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June 2020 Newsletter from the Digital Moose Lounge

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


We are listening. As Canadians, we recognize that racism is pervasive and borderless, eroding the ideals that we proudly champion as Canadian values – diversity, equality and inclusiveness. At the DML, we stand in solidarity and unity with the Black community over senseless violence and excessive police force, and we honour the memories and mourn the countless lives lost.

As a volunteer-run organization for the past 20 years, we have always made it our mission to connect the Canadian community in the Bay Area and, in recent years, to promote social impact. Our twelve-person DML Board and Executive are engaged in a compassionate conversation about how we can help individually, and collectively – to help begin those difficult conversations with open and honest discussions as a community. We are open to ideas our DML community may have and encourage you to reach out to us by email.

We are moving forward with our plans for celebrating Canada Day with you. We hope that you will find comfort in this shared Canadian community – a community that is always growing. We have room. We have heart. Again, we are listening.

Co-chairmoose team
Griselda Zhou & Erika Wah

In this issue:

moose Moose Event: Panel on Financial Planning, June 10th

🥌 Canada Day in the Bay Update #1

😷 Covid-19 Updates and Resources

✈️ Travel Update

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Chesterfield Chat: Personal Finances and
Cross-Border Considerations for Canadians

Wednesday, June 10th, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Join our webinar and expert panel as we explore what it means financially for Canadians, living and working in the Bay Area during Covid-19.

More Information >>

Thanks, RBC USA, for supporting DML events in 2020.

A week of wonderful!
Wednesday, June 24 to Wednesday July 1, 2020

It should come as no surprise that the DML will pivot our annual Canada Day celebration to an online experience. We have been a trailblazer organizer of Canada Day gatherings for the last two decades but this time we must honour the safety of our members and the community.

We are excited to go virtual. It’s been a tough year for small businesses everywhere. We are throwing our support towards local Canadian-affiliated small businesses. They are disproportionately affected by the economic impact from the Covid-19. Find out how the DML will shine a spotlight on and drive traffic to these businesses through our calendar of online events leading up to Canada Day.

You can read more about Canada Week – for Canadians by Canadians – on our most recent blog post.

As of today, you can sign-up for our first event (scroll a little further for details), a DML exclusive wine tasting! Then, every Thursday we’ll share an email update, announcing events and sign-ups. You can also sign up for events as they are announced on Facebook and Twitter.

Special thanks to RBC USA and the Canadian Consulate
for their financial support of Canada Week 2020!

#CanadaDayintheBay
#ShopSmallBayArea
#CanadaDayUSA
#CanadaDay2020
#LoveFromCanada
#VirtualCanadaDay 

How about wine tasting from your chesterfield
Wednesday, June 24th 

Kascadia Wine Merchants and the Digital Moose Lounge have collaboratively curated an opulent Canada Day wine tasting experience with award–winning Meyer Family Vineyards. Join winemaker Chris Carson for this exclusive DML event on small case lots of varietals best suited and expressive of their unique place of origin with an emphasis on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

This is what’s included in your Meyer Family Wine Experience:

– Live virtual wine tasting with world renowned producer, Meyer Family Vineyards.
– Two flagship varietals including bottles of pinot noir and chardonnay.

Cost: DML members receive a special price of $50 plus taxes and shipping (calculated at checkout).

Event date: Wednesday, June 24 at 4:30 to 5:30pm PST

Pre-order here before Thursday, June 18. This will be a popular event with limited availability so don’t miss out!

This is a Zoom event and details will be emailed to you from Digital Moose Lounge a few days beforehand.

Do you know a business owned/run BY A CANADIAN and/or FOR CANADIANS? Send us a tip!

Covid-19 updates & resources

Click here: CBC’s list of Canadian music livestreams during Covid-19
Pandemic Diplomacy:
Reflections from Canada’s Consuls General 

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to adapt to new norms in the workplace, but it is in times of adversity that we learn to forge new paths. Canada’s Consuls General in San Francisco, Atlanta, and New York have recently offered their perspectives on how things have changed.

Rana Sarkar, Consul General of Canada in San Francisco: Technology in the Time of COVID

Nadia Theodore, Consul General of Canada in Atlanta: Postcard from Canada in Atlanta

Khawar Nasim, Acting Consul General of Canada in New York: Reflections on the New Abnormal

Quick guide to US Work Visas and Covid-19

Last month, over 100 folks joined our first virtual Chesterfield Chat on Immigration questions for Canadians in the US during the pandemic.

