Monthly Archives: September 2020

Are you ready to be inspired?

Another virtual run opportunity to support the organization formerly known as the There But Not There organization


 Get moving, challenge yourself and raise vital funds for our most vulnerable veterans.

What is the Tommy 10k? You can walk, run or wheel 10k between the 14th October – 14th November. There are various different difficulty levels depending on your fitness and ability. We have something for everyone!  🏃

It’s free to take part and you get a free Tommy 10k technical t-shirt. Join our Facebook community of others taking part in the event, swapping tips, tricks and motivation. 🎽

 All we ask is that you set up a fundraising page and share with your friends and family. 👍




Sapper Thomas Henry Frewer served in 295 Army Field Coy Royal Engineers, and was sadly was killed in action 17th September 1942 at El-Alamein, aged 22.There is no grave for family to go to, but they have been to the El-Alamein cemetery & laid a wreath at the memorial with his name on.

Thank you Val Alderidge for sharing the poignant and lasting memory of your uncle.

“In remembrance of both our parents who were in WW2.”
An Unknown Tommy stand proudly outside the house of Jenny & Nick. A daily reminder of those who gave their tomorrow for our today.

Lest we forget.



We want you to come together, share this experience and preserve a memory for future generations.

The Wall of Honour, in RBLI’s historic memorial garden, gives you the opportunity to have your name, family, a friend or loved one, engraved onto a commemorative plaque.


For support from our fundraising team please email
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Remembrance Day Virtual Race Events

This is a worthwhile cause to support in lieu of Remembrance Day services this year.

Register for one of the 3 Remembrance Day Virtual Race Events and receive one these beautiful, over-sized, commemorative keepsake medals!

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.

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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.

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The mystery of the Thames Victoria Cross

An item from the Legion Magazine.

Front Lines
The mystery of the Thames Victoria Cross

The mystery of the Thames Victoria Cross

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

In December 2015, a “mudlark” treasure-hunting along the bank of the Thames River in southern England found a corroded metal cross buried in the ooze exposed at low tide. His name was Tobias Neto, and the hunk of rusty metal was none other than a Victoria Cross.

Or was it?

“It was covered in mud,” Neto recalled. “I kept it and carried on detecting. Only when I got home did I realize I had a VC medal in my hands—I could read the writing ‘For Valour’ below the crown.


Victoria Cross
Military Milestones
Armoured vehicle serves as a working memorial

Armoured vehicle serves as a working memorial

Story by Sharon Adams

A contingent of Canadian tanks and armoured vehicles set out before dawn on Sept. 24, 2007, to push insurgents from a trouble spot in the Panjwaii district in Afghanistan.

The move was in aid of Operation Sadiq Sarbaaz (Honest Soldier), a joint operation with Afghan troops to build police stations throughout the area, in hopes a permanent police presence would provide some stability to one of the most dangerous districts in the country.


This week in history
This week in history

September 23, 1958

Prime Minister John Diefenbaker announces the RCAF is to be equipped with BOMARC missiles.


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Legion Magazine

Former Sproul Fellow brings internet to remote communities; plus, fellowships & events

