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The Canadian Nordic Society September 2006

Nordic News

240 Sparks Street, PO Box 55023, Ottawa, ON K1P 1A1

If you have not already done so, please remember to pay your membership dues for 2006-2007

as soon as possible

The following are the dates for the CNS 2006-2007 Speakers Series season and other events. Please remember to keep these dates open.

October 19, 2006

November 16, 2006

December 9, 2006 (Lucia)

January 18, 2007

February 15, 2007

March 15, 2007

April 21, 2007

May 10, 2007 AGM

Upcoming CNS luncheon dates:

October 16, 2006

November 6, 2006

December 4, 2006 (Christmas Lunch)

January 15, 2007

February 12, 2007

March 12, 2007

April 16, 2007

May 7, 2007

June 11, 2007


I hope everyone enjoyed their summer and were able to take some time to relax and unwind. I look forward to seeing everyone again and I hope you can take some time to enjoy one of our Speaker Series evenings or special celebrations such as Lucia this December.

For the second year in a row, my son and I attended a one week camp at Trollhaugen Language, Arts and Culture Camp at Deer Valley Meadows camp, near Alix, east of Red Deer, Alberta. Each child and adult can take classes in language, crafts, folk dancing, nature studies, sports and culture. Once again, it was a wonderful time for both of us. Many volunteers teach the classes, and I was one of them this year! I helped in the wood shop, with 3 different classes. The level 3 boys(11-12 yrs) made a marble game and laminated trivets, while two classes of level 5 boys and girls made wall cupboards to store souvenirs and keepsakes. It was a long drive again, with memories of horses racing along their paddock, trying to keep up with the car, and herds of buffalo grazing in fields, echoing a time of several hundred years ago. If you haven’t taken a car or train trip across the prairies in the summer, I strongly encourage it. The fields form their own jigsaw of beautiful patterns, the sky seems so much bigger than in Ottawa, and the sunsets are worth taking the time to enjoy.
The board is looking forward to an exciting year. We are having a Swedish fall, with the Swedish ambassador visiting us in October to talk about her life, and First Secretary Magnus Schönning from the Swedish Embassy visiting us in November to talk about waste disposal techniques in Sweden.
There is also a touch of Norway in the air this fall, as many events are being held in Canada and around the world to mark Ibsen Year 2006, celebrating the Centennial of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, who died in 1906.
CNS Luncheon

Monday, October 16, 2006 and Monday, November 6, 2006

Army Officers Mess, 149 Somerset Street West

Please arrive by 11:45 am for 12:00 pm luncheon. Lunch will be a choice of a light lunch or two hot dishes. Parking is not available at the Mess during daytime hours. Dress code requires jacket and tie, no jeans or jogging suits. If you would like to attend please contact Bernard Deadman at 613-241-3640 no later than the Thursday before each luncheon.

CNS Speakers Series

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Army Officers Mess, 149 Somerset Street West at 7:00 for a 7:30 start

H.E. Ingrid Iremark, Swedish Ambassador to Canada, will speak about her life, and her current experiences in her first posting as Ambassador. Please arrive at 7:00 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. start. Coffee will be available at $2.00 per person.

CNS Speakers Series

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Army Officers Mess, 149 Somerset Street West at 7:00 for a 7:30 start

Magnus Schönning, First Secretary of the Embassy of Sweden will speak on the environmentally friendly waste management techniques used in Sweden. Please arrive at 7:00 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. start. Coffee will be available at $2.00 per person.

CNS Luncheon

Monday, December 4, 2006 – Christmas Lunch

Army Officers Mess, 149 Somerset Street West

Please arrive by 11:45 am for 12:00 pm luncheon. More information will be available in our next newsletter. Parking is not available at the Mess during daytime hours. Dress code requires jacket and tie, no jeans or jogging suits. If you would like to attend please contact Bernard Deadman at 613-241-3640 no later than the Thursday before the luncheon.

Lucia Celebration

Saturday, December 9, 2006.

Christ Church Cathedral on Sparks Street & Bronson Avenue

This year we have been able to secure the Church hall for the evening. .Further information will be made available in our November newsletter regarding rehearsals. If you would like to donate an item for a door prize or wish to volunteer, please contact a Board Member. Mark your calendars now so that you don’t miss this important occasion!

Canadian/Danish film "The Journals of Knud Rasmussen"

September 29 - October 9 at the Bytowne Cinema in Ottawa

Set in and around Igloolik in 1922, the film tells the story of the last great Inuit shaman, Avva, and his beautiful and headstrong daughter, Apak, who lives with one foot in her father's world and the other on the verge of the future.  For more information check the Bytowne Cinema listings.

