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  • 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.

  • 31 Mar 2020 12:11 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Although goods are continuing to flow freely between Canada and the Netherlands, COVID-19 presents significant challenges to people. Organisations around the globe struggle to keep up as the disruption continues to evolve.

    This page provides an update from the Canadian Government.

    Het coronavirus leidt tot veel vragen, ook over de gevolgen voor Nederland. Organisaties werken samen om besmettingen te voorkomen en de gevolgen van het nieuwe virus te beperken. Op deze website staat actuele informatie.


    As the international response continues to develop, it is clear that organisations are facing several potentially significant challenges to which they need to respond rapidly. Whilst the priority remains the health and well-being of people, we are hearing about employee challenges such as establishing the tax position of people who are moving between countries on an emergency basis, or temporarily working from home in a different country to where they normally work. If you are facing such challenges, we recommend that you consult one of our members who are specialised in tax, fiscal and legal matters. 


    The Netherlands plays a vital role in European supply chains, therefore, the Dutch government has identified air and sea freight chains, road transport, as well as food and medical supply chains as vital processes in view of COVID-19. Employees vital to the operation of these chains can go to work and are, at this stage, still entitled to day-care if needed. Our Invest in Holland partner Holland International Distribution Council (HIDC) provides a brief update on the current situation (25 March 2020) and is available for questions about the continued operations of Dutch ports, borders and logistics operations.

  • 17 Jan 2020 12:51 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On 16th January 2020, together with the Embassy of Canada, we held our annual New Year Kick-off at the Ambassadors Official Residence. During the festivities, we awarded our first Lucky Loonie of the year to Don Paauwe of Canuck Dispensing Equipment.

    Don Paauwe, HE Lisa Helfand, Sandra Brandenburg
    Left to right: HE Ambassador Lisa Helfand, Sandra Brandenburg, Don Paauwe

    Refer a New Member and Receive Your Own Lucky Loonie!

    Your membership and support are vital for the continuation of the NCCC. In 2017 we celebrated 25 years of being registered with the ‘Kamer van Koophandel’.

    As a non-for-profit organization, members provide us with the resources necessary for events, networking and other important work that we do on behalf of our members. To ensure a vibrant and active Chamber for the next 25 years, members finding new members will be rewarded with a Lucky Loonie.

  • 03 Dec 2019 11:38 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    26th November 2019 was the date for our Annual Luncheon and Award Ceremony. Following positive feedback from last year regarding the food, location, parking and atmosphere, we once again chose the waterside restaurant Plantage 87.

    A proud Eveline van Sandick, CEO of Attached - language intelligence, received our Business of the Year Award, which was presented by the Canadian Ambassador, H.E. Lisa Helfand, during a ceremony sponsored by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Already doing business in Canada and about to open an office in Toronto, their North American adventure has only just begun. "We consider the award a huge encouragement for the path we have chosen and look forward to the next steps on our road of international expansion" said Ms Sandick. Besides the award, Ms Sandick also received a return flight to Toronto from KLM.

    Congratulations also went to Jessie Brockhoff of Handelsroute, winner of the Young Professional & Entrepreneur Award. Jessie has worked on a number of bi-lateral missions between Canada and the Netherlands. Although she has family in Canada, she very kindly chose to donate her free ticket from KLM to a Canadian WWII veteran who will be coming over next May for the 75th anniversary celebrations of the liberation of the Netherlands in Groesbeek.

    This year we also gave a special 'Lifetime Achievement Award' to KLM for reaching the amazing milestone of 100 years of flying! The award was presented to Harm Kreulen, Senior Vice President, Commercial Division Benelux.

    A Lucky Loonie was awarded to Judith Baguley who works for the Trade Commissioners department at the Canadian Embassy.

    New members Margriet Dekkers of the University of Twente and Saskia van Steijn from WestJet were welcomed and presented with an NCCC plaque.

    We were all treated to a free copy of a new book, What is Water?: How Young Leaders Can Thrive in an Uncertain World by Kayvan Kian.

    All the pictures from the event can be found here.

  • 10 Oct 2019 16:29 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is our great pleasure to welcome the new Ambassador of the Canada to the Netherlands, Her Excellency Lisa Helfand.
    On October 9th, H.E. Ms. Helfand was received by H.M. King Willem-Alexander to present her credentials.
    We would like to wish Ms. Helfand very successful and fulfilling years in the Netherlands.

    Foto: http://koninklijkhuis.nl

  • 27 Sep 2019 11:17 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Last week was a busy week for the NCCC. Sadly, we had to bid farewell to Ambassador Nolke. During our Patrons Dinner, we presented her with a gift and flowers and thanked her for all her support. We wish her all the best as she prepares for a well-earned retirement.

    Mayor Jim Watson and the City of Ottawa hosted 2 wonderful events in Den Haag and Amsterdam. The tourism folks did a great job and lots of people were talking to me about going to visit there in the near future. High Tech and Innovation clusters featured Cybersecurity and Autonomous Driving amongst others, showing how attractive the area is. Well done!

    The 75th anniversary of the start of Operation Market Garden saw thousands of people visit a WWII base camp set up in Schijndel. The event was marked with a week of parades, remembrance ceremonies, concerts and parachute drops. Amazingly, one of the veterans, former UK paratrooper Sandy Cortmann, took part in the jump at the ripe old age of 97!  #friendship75


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