020 online festival from March 17-31, 2020.
In Canada, the National Arts Center teamed up with Facebook to present #CanadaPerforms, an online concert series to support Canadian artists and musicians. Performances will be shared on the NAC’s Facebook page for audiences to watch and enjoy.
Student Research Roundtable
Colloquium | April 21 | 12:30 p.m. | Online
Learn about some of the fascinating student research Canadian Studies is fostering at UC Berkeley thanks to support from our donors. This live presentation will showcase projects from two recent fellowship recipients: Fallon Burner, an undergraduate history major, and Boróka Bó, a doctoral candidate in sociology & demography.
Is Income Inequality Increasing in Canada? Research by Berkeley Economist Emmanuel Saez Says “Maybe.”
New research by economists Emmanuel Saez of UC Berkeley and Michael R. Veall of McMaster University confirms that income inequality has risen in Canada since the 1980s; while the average Canadian income barely increased between 1987-2017, those in the top 1% doubled or even tripled their earnings. However, that’s not the whole story: in fact, overall inequality has decreased since the recession of 2009. The reasons behind initial surge – and its reversal – remain unclear, but have broad policy implications.
Read more about the research in Policy Options.
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