Eyes Abroad 2012

Eyes Abroad - stories from the field

  • Canada and Greece celebrate 70 years of friendship with a tribute to Glenn Gould

    Virtuoso pianist Marika Bournaki

    2012-12-19 - The tribute included a screening of the feature-length documentary "Glenn Gould's Toronto", along with a panel discussion and the premiere performance of virtuoso pianist Marika Bournaki. [Greece, December 2012]

  • Polar Dialogues 2012 marks five successful years of creative exchange

    Sur Polar IV in Museo de Tigre

    2012-12-06 - Since International Polar Year 2007, Canada and Argentina have developed a program called “the Polar Dialogues” to promote environmental awareness about polar issues. [Argentina, December 2012]

  • Canada Square in Buenos Aires Welcomes its New Totem Pole

    Aboriginal dances during the ceremony

    2012-11-08 - A new totem pole was put up in Buenos Aires’ Canada Square with a tribute ceremony to the rich indigenous heritage of Canada and Argentina, a symbol of a tangible cultural bridge, uniting the countries of the Americas through an indigenous world view. [Argentina, November 2012]

  • Canada is the Country of Focus at Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2012

    Lubna Azabal as Nawal Marwan in Incendies. Photo by micro-scope, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

    2012-10-25 - In partnership with the High Commission of Canada, the 2012 edition of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival was the largest to date, with over 120 films being screened. [Trinidad & Tobago, October 2012]

  • Canada celebrates 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Cameroon

    Group photo of families

    2012-10-11 - To mark 50 years of diplomatic relations with Cameroon, Canada organized an interreligious ceremony to honour the work of Canadian missionaries in education and charity assistance. [Cameroon, October 2012]

  • Canada hosts seminar to promote dialogue on women, peace and security

    Yvette Chesson-Wureh and Jenny Rönngren discussing the seminar.

    2012-08-29 - The seminar invited participants to provide insights on Resolution 1325 -- the first instrument of its kind to call for consideration of the impact of conflict on women and men, girls and boys. [Sweden, August 2012]

  • Field Experience in Ghana helps shape the future of Canadian students

    Chary and Luke Nakonechny with Apemanim students

    2012-08-23 - Eight students from the University of Alberta arrived in Ghana this summer as part of the course EDFX 490: Global Citizenship Field Experience in Ghana. [Ghana, August 2012]

  • Canada presents Nelson Mandela with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal

    High Commissioner Adèle Dion and Mbuso Mandela

    2012-08-23 - In commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of Her Majesty’s Accession to the Throne, Canada had the great honour of presenting the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to Mr. Mbuso Mandela, who accepted the medal on behalf of his grandfather. [South Africa, August 2012]

  • Human rights take centre stage in Kinshasa

    Ados Ndombasi and Christiana Tabora performing in the play Helen’s Necklace.

    2012-08-14 - The Canadian Embassy in Kinshasa joined forces with Toronto’s Theatre Asylum for a dramatic reading of excerpts of Canadian plays chosen for their universal themes of peace, the search for identity, and poverty. [Democratic Republic of Congo, August 2012]

  • Operation Southern Reach: the sky is not the limit for Canada-Brazil cooperation

    Brazilian-born Canadian officers LCol Luiz Araújo and Capt Eric Willrich

    2012-07-25 - A Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) mission recently arrived in Brazil to begin a month-long operation to strengthen relations in the Southern Hemisphere and to position Canada as an engaged partner in Defence and Security. [Brazil, July 2012]

  • Indian food channel features delectable Canadian cuisine

    2012-07-24 - With the help of the High Commission of Canada, FoodFood viewers got a taste of Canadian cuisine that they won’t soon forget! [India, July 2012]

  • Ambassador Morrison Congratulates the Graduates of Estonian Language Immersion Schools

    Estonian students enjoying their graduation ceremony

    2012-07-10 - On June 19, 2012, Ambassador John Morrison attended the first graduation of four Estonian language immersion schools that had been established with the support of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in 2000. [Estonia, July 2012]

  • The Embassy of Canada in Seoul launches Canada Ciné Club

    Mr. Hong Eun-chul discusses the film

    2012-07-10 - The Embassy of Canada in Seoul has launched the Canada Ciné Club in order to introduce Canada and Canadian culture to Korean audiences. Canadian films, despite their artistic sensitivity and variety of genre, have been underrated by the Korean public until now. [Korea, July 2012]

  • Enrique V. Iglesias Book Launch Explores Development in Latin America

    Books hot-off-the-press

    2012-06-21 - The Central Bank of Uruguay recently hosted an event where conversation revolved around the legacy of Enrique V. Iglesias. [Uruguay, July 2012]

  • Canada launches Maternal Health Care and Nutritional Needs project in Kenya

    Group photo

    2012-06-20 - In early May, the Canadian High Commissioner to Kenya, H.E. David B. Collins attended the launch of a new Canadian government-funded project that will address the health and nutritional needs of women and children in Kenya’s Taita Taveta County. [Kenya, June 2012]

