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Happy National Day Holiday!
We’re very pleased to announce the traditional Canadian Thanksgiving events across China during this special month of October! Starting up north in the nation’s capital, the 6th Annual Canadian Thanksgiving will be at the posh St. Regis Beijing, with the new Canadian Ambassador, Mr. David Mulroney, as the guest of honour, who will give a keynote speech. Those interested in supporting or sponsoring this annual charity formal should contact the organizing committee soon. Shanghai will host a Canadian Alumni Thanksgiving luncheon on October 17th, and Hong Kong will host their Canadian Thanksgiving dinner on October 11th, all details can be found below.
Please note that the 2nd Annual Ontario Alumni Dim Sum date has been changed to November, see the updated information below.
The annual run for cancer research and awareness, the Beijing Hope Run, will be held on October 24th on the same day as the Thanksgiving, so what better way to earn your turkey buffet! Register today! Details and registration form are online:
Aren’t Canadians in China generally the most friendly of the bunch? The 2010 Expo in Shanghai is looking for international volunteers, so check out the website and apply! Volunteer for this massive Expo and tell the world your story! http://184.108.40.206/sh_sbzyz/page/index_en.html
Details on the very cool Canada Pavilion can be found here:
The 60th anniversary of the PRC is taking place today, October 1, 2009, with plenty of pomp and march. Details of road & subway station closures, and areas to avoid can be found below. This year's National Day military parade will be the largest ever in scale since the founding of new China in 1949. Witnessed accounts say that the show will be spectacular, with new military vehicles and aircraft being showed off, even a token float for the expats in China, and some say that the parade may be even better than the opening ceremonies of the 2008 games. Security is indeed tight, and traffic leading up to the day has not been pleasant so make sure to stay at home, as even the airport will be closed for the good part of the morning. If you are not in China but want to catch the live parade, you can view it here: http://english.cctv.com/live
But due to this celebration, we are now cut off from the social networks, like Facebook and Twitter, where Canadians in China.com is on too. We hope that this is temporary so that we may continue to socialize online and tell the world how much fun we’re all having over here.
As mentioned last month, those who love movies, could go see "The Great Cause of China's Foundation" (Jian Guo Da Ye), complete with all your favourite stars from around China, like Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Andy Lau, Zhang Ziyi…the list goes on. This film celebrates the 60th anniversary of the revolution that swept the communists to power, featuring what its state-backed producers call the "most powerful lineup in the history of Chinese film."
In the news, Subway Line 4 in Beijing started operation at 3 pm on Monday, running through the city from the northwest to south; and a billionaire Canadian "clown" blasts off into space.
For more free events, stay here on Canadians in China.com.
And as the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival will be on October 3rd, we wish you all a happy Mid-Autumn Festival and enjoy the moon cakes!
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The 6th Annual Canadian Thanksgiving Formal
October 24, 2009 Saturday
6pm to midnight
St. Regis Hotel Beijing
700RMB per adult (Includes a full turkey dinner buffet with all the fixings, a dessert buffet, live band, dancing, and amazing prizes, like dinners and hotel stays!)
Dress: Business Suit (Black Tie Optional)
This traditional Canadian event has raised funds for the Special Olympics annually, and to promote awareness of intellectual disabilities. As the 6th annual event, we welcome new alumni and fellow Canadians to join us in this annual celebration. The Canadian community also continues to support the Special Olympics as we did in the very first World Summer Games in 1968. With the 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games around the corner in Vancouver, the theme for this year’s event is “Team Canada”.
The Canadian Alumni Network Organizing Committee is very pleased to announce that H.E. Mr. David Mulroney, Canadian Ambassador to China, will be our guest of honour and keynote speaker.
The Canadian Alumni Network sincerely thanks all those who supported our past events, including the generous sponsorship and support of the Canadian Embassy in Beijing; BC Trade & Investment Office; Alberta China Office; Ontario Government Office; Québec Government Representative Office; Canadian Olympic Committee; Sun Life Everbright; Air Canada; Royal Bank of Canada; Fruits & Passion; Canadian Wheat Board, Research In Motion (RIM)/Blackberry; Beijing Concord College of Sino-Canada; TRIO; ASC Fine Wines; the Beijinger; the St. Regis Hotel; and all our Post-Secondary Institutions across Canada.
