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News From the North: Canada Remembers 9/11 and Will Never Forget

An item from the Canadian Embassy that we wanted to pass along.


September 10, 2020 | VIEW ONLINE
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September 11, 2001, marks a pivotal day in history that will never be forgotten. Tomorrow, many of us will be reflecting on this somber day and the difficult ground we have traveled since. As we remember those who lost their lives, we are also reminded of the importance of friendship and support. Read on to learn more about how Canada and the U.S. are always there for each other in times of need.

9/11 Day and National Day of Service

The anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks has become an important Patriot Day and National Day of Service in America and Canada, known as “9/11 Day.” 9/11 Day is a time to join together to remember those lost on 9/11 and, if possible, perform Good Deeds or other acts of service as a tribute to the 9/11 victims, as well as first responders and military personnel who rose in service in response to the attacks. For the last few years, the Consulate General of Canada in New York has participated in 9/11 Day’s volunteer meal-packing event onboard NYC’s Intrepid—last year’s event resulted in 1.1 million meal donations across the country and world.

This year, the organizers of 9/11 Day are asking us to participate virtually, through a special program called “9/11 Day At Home,” and to do so also in remembrance of the those we’ve lost to COVID-19. Their goal is to inspire one million acts of service in support of COVID relief, both in honor of the victims of 9/11, as well as those who have tragically lost their lives to COVID-19.
We’d like to encourage you to participate and have a few suggestions:

  1. Visit 911day.org and browse the outstanding virtual service opportunities they have posted on their site, as well as other “good deeds”.
  2. Pick an activity that inspires you, or come up with your own good deed or charitable service projects for 9/11, then complete it.
  3. Share your 9/11 good deed, or activity on social media! Tag @911Day and @CanadaNY on Twitter, 911Day and @CanadaNY on Facebook or 911day and canada.newyork on Instagram. Use the hashtag #911day.
  4. While donations are not required, if you are in a position to do so, we will be hosting a virtual food drive that will benefit the Food Bank of NYC. Throughout the five boroughs, 1.5 million New Yorkers rely on the Food Bank to keep food on the table for themselves and their families. If you’re able to contribute, please donate directly here.

Canada Answers the Call: Battling California Wildfires

Canada and the U.S. have always stepped up to help each other in times of need, and natural disasters are no exception. Ongoing forest fires throughout California this summer have led to record levels of burnt land and damage. When Governor Newsom made an appeal for international help, more than 60 fire fighters from Quebec responded. Read about how they and their “super scooper” water bombers are on the ground now with their American colleagues battling the blazes.

A Word from Our American Friends in Ottawa

With large in-person celebrations on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic, our friends at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa found a new way this year to mark July 4th and celebrate Canada-U.S. connections. Check out the Embassy’s guest post to find out all about their truly creative solution – entitled ‘Separate Together’ – to commemorate Independence Day.

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Consulate General of Canada in New York / National Interagency Fire Center (Neal Herbert/DOI) / U.S. Embassy in Ottawa
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News From the North: Canada Day 2020

As most of these Canada Day activities are virtual this year, it doesn’t matter where they are located in terms of folks in the Bay Area being able to join in.


June 18, 2020 | VIEW ONLINE
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With June halfway over, our countdown to the July 1 festivities has begun. Here’s how we’re celebrating the very first virtual Canada Day this year.

Canada Day Across America

Due to COVID-19 this year’s Canada Day will look a little different but our focus hasn’t changed. Though we can’t gather in person, we’ll be virtually connecting and uniting with Canadians and friends of Canada from across the U.S. and around the world as we all celebrate from home together.

This week we launched the official countdown to our Canada Day Across America event. Discover the many ways you can stay involved and show your affection for Canada, including:

  • Sharing Your Canada Day Message: Submit a short video message wishing Canada “Happy Birthday” for us to share on our social media channels on July 1st. Learn more here.
  • Supporting Your Neighbours: We have all witnessed the impact of COVID-19 on our families, friends, co-workers and communities. Consider making a donation to United Way Chapters across the U.S. that have activated special programs to provide needed aid in our local communities: https://unitedwaynca.org/canadaday.
  • Staying Connected: We want to see your red & white! Share your Canada Day pictures with us on TwitterFacebook & Instagram, tagging @Connect2Canada and using the hashtag #CanadaDayUSA.
  • Celebrating Canada from Home: Enjoy a number of virtual experiences by following Canadian Heritage’s livestreamed events from across Canada. Learn more at canada.ca/canada-day.

More for You…

To Read
As we navigate a global pandemic, we continue to see inspiring examples of Canada-U.S. cooperation. Along the border, many businesses are shifting their production in order to adapt the new reality and support their communities. Read about how Cantilever Distillery and Hotel in Minnesota mixed things up to keep their community healthy. Online, Canada and the U.S. are working together to prevent threats and protect citizens from bad actors. Read the latest in our COVID-19 series on our bilateral cyber security partnership.