  • Canada celebrates La Francophonie in Greece

    Canadian-Algerian singer/composer Lynda Thalie

    2012-06-19 - As part of the annual celebrations of La Francophonie in Greece, the Canadian Embassy, in collaboration with the Embassy of France, l'Institut français de Grèce and local partners, organized two concerts by Canadian-Algerian singer/composer Lynda Thalie in Athens and Thessaloniki. [Greece, June 2012]

  • Canada supports “namesake” schools in Uruguay

    Students marching and playing to the beat of a new drum

    2012-06-12 - To celebrate the end of 2011, the Embassy of Canada to Uruguay has provided new opportunities for underprivileged children by supporting three Uruguayan schools with a special tie to Canada. [Uruguay, June 2012]

  • Belarus in Focus

    A young couple embraces behind a line of police officers

    2012-06-11 - A human rights photo exhibition speaks louder than words. [Poland, June 2012]

  • Canada Participates in Hong Kong Hockey Tournament

    Ceremonial puck drop

    2012-06-01 - The Mega Ice Hockey 5’s is the largest ice hockey tournament in Asia. Held annually since 2007, the tournament attracts players and visitors from around the world. [Hong Kong, June 2012]

  • South Africans get a taste of Canada

    Canada at the Diplomatic Fair

    2012-04-27 - Smoked salmon pizzas; maple syrup glazed BBQ short ribs; chocolate and maple macaroons – sounds delicious! South African markets were given a fresh taste of Canadian cuisine thanks to the Canadian High Commission Trade Office in Johannesburg. [South Africa, April 2012]

  • Canada and Brazil promote agricultural cooperation in the field

    Canadian delegation of the Consultative Committee on Agriculture

    2012-03-28 - According to the United Nations, food production will need to increase by 70% to feed the world in 2050. Brazil and Canada are natural partners to help lead and shape the global conversations that will seek to address those challenges. [Brazil, March 2012]

  • Canada Celebrates New Girls' Schools in Northern Pakistan

    Mr. Ross Hynes inaugurating a girls’ primary school

    2012-03-23 - Pakistan is one of the biggest education reform challenges on the planet. Canadian High Commissioned to Pakistan, Mr. Ross Hynes, recently inaugurated one of six newly constructed Government Girls’ Primary Schools in DegerMera village of District Battagram (in KPK province) of Pakistan. [Pakistan, March 2012]

  • Kenyan Children Plant Trees for National Cohesion

    A child holds a seedling before planting

    2012-03-21 - The “A Child, A Tree” program aims to end negative ethnic attitudes in Kenya as well as create a strong foundation on environmental awareness among school children. [Kenya, March 2012]

  • Canada’s Top Research Universities Meet in Berlin

    Signing Ceremony

    2012-03-20 - The U-15 meetings were the final act in the 40th Anniversary celebrations of the 1971 signing of the bilateral Science and Technology cooperation agreement between Canada and Germany, and were held at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin. [Germany, March 2012]

  • Strengthening promotion of Canadian agri-food in the Philippines

    Filming the use of Canadian food products

    2012-03-19 - The Embassy of Canada in the Philippines recently led a successful campaign to promote Canadian agri-food products directly to consumers through a food promotion event at a leading five-star hotel, and a televised cooking show. [Philippines, March 2012]

  • Canadian Film “Rebelle” Honoured with Silver Bear at Berlinale

    Photo credit: Alexander Janetzko @ Berlinale 2012

    2012-02-24 - The Silver Bear was the crowning glory of an exciting year for Canada at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), which saw a Canadian film in the Official Competition for the first time in 13 years. [Germany, February 2012]

  • The Excellence of the Canadian Jazz Scene Comes to Chile

    The Dave Young Quartet in action

    2012-02-23 - Guests invited to a jazz gala in the gardens of the residence of Canada’s Ambassador to Chile, Ms. Sarah Fountain Smith, enjoyed the music of internationally renowned Canadian artists from the Dave Young Quartet, during their recent tour to Chile. [Chile, February 2012]

  • Life-changing training project goes national in Brazil

    participants in the Mulheres Mil program

    2012-02-08 - Maria Aparecida Batista Marinho is the first in her family to overcome illiteracy, as one of one thousand Brazilian women who participated in Mulheres Mil ("Thousand Women"), a program funded by the Canadian International Development Agency. [Brazil, February 2012]

  • Canada’s Contribution to Food Security in Guatemala

    Gilda Zepata with her new crop of maize

    2012-02-03 - Gilda Zepata lives in the Eastern part of Guatemala, in the “dry corridor”. Canada is cooperating with the World Food Program to provide training to Gilda and many others in this region to help them boost their yields and get a good price for their crops. [Guatemala, February 2012]

  • Canada Fund improves lives for women and children in Brazil

    Ambassador Khokhar with children

    2012-01-24 - In Brazil, mothers are still overwhelmingly responsible for childcare, particularly in the disadvantaged populations. With the Embassy’s investment, a community centre is able to provide childcare for women who need to work to sustain their families. [Brazil, January 2012]

  • Sharing Canadian Culture and Education in China

    Chinese and Canadian participants at the opening ceremony

    2012-01-12 - With Chinese students eager to learn about Canadian education and culture, the Consulate General of Canada in Shanghai organized a successful “Canada Day” at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou. [China, January 2012]