Category Archives: Canadian Studies Program UC Berkeley

Welcome two new board members! Canada Day in the Bay; US-Canada relations in the age of Trump

An item from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.


Canadian Studies Announcements
In this issue:
  • New board members: Dr. Christopher Sands and Dr. Françoise Bonnell
  • Canada Day events in the Bay Area (updated)
  • Special Spring 2020 issue of the American Review of Canadian Studies: Canada-US Relations in the Age of Trump
Welcome to New Advisory Board Members:
Dr. Christopher Sands and Dr. Françoise Bonnell
Canadian Studies is excited to announce two new additions to our external advisory board, Dr. Christopher Sands and Dr. Françoise Bonnell. Both will officially begin their terms this Wednesday, July 1st.
Dr. Christopher Sands is the director of the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a senior research professor at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced international Studies (SAIS). From 1993 to 2007, Dr. Sands was a fellow and director of Canada projects at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and from 2007 until 2016 he was a senior fellow and director of the Initiative on North American Competitiveness at the Hudson Institute. Dr. Sands taught North American comparative politics at American University’s School of Public Affairs (2005-2012) and as the G. Robert Ross Distinguished Visiting Professor in the College of Business and Economics at Western Washington University (2012-2017). Dr. Sands currently serves on the boards of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, the Canada-US Law Institute, the Institute for Research on Public Policy, and the Macdonald Laurier Institute.
Originally from Detroit, he earned his B.A. in political science from Macalester College, and an M.A. in international economics and a Ph.D. in international relations from Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Françoise Barnes Bonnell is the director of the United States Army Women’s Museum, and an expert in the history of women’s contributions to the U.S. military. Since 2006, she has overseen the daily operations of the facility and research center, and directed the museum’s programming and education. She is a peer reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums accreditation program, and a committee member for the American Association of State and Local History. Dr. Bonnell has been an adjunct faculty member for various universities and colleges since 1994, including the University of Guam and Central Texas College. She teaches U.S. history and courses in the history of military logistics. She retired from the U.S. Army in 2006 as a lieutenant colonel, having served for 22 years on active duty and in the Army Reserve.
Dr. Bonnell’s father, Professor Thomas Garden Barnes, was a founder of the Canadian Studies Program at Berkeley, and Dr. Bonnell has been a longtime and highly committed supporter of his legacy. Dr. Bonnell was raised in Berkeley, but for over forty years has spent summers at the Barnes family’s ancestral home in Nova Scotia, Canada. She has done extensive genealogical research and continues to uncover the roots and intricate relationships that have tied her American and Canadian families together since the 1700s. She holds a B.A. in history and political science from Scripps College, The Claremont Colleges; an M.A. in history from SUNY, Stony Brook; and a Ph.D. in education from Northcentral University.
Wednesday is Canada Day! Here’s What’s Going on in the Bay
Canada Day is right around the corner, and Canadian Studies Program is pleased to highlight some celebrations for Bay Area Canadians! Show your community spirit by sharing your celebration with us on Twitter with the hashtag #CanadaDayInTheBay.
Canada Week at the Digital Moose Lounge
Ongoing until July 1
The Digital Moose Lounge, a social networking club for Canadians living in the San Francisco Bay Area, is celebrating Canada Week with a wide variety of online activities. The festivities are in full swing, so stop by their events page for a curated list of celebrations ongoing through Wednesday.
Oh Canada! Online Activities from Canadian Heritage
June 29-July 1
Canadian Heritage brings a raft of fun, family-oriented online activities for your Canada Day celebration. Events include a multi-day exploration of Canada’s people and culture with renowned Canadian personalities; virtual concerts featuring Canadian musicians; live feeds from celebrations around the world; and printable themed activity packs, including crafts, puzzles, and more! See the full list of activities at the Canada Day 2020 website.
Artist Hour with Stanford Live: iskwē and William Prince
June 30, 5:00 p.m. PT
Celebrate Canada’s indigenous heritage by joining two First Nations musicians, alternative artist iskwē and Juno award-winning singer-songwriter William Prince, for a conversation and song exchange highlighting Indigenous Canadian music. Learn more and RSVP here.
Commemoration Day Sunrise Service
July 1, 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. PT
The Royal Canadian Legion – US Branch #25 of the San Francisco Bay Area will be hosting a solemn service recognizing the contributions of Newfoundland and Labrador to Canada’s armed forces. The date commemorates Battle of Beaumont-Hamel in 1916, where over 700 members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment were killed on the first day of the Somme Offensive during WWI. The service will be webcasted at 6:00 and 10:00 a.m., and will last approximately 45 minutes.
For more information, please visit the Royal Canadian Legion’s website.
Virtual Canada Day Celebration
July 1
Celebrate the 153rd anniversary of Confederation with Canadians and friends around the world! Tune in on July 1 to celebrate Canada’s rich history and culture in a virtual Canada Day celebration hosted by Connect2Canada. Post your celebration to social media with the tag #CanadaDayUSA, and be sure to tag @Connect2Canada.
Learn more at Connect2Canada, or at the Canada Day Across America Facebook page.
Special Issue of American Review of Canadian Studies: Canadian American Relations in the Age of Trump
The latest issue of the American Review of Canadian Studies (Spring 2020), a publication of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, is now available online for subscribers. This special issue focuses on diplomacy, trade, and politics between the United States and Canada under the Trump presidency. This is an excellent resource for current affairs and the state of the modern US-Canada relationship. UC Berkeley affiliates can access the publication for free through the campus’ library VPN.
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Bonne Fête nationale à nos amis québecois! ⚜️

