Canadian-American Studies in the News

Fraser Institute: Netflix CRTC standoff is chance to open Canadian TV system

A senior fellow with the Fraser Institute, Steven Globerman, says existing regulatory and legal barriers could be dismantled to relieve conventional broadcasters, cable and satellite companies of their Canadian content obligations. He also advocates lifting restrictions on foreign ownership of Canadian broadcasters to allow for takeovers by more efficient businesses and suggests that Canadian cultural programming requirements should be left to the CBC-Radio Canada.

2015 Canadian Consulate General Seattle Intern Program

The program invites interested students who would like an opportunity to experience the operations of a foreign government in the United States. Our internships are very flexible but geared to align with university semesters and terms as many of our interns join us as an Independent Study for which they are earning course credits. The minimum internship is 8-10 weeks and 9-10 hours per week. The internships are unpaid and at no time is an employer / employee relationship established. Students may terminate their internship at any time as may the Consulate.

More information can be found in the Internship Application.

Work by Canadian Artist Kerr Eby at Western

Kerr Eby was born in Tokyo the son of Canadian missionaries. He later became an American citizen and fought for the US in WWII. His art is one of forty images forming a new art show curated by Western students in Wilson Library at Western. It opened May 30 and continues through July 30. For more information read the Westerntoday article.

Western and Québec renew partnership

The longstanding partnership between Western Washington University and the Government of Québec has been renewed for an 11th straight year. The Government of Québec has granted Western $14,500 for a visiting professor of Québec Studies, who will teach Western classes cross-listed in Canadian-American Studies and Political Science.
For further details about the renewed partnership, please read the whole article.

Fellowship Opportunity for all Scholars

The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) is currently accepting applications for the Eakin Visiting Fellowship in Canadian Studies at McGill University for the Fall 2014 and Winter 2015 terms. The Fellowship is awarded to scholars of all rank and discipline whose research focus on some aspect of Canada.

For further details about the Fellowship and the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, please view the flier or visit our website at

Students helping to conduct survey of border crossers

On Western Today, July 10, 2013

Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute is working with the Whatcom Council of Governments to conduct a large-scale survey of travelers through the five border crossings along the Whatcom County and British Columbia border.

Internships with the Canada Institute in Washington DC

On Wilson Center, Nov 15, 2013

Internships with the Canada Institute are designed to provide the individuals selected with the opportunity for practical experience in an environment that successfully mixes academic study with public policy. Interns will gain valuable experience in a variety of projects such as conference organization, library and Internet research, assistance with the preparation of publications, and administrative assignments in support of program and Center activities.

BPRI Associate Director wins Award for Excellence

David Davidson, Associate Director of the Border Policy Research Institute since 2005, was awarded the 2013 Professional Staff Award for Excellence for his exceptional work and contributions to the Institute and Western Washington University. Davidson’s work has been a key factor in building the international reputation of the Institute and its success in advancing policy recommendations to US and Canadian political leaders.

Students helping to conduct survey of border crossers

On Western Today, July 10, 2013

Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute is working with the Whatcom Council of Governments to conduct a large-scale survey of travelers through the five border crossings along the Whatcom County and British Columbia border.

Western and Québec celebrate 10-year partnership

On Western Today, May 3, 2013

With the assistance of the Government of Québec, Western’s Center for Canadian-American Studies has brought a Québec scholar to campus each spring to research and teach on Québec issues and Québec-U.S. relations.

ACSUS Fund for the Arts Grant Competition

On The Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, February 14th, 2013

ACSUS is pleased to announce the 2013 competition for the ACSUS Fund for the Arts grant program. The program is designed to stimulate US academic institutions to organize more symposia, roundtables, conferences, public lectures and authors’ appearances in literature, the performing and visual arts, with the aim of promoting Canada through cultural events. The program will fund selected projects with grants ranging between [50-$500, depending on the number and demands of the projects submitted.]

Lysa Rivera Wins Essay Award

On The Science Fiction Research Association, February 6th, 2013

Lysa M. Rivera, an assistant professor at Western Washington University, recently won an award. Her article “Future Histories and Cyborg Labor: Reading Borderlands Science Fiction after NAFTA,” was published in Science Fiction Studies 39.3 in November 2012, and was selected as the winner of the Science Fiction Research Association’s 2012 Pioneer Award for the best critical essay-length work of the year.