An up-coming event from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements
In this issue:
  • 2015 Sproul Fellow Heather Hudson brings internet to remote communities
  • Upcoming event: Migrant farmworker rights during COVID-19
  • Upcoming event: Hildebrand Graduate Research Colloquium
  • Applications Open: International Affairs Fellowship in Canada
  • Call for papers: ACSUS 26th Biennial Conference
2015 Sproul Fellow Heather Hudson:
Why Reliable Internet is Critical for Remote Communities
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the potential of the internet for many aspects of daily life, from health to education. This doesn’t come as a surprise to Canadian Studies affiliate Dr. Heather Hudson: she says communication technology has long been a lifeline for many communities. Dr. Hudson’s research over the past few decades has largely centered on the use of this technology in rural and remote areas, including Indigenous communities in Canada.
Dr. Hudson completed her B.A. at the University of British Columbia, and her M.A. and Ph.D. at Stanford. She has taught at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of San Francisco, and is currently affiliated with the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage. In 2015, Dr. Hudson was a Sproul Fellow with the Canadian Studies Program and a visiting scholar in the School of Information. We sent Hildebrand fellow Kimberly Huynh to catch up with Dr. Hudson and learn more about her work; read the full interview on our website here.
What projects are you currently working on?
My interests are in how we can use communication technology for development, especially in rural and remote areas. At the moment, I’m primarily working with some Canadian Indigenous organizations to get better broadband for remote communities in the North. I’m very interested in comparing developments in Canada and Alaska in terms of communication policy and access to technology.
What are some ways reliable broadband benefits remote communities?
In Canada, many Indigenous students from remote communities must go away to a high school in a distant town or city. Often they drop out, and therefore don’t have the qualifications to apply for jobs or training. With access to the internet, as adults they can finish high school in their communities. In comparison, in Alaska any community with at least 10 school-age students must offer K-12 education. So the schools are there, but there are very few teachers to cover all the grades. Online supplemental material for subjects that aren’t available in the village help high school students complete and enrich their studies. Telemedicine has also been very important in Alaska for a long time. It’s interesting to see how it’s finally taking off elsewhere during the coronavirus pandemic, given how important it is for health services in Alaska and northern Canada.
Why is it important to involve locals in these projects?
We want to help small and Indigenous organizations provide information services in their community, so they can be providers and not just consumers. They have developed innovative solutions instead of relying on big outside companies that don’t have an incentive to extend services there or to hire and train local people. The Arctic is getting a lot of attention in involving Indigenous people, not only in using technologies but also developing the skills to invest in or manage their own services, and to get skilled jobs in technology and communication.
How has the Canadian Studies Program helped advance your work?
The John A. Sproul Fellowship fellowship was a great opportunity. I was also a fellow at Berkeley’s School of Information at the time, so it was a very useful combination. The I-School does a lot of work in communication, information policy, and new technology applications and effects. The Canadian Studies Program had connections with other researchers interested in the North, and in other fields in Canadian Studies that I was interested in but hadn’t specialized in. So I think the resources of Canadian Studies helped me extend, connect, keep up to date, and make new connections. And not just the Canadian Studies staff had an impact, but also the friends of Canadian Studies who come to talks and other events. When I gave talks at Berkeley people seemed very interested in Canada’s experience in communication
Social Movements and Legal Mobilisation in Times of Crisis: Migrant Farm Worker Rights in Canada
Lecture | October 6 | 12:30 p.m. | Online – RSVP here
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.
Hildebrand Graduate Research Colloquium
Colloquium | October 20 | 12:30 p.m. | Online – RSVP here
Learn about the research Canadian Studies funds through our Edward Hildebrand Graduate Research Fellowships, as recipients present short overviews of their projects. Participating scholars are Desirée Valadares, (“Idling No More: Reading Japanese Canadian World War II Road Camps Alongside Specters of Indigeneity on the Hope-Princeton Highway in British Columbia, Canada”) and Martha Herrera-Lasso Gonzalez (“Regionalizing NAFTA: Theaters of Translation in Mexico City and Quebec”).
Applications Open: International Affairs Fellowship in Canada
Deadline: October 31, 2020
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)’s International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) in Canada, sponsored by Power Corporation of Canada, seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between rising generations of leaders and thinkers in the United States and Canada. The program provides for one to two mid-career professionals per year to spend six to twelve months hosted by a Canadian institution to deepen their knowledge of Canada. The program awards a stipend of up to $95,000 for a full twelve month period, as well as a modest travel allowance. Fellows are drawn from academia, business, government, media, NGOs, and think tanks. CFR will work with its network of contacts to assist the fellows in finding suitable host organizations in Canada. CFR cannot guarantee placement at any specific agency or organization.
Applications are due by October 31st, 2020: apply here.
Call for Papers: Canada, Near and Far
Deadline: April 1, 2021
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS), the Association will host its 26th biennial conference, October 21-24, 2021, in Washington, DC. The conference is open to all proposals with a significant Canadian focus. We welcome papers and panel proposals from graduate students, professors, independent scholars, and practitioners on all diverse and critical perspectives related to the theme, ‘Canada: Near and Far’. How is Canada perceived and portrayed from outside its borders, and by the international community? In recognition of ACSUS’s 50 years work, what role do non-governmental agencies around the world play in shaping Canada’s relationships with the world?
Submissions must be received by April 1, 2021. Read the full requirements for the paper and logistical information for the associated conference here. For more information, please contact Dr. Christina Keppie at
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