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Bonne Saint-Jean à tous!
Bonne Fête nationale à tous les Québécois et Québécoises de la part du programme d’Études canadiennes de l’Université de Californie à Berkeley! Le thématique de cette année est « Tout le Québec à l’Unisson. » Pour savoir plus, visitez la page officielle des festivités ici.
From the origins of the holiday as the Feast of St. John the Baptist in the 19th century to its modern-day incarnation as the “Fête Nationale”, June 24 is a day to celebrate the unique history and culture of the people of Québec. For a fascinating academic account of this history, see this prize-winning book by sociologist Geneviève Zubrzycki. For information about this year’s online festivities, see here.
Bonne Fête à tous!
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TOMORROW: Consulate Q&A on COVID-19 border closure; plus, Bay Area Canada Day events!

Another notice about up-coming Canada Day Week events, as well as an event tomorrow, from another fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.


Canadian Studies Announcements
In this issue:
  • TOMORROW: Q&A on border closure for Canadians in the US
  • Canada Day events in the Bay Area (updated)
SPECIAL AFFILIATE EVENT TOMORROW
Community Q&A: Facing Border Closure Together to Flatten the Curve
Forum | June 23 | 4:00 p.m. | Online – RSVP required
With the closure of the Canada-US border extended through July 21, many Canadians in the US have questions about what this means for them. The Consulate General of Canada in Northern California and the Digital Moose Lounge invite you to get answers at a special Q&A for Bay Area Canadians featuring consular staff and a local immigration expert. The panel will include Rana Sarkar, Consul-General of Canada in San Francisco; Marni Kellison, senior consular officer; and Pavan Dhillon, founder and principal attorney at Dhillon Immigration Law and a Canadian Studies Program board member.
To RSVP for the Q&A or request more information, please contact Wade Wallerstein at wade.wallerstein@international.gc.ca.
Canada Week Starts Wednesday! Here’s What’s Going on in the Bay
In honor of the upcoming Fête nationale du Québec (June 24) and Canada Day (July 1), the Canadian Studies Program is pleased to highlight some celebrations for Bay Area Canadians. If you know about an event you think we’ve missed, please let us know and we’ll try to get it in our next newsletter! #CanadaDayInTheBay
Canada Week at the Digital Moose Lounge
June 24-July 1
The Digital Moose Lounge, a social networking club for Canadians living in the San Francisco Bay Area, is celebrating Canada Week with a wide variety of online activities, including a French class for children, home baking lessons, and conversations with Indigenous Canadian artists. Don’t miss the family-friendly trivia night, with a grand prize of two Air Canada tickets!
Visit the DML’s events page for an up-to-date list of scheduled activities.
Oh Canada! Online Activities from Canadian Heritage
June 29-July 1
Canadian Heritage brings a raft of fun, family-oriented online activities for your Canada Day celebration. Events include a multi-day exploration of Canada’s people and culture with renowned Canadian personalities; virtual concerts featuring Canadian musicians; live feeds from celebrations around the world; and printable themed activity packs, including crafts, puzzles, and more!
See the full list of activities at the Canada Day 2020 website.
Commemoration Day Sunrise Service
July 1, 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. PT
The Royal Canadian Legion – US Branch #25 of the San Francisco Bay Area will be hosting a solemn service recognizing the contributions of Newfoundland and Labrador to Canada’s armed forces. The date commemorates Battle of Beaumont-Hamel in 1916, where over 700 members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment were killed on the first day of the Somme Offensive during WWI. The service will be webcasted at 6:00 and 10:00 a.m., and will last approximately 45 minutes.
For more information, please visit the Royal Canadian Legion’s website.
Virtual Canada Day Celebration
July 1
Celebrate the 153rd anniversary of Confederation with Canadians and friends around the world! Tune in on July 1 to celebrate Canada’s rich history and culture in a virtual Canada Day celebration hosted by Connect2Canada. Post your celebration to social media with the tag #CanadaDayUSA, and be sure to tag @Connect2Canada.
Learn more at Connect2Canada, or at the Canada Day Across America Facebook page.
Canadian Studies Program
213 Moses Hall #2308 WEBSITE | EMAIL
Canadian Studies Program | Univ. of California, Berkeley, 213 Moses Hall #2308, Berkeley, CA 94720

