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  • 06 May 2020 01:07 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Between 1944 and 1945, the Canadian Army was given the important yet deadly task of liberating the Netherlands. Told through the eyes of Canadian Lieutenant Wilf Gildersleeve of the Seaforth Highlanders and of Marguerite Blaisse, a Dutch civilian, this Heritage Minute commemorates the sacrifice of Canadians who fought and celebrates the bond formed between Canada and the Netherlands.

    The Heritage Minutes are a collection of bilingual Canadian 60-second short films, each depicting a significant person, event or story in Canadian history. First released in 1991, they have been shown on television, in cinemas and online, and have become a part of Canadian culture.

    For more information about the liberation of the Netherlands, please visit: https://thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en...


    Lieutenant Wilf Gildersleeve – Frédéric Millaire-Zouvi
    Marguerite Blaisse – Jenna Wheeler
    End Narration – Peter Mansbridge

    Director – François Gingras
    Director of Photography – Jean-Pierre Gauthier

    Producer – Sébastien Pigeon
    Produced by Aetios Productions Inc.

  • 30 Apr 2020 09:56 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By rail, by water or road? Many companies are just happy to have their goods moved from A to B in the same old way. But which is better for the environment, warehouse utilization and the bottom line? Sports company Deventrade decided to put this to the test and transported their shipment by inland vessel instead of by road. ‘The amount of work entailed in this was a lot less than I expected’ said logistics manager Erik Jonker.

    Deventrade BV is a Deventer-based family company founded in 1985 and now one of the prominent suppliers of sportswear and sports accessories in the Benelux. The assortment includes brands like Hummel, ball brand Derbystar (Official Supplier of the Dutch Premier League) and Stanno (volleyball, goalie gloves) as well as Reece Australia (hockey). The family company annually imports about 100 to 125 containers with these products from China, Pakistan and Turkey, among other countries, which are subsequently distributed to more than 700 specialty sports stores and various sports clubs in the Netherlands, as well as to 4,000 sports stores abroad.


    The containers are brought in via the port of Rotterdam and subsequently are moved by truck to the 13,500 m2 warehouse and shipping facility in Deventer. However, transport by inland waterway also has its charms, which persuaded logistics manager Erik Jonker to set up a pilot for transport by inland vessel. Jonker was given advice in this pilot by Bureau Voorlichting Binnenvaart (Inland Navigation Promotion)’s Miranda Volker. She used a provincial project aimed at stimulating transport by water in order to research some details and get going.


    The vessel sailed with ten containers to the container terminal in Hengelo, since containers cannot be unloaded in Deventer. The ‘last mile’ (from Hengelo to Deventer) was still negotiated by lorry. And? ‘Road transport between Rotterdam and Deventer is relatively expensive compared to the sea voyage from China to the Netherlands. Transport by inland vessel is cheaper’ according to Jonker. Another advantage is the flexibility of delivery. ‘I can arrange with the terminal that the container delivery is distributed over a longer period at our warehouse, without this entailing all kinds of additional costs.’ Moreover, it should be clear that transport by water results in less traffic on the road and also less CO2 emission. The drawbacks? Transport by inland vessel is a little slower. A container coming from the port of Rotterdam by lorry will already arrive here the next day. Inland vessels do not sail every day. However, this is not a problem to us. We take this into account in the schedule.’

    New world

    In conclusion, the benefits compensate for the drawbacks. Thus Jonker intends to start transporting more often by inland vessel. ‘Do not let anything stop you from tackling the unknown. Transport by inland vessel was a relatively new world for me, but the amount of work entailed in this was a lot less than I expected. So let’s just do it!’

  • 22 Apr 2020 07:57 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Netherlands’ approach is essentially to control the virus as much as possible in order to protect vulnerable groups. If we manage this, we can move step by step towards having more freedom in a 1.5-metre society.

    The basic measures are: stay at home as much as possible, work from home if you can and keep 1.5 metres away from others. If we all do this, we can slowly create scope to relax the current measures. That will be the result of all our efforts. Complying with the measures in place means we can start taking small steps forward.

    The government has extended most measures until 19 May inclusive. Primary schools, including special primary schools, and childcare centres for children aged 0 to 4 and childminders will reopen on 11 May. From 29 April children and teenagers will have more scope for participating in organised sports activities and play outdoors. The ban on events that require a permit has been extended to 1 September 2020.

