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2013 RECAP: SDM’s favourite Canada-Israel related stories of 2013

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December 23, 2013
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2013 is coming to an end, there is nothing better than a recap to start reminiscing… Check out our 10 favourite Canada-Israel related stories of the year.

10. Canadian city opens Tel Aviv development office

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9. Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts signs deal to strengthen city’s Innovation Boulevard

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8. More flights on Israel-Canada route

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7. VIDEO: Mayor Bevilacqua Leads Vaughan (Ontario, #Canada) Business Mission to Israel

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6. AUCC strengthens relationship with Israeli universities

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5. Israel to sign research accord with Canada

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4. Israel’s Keshet International Expands Into Canada

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3. Israeli Students Speak with Canadian Astronaut in Space

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2. VIDEO: CBC Covers Israeli Ball Hockey Team Playing in Newfoundland

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1. Stephen Harper to visit Israel in 2014

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Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts signs deal to strengthen city’s Innovation Boulevard

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December 17, 2013
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Mayor Dianne Watts has signed a deal with partner with Israel Brain Technologies – Israel’s most prestigious neuro-technology consortium – as part of the city’s ongoing bid to strengthen its Innovation Boulevard.

Partnering with The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs/Pacific Region, Watts is accompanied by a delegation from the health technology business sector and representatives from Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. The Surrey delegation will meet with representatives from Israel’s most respected hospitals, research institutions, start-up companies and scientific leaders.

Surrey’s Innovation Boulevard is aimed at developing a medical technology hub within one square mile in Surrey’s City Centre between Simon Fraser University and Surrey Memorial Hospital.

“Israel is known as the world’s global “Start-Up Nation”. Canada’s “Start-Up City” – Surrey, is looking to tap into Israel’s pioneering cutting edge medical, entrepreneurial and scientific innovation,” Watts said in an email.

Miri Polacheck, executive director of Israel Brain Technologies, said he was impressed by the delegation and he looks forward to “advancing neuro technology initiatives together.”

This partnership will lead to the establishment of close ties between Israel’s leading neuro science innovators and their colleagues on Surrey’s Innovation Boulevard.

Source: Cija.ca

Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal returns to Israel

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December 12, 2013
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Celebrating 40 years of modern dance excellence, the Ballet Jazz de Montreal returns to Israel with a new program featuring a mixed and varied repertoire created by intriguing choreographers.

Tel Aviv – Feb. 2-5 14

Jerusalem – Feb. 6th 14

Haifa – Feb. 8th 14

More info: http://www.israel-opera.co.il/Eng/?CategoryID=667&ArticleID=1758#.Uqn1TXiuAB0.twitter

Cirque du Soleil returning to Israel

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December 10, 2013
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After taking Israeli audience by storm last summer, Canadian entertainment company coming back in August for 10 performances of its award-winning show ‘Quidam’ at Tel Aviv’s Nokia Arena

Canadian entertainment company Cirque du Soleil, which visited Israel last summer and took the local audience by storm with its show “Alegria,” will return to the country in August 2014, this time with award-winning production “Quidam,” which has already been seen by more than 10 million viewers around the world.

The circus will arrive in Israel for 10 performances, which will be held at Tel Aviv’s Nokia Arena from August 6 to August 16.

“Quidam” focuses on Zoé, a young bored girl ignored by her parents. Seeking to fill the void of her existence, she slides into the imaginary world of “Quidam,” where she meets characters who inspire her and encourage her to free her soul.

Like in the other Cirque du Soleil shows, it is a world of fantasy with a variety of colorful characters played by 52 acrobats from 18 countries around the world, along with a team of actors, musicians and singers in 250 costumes, 500 costume accessories, 300 pairs of shows and dozens of wigs.

The show’s wide stage will stretch over half of the arena’s general area. The production will import all of the show’s equipment to Israel, including an iron structure supporting the special hanging systems, the setting, stage, amplification and lighting systems, and even a new ceiling for the arena.

It wasn’t easy bringing Cirque du Soleil for its debut performance in Israel last summer. Israeli producer Shuki Weiss and his partner, international producer Marek Lieberberg, who are responsible for the circus’ arrival this time as well, said at the time that the talks with the entertainment company were held for a long time and included repeated technical checks until the ideal venue was found to keep with the show’s standards around the world.

Now, thanks to successful past experience, the production in Israel is taking shape much easily.

The success of “Alegria” increased demand among the Israeli audience, leading to a decision to add 10 shows last summer, which were watched by some 100,000 people. At the moment, “Quidam” is arriving for just 10 performances.

Tickets are being offered for a starting price of NIS 220 (about $62), depending on the seat location in the arena. Children’s tickets are sold for a 20% reduction.

Source: Ynetnews.com

VIDEO: Stephen Harper covering the Stones… and some Beatles at the JNF Dinner, 2013

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December 2, 2013
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Canadian PM announces his visit to Israel… AND rocks out @ the JNF Dinner. Check this clips out.

Canadian PM Stephen Harper & American President Barack Obama’s Hannukah messages

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November 29, 2013
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement to mark the beginning of Chanukah:

“Laureen and I would like to extend our warmest greetings to the families, friends and communities across Canada and around the world who are celebrating Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights.

“This eight-day holiday recalls the story of the Maccabees, who liberated the Jewish people from oppression and rededicated the Holy Temple in Jerusalem by burning ritual oil in the Temple’s menorah. It also commemorates the miracle that the oil burned for eight full days, even though there was only enough to last for one.

“It is an inspiring story of the triumph of good over evil, of light over darkness and the power of faith. It is this very faith that is the cornerstone of a modern, prosperous, vibrant and democratic Israel, a faith that has inspired believers in Canada and around the world.

“Chanukah also provides a meaningful opportunity for all Canadians to reflect on the remarkable contributions, both past and present, of the Jewish-Canadian community in all areas of endeavour.

“Chanukah Sameach!”

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