Alper's Article in the Puget Sound Business Journal Examines New Border Deal

On The Puget Sound Business Journal, January 4-10, 2013

Quebec Week at Western Washington University

May 31, 2012

The Québec Government Office in Los Angeles took advantage of “Quebec Week” at Western Washington University (WWU) to strengthen its relations with this important university in Bellingham, Washington.

Bellingham Attorney Establishes PACE Scholarship Program for Western Washington University's STUDY CANADA Summer Institute

March 27, 2012

Greg Boos, immigration attorney at Cascadia Cross-Border Law in Bellingham, recently initiated, on behalf of the Pacific Corridor Enterprise Council (PACE), a full tuition scholarship for an American classroom teacher to attend the 2012 STUDY CANADA Summer Institute for K-12 Educators.

Canada and the U.S. No Longer Separated By Border of Horrors

On The Huffington Post, February 15, 2012

This time last year, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper launched two U.S.-Canada initiatives, one to negotiate greater federal regulatory cooperation, and the other to negotiate border security improvements. One year later, how are they doing on the border?

BPRI publishes proceedings from seminar, "The Beyond the Border Dialogue at Age One: Policy and Political Implications for the Pacific Northwest."

Held in Seattle, February 10, 2012

The one day event featured key federal officials from both Canada and the US, members from the business community, government officials and academics. The first panel discussed the significance of the BTB Action Plan for trade, business, and security. A second panel discussed political challenges and opportunities related to implementation of the BTB Action Plan. A keynote address was delivered by Brad Owen, Lieutenant Governor of Washington State, and introductory remarks were made by Anne Callaghan, U.S. Consul General in Vancouver, and Denis Stevens, Canadian Consul General in Seattle.

New U.S.-Canada Border Deal Makes Improvements, Suggests other Opportunities

On The Seattle Times, December 25, 2011

President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper signed a deal Dec. 8 that stakes out a menu of changes that will improve the border. The agreement also deserves praise for strengthening partnerships and cooperation with Canadians. The rolling out of the Obama-Harper plan has, at least for the time being, brought needed attention to lingering border problems that have become a drag on boosting trade and simplifying travel. Fixing problems is what this deal is about. But, is this not also an opportunity to envision what else could be done? What could be accomplished in this dynamic region if our energies and resources were focused at least as much on leveraging the assets of this border region as they are on managing border problems? --writes Don Alper

BPRI Leads Panel Discussing New U.S.-Canada Border Security Strategy in Ottawa

The Border Policy Research organized a panel to discuss forthcoming Canada-US border security policy at the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States conference, Ottawa, on November 18. The panel, sponsored by the Institute along with the Regional Institute at the University at Buffalo, examined the "Beyond the Border" agreement, intended to move the U.S. and Canada closer to a system of “perimeter security” and a new partnership approach to cross-border security. The panel, "Canada-U.S. Border Policy: The New Perimeter Security Vision," examined the strengths and weaknesses of the new strategy and what has changed. The panel was chaired by Don Alper, BPRI Director, Western Washington University; Sue Saarnio, U.S. Embassy, Ottawa; Chris Gregory, Beyond the Border Working Group, Ottawa; Christopher Sands, Hudson Institute; and Geoffrey Hale, University of Lethbridge.

WWU Economists discuss the impact of exchanges rates on Northwest Washington and British Columbia

On The Bellingham Herald, October 20, 2011

WWU economists Steven Globerman and Hart Hodges joined with economist Farid Novin of the Bank of Canada to explain and assess how fluctuating exchange rates affect shopping, investment and the overall regional economy.

'The Farmer Who Took on Monsanto' is topic of Oct. 21 talk

On Western Today, October 17, 2011

Percy Schmeiser, a Canadian farmer who took his case to the Canadian Supreme Court, will present "The Farmer Who Took on Monsanto" at Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment's Speaker Series, at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, in Fraser Hall 4 on Western Washington University's campus. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the WWU Center for Canadian-American Studies, Western's Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies' World Issues Forum, and the Community Food Co-op.

Brooksville Elementary's Kathy Gates visits Canada on study program

On Tampa Bay, September 8, 2011

Kathy Gates went to Canada through the "Study Canada" program offered by Western Washington University. "These programs bring in the experts to teach us," she said.