Exhibition Highlighting Henrik Ibsen

October 1 – 27, 2006 - 9:00 am to 10:00 pm daily – at the National Library and Archives, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa –West Corridor

An exhibition highlighting the universal themes explored in the dramas of Norwegian poet and playwright Henrik Ibsen. Socially dedicated people were invited to present their reflections on politically relevant themes and these are presented in showcases or on posters together with excerpts of Ibsen’s work. For more information about the exhibition visit:

www.norway.info/ibsen/ibsen.htm. Free admission.
Danish Bands "Under Byen" and “Giant Sand”

Sunday, October 8, 2006

These two bands will be playing at Zaphod Beeblebrox, 27 York Street, Ottawa. The websites of the bands are: www.underbyen.dk and www.giantsand.com 

Film “Fire and Ice”: The Winter War of Finland and Russia

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006 - 7:30 pm

Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa - Auditorium

Weaving a combination of personal interviews, contemporary diaries and source material, historians, live re-enactments, and computer generated graphics, Fire and Ice tells the story of the personal, military, and historical significance of the Winter War. The style is one that viewers have come to expect from documentaries. The overall history is well told and periodically punctuated with the minutia of personal accounts from those who fought and lived it. A narration opens the documentary and explains the events which caused the conflict: Stalin’s fears that St. Petersburg (then Leningrad) might be vulnerable to an attack via Finland through the Karelian Isthmus. The documentary then moves deftly to a more personal perspective, such an the interview with Jack Hasey, the American who voluntarily founded the Iroquois Ambulance Corps, and shuttled wounded Finnish soldiers to medical care. Members: $8.00 Non-members $10.00 Reception follows.

King Carl Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden to visit Canada

October 24-27, 2006

The royal couple will begin their visit to Canada in Ottawa October 24 then continue on to Montreal, Toronto and Quebec City. The programme will include the opening of a silver exhibition in Ottawa, company visits in Montreal, round table discussions on violence against women, an environmental conference with Swedish participation in Toronto, International Festival of Authors, IFOA, with a special focus on Swedish children's literature in Toronto, and a Polar research meeting in Quebec City.

Cantores Minores

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 – 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm

St. Matthew's Anglican Church , Glebe & 1st Avenue, Ottawa

This Finnish choir of boys and young men from the Lutheran Cathedral of Helsinki follows a long standing tradition of excellence: that of the Choir of St-Thomas of Leipzig (Bach) and the Choir of Dresden (Schütz). Protestant tradition at its best, shaped through hard work and discipline, and meshed with the clarity of Nordic voices. Tickets $21.For more information check www.sacree.qc.ca

Musical Mosaic
Saturday, November 4, 2006 - 8:00 pm

Unitarian Church, 30 Cleary Ave.

An evening of classical music, opera arias, and songs from Scandinavia, Greece, Switzerland, and more. Organized by Costa Kapsalis, with the: Ottawa Finnish Singers, Montreal ensemble voices of Love (Greek), Montagna Singers (Swiss), Suzuki strings Stellae Boreales, Opera singers Laura Djubaniuk, Shawn Elizabeth, and George Valettas, Accompanied by pianist Sandra Kelly. Tickets $15 (613-726-1808)

Danish Club of Ottawa Bazaar
This popular annual event will be held Saturday, November 18 at Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre in the west end.

Ringen Christmas Sale

Friday, November 17 – 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday and November 18 – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm – Lachine, Quebec

The Norwegian Church Association in Lachine Quebec (just west of Montreal) will be holding their annual Christmas Sale with lots of Norwegian food items, handicrafts, pewter and jewellery. Check out their website at www.norskeklubben.ca/ncaeng.html.

Danish film - King's Game / Kongekabale

Tuesday, November 21, 2006 -7:00 pm – National Library and Archives Canada - 395 Wellington Street.

King's Game / Kongekabale" is a thriller directed by Nikolaj Arcel. The male character is Ulrik Torp - a political journalist at a leading newspaper, who witnesses a brutal struggle for power in the Midparty's ranks; a struggle that coincides with the party's charismatic leader's involvement in a near fatal car accident. Ulrik becomes obsessed with bringing the truth into the light. But neither his colleagues nor the politicians are willing to listen to him, and as election day draws near, Ulrik finds himself alone, battling against the powers that be.

Swedish Christmas Fair in Toronto

The Toronto Chapter of the Swedish Women's Educational Association International Inc. (SWEA Toronto) will present its 25th annual Swedish Christmas Fair at Harbourfront Centre, York Quay Centre, on Saturday November 25, 2006 and Sunday November 26, 2006, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free.


