The Canadian Nordic Society: February 2005


Nordic News

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




Please note that the year your membership has been paid up to is indicated on the outside of your envelope.


The following are the dates for the Speakers Series 2004-2005 season.

Please remember to keep these dates open.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Thursday, May 12, 2005 (AGM)


Canadian Nordic Society Events

Speakers' Series

Army Officers Mess, 149 Somerset Street West

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Please join us for the Ottawa premier of “Elling”!

40-year-old Elling, sensitive, would-be poet, is sent to live in a state institution when his mother, who has sheltered him his entire life, dies. There he meets Kjell Bjarne, a gentle giant and female-obsessed virgin, also in his 40s. After two years, the men are released and provided with a state-funded apartment with the hope they will be able to live on their own. Initially, the simple act of going around the corner for groceries is a challenge, but through a friendship born of desperate dependence, the skittish Elling and the boisterous Kjell discover they cannot only survive on the outside, they can thrive. As their courage grows, the two find oddball ways to cope with society, striking up the most peculiar friendships in the most unlikely places.

Please arrive at 7:00 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. Coffee will be served at $2.00 per person.


Moonlight Ski

Camp Fortune

Saturday, February 19, 2005


We will depart from parking lot 10 at 6:00 p.m. and meet at for Keogan's Lodge. Bring your own food and drink .


CNS Luncheon

Army Officers Mess, 149 Somerset Street West

Monday, February 21, 2004

Please arrive at 11:45 am for 12:00 pm luncheon. Lunch will be a choice of a light lunch at a cost of $4.50 per person or one of two hot foods at a cost of $8.50 per person. Parking is not available at the Mess during daytime hours. Dress code requires jacket and tie, no jeans or jogging suits.

Reservations need to be made by the Friday before the Luncheon. Please contact Tiina Timonen at 563-3961 ext. 274 to book your reservation.

Speakers' Series

Army Officers Mess, 149 Somerset Street West

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Ottawa author Gerard Kenney will discuss Norwegian explorer Otto Sverdrup who took the vesterveg, or "westward way", to chart, explore and study North America's northernmost lands and his book Ships of Wood and Men of Iron written in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Otto Sverdrup's birth


In and Around Town

Rideau Hall's Winter Celebration

Saturday, February 5, 2005 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Rideau Hall


OTTAWA - Rideau Hall's popular Winter Celebration is just around the corner!
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada, and His Excellency John Ralston Saul invite everyone to take part in fun winter activities for the whole family.

The event marks the fourth consecutive year that Rideau Hall offers an afternoon of free outdoor winter fun in conjunction with Winterlude. Family activities will include sleigh rides, snowshoeing and skating on Canada's oldest outdoor skating rink. Enjoy Inuit cultural presentations and try out an 8-metre section of the Norway / Keskinada Giant Ski.

Visitors will also be able to warm up while exploring Rideau Hall. Guides will be available to answer questions in the residence's staterooms. Visitors will not want to miss seeing the new exhibition, "The McMichael Canadian Art Collection at Rideau Hall". A new feature of the residence tour, this exhibition showcases 12 landscapes created by some of Canada's most renowned artists including A. Y. Jackson, Lawren S. Harris, Emily Carr and Janet Kigusiuq and others.

Free parking will be available at the National Research Council (100 Sussex Drive). A free shuttle service will be in operation from 12:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Limited parking for mobility-impaired guests is available on the grounds via Princess Avenue.


Norway/Keskinada Centennial Ski

Wednesday, February 16, 2005 at 11:00 a.m.

Parc Jacques Cartier, Gatineau


You are invited to participate in the "Centennial Ski" in a GIANT effort to set a Guinness World Record. In celebration of the Norwegian Centennial, 100 people, on a 100-metre-long pair of skis, will travel a distance of 100 metres.

We are recruiting people with skiing experience to help us achieve our goal. Please register your interest (your team's interest) and commitment to participate in this momentous and record-setting event. Please contact the Embassy of Norway to register. Please be at the Embassy of Norway tent located near the Marina by 10:00 a.m. for registration. Winterlude shuttle buses are available from downtown Ottawa Parking at the Best Western Hotel for a fee of $6 outside and $7 inside. Dress warmly and wear boots with a rugged sole. Please bring one pair of ski poles per participant. Register by 10:00 a.m. (essential for the Guinness record).