To Watch
June to August marks Pride Season in Canada. While Pride events around the world have changed, COVID-19 hasn’t stopped us from celebrating the resiliency, spirit & contributions of LGBTQ2 people at home and abroad. This year, we’ve partnered with the National Film Board to provide a selection of LGBTQ2+ films free-to-stream from your home, available until the end of the month.

For more events online, check back often for updates to our virtual events calendar.

To Learn
Did you know, one third of the food that we eat depends on pollinators like bees? On June 2, we installed two beehives on the roof of the Embassy, a great compliment to our Monarch butterfly gardens. Our busy bees are have settled in to their new home and are now spending their days fanning out across Washington, D.C., to collect nectar, pollinate the flowers and contribute to a healthier environment. Follow Connect2Canada on Instagram and bee on the lookout for some sweet updates.

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News From The North: We Will Remember Them

An item from the Connect2Canada organization.  Note the commemoration item at the top of this newsletter.


May 7, 2020 | VIEW ONLINE
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Hello and welcome to May, and the latest edition of News From The North. It’s spring and it is wonderful to see the flowers beginning to bloom. In some ways it feels like a long time has passed since COVID-19 brought significant changes in our daily lives, and in other ways time continues to fly by. As we all face the realities of the pandemic and collective sacrifice, in this edition we pay tribute to those who gave their lives in service to their country: from soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the liberation of Europe 75 years ago, to the tragic loss of six Canadian Armed Forces members last week in a helicopter accident near Greece.

Separately, we look back at the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and Canada’s participation at the annual EarthX Conference, an all-digital affair this year. Read on for more.

Commemorating Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice – Now and Then

On Tuesday, May 5, we marked the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands during World War II. The courage and sacrifice shown by the Canadian forces in this effort is renowned, and has never been forgotten by the Dutch. On January 27, in honour of Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. welcomed Louise Lawrence-Israëls, a survivor of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Louise shared her story of sacrifice and her memories of Canadian soldiers. It was a night we will not soon forget.

As was true then is still true today: members of the Canadian Armed Forces put their lives on the line for our protection. On April 29, a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter crashed in the Ionian Sea near Greece, while taking part in NATO exercises. Six Canadian service members lost their lives.

Master Corporal Matthew Cousins
Sub-Lieutenant Abbigail Cowbrough
Captain Kevin Hagen
Captain Brenden Ian MacDonald
Captain Maxime Miron-Morin
Sub-Lieutenant Matthew Pyke

We will remember them and their dedication. We will remember their sacrifice. We will always carry them with us.

EarthX 2020 – Canada goes virtual for annual environmental event

April 22 marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and kicked off the annual EarthX Conference in Dallas, a massive three-day public expo that typically features a week-long series of events, film screenings and panels. However, like so many other large-scale public events scheduled for spring, everything was moved online due to COVID-19. Times of great challenge also bring opportunities for innovation. EarthX leveraged this virtual transition to expand its reach to year-round and worldwide engagements. The Consulate General in Dallas used the move to virtual as an opportunity to underscore Canada’s leadership and commitment to environmental stewardship. Consul General Dr. Rachel McCormick appeared on a special EarthX Livestream on the 22nd to highlight a plan to transition to a clean-growth, net-zero economy by 2050, and two days later, as part of the Renewables Conference portion of the event,  she gave a virtual presentation on Canadian innovation in Clean Energy and Carbon Capture.

Overall, 550,000 people in over 60 countries tuned in to the virtual 2020 EarthX. You can find out more about Canada’s overall participation here, which featured a number of high-profile Canadians, such as Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante.

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News from the North | Partners in Defence

An item from the Connect2Canada organization.  Note in particular the D-Day item at the top of the newsletter, followed by the “Security” items immediately below.


June 6, 2019 | VIEW ONLINE
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75 years ago today, roughly 14,000 Canadians were among the nearly 150,000 Allied troops who parachuted or landed in Normandy, France on June 6, 1944 – D-Day. D-Day was an important marker in our defence partnership, which is as strong as ever today.

Security:

  • Last week, the Embassy commemorated Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Day. Did you know hundreds of Canadians in uniform are serving across the United States? Read more about ways Canadian and American military personnel are keeping North America safe.
  • This year, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) turns 70. Since 1949, Canada has been a strong and reliable member, contributing to international peace, security, and stability. Read our new fact sheet about our contributions to this important Alliance.

Energy and the Environment:

  • Canada is the United States’ most secure and reliable energy supplier. In fact, our energy trade accounts for $116 billion. 5.24 million barrels of crude oil and petroleum products and 10.08 billion cubic feet of natural gas cross our borders each day. The Center for Strategic and International Studies mapped our energy partnership to show each state’s energy relationship with Canada.
  • In case you missed, the Embassy of Canada has been awarded the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum certification – the highest distinction within the LEED rating system. In a video, our Deputy Ambassador explains why we are so proud of this achievement and how it fits with a broader Government of Canada commitment to transition to a clean energy future.

Stay connected:

  • Interested in Canadian culture in your region? A number of events are planned in June in the DC-area and across the U.S.
  • Raptors fever is sweeping the country…can you believe we started from the bottom, now we’re here? Let’s go Raptors!
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