Alper given 'hot potato' award for work related to Canada-U.S. border

On Western Today, August 9, 2011

Don Alper, a professor of Canadian-American Studies at Western Washington University, recently was given the "Hot Potato Award" for his work relating to the Canada-U.S. Border.

Border Policy Research Institute Conducts Border Security Seminar in Seattle

On Western Today, June 22, 2011

More than 40 academics, policy makers and U.S. and Canadian government officials gathered in Seattle on Monday, June 20, to discuss how border security is envisioned and managed. Convened by the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University and the Seattle Canadian Consulate General of Canada, the seminar featured presentations by experts on border issues and lively discussion among academics, law enforcement officials, policy leaders and businesspersons.

U.S. Ambassador to Canada visits WWU

On Western Today, June 10, 2011

United States Ambassador to Canada David Jacobson presented a faculty-student seminar at the Center for Canadian-American Studies at Western Washington University on Thursday, June 9, as part of a West Coast tour.

Canadian-American Studies honored at Bellingham City Council meeting

On Western Today, June 7, 2011

The Canadian-American Studies program at Western Washington University was honored by the Bellingham City Council on Monday, June 6, at the council's regular meeting.

Councilman Seth Fleetwood read from a resolution honoring the program, which this year celebrates its 40th birthday.

Unruly Children of a Common Mother: Canada-U.S. center at WWU celebrates 40 years of dynamic relationship

by Rich Donnelly, published in the Cascadia Weekly May 4, 2011

Rich Donnelley at the Cascadia Weekly explores the phenomenon known as the "Border Effect," how the presence of the border by its very nature can restrict and deter the movement of people and goods. Donnelly explains the ways in which the Center for Canadian-American Studies and Border Policy Research Institute have worked since 1971 to mitigate this "Border Effect" and bring Canadians and Americans closer together. He also offers a succinct overview of the events celebrating the Center's 40th Anniversary April 28-29, 2011.

The U.S. and Canada—singing in harmony?

by Luiza Ch. Savage, published in MacLeans Magazine on May 2, 2011

Mentions speech given by Colin Robertson at the Center for Canadian-American Studies 40th Anniversary "Bridging Distances: Past and Future Perspectives on Canada-US Relations" Conference April 28, 2011.

Vaughn Palmer and Steve Scher discuss the 40th Anniversary of the Center for Canadian-American Studies on KUOW's "Weekday"

Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun Columnist and regular guest on KUOW's Weekday with Steve Scher discusses the 40th Anniversary of the Center for Canadian-American Studies in his weekly radio update of "News from Canada" broadcast from KUOW Seattle on April 27, 2011.

Informational spot aired on stations of Cascade Radio Group

April/May 2011

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WWU Center for Canadian-American Studies Celebrates 40 Years

reporting by Mike Kurtis News story from KGMI highlighting the 40th Anniversary of the Center for Canadian-American Studies, April 28, 2011

Evans to promote Alberta—U.S. relations in Bellingham and Seattle, Washington

from, details visit of Alberta Minister of Intergovernmental and International Relations Iris Evans to the Bridging Distances conference at WWU in April, 2011. Evans to promote Alberta—U.S. relations in Bellingham and Seattle, Washington

Celebrating 40 years of Cross-Border Cooperation

by: Isaac Bonnell, published in the Bellingham Business Journal, the Langley Times and the South Delta Leader April 15, 2011.

WWU center has helped U.S.-Canada relations for 40 years by Don Alper, Director of the Center for Canadian-American Studies.

Published in the Bellingham Herald March 23, 2011

Group to study border wait times

Blaine Northern Light, March 2, 2011

The Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI) at Western Washington University has received $49000 in funding to conduct field research on wait times and lane reconfiguration at the border.

Western begins research on commercial border traffic

Western Front, February 25, 2011

Western's Border Policy Research Institute has begun research that could improve commercial traffic congestion at the United States-Canadian border. The institute began field research on the current lane configuration Feb. 14.

BPRI gets 49K to conduct field research on wait times and lane reconfiguration at the border

From Online Fast at WWU Februry 18, 2011

Washington should look next door for trade, not just overseas

by Don Alper, Director of the Center for Canadian-American Studies. Published in the Seattle Times November 25, 2010.

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