Happy New Year, members!
With the winter months upon us, many seek refuge from the cold by traveling down south. As new Canadian citizens, I invite you to instead take advantage of your one-time 50 per cent discount code to take a trip on VIA Rail and explore a new place in Canada! Learn how to access your discount code and how to use it by visiting the Canoo Help Centre.
There are many new exhibits opening and events happening this month at venues across the country. If you’re in the Toronto area (or travelling there), check out the Toronto Railway Museum’s Saturday Simulation or the AGO Live performance Zadie Xa’s Grandmother Mago. If you’re located in the Ottawa area (or travelling to the capital), the Canada Science and Technology Museum is hosting a talk about smart cities later this month. If you’re in and around Halifax (or travelling there), be sure to check out the Canadian Immigration Museum at Pier 21 and their Lunar New Year event.
See you soon,
Anja, Canoo’s Membership Officer
1. Canadian Canoe Museum (Peterborough, ON)
2. Yukon Transportation Museum (Whitehorse, YK)
3. Canadian Transportation Museum and Heritage Village (Essex, ON)
4. The Hangar Flight Museum (Calgary, AB)
5. Boishébert and Beaubears Island Shipbuilding National Historic Sites (Miramichi, NB)
6. Canada Aviation and Space Museum (Ottawa, ON)
Lunar New Year at the Museum 2020
Ring in the Year of the Rat on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Canadian Immigration Museum at Pier 21. The fifth annual Lunar New Year will be a fun-filled day of family-friendly workshops, performances and learning about New Year practices from various Asian cultures. Check out all the details on their website.
When your city is smarter than you
When Google’s Sidewalk Labs released a long-awaited development proposal for a Toronto waterfront community, the largest smart city experiment in the world, they promised the key elements of a sustainable and inclusive city. Yet, for others, the proposal illustrates the dangers of letting a private corporation invade further into our private lives. Join Curiosity on Stage: Evening Edition – When your city is smarter than you for a lively discussion exploring the future of cities in an increasingly algorithmic world. The event is hosted at the Canada Science and Technology Museum on January 30. 2020. Registration required (not a free event). Learn more on their website.
AGO Live: Zadie Xa – Grandmother Mago
Bringing together live acoustic drumming, dance, costumes and painted sculptural elements, this processional performance explores multiplicitous identities, fictional family histories and the transference of ancestral knowledge through matrilineal social structures. See this performance for free on Wednesday, January 15 or Thursday, January 16. Learn more here. (Photo: Zadie Xa, Grandmother Mago, 2019. Performance part of Meetings on Art, 58th Venice Biennale, 2019. Credit Riccardo Banfi. Courtesy Delfina Foundation and Arts Council England.)
Simulator Saturday at the Toronto Railway Museum
Have you ever wanted to be locomotive engineer? Visit the Toronto Railway Museum on January 11 and you can learn how to drive a locomotive using authentic controls, using almost everything that a real engineer would. Virtually visit the Toronto Rail lands and drive the same circuit that Canadian Pacific and Canadian National engineers drove on in the 1950’s. Visit their website for more details.
Dog Day of Winter
Come out and try canicross and other harnessed dog sports at Fundy National Park on January 25! Everyone is welcome to sign up for the Canicross Fun Run in the morning and beginners are encouraged to come out to watch the demos and learn more at the info booths in the afternoon. Small registration fee required. Learn more here. (Photo: Moncton Dog Runners/Facebook)
Meet Canoo member Jacqulin Chrystal, who became a Canadian citizen this year. She believes that experiencing different cultures is an intrinsic part of multi-culturalism in society. “Understanding another’s culture and how it has evolved enables one to appreciate the background and history that have formed each sector of society,” says Jaqulin, “It is imperative in a multi-cultural society that tolerance of each other’s culture is demonstrated.” Read more here.
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. At the Canada Aviation & Space Museum in Ottawa, ON, on January 21, 2020 at noon.
2. At the Hanger Museum in Calgary, AB, on January 28, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.
3. At Union Station in the Great Hall in Toronto, ON, on January 30, 2020 at noon.
6 Degrees returning to Berlin next month
6 Degrees, the global forum for inclusion and a project of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, is heading back to Berlin in February. Questions of citizenship and inclusion continue to be at the forefront of a divided European political and social landscape. On February 18, 2020, 6 Degrees Berlin will bring together leaders from all sectors – arts, civil society, academia, government, activism, and business – to break down barriers and build collective solutions to these challenges. Find out more: 6degreesto.com/berlin-2020/
Thank you all for believing in our work and joining our movement for inclusion
Thank you to everyone who donated on #GivingTuesdayCA to help us connect more Canadians, empower them to be active citizens, and advocate for policies that unite people instead of dividing them. We are blown away by your support! And thank you to our generous matching partners, Great Gulf Charitable Homes Foundation, the Moez & Marissa Kassam Foundation, the Mamdani Family Foundation, and Andreas Souvaliotis & Joe Gisini, for doubling the impact of all #GivingTuesdayCA donations!!
The Market Gallery partners with Canoo
The Market Gallery in downtown Toronto has partnered with Canoo to offer free admission to new Canadian citizens and up to four children each time they visit. The Market Gallery animates the second floor of the South St. Lawrence Market, which encloses all that remains of Toronto’s original 19th-century Front Street City Hall council chamber, operating from 1845-1899. The historic site presents a variety of changing exhibits related to the art, culture, and history of Toronto.