New faculty affiliate; a Canada-California climate partnership; Canada Day picnic

A newsletter from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements
In This Issue:
Program News
  • Canadian Studies welcomes immigration historian Hidetaka Hirota as newest faculty affiliate
US-Canada News
  • PM Trudeau and California Governor Newsom Sign Bilateral Agreement to Fight Climate Change
External Events
  • Canadian Consulate at SF Pride
  • DML Throwback Canada Day Picnic
Canadian Studies welcomes immigration historian Hidetaka Hirota as newest faculty affiliate
Canadian Studies is pleased to announce that Hidetaka Hirota, an associate professor in the Department of History, has joined our program as our newest faculty affiliate.
Professor Hirota is a historian of the United States, specializing in immigration history. His first book, Expelling the Poor, examines the origins of US immigration policy, based on a study of the deportation of impoverished Irish immigrants from the United States to Canada and Europe in the mid-nineteenth century. His current project is titled The American Dilemma, and traces the history of U.S. policy for restricting the immigration of foreign contract workers from Canada, Asia, Mexico, and Europe between the 1880s and 1920s.
Professor Hirota is new to UC Berkeley, having joined the faculty earlier this spring. He received his bachelor’s degree in foreign studies at Sophia University in Tokyo, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Boston Collge. In the fall, he will teach a seminar on the history of American immigration law and policy.
PM Trudeau and California Governor Newsom Sign Bilateral Agreement to Fight Climate Change
Earlier this month, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with California governor Gavin Newsom at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, an international forum designed to promote cooperation among the nations of the Western Hemisphere. The meeting, which focused on climate change, culminated with the signing a new climate partnership between Canada and California that outlines shared policy objectives. The resulting plan was hailed by both leaders as a “bold” step towards advancing climate solutions and strengthening the natural ties between Canada and California.
The meeting was a natural point of connection for Trudeau and Newsom, both of whom have placed climate change at the centre of their political agendas. Both Canada and California are seen as global leaders in the fight against climate change, and Newsom stressed that partnership would endure independent of changes in US national politics.
During the meeting, the two leaders emphasized Canada and California’s many shared values, including diversity and inclusivity. The two leaders also noted the importance of including Indigenous peoples in environmental discussions, recognizing their “essential” role in land stewardship at a time where both Canada and California are attempting to address painful historical legacies with their Indigenous populations.
The Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) which resulted from the meeting included several actionable goals, including reducing pollution, eliminating plastic waste, promoting zero-emission vehicles, and protecting the environment. Wildfires, which have increased in frequency and ferocity along the Pacific Coast in recent years, were another area of shared concern. The full text of the Memorandum can be viewed here.
Photo: Office of the Governor of California.
Canadian Consulate at the SF Pride Parade
Sunday, June 26 | San Francisco, CA
Consul General of Canada Rana Sarkar cordially invites you to join Canadians marching in the 2022 San Francisco Pride Parade for the first time in three years! The theme of this year’s parade is “Love Will Keep Us Together.” All are welcome to join us on Sunday, June 26th with their families and friends to celebrate diversity and to support the LGBTQ2+ members of our communities here in San Francisco, at home in Canada, and abroad.
DML Throwback Canada Day Picnic
Saturday, July 2 | 11:30 am | Woodside, CA | Buy tickets
The Digital Moose Lounge invites you to join your fellow Northern California Canadians for a throwback Canada Day picnic. This event will bring together a diverse community, from the Consulate of Canada in SF, government, tech, culture, sports and entertainment. Meet new SF Bay Canadians and reconnect with old friends while celebrating Canada Day at the family-friendly picnic!
Enjoy a tasty Flamin Dog BBQ plate, cold Canadian beers, wine tasting with Kascadia Wine Merchants, snacks and Kona Ice snow cones!
Activities will include crafts, trivia, street hockey, beanbag toss, water balloons, tug o’ war, a donut-eating contest and more surprises! Prizes will include 2 Air Canada tickets to anywhere in Canada for one lucky raffle winner. Author Jocelyn Watkinson will also read from her children’s book The Three Canadian Pigs: A Hockey Story.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children, and can be purchased here.
Canadian Studies Program
213 Moses Hall #2308
Canadian Studies Program | Univ. of California, Berkeley, 213 Moses Hall #2308, Berkeley, CA 94720

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