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  • 29 Oct 2020 13:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This years' DDW was certainly much different than in the past. In 2019, the NCCC supported RVO, the Consulates General of The Netherlands in Toronto and Vancouver & Handelsroute.nl to host Canadian designers in Eindhoven. The global pandemic meant that all the plans for this year had to be cancelled. However, not doing anything at all was simply not an option so with determination, technology, a studio and some enterprising designers, a virtual trade mission went ahead.

    The Virtual Expert Program on Health and Circular Design Challenges was organized to ignite the discussion between decision makers, thought leaders and design experts from the Netherlands and Canada. The Expert program was organized by the Consulates General of The Netherlands in Toronto and Vancouver, RVO.nl, Dutch Design Week and Handelsroute.nl. The focus was Health on Day 1 and the Circular economy on Day 2.

    Day 1


    Day 2

    You can see more of the videos from both days here.
  • 14 Oct 2020 20:02 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    October 13, 2020 - Ottawa, Ontario – Her Excellency Ines Coppoolse, the new Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Canada, presented the Letters of Credence, signed by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, to Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, during a virtual ceremony today.

    The welcoming of new Heads of Missions usually takes place during an in-person ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. However, to ensure the health and safety of the participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was adapted to take place virtually.

    Ambassador Coppoolse studied History/International Relations at the University of Amsterdam and commenced her career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1992. Prior to being appointed Ambassador to Canada, she was the Dutch Ambassador to Sweden.

    In regards to her new posting in Canada, the Ambassador states: “Canada and the Netherlands have always shared a deep and enduring bond. During the Second World War, Canadian troops played a pivotal role in the liberation of the Netherlands and Canada provided shelter to members of our Royal Family. This forged a very special and unique relationship that still continues in the present.

    Ambassador Ines Coppoolse ©Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

    She continues: “More than 1 million Canadians are of Dutch descent. Both Dutch and Canadians share many of the same common values, including democracy based on the rules of law, the protection of human rights, and the fostering of an inclusive society. Our trade and investment relations are strong and we recognize that global challenges can only be tackled if we all work together.”

    “When I joined the Dutch Diplomatic service, a posting in Canada was very high on my wish list. So I am really grateful that I now have the opportunity to contribute to the unique and special ties between our two countries during my assignment. The COVID-19 pandemic is of course a complicating factor for a new Ambassador, but I am sure that we will find pragmatic and creative ways to adapt. I look forward to get to know this fantastic country and meet as many people as possible. Digital or in person!”

  • 06 Oct 2020 14:02 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do you want to give your opinion on EU trade policies and influence their direction?

    Take part in shaping European policy by responding to the EU’s commission consultations. They are interested in hearing your views and learning from your experience.

    Consultation on the Trade Policy Review

    • Policy field: Trade
    • Target group: All interested stakeholders
    • Closing Date: 15/11/2020

    Objective of the consultation

    The European Commission launched a major review of the European Union’s trade policy, including a public consultation seeking input from the European Parliament, Member States, stakeholders and civil society. The Commission’s objective is to build a consensus around a fresh medium-term direction for EU trade policy, responding to a variety of new global challenges and taking into account the lessons learned from the coronavirus crisis.

    The consultation covers all relevant topics to the EU trade policy. The results of this consultation will feed into a communication to be published towards the end of the year.

    To the consultation (also available in all EU languages)

  • 22 Sep 2020 11:38 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CETA, the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union came into provisional effect after almost a decade of negotiations on September 21st 2017. As we celebrate the third anniversary, we take a look at the impact it has had on trade.

    Customs duties or tariffs were eliminated on most products and the Agreement opened opportunities for manufacturers, exporters, importers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers on both sides of the ocean. In addition to making European and Canadian products more competitive in our mutual markets, it created new openings for services and public procurement in both directions, both at the national and provincial level.

    Dutch exports to Canada rose 16% in the first two years. Canadian exports to the Netherlands rose a massive 68% during the same period.

    You can see the figures for all of the EU countries here.