 

First fall speaker announced, aid for Canadian students, & Canada Day celebrations

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


Canadian Studies Announcements
In this issue:
  • First speaker for fall colloquium announced
  • Emergency aid for Canadian students affected by COVID-19
  • Canada Day events in the Bay Area
Dr. Debra Thompson to Open Fall Colloquium
Canadian Studies is pleased to announce that Professor Debra Thompson, a leading scholar of comparative politics of race, will give our first fall colloquium lecture (date TBA). Born in Canada, Dr. Thompson received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. She later moved to the United States, where she taught at several universities. Dr. Thompson recently returned to Canada, where she is currently an associate professor in political science at McGill University.
Professor Thompson’s research focuses on the relationship between racial inequality and political structures in democratic societies. She is currently working on two books: one exploring the global appeal of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the other examining the persistence of racial inequality in Canada. The Globe and Mail recently published an essay by Dr. Thompson on her experiences being Black on both sides of the Canada-US border, which can be read online here.
Canadian Government Aid for Students Affected by COVID-19
The Government of Canada is offering a Canada Student Emergency Benefit (CSEB) grant to assist Canadian students at institutions in Canada and abroad (including UC Berkeley and other U.S. institutions) who are experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19. Applicants are eligible if the are a Canadian citizen/permanent resident, and are 1) currently enrolled in a post-secondary program, 2) have applied to a program that begins before February 1, 2021, or 3) graduated from such a program in December 2019 or later.
We highly encourage all our affiliates to share this information with any students who might benefit. Read the full qualifications and apply here.
Canada Week is Coming! Here’s What Going on in the Bay
In honor of the upcoming Fête nationale du Québec (June 24) and Canada Day (July 1), the Canadian Studies Program is pleased to highlight some Bay Area celebrations for Canadians. If you have an event that you would like us to highlight in our next newsletter, please let us know! #CanadaDayInTheBay
Canada Week at the Digital Moose Lounge
June 24-July 1
The Digital Moose Lounge, a social networking club for Canadians living in the San Francisco Bay Area, is celebrating Canada Week with a wide variety of online activities: French lessons for children, virtual tastings of Canadian wines, and a discussion of Canada’s peculiar “third national sport”, curling.
Visit the Digital Moose Lounge’s website for an up-to-date list of scheduled activities.
Virtual Canada Day Celebration
July 1
Celebrate the 153rd anniversary of Confederation with Canadians and friends around the world! Tune in on July 1 to celebrate Canada’s rich history and culture in a virtual Canada Day celebration hosted by Connect2Canada. Post your celebration to social media with the tag #CanadaDayUSA, and be sure to tag @Connect2Canada.
Learn more at Connect2Canada, or at the Canada Day Across America Facebook page.
Commemoration Day Sunrise Service
July 1, 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. PT
The Royal Canadian Legion – US Branch #25 of the San Francisco Bay Area will be hosting a solemn service recognizing the contributions of Newfoundland and Labrador to Canada’s armed forces. The date commemorates Battle of Beaumont-Hamel in 1916, where over 700 members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment were killed on the first day of the Somme Offensive during WWI. The service will be webcasted at 6:00 and 10:00 a.m., and will last approximately 45 minutes.
For more information, please visit the Royal Canadian Legion’s website.
Canadian Studies Program
213 Moses Hall #2308 WEBSITE | EMAIL
Canadian Studies Program | Univ. of California, Berkeley, 213 Moses Hall #2308, Berkeley, CA 94720