Special thanks to all our panelists. We had hoped to share a recorded version of the webinar, but instead one of our panelists, Ting Ni from immipartner was able to summarize some key points – mostly still relevant.

Please feel free to download this PDF prepared by immipartner for the DML.

Travel updates

Have you heard about the new ArriveCAN app?

While we await news on the next travel advisory/announcement from the Canadian government, no matter when we are planning to cross the border, this new app is part of the process already.

As for Air Canada, despite the extended US-CA border closure through June 21, they have now resumed Transborder Service between Toronto and Vancouver and six US cities, including San Francisco.

Check out the Air Canada CleanCare+ video to see what is involved in offering passengers a greater peace of mind during all stages of travel.

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Just announced – June 10th! Financial Planning and Cross-border Considerations for Canadians

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


Canadians in the Bay Area have so many questions during this pandemic! We hope you can join us for our next virtual event.
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Moose Event!

Wednesday, June 10th
4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be time for Q&A during the webinar. You can send your questions in when you register, or come with them ready to add to the discussion.

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We would like to thank RBC USA for supporting DML events in 2020.

Get your event listed with the DML

Please send your Canadian-interest event info to our team. We’d be happy to share it with our members and partners.

Send us your event listing and links!

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May 2020 Newsletter from the Digital Moose Lounge

Note that the first event mentioned was scheduled for yesterday (but we had already announced that event many times).  In any regard, a newsletter from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.


It’s Week Nine of Shelter in Place here in the Bay Area, and we are sending virtual buckets of True North love to all our Canadian community. Your DML Canada Day Committee is hard at work, and exploring uncharted territory. With all the current and anticipated restrictions, how can we celebrate together, at home? Get ready for Canada Day Week June 26 – July 1, 2020. Watch for our calendar of fun, coming soon!

In this issue:
⏰ Immigration panels, including one hosted by us, TODAY!
👤 New faces: the DML team is growing!
✈️ Flights reopening to Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal
🎟 Canadians go virtual… more online events of interest

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TODAY! Covid-19, US Immigration & Travel Restrictions for Bay Area Canadians

Tuesday, May 12th, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

You can still register and join the DML and leading local US immigration attorneys as we discuss pressing issues and questions facing Bay Area Canadians.

Meet our virtual panel:
Ting Ni
Helen Beasley
Joshua Surowitz

Our event is free, but you can choose to make a donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank when you register. #canadiansdoinggood

More Information >>

Thanks, RBC USA, for supporting DML events in 2020.

Moose team grows

The DML is run by our wonderful volunteer Board. We are always excited when our community connects us to new board members. We are thrilled to welcome Robb Ponti and Melissa D’Souza to the Board!
          
Robb Ponti                   Melissa D’Souza
Newest Digital Moose Lounge Board members
The DML invests in talent in other ways, and for a second year we have hired a special project assistant to help with Canada Day and Thanksgiving. Wendy Kam Marcy is the successful candidate this year. Please join us in welcoming her to a worthy set of projects!

Wendy Kam Marcy
DML Special Projects 2020

Support local small businesses – and win a pin!

You likely know of some businesses in the Bay Area with products that are BY CANADIANS and/or FOR CANADIANS. What are your favourites? Augie’s Montreal Deli for poutine? Where do you get your secret stash of Aero Bars? Did you know about Kascadia Wine Imports for your BC wine tastings? Is there anything more than Moosehead Beer in your neighbourhood liquor store?

Email us your list of local small businesses and products that Canadians need to know about and be entered in a draw to win a DML pin from our collection!

Email: programs@digitalmooselounge.com with the subject line: By Canadians/For Canadians. Deadline is Victoria Day – May 18.

Read Hugh’s newest blog post: 

Ask a Canadian: How to make sourdough bread

Get ready for Canada Day Week June 26 – July 1, 2020. Watch for our calendar of fun, coming soon! Ask us about volunteering.