  • 19 Jun 2020 16:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Also known as Blueberry Grunt, this cobbler is delicious served with a scoop of ice cream! Canada is the largest producer and exporter of lowbush (wild) blueberries. Wild blueberries are grown primarily in the Maritimes, Quebec and Ontario, while B.C. grows 93% of the highbush (cultivated) blueberries!

    Image of a blueberry cobbler in a white dish

    Ingredients

    • 3 cups (750 ml) blueberries, fresh or frozen
    • ¼ cup (60 ml) maple syrup
    • ¼ tsp (1.25 ml) ground cinnamon
    • 1 ½ cups (375 ml) all purpose flour
    • ¼ cup (60 ml) sugar
    • 2 tsp (10 ml) baking powder
    • ¼ tsp (1.25 ml) salt
    • 4 tbsp (60 ml) cold butter, diced
    • ½ cup (125 ml) milk

    Preparation

    Preheat oven to 350ºF (175ºC). Spray a 9.5 in (24 cm) round pie plate.

    In a medium bowl, combine the blueberries, the maple syrup and the cinnamon. Stir to combine. Transfer to the round pie plate

    Prepare the batter. In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut the butter in using a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Slowly add the milk and stir just until combined. The batter will be thick. Spread the batter over the blueberry mixture. It won’t cover completely.

    Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the top is slightly golden. Serve warm, with a scoop of ice cream if desired.

    For more ideas to celebrate Canada Day, visit canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/canada-day.html

  • 18 Jun 2020 11:43 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    How can you keep the regularity of daily routines when nothing about your life feels regular? Has your mood altered since being in lockdown?

    The COVID-19 pandemic poses a serious health threat to the world. In response, governments have implemented a variety of new policies including mass closures of businesses, self-quarantine, self-isolation and social distancing. While necessary to limit the spread of the virus, these measures can disrupt many of the stabilizing factors in our lives which support mental health. In close collaboration, the International Society of Bipolar Disorders (ISBD https://www.isbd.org/) Task Force on Chronobiology and Chronotherapy and the Society for Light Treatment and Biologic Rhythms (SLTBR, https://sltbr.org/) developed a list of recommendations to help your body clock to stay on track to help you feel better.

    When faced with major upheavals in our lives—such as those caused by the COVID 19 pandemic–our body clocks have much more difficulty re-establishing regular biologic rhythms. Absent the normal social routines of work, childcare, and socializing, the biological clock system may be confused or challenged. As a result, we may experience negative physical symptoms similar to jet lag such as disturbed sleep, appetite, energy and mood. Paying attention to routines may be especially important during times of stress to keep your body clock regular and your mood stable.

    Self-management Strategies for Increasing Regularity of Daily Routines

    • Set up a routine for yourself while you are in quarantine or working from home. Routines help stabilize body clocks
    • Get up at the same time every day. A regular wake time is the most important input for stabilizing your body clock
    • Make sure you spend some time outdoors every day, especially in the early morning. Your body clock needs to “see” light in the morning to know “when” it is.
    • If you can’t go outside try to spend at least 2 hours next to a window, looking into the daylight, and focusing on being calm.
    • Set times for a few regular activities each day such as home tutoring, telephone calls with a friend, or cooking. Do these activities at the same time each day.
    • Exercise every day, ideally at the same time each day.
    • Eat meals at the same time every day. If you’re not hungry, at least eat a small snack at the prescribed time.
    • Social interactions are important, even during social distancing. Seek out “back and forth” social interactions where you share thoughts and feelings with another person in real time. Videoconferencing, telephone or even real-time text-messaging is preferred to scrolling through messages. Schedule these interactions at the same time every day.
    • Avoid naps during daylight hours, especially later in the day. If you must nap, restrict them to 30 minutes. Napping makes it hard to fall asleep at night.
    • Avoid bright light (especially blue light) in the evening. This includes computer screens and smartphones. Blue spectrum light suppresses the hormone that helps us sleep.
    • Stick to a consistent sleep and wake time that fits your natural rhythms. If you are a night owl, it’s okay to stay up a little bit later and get up a little bit later than others in the household. Just make sure you go to sleep and get up at the same time every day.
  • 14 May 2020 12:55 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After Dutch parliament agreed to ratify CETA on February 18, 2020, it is now up to the Dutch Senate to give its final approval on this Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada.