    In the weeks ahead various sectors will make plans for how they could reopen fully or partially in a 1.5-metre society.

    See here for more details.

  • 01 Apr 2020 10:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The government decided today that all measures taken in the Netherlands to combat coronavirus will be extended until Tuesday 28 April inclusive. In the week before 28 April, the government will assess what measures are necessary in the period after that date. The government urges people to stay at home during the Easter weekend.

    The extension means that sports facilities, establishments serving food and drink, childcare centres and other locations will remain closed until 28 April inclusive. Schools will remain closed until at least the end of the May school holidays. The ban on events still applies until 1 June.

    Extending the measures was necessary in order to control the spread of coronavirus, protect people in vulnerable groups and ensure that healthcare professionals and hospitals can handle the great pressure they face. Before it can be said with certainty that the epidemic is under control and the measures can therefore be reconsidered, there must be sufficient evidence that the number of hospital admissions is falling and that intensive care units have the necessary capacity.

    The Netherlands still has a long way to go. But we are headed in the right direction. The number of coronavirus patients is still increasing, but at a lower rate than it was several weeks ago, before any measures were announced. Anyone who currently has the virus is infecting fewer people on average than they would have been if no measures had been taken. This means that the measures are working. It will take several weeks before this translates into a fall in the number of coronavirus patients in hospitals. After all, there is a period of time between someone being infected, becoming ill and – in some cases – being admitted to hospital.

    What is important now is that everyone in the Netherlands continues to follow the measures. The risk of infection is still high. Compliance with the measures is crucial. Together, we’ll get corona under control.

  • 19 Mar 2020 17:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    In view of the recent developments of the global spread of COVID-19 and, after consulting its advisory board, key stakeholders, exhibitors and visitors of the horticulture technology industry, GreenTech Amsterdam will be rescheduled to 20 – 22 October 2020.

    The rapid spread of the Corona virus around the world has led to increased travel restrictions from authorities. These restrictions, as well as those imposed within companies, will result in reduced attendance of exhibitors and visitors of the show. 

    International character
    As a leading trade show in horticulture technologies, GreenTech brings together experts from the entire industry. From regional businesses from the Netherlands and surrounding countries, to international market leaders. To ensure all interested parties can attend, and to offer you the best possible benefit to meet with experts, GreenTech and RAI Amsterdam have decided to reschedule the event.

    We will continue our efforts to offer you a meeting place for horticulture professionals from all over the world, and in building bridges for successful cooperation and expertise across the industry. 

    What does this mean for your visit?
    Your ticket for GreenTech Amsterdam 2020 has automatically been transferred to the new dates. You don’t have to take any action.

    Mariska Dreschler, Director Horticulture - GreenTech:
    "Horticulture is of critical importance for global food safety and security. Efficient and sustainable cultivation is therefore a necessity. By moving the show to 20 - 22 October 2020, we offer our visitors the earliest possible opportunity to experience best practices and solutions first-hand, and to initiate business with their global peers. Especially in these challenging times we need expert views and discussions on how the world’s horticulture industries can be optimised so we can keep feeding the world.

    Our green hearts hurt for all affected, and we are ready to fight the challenges that lie ahead. For now, on behalf of the GreenTech team, we hope you stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you in October."

  • 16 Mar 2020 11:40 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    All bars, restaurants etc., in the Netherlands are now closed. Any events scheduled in the coming weeks are cancelled. Please check with the organisers if there are alternative dates booked or whether alternative arrangements have been made i.e. online.

    The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, express or implied.

    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.

    Heeft u vragen over het coronavirus? U kunt terecht bij het publieksinformatienummer 0800 - 1351 (tussen 08:00 en 20:00 uur). Vanuit het buitenland is het nummer te bereiken door te bellen naar +31 20 205 1351.

  • 10 Mar 2020 09:13 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Stan de Caluwe, Senior Manager Supply Chain Solutions, Holland International Distribution Council, was recently in Montreal and met with Export Development Canada (EDC). They discussed opportunities for Canadian companies to export to Europe via the Netherlands.

