Capital Pride 2014

Categories: august 2014
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Published on: August 27, 2014

The Embassy was pleased to take part in this year’s Capital Pride festivities! Check out the video below for a quick recap of everything we did, or visit our website for a more complete rundown!

Capital Pride: International Film Nights

Categories: august 2014
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Published on: August 12, 2014

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Capital Pride is about to hit Ottawa, and the Embassy is pleased to be taking part in a full slate of activities. You can get a sense of everything we’re doing here, but we want to highlight one activity that’s sure to be a lot of fun: an outdoor screening of cult classic To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar. It’s free, and it’s taking place at the corner of Bank and Gilmour on Friday, August 22nd at 8 pm. It’s part of a series of movies taking place at Capital Pride, so click on the poster below for more details!

Capital Pride International Film Nights
Capital Pride International Film Nights

Embassy Viewing Party: Acceptance in Sports Webcast

Categories: June 2014
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Published on: June 20, 2014

Are you involved with an Ottawa-area sports & fitness organization or business, educational athletics department, LGBTQ or community group?

Interested in learning about ethics and inclusion in sports?

Then join us for a viewing party (and lunch!)

Join us for a viewing party for the Acceptance in Sports webcast, June 24th in Ottawa!
Join us for a viewing party for the Acceptance in Sports webcast, June 24th in Ottawa!

Tuesday, June 24, 11:30 – 1:00pm
U.S. Embassy Ottawa
490 Sussex Drive

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: As part of State’s celebration of LGBT Pride Month, the State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) has arranged a global webchat for June 24, at noon EDT, focusing on successes and challenges on LGBT issues in U.S. society. The dialogue will feature Jason Collins, who recently became the first U.S. professional basketball player (NBA) to announce that he is gay. Joining him will be Wade Davis, a former NFL professional football player who came out publicly in 2012. He is executive director for the You Can Play Project, an advocacy organization working to eradicate homophobia in U.S. professional sports.

WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN US: We would like to facilitate a discussion about acceptance in sports, but at the local level. We will also have a laptop set up for submitting questions to the speakers via webchat in order to make it an interactive experience. Recipients of this invitation include sports & fitness NGOs and businesses, post-secondary athletics departments, LGBTQ and community groups, and government. It’s a prime opportunity to meet like-minded people and share best practices. …and, of course, lunch is on us!

If you can’t join us in person, you can tune into the webchat from your home or office by clicking on this link at noon on June 24: https://conx.state.gov/event/acceptance-in-sports/ (lunch not included in this option, sorry!). Let us know if you tune in, and feel free to share the link with your organization, contacts and colleagues.

Embassy viewing party space is limited — first come, first serve!

Please email your RSVP to cultural@state.gov by June 20. Be sure to include any dietary restrictions.

You must RSVP in order to attend. Reservations are non-transferable.

Please bring photo I.D.

Electronic devices (cell phones, iPods, and cameras) will be checked upon arrival.

Please arrive at the SUSSEX ENTRANCE 10-15 minutes prior to the program to clear security.

Please indicate special needs requirements when you RSVP.

Parking is available nearby in the Byward Market!

Interfaith Dialogue DVC with Eboo Patel

Categories: June 2014
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Published on: June 12, 2014
Eboo Patel, Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core and Member of President Obama's inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships
Eboo Patel, Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core and Member of President Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships

On Wednesday, June 25th, the Embassy invites you to join us for a digital videoconference with Eboo Patel, Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core and a member of President Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.

What: DVC with Eboo Patel
Where: U.S. Embassy Ottawa, 490 Sussex Drive
When: Wednesday, June 25, 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Please RSVP to Kate Brown by Monday, June 23rd via email, at brownkhb@state.gov.

You must RSVP in order to attend. Reservations are non-transferable. Please bring photo I.D. Electronic devices (cell phones, iPods, and cameras) will be checked upon arrival. Please arrive at the SUSSEX ENTRANCE 10-15 minutes prior to the program to clear security.

Please indicate special needs requirements when you RSVP. Parking is available nearby in the Byward Market.

Chat with an Astronaut!

Categories: May 2014
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Published on: May 16, 2014

On Thursday, May 22nd, the Embassy will be co-presenting a webchat with astronaut Dr. Mary Ellen Weber. For more details about the chat and Dr. Weber, click on the poster below, and then register to join the chat here!

Webchat with Mary Ellen Weber May 22nd - register now!
Webchat with Mary Ellen Weber May 22nd – register now!

#HearFromYou

Destination USA: Washington State

Hi, my name is…

Sage

I’m from…

Ellensburg, Washington — a town two hours east of Seattle, Washington.

My hometown is known for…

Ellensburg is internationally known for the Ellensburg Rodeo, one of the stops on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo circuit. Seattle is known for the scenic splendor of the islands in the Puget Sound, the North Cascades and Mount Rainier, and tourist destinations such as the famous Pike Place Market and the Space Needle.

See Orcas in the Puget Sound! (Credit DiscoverAmerica.com)
See Orcas in the Puget Sound! (Credit DiscoverAmerica.com)

My favorite thing about my hometown is…

Surrounded by mountains on all sides, Ellensburg is located in the heart of the Kittitas Valley in the center of Washington State. It is a short drive from the Pacific Ocean, the city lights of Seattle, the snowy slopes of the Cascade Mountains, the beautiful Columbia River, and the hot, dry, desert of Eastern Washington.