CNS ‘Lost Island’ Column

Once again we have the “Lost Island” column. If anyone has contact information for Maria Campeau please let a Board Member know.

CNS Newsletters

If you know of anyone who is not receiving their copy or if you have any difficulties reading your newsletter by email, please let us know.

CNS Membership Dues

For those members who still have not yet done so, please remember to send in, or bring to one of our meetings, your membership renewal payment for the 2005/2006 year as this fiscal year will soon be over. You can reach us by email at: cannordsoc@yahoo.ca.


Per Talgøy is again taking orders for 1.75 lb frozen packages of lutefisk. Delivery will be around the middle of November. Price is approximately $15.00/portion. No profit is made on these sales and is done solely for all to enjoy this unique Scandinavian delicacy.

Norway News

Check out the following website for up-to-date news from Norway. www.norway.org

Employment Opportunity

SDI Media Canada is looking for a Foreign Language Subtitle Editor. If interested send your résumé to hrtoronto@tosdimediagroup.com

Position Summary: The Subtitle Editor will spot, simulate and proof film-related content for any/all of the following mediums: DVD, Broadcast, streaming media, dubbing, gaming and corporate projects. The successful applicant will be able to do the following: Complete work assignments in a timely and accurate manner; Possess the aptitude to learn specific, subtitle-centric computer programs; Pay great attention to detail; Able to apply studio subtitle protocols as needed and adhere to all special instructions; Work well under pressure in a deadline-driven environment; Ability to work independently and as a team player; Be proactive and communicate problems/issues/developments effectively to supervisor, peers, and/or internal staff as needed; Attend departmental or other meetings & help out with other duties in department as needed or assigned.

Qualifications / Requirements

Expert command of a Scandinavian Language; Excellent command of the English language; Excellent organizational skills with project ownership attitude; Excellent computer skills (Office 2003); Experience with video or audio editing software a bonus; Experience in tasks requiring extreme accuracy: Must be detail oriented, Must be quick to adapt to shifting priorities, Must be a team player and service-oriented, Must have empathy for different cultures, Must be able to communicate effectively and tactfully with all levels of personnel (in person, telephone, written), Must be able to work efficiently under time constraints, Must be able to handle multiple tasks in a fast paced environment, Must be able to work flexible hours if and when necessary,

Education And / Or Experience: BA or College

Opportunities: FT, PT and positions available (20 – 40 hours/week)

Other: Paid training provided at $11 per hour. After the 28 hours of training is completed you will be paid on a per-minute basis for the films, TV shows and other projects that you complete. [$13 per hour]

Work begins on Arctic seed vault

Norway is starting construction on a "doomsday vault" dug into a frozen mountainside on the island of Svalbard, roughly 1,000 km (620 miles) from the North Pole. It is designed to house all known varieties of the world's crops and is hoped the project will safeguard crop diversity in the event of a global catastrophe such as plant epidemics, nuclear war, natural disasters or climate change; and to offer the world a chance to restart growth of food crops that may have been wiped out.. More than 100 countries have backed the vault, which will store seeds, packaged in foil, at sub-zero temperatures. Fenced in and guarded, with steel airlock doors, motion detectors and polar bears roaming outside - the concrete facility will, be the most secure building of its type in the world. At temperatures of minus 18C (minus 0.4F), the seeds could last hundreds, even thousands, of years. Even if all cooling systems failed, the temperature in the frozen mountain would never rise above freezing due to the permafrost on the mountainside. The Global Crop Diversity Trust, founded in 2004, will help run the vault, which is planned to open and start accepting seeds from around the world in September 2007. The bank is eventually expected to house some three million seeds. Already, some 1,400 seed banks around the world, most of them national, hold samples of a country's crops. While Norway will own the vault itself, countries sending seeds will own the material they deposit - much as with a bank safe-deposit box. The Global Crop Diversity Trust will help developing countries pay the cost of preparing and sending seeds. For more information visit website: http://www.croptrust.org/main/.


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Canadian Nordic Society Board Members – 2006-2007
Mr. Per Olav Talgøy – President Ms. Kristina Wade – Treasurer

Ms. Stella Ellis – First Vice-President Ms. Christine Trankalis – Recording Secretary

Ms. April Britski – Second Vice-President Mr. Bernard Deadman - Councillor

Mr. Jordan Sauer – General Secretary Ms. Lyn Jonssen – Councillor

If you have any questions about your membership, please contact one of the Board Members. Membership dues can be given to any Board member or you can mail your payment to:

Canadian Nordic Society

240 Sparks Street

P.O. Box 55023

Ottawa, ON K1P 1A1

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