Monthly Archives: August 2022

Upcoming Events at the Interfaith Center at the Presidio

Note this up-coming event organized by our colleagues at the Interfaith Center at the Presidio that should be of interest to members.

Interfaith Center at the Presidio

Unleashing the Power of

Interreligious Cooperation

Dear Friends of the ICP at the Presidio Main Post Chapel,

We are the Interfaith Center at the Presidio. We believe, and people tell us, we do very good things for our community. Our focus is on veterans and the interfaith councils and organizations. Also, we have monthly concerts at the Main Post Chapel at the Presidio, which is our headquarters. We need help to keep doing these things. Can you help, please?

We are so pleased to announce that the exhibit of the McDonald stained-glass Windows will be on display at the Veterans Building in the Civic Center beginning with the opening on Saturday, August 27, from 4-6 pm through November 20, 2022. These windows were created from glass shards, collected by Rev. Fred McDonald when he was General Omar Bradley’s Chaplain for the troops during World War II. Rev. McDonald donated the windows to us for permanent housing in a Gallery to be built at the Chapel. The glass art has recently returned from exhibit at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

In addition to collaborating with all the interfaith councils in the Bay Area cities, the ICP works with these groups to help in fires, floods, and other emergencies that the communities face. For example, now several of our members are helping host Ukrainian refugees. We also help mitigate misunderstandings between religions and hold dialogues to help us understand each other better.

Please help continue this important work with your tax-deductible contribution. You may make your gift online at:


Camilla Smith                                               Gerry Caprio

VP for Advancement                                    Executive Director


The Interfaith Center at the Presidio links the power of interreligious cooperation by welcoming, serving, and celebrating the diverse wisdom and faith traditions of the Bay Area. 

P.O. Box 29055, San Francisco, CA 94129

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Welcome to a new semester: Check out our new class guide! 🎒

A newsletter from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements

In This Issue:

Program News

  • Check out our new Canadian Studies course list!
  • Farewell to research fellow Nicholas Fraser

Canadian News

  • Alberta doctor takes charges as first Indigenous president of the Canadian Medical Association

Research Opportunities

  • Call for papers: International Journal of Canadian Studies

External Events

  • Nine Canadian films at the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival

A Message from Our Director

Dear friends,

It is my pleasure to welcome you all to another semester at Berkeley. Whether you’re a longtime friend, a faculty member, or a new or returning student, we’re so grateful to have you as part of our community. Your engagement helps us advance our mission to share knowledge of Canada with the Berkeley community and beyond – whether that’s by attending our events, submitting your research proposals, or even just subscribing to this newsletter. We are proud of the way our little community keeps growing, and we couldn’t do it without your involvement. So share us with your friends, and we hope to see you around Berkeley soon!


Irene Bloemraad, Program Director
Check Out Our New Canadian Studies Course List!

As part of our efforts to increase education on Canada, Canadian Studies has created a new course list for Berkeley students. As an interdisciplinary program, we strongly encourage students to take classes across a variety of disciplines. Our new list highlights classes from across campus that focus on Canada and its culture, either alone or in a comparative context. The following courses are being offered this semester:

  • “Comparative Equality Law”: This course examines how the law protects equality rights in different jurisdictions. Canadian laws will be discussed in a global, comparative context.
  • “Language and Identity”: This course examines the role of language in the construction of social identities, and how language is tied to various forms of symbolic power at the national and international levels. This course will use Canada as a case study.
  • “Monsters and Modernity”: This class delves into fears and anxieties behind modern literary “monsters”, and what they say about society. Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale will be a highlighted text.
  • “Native Americans in North America to 1900”: This course will provide an ethnohistorical analysis of America’s original inhabitants and their interactions with Europeans and Euro-Americans, emphasizing an Indian perspective.

Farewell to Research Fellow Nicholas Fraser

The Canadian Studies Program wishes farewell to our 2021-22 John A. Sproul Research Fellow, Dr. Nicholas A. R. Fraser, whose one-year term ended last week. Dr. Fraser is a scholar of comparative politics, with a focus on immigration and multiculturalism. During his time at Berkeley, he conducted independent research on the impact of possible religious biases in Canadian courts. He also assisted program director Bloemraad with a long-term immigration project, and arranging speakers for our May conference. Dr. Fraser leaves Berkeley for Harvard University, where he will join the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations as a Policy Innovations Fellow. We wish him well in his new position!