    As e-commerce exporters know, Europe is a great market with enthusiastic consumers. But they’re also demanding—they want their purchases fast and are demanding shorter and shorter wait times. Next-day delivery and free returns across Europe are increasingly becoming the norm. Given these trends, Canadian exporters need to be responsive to succeed. Using the Netherlands as a gateway to e-commerce in Europe is an effective way to do just that. 

    Europe is an e-commerce haven

    Statistics from the Holland International Distribution Council show that 268 million Europeans shopped online in 2018, spending a total of 198 euros ($289 billion). In the same year, 200 million Europeans made online purchases from abroad, which bodes well for Canadian e-commerce exporters. One way for Canadians to capture part of that market is by warehousing in Europe.

    You can read the full article here.

  • 07 Mar 2020 08:40 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Given the uncertainty facing a large number of public events around the world due to the progression of Covid-19, we have made the very difficult decision to postpone Collision 2020 from physically taking place until June 2021.

    Although we won't be in Toronto this June, one thing remains true. There’s a simple power in people coming together.

    We've decided to launch Collision from Home

    Think of it like working from home: Collision from Home attendees will participate from wherever they are in the world, livestreaming talks from tech CEOs, international policymakers and global cultural figures. They’ll chat and connect with each other through the bespoke Collision from Home app and they’ll engage with some of the world’s most influential companies and fastest growing startups. 

    We’ve built our own software over many years, which drives all our events. Though the software was originally built to enhance attendees’ offline experience, we believe we can develop it to a point where we can host Collision 2020 online.

    We’re true believers in the magic of real-world meetings. We also think we can bring some of that magic online. 

    We’ll share more details about Collision from Home soon. If you are interested in being a part of Collision from Home 2020, please register your interest by clicking below.

  • 06 Mar 2020 10:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    5 March 2020 – Ottawa, ON – Veterans Affairs Canada

    Liberating the Netherlands was Canada’s last major push towards the Allied victory in Europe during the Second World War. As many as 175,000 Canadians took part in the campaign and more than 7,600 of them lost their lives.

    Today, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence unveiled the official poster to mark Canada’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands and the Allied victory in Europe – also known as VE-Day.

    The poster features Second World War Veteran Sergeant (Ret’d) Norman Kirby who took part in the public unveiling in Vancouver alongside Minister MacAulay and Henk Snoeken, Consul General for the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

    Sergeant (Ret’d) Norman Kirby, a Veteran of the North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment, and his platoon helped liberate many Dutch towns in the final weeks of fighting before V‑E Day was declared on 8 May 1945. The poster’s background features Canadian soldiers being warmly welcomed by liberated Dutch citizens in the town of Zwolle in April 1945.

    In Halifax, Nova Scotia, Darrell Samson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, unveiled the poster to Veterans at Camp Hill Veteran Memorial Building.

    The unveilings today are the first in a series of in‑Canada and overseas events taking place over the coming months to highlight the stories of the brave Canadians who contributed, at home and overseas, to the Liberation of the Netherlands and the end of the Second World War in Europe.


    “Liberating the Netherlands 75 years ago created a special bond between Canada and the Dutch people – a friendship that endures to today. As we unveil this poster featuring Sergeant (Ret’d) Norman Kirby, we remember him, and all the Canadians, who fought on land, on the seas and in the skies for peace and freedom 75 years ago, for the Dutch and the world.”

    The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

    “I am extremely honoured to be on the poster commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands and the end of the Second World War in Europe. It’s a privilege to be in this position, and nice to know that a younger generation of Canadians will continue to remember.”

    Sergeant (Ret’d) Norman Kirby

    Quick facts

    • The Canadians who fought in the campaign to liberate the Netherlands were among the more than 1,000,000 Canadians who served during the Second World War. More than 45,000 gave their lives in all campaigns. More than 7,600 Canadians died in the nine‑month campaign to liberate the Netherlands.

    • Following the Second World War, the Dutch royal family gifted tulips to Canada as a symbol of gratitude and international friendship.

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  • 19 Feb 2020 10:23 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Yesterday marked the historic first step in ratifying CETA in the Netherlands.

    This is important for Dutch SME's who can be more competitive in the Canadian market. As Chris Herrius of climate designers Jaga explains, "#CETA suddenly gave us an additional 8% negotiating space during contract discussions".

    Next step is for CETA to be debated and voted on in the Eerste Kamer.

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