Canada House is the home of the High Commission of Canada to the United Kingdom It hosts consular facilities for Canadians to renew passports or apply for emergency assistance, visa and immigration processing services, a military liaison office, trade officers, political officers and a public affairs section. I can remember early on in my career as a house history researcher looking for the house on the 600 block of East Cordova where Nova Scotian-born contractor John L. McKenzie, the builder of my old house on the 1000-block of Odlum Drive, had once lived.
With more than 200 works of Canadian contemporary and historical art, design and fine craft displayed and thoughtfully integrated into the architecture at Canada House, the value that Canadian art and cultural producers offer, and their contribution to Canadian identity, is made resoundingly clear.
In Q2 2016, Canada´s economy shrank by an annualized rate of 1.6%, the biggest decline since Q2 2009, amidst a decline in exports, especially for energy products, according to Statistics Canada Exports of goods and services fell by 16.7% in Q2 2016 from a year earlier.
Presiding over the central, winding staircase is a dynamic mobile-like sculpture of red and white paddles (also by Moss & Lam) featuring maple leaves painted with the help of Canadian Olympians and students from the Etobicoke School of the Arts Kayak-inspired light fixtures and the use of natural woods and logs also figure throughout the space, contributing to the Canada House’s cozy and playful atmosphere.
Also like in the British House of Lords, Senators would be appointed from the upper class and serve as a sort of non-hereditary nobility, who would apply the brakes when needed on bad legislation originating from the mob-appointed (I mean democratically elected) Canadian House of Commons.