Alberta Doctor Takes Charges as First Indigenous President of the Canadian Medical Association

An Alberta-based physician made history this week as the first Indigenous president of Canada’s most prominent medical organization. On Monday, Dr. Alika Lafontaine, a 40-year-old anaesthesiologist from Grande Prairie, assumed the presidency of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). Founded in 1867, the organization is the country’s largest professional association for physicians, and advocates for medical issues. Dr. Lafontaine is also the youngest-ever president in the organization’s 155-year history.

Dr. Lafontaine was born in Treaty 4 territory in southern Saskatchewan. As reported by the CBC, as a child he struggled in school due to learning challenges, poor hearing, and a stutter. His teachers dismissed him, and predicted he would be “lucky” to graduate high school. These experiences were a “huge motivator” for Lafontaine, who says he was afraid to speak out in his early years.

Lafontaine’s parents were strongly supportive of his education, and believed that his teachers were overlooking his true potential. After Lafontaine was diagnosed with a learning disability in grade school, his parents decided to homeschool him. Contrary to his teachers’ predictions, Lafontaine went on to an extraordinary academic career: he graduated high school at age 14, received his doctorate in medicine from the University of Saskatchewan at 24, and completed his residency by 28.

Dr. Lafontaine says that he hopes his personal background allows him to bring a new perspective to his role. He wants to advocate for people like himself, who felt unable to speak out. And he is making it a priority to bring communities to the table that have previously been excluded from medical discourse, or face unequal health outcomes.

A particular focus of Dr. Lafontaine’s past work has been advocating for improved healthcare in Indigenous communities. He believes that it is important for Indigenous people to see people like them in the medical field, and to normalize Indigenous people in leadership. Dr. Lafontaine previously helmed the development of a national campaign to reduce disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous patients on behalf of the Indigenous Health Alliance, and successfully secured $68 million in federal funding for the project. In 2019, he received the CMA’s Sir Charles Tupper Award for Political Advocacy for his efforts.

Dr. Lafontaine also advocates for healthcare workers, who he says are suffering from high rates of burnout due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Restoring a sense of normalcy and a healthy work-life balance are among his top priorities following years of crisis conditions at many medical centers. And as a doctor in a rural region, he also has firsthand experience with how a shortage of medical workers in many parts of Canada is exacerbating these problems, leading to hospital closures and scarcity of care. He is exploring strategies to ameliorate these problems, which he says have left medical networks in some rural areas on the brink of collapse.


Call for Papers: International Journal of Canadian Studies

Submission deadline: October 1, 2022

The International Journal of Canadian Studies is seeking interdisciplinary original submissions for its #61 special issue to be published in May 2023. This special issue welcomes articles discussing the topic: “Is Canada a model?”

The International Journal of Canadian Studies is a long-running interdisciplinary journal dedicated to examining Canada from the fields of the arts, literature, geography, history, native studies, social and political sciences. The bilingual journal is published by the University of Toronto Press.

Submissions could explore the place of Canada in the world as a possible “role model” or simply a model of society, in the past or present times. Does Canada have a power of emulation regarding other nations, regarding which topics? Is Canada a leader in some specific social or political areas? In the field of the arts and literatures, are there any Canadian literary canons?

Submissions (6000 to 8000 words plus two summaries in English and French) are welcome from a range of disciplines and perspectives in Canadian Studies, including, but not restricted to political studies, international relations literatures and the arts, history, native studies, sociology, anthropology. Submissions can be uploaded through this portal until October 1, 2022. To prepare and submit your submission, follow the “Guideline for authors”. All articles will undergo double-blind peer review. For inquiries, contact the editor (


Nine Canadian Films at the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival

August 16-29 | San Jose, CA | Purchase tickets here

Canada will be well represented at this year’s Cinequest Film Festival, taking place in select theaters in San Jose. Canadian submissions include CarmenLabour DayMontréal GirlsAshgroveWolvesThe FamilyTehrantoWe’re All in This Together, and Back Home Again.

Image: Natascha McElhone and Steven Love in Carmen (2022).

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The Legion Dispatch – August 2022

An update from Dominion Command to its branches (note that items only relevant to branch executive or for Canadian branches have been removed).