 

New research on immigrant wages in Canada; personal finances during COVID-19

An item from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.


Canadian Studies Announcements
In this issue:
  • New faculty research highlights cause of immigrant-native wage gap in Canada
  • Virtual exhibit showcases Canadian women artists
  • Affiliate event: Personal Finances During COVID-19 for Canadians
IN THE NEWS
New Research From Affiliate Economist David Card: Employer Policies and the Immigrant-Native Earnings Gap
A new discussion paper co-authored by Canadian Studies faculty affiliate David Card, a professor of economics at UC Berkeley, argues that hiring and wage decisions made by individual firms are largely responsible for the immigrant-native wage difference in Canada.
The research, which was published by the IZA Institute of Labor Economics and is currently undergoing peer review, used longitudinal tax data to study the impacts of firm-level pay scales on immigrants’ economic success. Rather than considering just the skills or productivity of immigrant workers, the authors take into account the hiring and salary practices of firms to understand pay gaps for immigrants in Canada. The study found that 20% of the gap between immigrant and native earnings could be attributed to the decreased chance of an immigrant being hired at a highly-paying firm. This was particularly noticeable for immigrants from developing countries who lacked a university education, who made 40% less on average than native-born Canadians. However, immigrants with a university degree from these regions exhibited the largest percent wage growth over time, and experienced rapid career advancement, which the paper argues demonstrates delayed recognition of initially-discredited skills. The findings align with previous research that suggests that firms’ wage-setting policies widen inequality both between and within groups.
Read the whole study here (PDF file).
Virtual Exhibit Honors Canada’s Women Artists
Earlier this year, A New Light: Canadian Women Artists opened to the public in the Embassy of Canada’s art gallery in Washington, D.C. Featuring 38 works by 27 exceptional Canadian women artists, the all-female exhibition is part of a broader commitment to showcase works illuminating Canada’s diversity, both with regard to genres of media and artists’ backgrounds. After the exhibition the artwork, on long-term loan from The Global Affairs Visual Art Collection, The Canada Council for the Arts, and Scotiabank Fine Art Collection, will move from the gallery to find a home in prominent locations throughout the Embassy.
To offer a safe way to experience the art during the global COVID-19 pandemic, the gallery was relaunched as a virtual exhibition, on display until the end of August. Explore the gallery from home, and begin the tour here.
Pictured artwork: Jin by Meryl McMaster (2010).
AFFILIATE EVENT
Chesterfield Chat: Personal Finances During COVID-19 and Cross-Border Considerations for Canadians
Panel | June 10 | 4:00 p.m. | Online – RSVP required
New panelist added June 8
The Digital Moose Lounge and Royal Bank of Canada are hosting a webinar providing financial advice for Canadians living and working in the Bay Area during COVID-19.
The panel will be moderated by David Stewart, current Canadian Studies Advisory Board chair and DML board member. Other speakers will be Heather Pelant, partner at Baker Street Advisors; Alain Forget, head of sales and business development at RBC USA; and Matt C. Altro, president and CEO of Cross Borders Advisors.
Learn more and register here. For more information, please contact the Digital Moose Lounge directly at programs@digitalmooselounge.com.
Canadian Studies Program
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Canadian Studies Program | Univ. of California, Berkeley, 213 Moses Hall #2308, Berkeley, CA 94720