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Holiday Happy Hour

Please note this event later today from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.


Holiday Happy Hour

If you didn’t have the chance to spend the holidays with family and friends back in Canada, we totally get it. Neither did we. Your expat family’s got your back–it’s the new year and we’d like to start it off with a gathering of sorts–a holiday happy hour.
Join us any time between 4 and 6 p.m. tomorrow to say hi, tell us how you spent the holidays and what you’re looking forward to in 2021 (other than getting a vaccine, right?!).
All you have to do is register here:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ud-moqz4oHdaIGUQpRhJ_158JUICg_ewC

See you tomorrow!

The DML Team

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News and events for the Bay Area Canadian community

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


In this update:

📫  Holiday greetings from the Digital Moose Lounge

🗓 Save the date: Jan 3rd for a DML New Year drop-in/social!

🏦  New Ask a Canadian blog post – how is your credit score?

🛒 #ShopSmallBayArea – Support Canadian owned/managed/affiliated small businesses this holiday

🎊 Local and virtual events
Dec 22nd join a holiday social with the SF Expat Canadian Meetup group PLUS catch a recap of McGill Alumni series: Traveling back to Canada. 

🎟 And, for your holiday (online) enjoyment, check out this listing of virtual celebrations. And, please share any that you are attending on our social media so others can join in!

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To our friends,

We know many are mourning the loss of visits “home” to Canada or to favourite vacation sanctuaries this year. Thank you for all efforts ensuring the safety and security of our local Bay Area communities – and Canadian homes visited – while we collectively take a deep breath and await vaccines and lower COVID-19 infection numbers.

With the last candles lit for Hanukkah, and the Winter Solstice coming soon to bring us more daylight, we also want to wish you a Merry Christmas next week. In the words of  Erika’s (DML Co-chairmoose) mum and dad in Vancouver:

“Traditional greetings don’t quite fit this year.
Gratitude will replace merriment at Christmas.”
Yes, we are full of gratitude for this vibrant and caring expat Canadian community. For the efforts made by our volunteers, leaders and partners before and after COVID-19 that brought us together: hockey games (remember those?!); Virtual Canada Week 2020 concerts, wine tastings, and contests; panels and discussions on all aspects of cross-border activity during this pandemic.

Watch for more community building with the Digital Moose Lounge in 2021! Exciting things are in the works.

Happy New Year to all!
Griselda & Erika
Co-chairmoose team

Save the date!
Sunday, January 3, 2021
4 to 6 p.m.

Please join the Digital Moose Lounge as we kick-off the New Year! Watch your email and follow our social channels. Overcome your zoom fatigue for two hours and join us for some casual fun and good cheer.

Ask a Canadian: How To Build
Your Credit in the United States

Our latest blog tells the story of one of our very own DML members on the challenges she faced and solutions she found moving to the US from Canada just a year ago. Read all about it here.

Sponsored by RBC Bank.
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We Support Canadian Small Businesses and Affiliates. #ShopSmallBayArea

With lockdowns in place we are all experiencing how hard it is to get out for holiday shopping. And yet, we are also experiencing backlogs and delays for postal service and shipping. According to DMLer and small business owner, VJ Gandhi, it is definitely getting a little late for Christmas ordering online: “…the orders are coming in this week and our distribution center is trying to send them out as quickly as possible. It’s up to the carriers like FedEx and UPS.”

If you can’t visit them in-person, or if shipping is out of the question at this point, consider gift cards. VJ suggests being OK with things arriving by or in the New Year instead, during this unprecedented holiday season.

The DML’s online Pop-up Market on our website that we launched in the summer, is a curated list of (primarily) Bay Area Canadian-owned/operated/themed shopping.

If you can’t visit them in-person, or if shipping is out of the question at this point, consider gift cards or arrange for a delivery in the New Year.

Want to join the upcoming SF Expat Canadian Meetup Group holiday event (online) coming up on Tuesday, December 22nd, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.?

Sign-up here. Ugly holiday sweaters welcome!

Did you miss this the first time?

Two part series:
Traveling back to Canada

The McGill Alumni Association of Northern California recently hosted two webinars on Traveling back to Canada.

  1. Webinar #1: “Traveling back to Canada PART 1” webinar with Connie Kaplan can be viewed here. Mme. Kaplan highlights what your options are if you wanted to temporarily move back to Canada and some of the legal aspects you need to consider.
  2. Webinar #2:  “Traveling back to Canada PART 2” webinar can be viewed here. The webinar features McGill alums, Matt Altro, BCom’00 and Pavan Dhillon, LL.B/B.C.L.’04. They share strategies and their expertise from both financial planning, and legal perspectives on how to immigrate to Canada with your family, spouse, children or parents.