If you have any questions, please contact Wenche Linneboe at 613-238-6571 or Virginie Ernoult at 819-595-0114. Hope to see you on the ski!


Canadian Children's Museum

Nordic Adventure

February 12,13,19 and 20, 2005 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Come warm up and join the winter fun to celebrate Nordic wintertime traditions with crafts, storytelling, food and music. In the Studio there will be Norwegian

waffle and Icelandic pancake making and Scandinavian heart weaving.

The theatre will be featuring the following events:

February 12 th , 11:00 am: Ottawa Finnish School group of young children (10-15) will demonstrate traditional Finnish folk dancing in couples and invite others to join in.

February 12 th , 1:00pm: Two young Ottawa Canterbury Art School students, (whose parents are Finnish,) to sing and play traditional Finnish children's songs.

February 19 th , 11:00am and 1:00pm, Kathy Arnason, an Icelandic/Canadian author will be coming to do 2 readings of 2 of her books. The Story of the Gimli Huldufolk in English at 11:00am and 1:00pm and a promotion of her

recently published book Falcon's Gold: Canada's First Olympic Hockey Heroes also in English. Both books have cultural references to Iceland and visitors will learn about Icelandic culture.

February 20 th , 11:00am: Lorraine David will do a dramatic demonstration of her book, Un ourson noir au pôle Nord in costume with interactive props for the children. (In French only).

Norway Day

Sunday, March 6, 2005 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Gatineau Park


Bring your skis and join us for a typical Norwegian family ski outing at the Huron Lodge. We will serve “vaffels” and warn “solboertoddy”, a Norwegian Tradition. For more information please call 827-2020.

Compliments of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in cooperation with the National Capital Commission.


On December 4, 2004, the Canadian Nordic Society celebrated its 40th Santa Lucia! Stella Ellis did a wonderful job organizing and preparing the children for the Lucia procession. The board would like to thank everyone who volunteered their time to make Lucia such a wonderful success. Thank you to Debbie Wild who was this year's MC. It was very nice to see Ambassador and Mrs. Alvin and Ambassador Eiriksson at this year's festivities.

We hope to see you all again in 2005!

On November 18, 2004, the Finnish ambassador to Canada, His Excellency Pasi Patokallio, gave a very interesting talk on his life and work to the CNS. Ambassador Patokallio became the new Finnish ambassador to Canada on September 1, 2004. His previous postings have included Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University in 2003-2004 and Ambassador of Finland to Israel and Cyprus in 1998-2003. He discussed his many experiences while based in Israel that reflect the news that we are used to seeing almost daily now- the tensions of life in the Mideast.


From July 7-11, 2003, he was Head of Delegation to the first biennial Review Conference of the UN Conference on Illicit Trade of Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects in New York City, and previously he was Deputy Head of Delegation to the original UN Conference in 2000-2001. He talked at length on the various aspects of his many dealings in this area, and the successes and challenges still facing the UN to control this trade.


Ambassador Patokallio also talked about his home country, his love of Finnish nature and the unique place Finland is in with such close proximity to the former Soviet Union and present day Russia, as well as Sweden and Norway.




National Day of Sweden, formerly known as the Day of the Swedish flag or Sveriges nationaldag and Svenska flaggans dag, occurring on June 6 is the national holiday of Sweden. Starting in 2005 it is also an official Swedish public bank holiday replacing the Whit Monday, which no longer has the status of official holiday.

During WW2, Raoul Wallenberg was a young Swedish diplomat in Budapest, Hungary, who saved thousands of lives of mostly Jewish people who were destined to be deported to the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz. He also intervened in execution style killings in Hungary that would have taken the lives of many more. He rescued 100,000 Jews from the Nazis.

A recent exhibit was held at Ben Franklin Place to highlight the 60 th anniversary of the contributions of this amazing man, and his mysterious disappearance that remains unsolved to this day.

A ceremony to mark the opening of the exhibit included a personal tribute from an Ottawa doctor who, along with his wife, was spared death due to the intervention of Mr. Wallenberg. Justice Minister Irwin Cotler also spoke at the ceremony, praising the actions of Mr. Wallenberg. He lamented that such swift action as Mr. Wallenberg showed could not be repeated in many of the conflicts areas around the world .