*The turkey teaser: Oven roasted turkey with sage stuffing, Cranberry relish, Giblet Gravy, Maple glazed Gammon ham, while the dessert menu buffet includes Pumpkin pie, Pecan pie, Apple and Cranberry Pie, Newfoundland Cheesecake, and the menu still goes on much, much more!
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Join us in making the Special Olympics a success in 2009 and beyond, thank you.
2nd Annual Ontario Alumni Dim Sum
The Canadian Alumni Network (CAN) would like to invite our Alumni from Ontario's post secondary institutions to an information session of important upcoming events and to forge stronger ties with our fellow Ontario Alumni, while enjoying traditional dim sum. The venue will be at our favourite Canadian location for dim sum, the Deluxe Restaurant in the Comfort Inn Hotel.
Also meet Dr. Yijun Song, the Ontario Government representative at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing; and learn more about Ontario's activities in the region during the dim sum.
Due to the limit of space, we encourage Ontario alumni, with partners/spouses to register, as drop-ins are not encouraged, thanks.
Please RSVP by November 16, 2009 Monday with the following information and email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org Full Name:
Alumni of which post secondary institution (i.e. McMaster, UoT, York, Queens, Waterloo, UWO, etc):
Date: November 21, 2009 Saturday
Time: 11am to 2pm
Venue: The Deluxe Restaurant
Address: 3/F, Comfort Inn Hotel
6 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District Located beside Sanlitun and Nokia Towers.
To get directions please call the hotel:
Tel: +86 10 8523-6668
Cost: 100 RMB (drinks not included)
Special thanks to the Ontario Government Office in Beijing, and the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, for their continued support.
To contact your local Ontario Alumni Representatives with any inquiries on your respective alumni associations, please contact the
Mr. Barry Yiu, McMaster University Alumni Representative: email@example.com
Ms. Jessica Miao, Queens University Alumni Representative:
Mr. Kevin Leung, University of Toronto Alumni Representative
Ms. Linda Zhou, Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario Alumni Representative: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do not see your Post-Secondary Institution representative listed, please send an email to: email@example.com
The CAN continues to bring support to our alumni chapter representatives in China, develop synergy and opportunities for alumni to network, while enriching their lives in China. The CAN is fostering public awareness that Canadian post-secondary institutions have an influential alumni network in China.
For more, join the Canadian Alumni Network (CAN) group on Facebook, the most popular online social network worldwide.
Tell your friends and fellow alumni to help us reach over 1000 online members.
Together, we're building a stronger community for you.
The Canadian Alumni Network Team
Canadian Alumni Thanksgiving Lunch Buffet
Celebrate with your fellow Canadian alumni and friends for an afternoon of good fun, great friend and fantastic food.
Everything anybody needs to feel gooooood (followed by an afternoon nap). Join us for the Canadian Alumni Thanksgiving Lunch Buffet.
Get a chance to win:
A Wii with four controllers.
A RMB 500 organic food basket and more!
Date: Saturday 2009-10-17
226 Jinxian Lu, near Shanxi Nan Lu, Metro Line 1 Shanxi Nan Lu Station
Cost: RMB 150 for members
RMB 185 for non-members
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Pre-payment & Cancellation PolicyEvery no-show is a financial loss for CANCHAM Shanghai. You can keep CANCHAM Shanghai financially healthy by means of pre-payment. We'd really appreciate if you could pay the event admission 48 hours prior to the time of any event for which you have registered. You may pay on the day of the event, but we will still charge you the admission in full amount if you do not show up without having notified us in writing 24 hours prior to the time of the event. If you show up at our events without RSVP, we will charge an additional walk-in fee of RMB 50 if there are still space available. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
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We can send someone to your office to pick up the payment upon request if you are willing to pay the additional express pick-up fee.
You can send over the payment with your own express delivery service.
You can make the payment in person at the CANCHAM office.
The Canadian Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Time : 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue : Main Room, Quarterdeck, G/F, 1 Lung King Street, The Fleet Arcade, Fenwick Pier, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Bring the whole family along for an evening of traditional Canadian Thanksgiving fare!