My favorite thing about Seattle is…

From arts to sports to nature, there is always something fun to do. You can go whale watching at the San Juan Islands, explore the seafood at Pike Place Market, and shop to your heart’s delight at one of the many shopping malls downtown.

City of Seattle (Courtesy of Visit Seattle)
City of Seattle (Courtesy of Visit Seattle)

If you came to visit me, I’d take you…

Hiking in the Cascade Mountains; sailing in the Puget Sound followed by a bon fire on the beach at Golden Gardens Park; for Pacific Northwestern fare — including some of the world’s most delicious seafood — at the Pike Place Market (the original farmers market, established in 1907); and, on a trip to the Seattle Center, home to the Space Needle and many other attractions.

Pike Place Market (Credit: Discover America)
Pike Place Market (Credit: Discover America)

The Seattle Space Needle (Credit spaceneedle.com)
The Seattle Space Needle (Credit spaceneedle.com)

Things you have to try before you leave…

Seattle has four professional sports teams, and while you are in town you should definitely join the crowds to cheer on any one of them! If you are visiting the Seattle Center, you can easily catch a Seattle Storm Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) game at the Key Arena next to the Space Needle. The Seahawks, Seattle’s National Football League (NFL) team, recently beat the Denver Broncos to win the 2014 NFL Super Bowl. The Sounders are Seattle’s Major League Soccer team, and the Mariners are the city’s Major League Baseball (MLB) team. Nothing beats catching an M’s game on a sunny day with the stadium roof wide open!

Ellensburg, Seattle, and General Washington State Links:

Destination USA: Utah

Categories: May 2014
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Published on: May 2, 2014

The best Jazz is in Utah

Utah Jazz (Credit Utah Jazz)
Utah Jazz (Credit Utah Jazz)

Hi, my name is…

Daniel

I’m from…

South Jordan, Utah

My hometown is known for…

Like the rest of the Salt Lake valley, South Jordan is chiefly known for its connection with the Church of Latter-Day Saints. It’s also known as a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. There are plentiful opportunities for skiing, fishing, or hiking in nearby mountains and trails.

My favorite thing about my hometown is…

South Jordan is within driving distance to five iconic national parks — Zion, Capitol Reef, Arches, Bryce Canyon, and Canyonlands — that offer some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the world. The rock formations in Bryce Canyon come in every hue of the rainbow. In Zion, the sandstone walls stand over 1,000 feet high. The views of these canyons are truly awe-inspiring.

Turret Arch with rainbow viewed through North Window at Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. (Credit Discover America)
Turret Arch with rainbow viewed through North Window at Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. (Credit Discover America)

If you came to visit me, I’d take you…

I would take you to Zion National Park and Arches National Park. Zion offers what I believe is the most breathtaking scenery anywhere in the world, and Arches features the highest free-standing natural arches. No trip to Utah would be complete without visiting both parks. (More information on these parks can be found here.)

Things you have to try before you leave…

Winter sports fans should not leave Utah without visiting some of Utah’s world-class ski resorts. There are eleven mountain resorts within an hour’s drive from the Salt Lake City International Airport. These are not just any ski resorts. The location of these resorts on the Wasatch Mountain Range, the first major range between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Rocky Mountains, means that these resorts enjoy some of world’s best snow and views. Don’t just take it from me: Deer Valley’s four summits hosted many events in the 2002 Olympic Games, and the Park City Mountain Resort is where U.S. Olympic ski and snowboard teams train. Visit skiutah.com for more details on skiing and winter sports.

Utah Mountain resorts (Credit SkiUtah.com)
Utah Mountain resorts (Credit SkiUtah.com)

Basketball aficionados should not miss a Utah Jazz NBA game. The EnergySolutions Arena is in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City.

While visiting Utah’s other attractions, you may want to stop and do some discount shopping at brand name factory outlet stores: Tanger Outlets in Park City and The Outlets at Zion.

General Utah tourism links:

Urban Sustainability Lecture @ uOttawa

Eric Zeemering, an assistant professor of public policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), is currently the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Governance and Public Administration at the University of Ottawa. On Tuesday, April 22nd he’ll be delivering a free public presentation entitled “Collaborative Strategies for Urban Sustainability: Investigations in Canada and the United States”. Click on the image below for complete details!

Eric Zeemering, an assistant professor of public policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), is currently the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Governance and Public Administration at the University of Ottawa. On Tuesday, April 22nd he'll be delivering a free public presentation entitled "Collaborative Strategies for Urban Sustainability: Investigations in Canada and the United States". Click on the image below for complete details!
Eric Zeemering, an assistant professor of public policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), is currently the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Governance and Public Administration at the University of Ottawa. On Tuesday, April 22nd he’ll be delivering a free public presentation entitled “Collaborative Strategies for Urban Sustainability: Investigations in Canada and the United States”.

Celebrate Earth Day 2014 with Us!

U.S. Embassy Ottawa and the Embassy of Japan invite you and your family to join us for an afternoon of planet-friendly activities including arts and crafts, snacks, and a screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo (Walt Disney, 2008). Children aged 5-12 are also encouraged to enter the Earth Day art contest by bringing along an original work of art (see rules for details).

The event will take place April 12 at 1:30pm at the Japanese Embassy, 255 Sussex Drive. Seating is limited, so be sure to RSVP, either by phone (613-244-6959) or by email (infocul@ot.mofa.go.jp). Click on the poster below for more details!

Join us for an Earth Day screening of Ponyo!
Join us for an Earth Day screening of Ponyo!
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