More virtual events of interest

Tuesday, May 12th, 9 to 10 a.m.
Immigration expert and attorney Ron Matten translates what’s happening with US immigration, what Canadian expats need to know about their options, and what you need to do to prepare for any scenario. If you are a Canadian living and working in the US, join fellow expats to get answers in this “Ask Me Anything” session hosted by C100.
More information>>

Tuesday, May 12th, 3 to 4 p.m.
Eh List – Interview, Q&A with Rana Sarkar, Consul General of Canada (Virtual). Opportunity for Canadian founders to connect directly with the Canadian Government about supporting startups and innovation in Canada.
Eh List is a network of Canadian founders located all over North America.
More information>>

Thursday, May 21st, 11 a.m. to noon
Doing Business in Canada: Cross-Border M&A and Key Tax Considerations in the Context of Covid-19. The Maple Business Council, based in Southern California, is an executive-level organization promoting cross-border investment, trade and entrepreneurship between Canada and the United States. They are launching webinars about future-proofing tech. Learn more on their events on their website here.

Thursday, May 21st, 4 to 5 p.m.
Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship: a happy hour discussion with Rana Sarkar (Canadian Consul General) and Alexandre Lazarow (Investor/Professor/Author).

Register by clicking hereIf link does not work, copy and paste url into browser: https://colddrinkshottopics.eventbrite.com

Click here: CBC’s list of Canadian music livestreams during Covid-19
Air Canada’s May/June flights
…and plans to reduce risk of COVID-19

Our friends at Air Canada wanted to share that they have launched a new program and have also announced flights to Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal
.
Information is subject to change depending on border restrictions.: Operating Schedule for San Francisco in May and June (as of May 6):

Montreal-San Francisco:  1 flight per day starting June 22
Toronto-San Francisco:  Up to 2 flights per day starting June
Vancouver-San Francisco:  1 flight per day starting May 22; 1 flight per day in June

Air Canada CleanCare+ is a comprehensive program for personal safety and enhanced aircraft grooming to provide you a greater peace of mind during all stages of travel.

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Moose Event: Covid-19 US Immigration & Travel Restrictions

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


Canadians in the Bay Area have so many questions during this pandemic! We’re working hard to find the experts to keep us all informed. We hope you can join us for our next virutal event.
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It’s just like a Chesterfield Chat, but online!

Covid-19, US Immigration & Travel Restrictions for Bay Area Canadians

Join the DML and leading local US immigration attorneys as we discuss pressing issues and questions facing Bay Area Canadians.

We are fielding questions in the following 3 areas:

1. Family sponsorship (marriage based applications) & Citizenship

  • Processing times
  • Filing a marriage-based green card application during Covid-19

2. Permanent Resident applications:

  • How has Covid-19 impacted applications?
  • What happens if you are laid off?

3. Temporary Resident Visas/Work Permits

  • Where can you renew or obtain a work permit (TN/L-1)?
  • What if the application is denied at the port of entry?
  • What if you lose your job or are furloughed?

Our event is free, but you can choose to make a donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank when you register. #canadiansdoinggood

More Information >>

We would like to thank RBC USA for supporting DML events in 2020.

Get your event listed with the DML

Please send your Canadian-interest event info to our team. We’d be happy to share it with our members and partners.

Send us your event listing and links!

Keep your antlers to the ground with all the latest news, updates and fun

Check out all our upcoming events

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Live Forum: COVID-19 Update with Consul General, Rana Sarkar

Note this online event tomorrow from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.


Please submit any questions you might have in advance of the forum and we will do our best to have our guests and moderator address them during the forum.

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February/March 2020 Digital Moose Lounge Newsletter

A newsletter from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.


The DML has been hard at work planning some great events for the coming year and we can’t wait to share them with you, as well as shine a light on entertainment and events that will warm your Canadian heart! It should come as no surprise that local events might be canceled or postponed over the next month or so. Enjoy the spring bloom during this time of social distancing and be sure to connect with us on social media.

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Enjoy all the event details below (and always available on our website).

Got some Canadian news to share? Share your news tips on Facebook (@digitalmoose) or Twitter (@fromthemoose).

Save the Date: Women’s Wealth Management
May 8th, 2020
1:30- 4:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Cost: Free

The Digital Moose Lounge is excited to partner with Project Worth to offer DML members a special 2-hour workshop, designed to educate women on their worth and outline steps to develop an action plan to start managing their financial lives. We will build community and conversation to make this workshop a comfortable place to learn what to do. Attendees will walk away with a better-defined wealth path and more confidence to know where and how to get advice and support.

Project Worth is co-founded by Heather Pelant, a fellow Canadian and a Partner at Baker Street Advisors.

