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About Michael Barbour

Michael K. Barbour is Associate Professor of Instructional Design for the College of Education and Health Sciences at Touro University California. He has been involved with K-12 online learning in a variety of countries for well over a decade as a researcher, teacher, course designer and administrator. Michael's research focuses on the effective design, delivery and support of K-12 online learning, particularly for students located in rural jurisdictions.

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Canadian Olympians who fought in the First World War

Canadian Olympians who fought in the First World War

As we cheer on Team Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, take a look back at the six incredible Canadian Olympians who fought in the First World War, five of whom died. #LestWeForget

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The truth about Poland and the Holocaust

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The truth about Poland

The truth about Poland

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

The names are synonymous with Nazi Germany’s diabolical plan to exterminate Europe’s Jewish population: Sobibor, Treblinka, Auschwitz. All of them, and multiple other extermination and concentration camps, were in Poland.

But Poland’s current president, Andrzej Duda, signed a controversial bill making it illegal to accuse the nation of complicity in crimes committed by Nazi Germany, including the Holocaust.

The law, which will next be reviewed by the country’s Constitutional Tribunal, also bans the use of terms such as “Polish death camps” in reference to Auschwitz and other Nazi extermination sites. Violators can be punished by fine or a jail sentence of up to three years.


Mystery of the lucky Lancaster

Mystery of the lucky Lancaster

Story by Sharon Adams

It was just six weeks before the end of the Second World War when the telegram arrived for the Lee family in Winnipeg, all capital letters, like someone shouting to be heard above a rising internal wail: REGRET TO ADVISE THAT YOUR SON FLYING OFFICER JIM GEN LEE…IS REPORTED MISSING AFTER AIR OPERATIONS OVERSEAS MARCH TWENTY THIRD STOP LETTER FOLLOWS.


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This week in history
This Week in History

February 13-15, 1945

British and American bombers drop thousands of explosives on Dresden, Germany, destroying the city.


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Canada’s brutal victory

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In the fall of 1917, three years into the First World War, the front was a ruined and shattered battlefield of endless craters and mud that trapped both the living and the dead. The Canadian Corps was thrust into this menacing warscape to help Britain, France and Belgium achieve a long-sought goal to destroy the enemy’s will to fight. That did not happen, but the battle of Passchendaele was Canada’s third major victory of 1917.

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ANZAC Day Commemorative Ceremony

ANZAC Day remembers the campaign waged by the Australian-New Zealand Army Corps in Gallipoli against the Turkish forces during World War I.  While not part of Canada at the time, one of often forgotten participants of this engagement were the Royal Newfoundland Regiment (see here and here).  This year the Royal Canadian Legion will be participating in the services below, so please join us.

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CAN Feb 13 NAFTA Panel Room Change: 310 Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall

Note an update for an event tomorrow hosted by a fellow Bay area Canadian organization.

Canadian Studies NAFTA Panel Feb 13
New Location
310 Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
Panel Discussion
North American Futures: NAFTA in the Balance
NEW LOCATION: 310 Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
Join Canadian Studies and the Institute of Governmental Studies for an expert panel discussion on the future of NAFTA.
Participants will include:
Consul General Rana Sarkar
Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco
Maria Echaveste, JD
Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy | UC Berkeley School of Law
Christopher Sands, PhD
Center for Canadian Studies | Johns Hopkins University
Jeremy Kinsman
Diplomacy Scholar & Former Canadian Ambassador
Tuesday February 13, 2018 4:00 PM, 310 Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
Reception to follow.
The panel will explore this topic:
What is the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement? With changes to NAFTA on the horizon and negotiators gathering for a new round of NAFTA talks, this panel of experts examines the economic, political, and diplomatic aspects of NAFTA’s past, present, and future.
This event is free, but an RSVP is requested. Please RSVP via eventbrite at
North American Futures: NAFTA in the Balance
4 PMTuesday February 13,
310 Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley
Canadian Studies Program
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Royal Canadian Legion Scholarship Opportunities

We saw that this was posted to the website for Dominion Command.

Royal Canadian Legion Masters Scholarship in Veteran Health Research

Canada provides our military with the best training and equipment in the world but we must also ensure that when these soldiers return home to the “new battlefield” of challenges due to physical and mental injuries or the social challenges of reintegrating into family and community life that they are provided with the same level of support. This support must be based on the best evidence possible resulting from research from the best and brightest Canada has to offer.

To this end, The Royal Canadian Legion is proud to award an annual entrance scholarship of $30,000 ($15,000/year for 2 years) to a Master’s level student specializing in research related to Veterans and their families.

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Now accepting applications for 2018:

Please submit your PDF application by May 31, 2018 to CIMVHR and ensure receipt by:

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2018 Application Guidelines

Wounded Warriors Doctoral Scholarship in Military and Veteran Health Research

More Canadian research is needed to address the needs over the life course of those who serve or have served our nation and their families. The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) and Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC) have made a ten year commitment to Canadian scholarships that will ensure a lasting legacy for military and Veteran health research in Canada by training a future generation of researchers. One scholarship will be awarded annually to a PhD student who demonstrates excellence in research issues relevant to military members, Veterans and families while also exhibiting significant potential for a high impact research career. Students will be funded for $18,000 each year for two years.

We are accepting applications until September 1, 2018.

Please submit your applications to, and ensure that you receive confirmation from Julie Burch:

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