August brings us closer to the end of summer, so make the most of the warm weather and long days by getting outside, planning a weekend away, or exploring your city (with the Canoo app)!

For about half of Canoo members, August also marks the back-to-school season. Get your kids back to school ready with a trip to a children’s museum or science centre: check out the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto (which has an astronaut exhibit on now) or TELUS Spark (which has the largest outdoor playground in Calgary).

Find more suggestions of summer events and activities for adults and kids alike below, and let us know what you’re up to this month by sharing your experiences with us on social media using the hashtag #CanooApp.

See you out there!

Anja, Canoo’s Membership Officer

1.Saskatchewan Science Centre (Regina, SK)
2. Science North (Sudbury, ON)
3. Montreal Science Centre (Montreal, QC)
4. Canada Science & Technology Museum (Ottawa, ON)
5. Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre (Morden, MB)
6. The Exploration Place Museum + Science Centre  (Prince George, BC)

Multilingual tours of the Polygon Gallery
Enjoy a tour of The Polygon Gallery in French, Farsi, or Spanish, led by an arts professional. Learn more about the history of The Polygon and current exhibitions, such as Christian Marclay: The Clock; Sara Cwynar: Gilded Age II; Samuel Roy-Bois: Reward Friends, Punish Enemies; and Dog Days. Tours are free for Canoo Members. Tours in Spanish / Visitas guiadas en español on August 18 and September 8; tours in Farsi / تور ها به زبان فارسی on August 11 and September 22; and tours in French / Visites en français on August 25 and September 15.

Astronaut at the Ontario Science Centre
Discover what it’s like to live like an astronaut, including how to sleep, eat, shower, and use the toilet in space! Tackle challenges in the astronaut training center, experience a rocket launch, investigate life on the Space Lab, and learn how to do science in space. Through hands-on and full-body displays, this revealing science exhibition investigates the reality of what it takes to be a space explorer. Astronaut relays the physical and psychological effects of living in microgravity on the human body and the technology used to complete a mission. Learn more.

Summer at TELUS Spark
Blast off into YYC’s LARGEST outdoor playground at TELUS Spark! Ignite curiosity and delight while building stronger brains this Summer at Spark. Enjoy activities such as the Wondermaze, “Junkyard Playground” and Calgary’s largest outdoor playground. Find the full list of details here.

ARF at the London Children’s Museum
Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) Ontario is a grassroots volunteer group that works with rural and First Nations communities to find permanent loving homes for unwanted dogs and cats. The London Children’s Museum’s partnership with ARF is a wonderful opportunity for the public to interact with animals available for adoption, learn the benefits of choosing adoption, and learn about the safe handling of companion animals. Learn more here.

Did you know Parks Canada has an app, too?
Parks Canada’s app will make your trip planning and site visit to any national park, historic site, or marine conservation area even better. The app is available on both the App Store and Google Play. Learn more here.

New T.rex Gallery at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum
Scotty, the largest Tyrannosaurus rex in the world, is on now display at Royal Saskatchewan Museum! The CN T.rex Gallery brings the Tyrannosaurus to life through multiple exhibits, including the awe-inspiring recreation of the roar of a T. rex. Examine actual fossil specimens of flora and fauna found in Scotty’s quarry and discover the habitat and environment in which Scotty lived. Learn more on the museum’s website.

Meet Canoo member Viri Sanchez. Viri came to Canada from Mexico with the help of a friend from Calgary, Alberta. “Ever since I came to Canada for the first time I knew I wanted to stay. As time went by, that feeling grew stronger and it became my purpose to find a way,” says Viri, “Sometimes life has challenges and mine had no exceptions, when I finally found my way and became a permanent resident I thought that was it. Later, I discovered I could have the privilege to become a citizen: when it happened, it was like finding that secure place that no matter what I will always have.” Read more in this month’s Spotlight.

Attend a citizenship ceremony this month
The Institute for Canadian Citizenship invites you to attend a citizenship ceremony organized by us; Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; and other partners. Every month, we co-host ceremonies across the country in public spaces that you can attend as a guest for free. Celebrate with us at some of our upcoming ceremonies:
1. Sharon Temple National Historic Site & Museum in Gwillimbury, ON, on August 14, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
2. TELUS Spark in Calgary on August 27, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
3. Canada Food and Agriculture Museum in Ottawa on August 28, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

Author Adam Gopnik to deliver 17th LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture at 6 Degrees Toronto
Best-selling author Adam Gopnik will deliver 6 Degrees Toronto’s signature lecture, the LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture on Tuesday, September 24, at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, Koerner Hall, in Toronto. A project of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, 6 Degrees is centered around connection, conversation, and action. Buy your tickets today: 6degrees.inclusion.ca


Did you know there is a federal election this October?
The Canadian federal election is scheduled to take place by the fall of 2019. This will be the first opportunity for you, as a new citizen, to vote in a Canadian federal election! When you vote in the federal election, you vote for a local representative called a Member of Parliament (MP). The leader of the political party with the most elected MPs becomes the Prime Minister of Canada. This October, you get a say in who will be making the laws and policies that impact your family and your community. You get a say in the direction of this country. To learn more about the Canadian federal system, check out the first step of the Elector’s Guidebook to Registering and Voting.

Thank you for helping to #CelebrateCitizenship!
The ICC is challenging businesses in Canada to give their employees paid time off to attend their citizenship ceremony. We’re pleased to see many Canoo members lending their support for this initiative. Haven’t signed up for the challenge yet? Join Canoo members across the country showing their support for more inclusive workplaces.