News and events for the Bay Area Canadian community

A newsletter from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area – and thanks to the Digital Moose for promoting our events and call for volunteers.


Where is Team Canada? 
As DML community members are completing their COVID-19 vaccinations, after more than a year, some are starting to gather in small groups.
Spotted in Berkeley: Sunday lunchers at Augie’s in Berkeley.
Spotted in Fairfax: BC Trade partners brainstorming over beer and bites at a picnic table outside.
Spotted on Google Meet: A Thursday night Canada Day planning meeting because, well, virtual meetings aren’t going anywhere!

In this update:

mooseMoose Event just announced! Join our Chesterfield Chat: Exploring Higher Education in Canada on Tuesday, May 11th.

🗓 More Canadian happenings in the Bay Area: May 2-4 Happy Hour, PLUS Canada Day plans already underway!

Royal Canadian Legion.gifRoyal Canadian Legion: Do you love singing anthems? Want to design a coin? Find out more!

🇨🇦🇺🇸 Canada-US Border crossing restrictions: important links.

🛒 #ShopSmallBayArea: What is your favourite Canadian owned/managed/affiliated small business in your community?

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Canadian Happenings in the Bay
Events coming your way:

Chesterfield Chat: Exploring Post Secondary Options in Canada
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Free event – more details below

May 2-4 Happy Hour for Canadians
Monday, May 24, 2021 Time TBA
Sign-up coming soon…

June: Canada Day is coming! We’ll have all the news on everything from how to safely celebrate in person and when to join our virtual Canadian wine tasting, and other virtual fun.

Just announced! Register for free!

Applying to University in Canada
High school will soon be out for kids in the Bay Area and throughout the US. “College” list-making is in full swing for rising Seniors, who will be applying to university this Fall. Even Sophomores and Juniors (and their parents!) are thinking about life after high-school, including Canadian higher education options available to them. It can be difficult to navigate college planning in this country. But what about making plans for university in Canada? How does that actually work?!

The Digital Moose Lounge invites families to meet three adventurous young adults on our upcoming Chesterfield Chat panel. All of these 2nd year university students grew up spending some or all of their time in US schools before heading to Canada for university. Please join us for an open discussion and Q&A to find out why they chose a Canadian university, what they’ve enjoyed about their experience studying in Canada, and their tips for applying.

Join our host, David Stewart, DML Past Chair for an informative and engaging discussion with three GenZ panelists. David grew up in Canada and attended McGill for both his degrees. David relocated to the US for work and eventually landed in the Bay Area where he and his wife Margaret raised three wonderful children, He was unable to convince any of them to attend university in Canada. Special guest, Rana Sarkar, Consul General of Canada in San Francisco, and father of two, will share opening remarks.

The Panel: 
Sophia Renn
Sophia Renn (2nd year) is studying Natural Resources Conservation at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Her home is a short drive away in Gig Harbor, Washington. Sophia’s mom is originally from Canada. That made Sophia a dual citizen and also made attending university in Canada a reality.


Lauren McLaughlin (2nd year) is at Carleton University in Ottawa completing a Bachelor of Media Production and Design with a double minor in Film Studies and Women and Gender studies. Lauren’s parents are both Canadian. She grew up in San Diego, California and was interested in studying in her parents’ homeland.


Leah Csermak (2nd year) is at the University of Ottawa. She is currently completing her Bachelor degree in Human Kinetics with a focus on the social sciences. Leah’s childhood home was in Niagara Falls, Ontario before moving to Laguna Niguel, California with her family.

Canada-US Border restrictions extended

Since March of last year, Canada and the US have banned nonessential travel between the two countries, and recently announced that this will continue through at least May 21, 2021. We know that many in our community are asking questions and when there are changes to the restrictions, we will be sure to provide more information and answers from the experts.

In the meantime, our best advice is to keep reviewing the existing requirements for travel to Canada by air or by land crossing.

Seeking anthem singers
Traditionally, the Branch 25 of the Royal Canadian Legion (representing the San Francisco Bay area) hosts two in person services each year. One on Remembrance Day in Liberty Cemetery in Petaluma and one on US Memorial Day in Greenlawn Cemetery in Colma. Both cemeteries have plots for Canadian and British veterans that the Branch helps maintain.

While the overall situation in California is improving, the Memorial Day service will be a virtual one this year.  As such, the Branch is looking for volunteers who might be interested in singing one of:

O Canada
The Star-Spangled Banner
God Save the Queen

If you are willing and interested in recording a video (cell phone video is fine) of yourself singing one or more of these anthems, please contact Michael Barbour (mkbarbour@gmail.com).

Details on how to view the service will be shared in May.

90th Anniversary Challenge Coin Design Competition
In the lead up to the Royal Canadian Legion US Branch’s 90th anniversary on August 12, 2021,  there is an exciting way to commemorate this milestone. Please read more here:
https://royalcanadianlegionus25.com/2021/04/19/90th-anniversary-challenge-coin/

We Support Canadian Small Businesses and Affiliates. #ShopSmallBayArea

Do you have a favourite local business that either caters to your Canadian addictions or is owned/managed by a Canadian? Please let us know so we can add them to our Market and keep updating this curated list of (primarily) Bay Area Canadian-owned/operated/themed shopping.

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