Pumpkin and Coriander Soup
Caesar Salad with Parmesan Cheese
Assorted Mixed Leaf Salad
Smoked Salmon with Traditional Condiments
Grilled Italian Style Vegetables with a Balsamic Dressing
Thai Style Green Papaya Salad with Chicken and Snake Beans
Assorted Satays with Sambal
Roasted Turkey with all the Trimmings
Honey Glazed Ham
Roast Chicken with Cripsy Parma Ham
Paupiettes of Sole Fillets with Spinach served with a Mussel & Saffron Creamy Sauce
Roasted Pumpkin, Sweet & New Potatoes
Seasonal Vegetables (Carrots, Green Beans & Turnips)
Braised Beef in a Red Wine and Wild Mushroom Sauce
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Corn on the Cob
Aromatic Steamed Rice
Squid Ink Spaghetti with Garlic, Parsley & Chili
Homemade Pumpkin Pie
Fresh Fruit Salad with Peach Schnapps
Prices : HK$650 for members
HK$750 for non-members
HK$220 for Kids (Under 12)
Comments : Price includes buffet Thanksgiving meal, 2 hours open bar, soda/juice for kids and chances to win fabulous lucky draw prizes
Media: For media inquiries, please contact Fanny_chan@cancham.org for details.
Canadian circus billionaire blasts into space
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan: Canadian circus billionaire Guy Laliberte blasted off in a Russian Soyuz spaceship from Kazakhstan on Wednesday to become the world's seventh space tourist.
The 50-year-old former fire-breather and founder of the Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil paid more than $35 million for the privilege of flying to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Baikonur cosmodrome on the Kazakh steppe.
The Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft blasted into clear blue skies at 0714 GMT. "He's just said 'Super!', he's very happy," Russian cosmonaut and crew member Maxim Suraev said of Laliberte.
The Canadian gave the thumbs-up as a toy lion belonging to Suraev's daughter bounced from a string in the capsule.
The three-man crew was due to dock with the International Space Station two days later.
Laliberte, who turned a passion for acrobatics and circus acts into a global entertainment empire, wants to find inspiration in the weightless world of space and promote the importance of access to clean water on the Earth.
He plans to take nine clown noses into orbit and hold a performance broadcast live on the Internet on www.onedrop.org on October 9, linking 14 cities across the world to underline the importance of access to water.
Laliberte owns 95 percent of Cirque du Soleil, which he founded in 1994, and Forbes estimates his fortune at $2.5 billion.
He is accompanied by Suraev and US astronaut Jeffrey Williams.
US billionaire Charles Simonyi made history in March when he became the first space tourist to make the epic journey twice, also from the Baikonur cosmodrome.
Roads, subways closed for Oct 1
Wide-reaching traffic lockdowns and a visible array of security in central Beijing for Oct 1 will likely drive those interested in the National Day Parade to the comfort of their own homes to watch the festivities on TV.
The daytime parade and the evening gala at Tian'anmen Square, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, will impact traffic on bus routes, subway lines and on roads today and Thursday in the capital. For most of the public, getting close to Tian'anmen Square will be a mission impossible.
Traffic authorities will shut down many roads, mostly within the third ring road, for nearly the entire day on Thursday.
A total of 241 bus routes will also be affected today and Thursday. Some will cease operating, and others will take passengers on detours, the municipal transport authority said on its official website yesterday.
Subways will also be heavily affected, as Line 1 will stop operating between 11pm today and 3:30pm Thursday. Other subway lines will skip certain stations Thursday.
The Qianmen station on Line 2, the Xidan station on Line 4, and the Dongdan station on Line 5 will be closed all day on Thursday.
Other stations will be closed from Thursday morning to 3:30 pm, such as Jianguomen, Chongwenmen, Hepingmen, Xuanwumen, Changchunjie and Fuxingmen stations on Line 2; Chongwenmen and Dengshikou stations on Line 5; and Guomao station on Line 10. Subway trains will skip these stations during operations.
Meanwhile, the Beijing Capital International Airport will shut down for three hours starting from 9:30am Thursday.
Some 180 flights will be affected. The airport handles at least 1,000 flights per day, or at least one flight every minute.
The shutdown will probably cause a delay in flights for the rest of the day, experts warned.
Beside the difficulties of getting to the spot, only about 30,000 guests from the public are lucky enough to be invited to watch the parade or evening gala at Tian'anmen Square. The guests include representatives of residents living close to the square, said Ji Lin, vice-mayor of Beijing.
The capital's uninvited and those in other parts of China and the world have to compromise with watching the celebrations on TV.
CCTV and CCTV.com will deliver live high-definition coverage of the National Day celebrations including the military parade in Chinese, English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian.
