News and event for the Bay Area Canadian community

A newsletter from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.  Note that they shared a request we asked of them, so be sure to note that item.

In this issue:

We’re trying to avoid heading up Schitt’s Creek without a good paddle… the DML is seeking a freelance web developer to help us not break our old website while we get our new one up and running. No more Emmys available, but we will pay you.

As for events, are you ready for another border crossing update at the next Community Q&A – this THURSDAY at 4 p.m.?

Also, we have our first announcement (take note BC wine lovers) on Canadian Thanksgiving and a heads-up on fun activities for the whole family.

Alert: Do you, or someone you know, play the trumpet or bugle, and would be willing to record a playing of the Last Post and/or Rouse? Sheet music can be provided. The Royal Canadian Legion is preparing for their Remembrance Day ceremony and is also interested in talking to any amateur anthem-singing folks out there. Please email Michael: if interested.

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This THURSDAY, Sept 24th!

The Canadian Consulate and the DML’s Community Q&A on the ongoing border closure is definitely becoming a regular thing. Bring your questions, or just tune in for all the updates. We are pleased to bring on a new panelist from CBSA.

RSVP required. Get your Zoom link via

Giving thanks, for what we can, Canadian-style

The smoke has lifted for many, and while the air is cleaner, we are also breathing a collective sigh of sadness as our annual Canadian Family Thanksgiving dinner with UC Berkeley Canadian Studies will not be happening for the Bay Area Canadian community this October.

But all is not lost. Updates – starting today – on how we can still enjoy Thanksgiving together are coming:

  • Win cool prizes
  • Find out who is selling turkeys (now that you have to cook it yourself!)
  • Watch a Thanksgiving-themed baking video
  • Connect with Canadians in the Bay over a special virtual Thanksgiving wine tasting
Virtual wine tasting
Thursday, Oct 8th – 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Ordering is open starting today until October 1st, in order to ship in time. You’ll receive a special tasting duo from BC’s Winemakers CUT. Then, meet the proprietor/winemaker along with new and old friends. We loved our Canada Week gathering and can’t wait to see who can join this time.

Purchase your exclusive $70 DML wine tasting package (taxes extra, but shipping included!) no later than October 1st (also available in these states)

Did you miss last week’s Chesterfield Chat? We recorded it just for you! Follow this link to register and view (link available until October 7th).
Freelance opportunity: The DML needs a web developer. As we transition our website to WordPress, we are looking for someone to help transfer archived content from our CRM (Keystone) to WordPress. If you – or someone you know – can help, please contact Wendy:
Route update
Air Canada has temporarily suspended SFO-YYZ flights, effective Sept. 14th.  It will be back this year, but for now, only SFO-YVR will be operating locally.

COVID-19 quarantine/testing study
Air Canada is closely following border restriction news, and is working with McMaster HealthLabs and Greater Toronto Airports Authority on a one-month COVID-19 study, based on volunteers who travel internationally into YYZ. More information can be found here.

Aeroplan news:

  • You will have 18 months instead of 12 months before your points expire.
  • Use your points for perks during travel – like upgrading to a higher cabin class or in-flight wi-fi for a better travel experience.
  • Pay for part of your flight reward with points, and the rest with cash.
  • Get to the rewards you want sooner, by combining your points with Aeroplan Family Sharing.

Additional details are at the new Aeroplan site.

St. Lawrence String Quartet

Available for viewing September 27thIn their first appearance together since before the pandemic, the St. Lawrence String Quartet will play—in a masked and socially distanced performance—the entirety of Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 76 No. 5.

The film will be more than a virtual concert, though. Through interviews with members of the quartet, behind the scenes footage, and a peek into the personal lives of the quartet, the film tells the story of how the quartet has had to adapt its creative process amid months of COVID-19 restrictions that has resulted in their longest hiatus in the quartet’s 30-year history.

More information>>

San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival
Sept 17th to 27th

It’s not too late to catch the Canadian film, “Killing Patient Zero.” In this groundbreaking documentary, director Laurie Lynd (Schitt’s Creek; Breakfast with Scot, Frameline34) explodes the myth of “The Monster Who Brought AIDS to North America.”

More information>>

ONLINE: Social Movements and Legal Mobilisation in Times of Crisis: Migrant Farm Worker Rights in Canada

Tuesday, October 6th – 12:30 p.m

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected migrant farm workers. Former Hildebrand Fellow Vasanthi Venkatesh, a professor of law at the University of Windsor specializing in social movements and immigration, gives context to the crisis by showing how the pandemic has overlaid itself onto existing systemic racial discrimination against migrant farm workers embedded in law and policy. She also shows how migrant farm worker advocates have responded to the crisis by exposing the racial capitalism of the Canadian agricultural economy, using radical narratives to challenge these systems.

RSVP for at to receive a webcast link.

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