From tips on thriving professionally during a pandemic to lectures from McGill’s brightest minds, check out our rich library of past virtual events. Watch our past Virtual Events or view an Alumni Webcast now.

Stay in touch with McGill Alumni Association by updating your contact information.

Wishing you good health and Happy Holidays!

Thank you to RBC Bank for their generous support
of the Digital Moose Lounge’s events and activities in 2020!

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Upcoming events for Canadians in the Bay Area (and beyond!)

Some events from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.  Note that one of these events is later this afternoon.


12/01: McGill Alum hosts a webinar for those wanting to relocate back to Canada.
12/03: DML and Canadian Consulate host our next “Facing Border Closure Together” webinar. CBSA and Air Canada joining the panel!
12/09: C100 sits down with John Stackhouse, author of new book: Planet Canada: How Our Expats are Shaping the Future
TODAY! DECEMBER 1, 2020 | 12 – 1 PM

Join the McGill Alumni Association of Northern California for Part II of Traveling Back to Canada. This time, we will be discussing more specifically how to immigrate to Canada with your family, spouse, children or parents and what you need to know from a tax and financial planning perspective.

Has the pandemic made you realize that Canada might actually be your next step?
Working remotely and looking to bring your family north of the border to snowier pastures?

Our speakers, Matt Altro, BCom’00 and Pavan Dhillon, LL.B/B.C.L.’04 will share strategies and resources to help you make this big move!

More information>>

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2020 | 4 – 5 PM

RSVP for this free Zoom webinar (wade.wallerstein@international.gc.ca)

Please join us for an important conversation about the extension of border closure regulations. This is an open format community discussion & opportunity to have your questions answered.

#StrongerTogether

Our speaker panel includes:

Rana Sarkar, Consul General of Canada for Northern California & Hawaii

Marni Kellison, Senior Consular Officer

Pavan Dhillon, Founder & Principal Attorney, Dhillon Immigration Law

Shauna Chevalier, Liaison Officer, Canada Border Services Agency

Serge Corbeil, Director, Government Relations Western Region, Air Canada

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2020 | 9 – 10 AM

Our friends at C100 are hosting a special conversation with John Stackhouse (also SVP, Office of the CEO, RBC) on the subject of his newly released book about Canada’s expat community. We aim for it to be a galvanizing and uplifting event for global Canadians everywhere!

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Invitation: Community Q&A w/ AirCanada

A notice for an up-coming event from the Digital Moose Lounge and the Canadian Consulate here in San Francisco.


Bonjour tous le monde,

On behalf of the Consul General of Canada in Northern California & Hawaii, Rana Sarkar, I am very pleased to invite you to our upcoming Community Q&A Session hosted in partnership with the Digital Moose Lounge.

We are very excited that representatives from AirCanada will be joining the conversation to present information about the current state of air travel and what to expect onboard. We will also once again be joined by Shauna Chevalier from Canada Border Services Agency, who will be able to field any inquiries related to border crossing.

If you would to attend, please send me an e-mail to RSVP. Zoom information can be found in the flier attached.

Bien cordialement,

Wade Wallerstein

Technology & Events Curator | Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Service
Coordinateur de la Technologie et des Événements | Service de la politique étrangère et de la diplomatie
Consulate General of Canada | Consulat général du Canada

Wade.Wallerstein@international.gc.ca
Office : +1 (415) 568 4351
Mobile :  +1 (415) 619 0804
580 California Street, Suite 1400

San Francisco, CA 94104
Global Affairs Canada | Affaires mondiales Canada
Government of Canada | Gouvernement du Canada

November 17: CAN Studies Fall Colloquium and DML Forum on traveling to the US from Canada during the pandemic

Note these items from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.


VIRTUAL LIVE FORUM: TRAVELING TO THE US FROM CANADA
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Mark your calendar for this Tuesday and send us your questions: programs@digitalmooselounge.com

Pre-register for this free Zoom webinar
Tuesday, November 17th, 4 p.m.
Since the Canada-US border closed to non-essential travel several months ago, the DML has held a number of community Q & A’s for our members, helping to answer your questions and addressing your concerns about traveling back to Canada.
But what if you or your family want to travel into the United States? What, if any, restrictions exist for Canadians wishing to travel south of the border?

Join leading experts in US immigration law to answer your questions during this one-hour Q&A.

SEND IN YOUR QUESTIONS: PROGRAMS@DIGITALMOOSELOUNGE.COM

Don’t forget to register for this event!
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