Police suggest that Beijing residents try not to go out on Oct 1 to avoid complications. The public is recommended to watch the celebrations live on TV.
Iconic venues including the Forbidden City, Tian'anmen Rostrum, and the Great Hall of the People were sealed off at 3pm yesterday, and will reopen on Friday at the earliest, the Tian'anmen Square managing authority said.
Beijing police expect tens of thousands of tourists to visit the square when it reopens. Over 10,000 police officers and security guards will monitor Beijing street corners and checkpoints for evidence of potential threats on Oct 1. As many as 800,000 volunteers have also been enlisted to help maintain safety.
Izumi Quan, a Beijing-based writer from Japan, said she will not dare leave her home until Friday when road closures are lifted.
"I have no choice. I have tanks rumbling in front of my apartment," joked Quan, who lives near Guomao in east Beijing, a sealed-off area beginning early Thursday morning through the afternoon.
Armed vehicles will roll into the city from the Beijing East Railway Station and march onto Chang'an Avenue after a brief stop before commercial facilities and residential areas on Dawang Road.
"Everywhere it's closed. If we go out during the next two days, we can only head south all the way to the suburbs of Beijing," said Jiang Ning, a white-collar employee who lives with a roommate near Chongwenmen, another closed area near Qianmen.
Jiang's office in the capital's central business district will be closed today to leave room for parade preparations. Popular shopping areas such as Xidan, Wangfujing and Qianmen will be closed starting at noon Thursday.
Chinese Passenger Car Market Remains Optimistic in 2009
In the long run, Chinese GDP will remain an average annual growth rate of 8%-9% with the recovery of the global economy. Therefore, demands for automobiles will rise significantly since revenues will be enhanced.
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PRLog (Press Release) – Sep 29, 2009 – www.shcri.com - Since 2009, Chinese automobile market has begun to restore in a certain degree. In 2009H1, production volume and sales volume of Chinese automobiles reached 5.9908 million and 6.0988 million, rising by 15.22% YOY and 17.69% YOY respectively. Production and sales volumes of passenger cars totaled 4.4189 million and 4.5338 million, growing by 20.96% and by 25.62% respectively.
In 2009H1, sales volume of Chinese self-owned passenger cars was 2.0549 million, accounting for 45.32% of the total sales volume. In China, sales volumes of Japanese passenger cars, German passenger cars, American ones, Korean ones and French ones were 939,500, 648,200, 426,000, 347,900 and 117,300, taking up 20.72%, 14.30%, 9.40%, 7.67% and 2.59% of the total sales volume respectively.
According to statistics of China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), in July 2009, sales volume of Chinese passenger cars exceeded 800,000 with a significant YOY growth rate. From January to July, sales volume totaled approximately 5.4 million, rising by over 30% YOY. The decline rate of MPVs reduced and growth rates of other passenger cars increased. Sales volume of crossover passenger cars within the seven months exceeded that of the whole 2008, performing quite well.
In July, sales volume of passenger cars came up to 832,600, with the link relative ratio of -4.62% and the YOY growth rate of 70.54%. Sales volume of basic passenger cars (cars) was 601,500, with the link relative ratio of -6.10% and the YOY growth rate of 66.69%. Sales volume of MPVs reached 17,600, with the link relative ratio of -6.43% and the YOY growth rate of 19.68%. Sales volume of SUVs was 58,400, with the link relative ratio of 9.49% and the YOY growth rate of 60.94%. Sales volume of crossover passenger cars was 155,100, with the link relative ratio of 3.17% and the YOY growth rate of 103.08%.
From January to July, sales volume of passenger cars reached 5.3664 million, rising by 30.91% YOY. Sales volume of basic passenger cars (cars) was 3.8455 million, growing by 26.89% YOY. Sales volume of MPVs was 120,100, dropping by 4.75% YOY. Sales volume of SUVs was 312,000, increasing by 18.07% YOY. Sales volume of crossover passenger cars was 1.0906 million, rising by 59.90% YOY.
In the long run, Chinese GDP will remain an average annual growth rate of 8%-9% with the recovery of the global economy. Therefore, demands for automobiles will rise significantly since revenues will be enhanced. It is estimated that Chinese passenger vehicle market will grow at a very high rate since 2011.
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Quote of the Day: "If you've given a dollar, you are part of the Marathon of Hope."Terry Fox (1980)