    On May 12th 2020, the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Foreign Aid organized an expert session to prepare for their vote. The NCCC was invited to share their insights. The session was kicked off by Phil Hogan, the European Commissioner of Trade. Other Dutch input was given by VNO NCW (association of employers), FNV (labour union), LTO (Farmers association), Evo Fenedex (trade association for trade and export) and Milieudefensie (association promoting sustainability).

    The session was focused on Economic consequences, food quality and level playing field. Our NCCC Chair, Sandra Brandenburg, explained the positive impact of the lifting of 98% of export duties, the ability for Dutch companies to enter in Canadian national and local bids and the improved collaboration between R&D institutes and universities. She expressed the NCCC’s confidence that this modern trade agreement upholds social and sustainability goals and product standards. And that it also shows an ambition to upgrade these goals and standards within the boundaries of good governance. Finally our long standing bilateral relationship and shared values were underlined as the historic and solid foundation of this trade agreement.

    Except for the input of Commissioner Hogan, the session was in Dutch. It can be watched online: https://youtu.be/rnEkTNB3ZeU. You can see Sandra from 1:01:30.

    Next Steps

    Due to COVID-19, the expert sessions were divided over 2 days. On May 19th 2020, Canadian Ambassador to the Netherlands Lisa Helfand and a list of legal experts in European Law and Trade & Investment will share their thoughts on the Treaty and the International Court System. After which the senate will arrive at a final conclusion.

  • 05 May 2020 08:25 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Many events were planned and subsequently cancelled for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands. However, that allowed us to take a more personal approach and reflect on the events and sacrifices made by so many.

    This article, by Colonel Tim R. Young, Canadian Defence Attaché to The Netherlands, is an example from one who knows first hand the cost of freedom and the struggle it takes. He reminds us that although we must learn lessons from the past, we must also share them with our future - the youth of our countries.

    75 Years of Liberation of The Netherlands - Reflections of a Canadian Soldier.pdf

    Vijfenzeventig jaar bevrijding in Nederland-bespiegelingen van een Canadese militair.pdf

    As the Netherlands once again thanks Canada and all the Allied soldiers who gave so much for our freedom, we find ourselves with that freedom curtailed. This time from an unseen enemy. We feel safe in the knowledge that it will only be temporary. But it has given us a taste of what could have been. Being forced to stay indoors has been a big shock for many and seeing empty shelves was something we never expected to see in our lifetime.

    The Prime Ministers of both countries have shared their thoughts and spoke about the strong and lasting bonds between Canada and the Netherlands grounded in Canada’s role in the Liberation. The Prime Ministers paid tribute to the sacrifices and brave efforts of the Canadian service members who liberated the Dutch people and helped bring the Second World War to an end in Europe. The two leaders expressed their enduring commitment to honour the sacrifices of those who fought and gave their lives for freedom.

    Thank you to those who gave so much.

    Julie Allen





  • 03 May 2020 11:38 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Together with other volunteers from Faces To Graves and members of the Canadian Embassy, NCCC Executive Director Julie Allen was at the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery on Friday and Saturday, placing bunches of tulips at the side of all the graves. 

    Thanks to The Dutch Liberation 2020 Canadian Society, 2619 bunches of tulips were delivered and it took 2 days to get them all placed. "We had some sun, quite a few downpours, hail, high winds and got completely soaked on more than one occasion. But it was all worth it," said Allen. "There won’t be a big ceremony and event as we had hoped, but at least the tulips will bloom and look beautiful on the 4th & 5th for the 75th anniversary.


    "It's a way of marking the 75th anniversary in these restrictive times of Covid-19"  she continued. "The bad weather made it all the more poignant, thinking about how those young men suffered. Many of the volunteers have made deep friendships with the families of the soldiers they have researched and had personal messages and thoughts at some of the graves. I talked to many of the men as I placed their flowers. For some I said a prayer and told them that I had met their families and how they were all doing. It's important for them to know that even though it is 75 years later, they are still missed and still remembered."

    The story was also featured on Canada's CBC network.

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