This event will be limited to 30 spots. If you are interested, please add your name to the priority list and reserve a spot on Eventbrite here. We will share more details in the coming weeks.

There was a realization that this is a pretty significant economic shift that is taking place, when we looked around at how the industry is responding and how women are responding, we found two things. One, the industry is lacking a really good engagement model for women. And two, women were not stepping into it.” – Heather Pelant, Co-Founder, Project Worth 

Ask a Canadian: The land of the almighty automobile
Imagine getting from Oakland to San Jose or Pleasanton to Los Gatos on public transit. Yeah, we know. It’s highly unlikely. So our board moose Hugh Morgan steers us through the ins and outs of procuring a vehicle here in California and all that comes with your wheels in our latest Ask a Canadian post.
Ask A Canadian: The land of the almighty automobile
Congratulations to our Winners…
Thank you for completing our Annual DML survey in December and January. We’ll use your feedback to make DML even better. We decided to award four randomly drawn DML mooses for participating in the survey. Congratulations to: Kevin Hoang, Andrew Danks, Jack Forbes, and Shelley Snowdon on winning $100 gift cards!
Hockey! Hockey! Hockey!
The Digital Moose Lounge hosted not one, but TWO, hockey game socials in February and March. First, the Canucks came to town, then the Leafs came to San Jose for their one and only regular-season appearance. Although the Sharks won both games against the two Canadian franchises, a great time was had by all. Thank you to all the volunteers who made these events a success. And a big thank you to our event sponsors and partners: the Canadian Consulate, One Capital Management, RBC USA, and BC Trade and Invest.
We’re hiring!
The DML is seeking a Special Projects, Communications, and Event Coordinator Moose to join the team as soon as possible. This coordinator will work up to eight hours a week. This job is a paid role that offers flexible hours, remote work (you can work from home!) with occasional travel within the Bay Area. The coordinator will play a key role in working with the Digital Moose Lounge Board in creating content across mediums, assisting with the management of fundraising and corporate development, and collaborating with different stakeholders to ensure the success of upcoming events.

Job duties will include:

  • Assisting with updating the DML website content (no coding knowledge needed)
  • Assisting with DML emails and administration
  • Scheduling DML Board Meetings
  • Assisting with project management of the annual DML Canada Day event
  • Assisting with project management of the annual DML Thanksgiving event

Skills required:

  • Strong Microsoft Office suite
  • Familiarity with Google Drive, Documents, and Spreadsheet
  • Professional composure, business acumen, and maturity
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – team player who works well with others
  • Must be detail-oriented, highly-organized and have the ability to establish priorities and meet deadlines
  • Strong time management skills and ability to multitask
  • Able to travel within the Bay Area

This is a great opportunity for a college student and/ or recent graduate to gain hands-on experience, a stay at home parent looking for some part-time work, or a retired professional looking to keep busy. You also get to hang out with awesome Canadians!

The deadline to apply is April 10, 2020. Please send a cover letter and resume to programs@digitalmooselounge.com

Other upcoming events in the community…

Sugar Shack Brunch
March 15 – The Association des Québécois Bay Area is hosting its annual sugar shack brunch for all to enjoy.
You are invited to enjoy a traditional family-style Canadian Sugar Shack, a traditional meal and a maple taffy tasting in a festive setting, plus the opportunity to learn more about the whole sugar shack experience and Canadian culture. Get your tickets here.
C100: Canadians in Tech
March 23 – CANCELED: this event has been canceled.
Canadian entertainment in the Bay Area
Multiple Dates – Canadian talent announcements:
Canadian sports in the Bay Area
Multiple Dates – Canadian teams competing in the Bay Area:

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DML EVENT: Maple Leafs vs. Sharks March 3rd Limited Tickets!

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Join us for a night of hockey and fun in San Jose
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DML EVENT: Maple Leafs vs Sharks

Watch the Maple Leafs take on the Sharks with your fellow Canadians!

Tuesday, March 3rd- The Toronto Maple Leafs will visit San Jose one time this regular season. This is our second of two DML hockey events. This package offers a private VIP pre-game happy hour, veranda tickets for the game with dinner and two drinks included. There are limited tickets still available so grab yours here!

WHAT: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. San Jose Sharks
WHERE: SAP Center, San Jose
WHEN: Tuesday, March 3rd
*Reception at 5:30 p.m. puck drops at 7:30 p.m.*

 

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