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In this edition – August 2022
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2021 census data on Veterans
The 2021 census data on Canadian serving military members and Veterans was recently released. The document contains both demographic and geographic information which is extremely insightful. Read the report.
One key takeaway from the report is the distribution of age. Currently serving CAF were younger on average than the employed labour force (36.2 years versus 41.9 years of age). Additionally, one-third of Veterans are age 25 to 54. These are audiences Branches are trying to attract, for support, for camaraderie, and for membership. These are the audiences Branches will pass the torch to ensure the longevity of the Legion.
Consider these ideas when developing programs, policies, activities and communication tactics for younger demographics:

  1. Meet this younger audience where they are. Invest in a website and have a presence on social media. Share engaging content like videos, stories and photos of your Branch in action.
  2. Get their input! Do a short survey or pull together a small focus group to ask these members what they want or need, what you’re doing well, and what you could do better.
  3. Review your Branch policies and procedures. Some Branches have modified their initiation process or adapted their hat policy to make their Branch more comfortable for new members.
  4. Offer flexible volunteer opportunities. Busy members are more likely to get involved in intermittent, fun, short-term roles that interest them.
  5. Offer activities that appeal to younger audiences. Bring in new bands or comedy entertainment. Try new member sports like euchre tournaments. Offer unique food and drink items on your menu.

Has your Branch been successful in attracting younger members? Let us know how. Email us at

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PTSD study for Canadian Veterans at Sinai Health in Toronto
Researchers at Sinai Health System in Toronto are working on a research study to support care for military and RCMP veterans living with PTSD. As part of the study, veterans would participate in a 6-week breathing-based meditation program that may help with their symptoms of PTSD.
Please share this with Veterans in your community. If interested, or for more information, please contact study staff by:
Phone: 647-804-6121
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Poppy Trademark – Authorization for use is required
Did you know… The Remembrance Poppy may not be used by any organization, group, community, or individual for commercial or charitable display or public distribution without the express written permission of Dominion Command.
See the attached educational flyer for Branches that highlights important information about the Poppy trademark, and requirements for use.
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Legion supports a major historic initiative by the Canadian War Museum
The Canadian War Museum’s new project, “In Their Own Voices: Stories from Canadian Veterans and their Families” will document detailed memories and the post-war experiences of Canadian Veterans and their families. The Royal Canadian Legion is proud to support this four-year project that will capture and preserve the first-hand war and post-war experiences of soldiers from all eras.
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Privacy and CASL requirements for Branches
Canada’s Privacy Laws and Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) have clear and direct implications for The Royal Canadian Legion. Branches and Commands are responsible for their own compliance with applicable privacy laws and with CASL requirements. Download the bilingual trifold brochure to learn how Branches can be compliant.
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Consider this resolution: Support for Canada’s Indigenous Community
In August 2021, the Legion pledged at all levels to support and collaborate with our First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities in the areas of cultural and heritage awareness, understanding injustices and commemorating loss. Consider this when creating internal and external communciations projects.
Have questions or need advice? Contact your Command Public Relations Officer or Nujma Bond, Dominion Command Communications at
Your Legion calendar
On September 2, 1945, the Japanese formally surrendered, marking the official end of the Second World War.
Learn about the Second World War and other important dates your Branch can commemorate or promote.
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MemberPerks®: Exclusive offers and preferred pricing through Venngo
MemberPerks® is more than a member benefit package. It’s also a tool Branches can use to promote membership. Plus, you can partner with local businesses in your community to offer exclusive discounts for your members.
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An evening with Margaret MacMillan
The Legion National Foundation invites you to a special event featuring award-winning author Margaret MacMillan as she discusses her writing, her experiences, and the history of war.
Monday, September 12, 7:00–8:30 p.m. EST
In-person (Toronto) and virtual event. Registration is complimentary.
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Who tells the story of Dieppe?

Note this article from Canada’s History magazine on an important anniversary in Canadian military history.

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Dear Michael K. Barbour,

For decades, the Dieppe Raid – August 19, 1942 – has dominated Canadians’ collective memory of the Second World War. Today, it continues to be shrouded in controversy, mystery, and tragedy.

In honour of the 80th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid, the Juno Beach Centre is proud to launch a new digital educational resource – Who Tells the Story of Dieppe?

Whether it’s military propaganda, first person testimonies, or contemporary commemoration efforts, Who Tells the Story of Dieppe? encourages learners to explore how representations of the Dieppe Raid are defined by those who are telling the story.

This resource uses primary source documents such as archival videos, photographs, service files, first person quotations and more to explore how information about the raid differs depending on the source.

Learn more about Who Tells the Story of Dieppe? during a webinar on August 19th from 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm! Featuring a panel discussion from the creators of the resource, as well as remarks from Burlington MPP Natalie Pierre.

Guest panel: Ian Duncan, Marie Eve Vallaincourt, Louisa Simmons and Natalie Pierre.
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