The stars shone bright at the Canadian Embassy’s red carpet soiree on April 24th, an event that lead up to the Washington Correspondents’ Dinner. Hosted by Ambassador Gary Doer, Extra, and the Hill – the Embassy was prepped to greet politicians from Washington, media elite and several celebrity guests. Complete with the Molson O Canada Beer Fridge, cocktails whipped up by Canadian Top Chef All Star Spike Mendelsohn, and photo ops with a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer - it was truly a star studded Canadian style celebration.
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Canada provides aid in response to earthquake in Nepal, Canadian digital diplomacy, sports-themed condo projects becoming popular, and more.
On April 25, 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck near Kathmandu, Nepal, followed by a series of significant aftershocks. Initial indications put the number of deaths at more than 2000 and there is extensive damage to infrastructure.
The Government of Canada immediately responded to the emergency with a $5-million contribution to provide life-saving assistance through experienced humanitarian organizations.
Canada has also deployed an assessment team to evaluate the extent of the damage, the resulting humanitarian needs of those affected by the earthquake and how Canada might best respond. The Canadian Armed Forces are currently positioning their personnel and resources to ensure a prompt reaction.
On March 16, 2015, Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced a new preclearance agreement. This agreement is deliverable through the Beyond the Border initiative, as a means to improve the flow of legitimate trade and travel, while continuing to enhance, and ensure border integrity and security.
Every day over 400,000 people cross the Canada-United States border, along with over $2 billion in goods and services. Free and open trade between our two countries generates jobs, growth, and long-term prosperity.
Preclearance is a procedure to arrange for clearing customs or immigration in advance. Border officers from the inspecting country carry out customs, immigration and agriculture inspections in the “host country” before allowing people, or goods pass into the inspecting country. The objective of preclearance is to expedite this process by making air travel more efficient, allowing travellers to avoid lengthy and unpredictable customs lines in the U.S., but also facilitating improved transborder flow through Canadian airports to increase competitiveness as hubs for in-transit-travel.
This new agreement covers all modes of travel, and will replace the existing Air Transport Preclearance Agreement. The creation of this new agreement ensures a consistent approach to all preclearance activities regardless of the mode of transportation. This single agreement will make it easier to implement and govern preclearance activities effectively.
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