The European Union Film Festival returns to Ottawa for its 34th year, inviting the nation’s capital on a cinematic journey across the diverse cultural tapestry of the EU. The Canadian Film Institute (CFI), in collaboration with the European Union Delegation to Canada, the Embassies of EU Member States and the Ottawa Art Gallery, are pleased to announce the opening of the 2019 instalment of the EUFF on Saturday, November 16, running through Sunday, December 8.
Freedom of expression, in all its forms, is the very essence of democracy. Only with a thriving, free and independent media landscape, we can hold governments, businesses and society at large accountable. And precisely for this fundamental right, far too often, journalists and media workers are attacked, persecuted, harassed, or intimidated for carrying out their work. Most journalists are not wounded in the heat of war coverage, but suffer violence in our immediate surroundings. In 2018 alone, 94 journalists and media staff were killed in work-related incidents as reported by the International Federation of Journalists. Hundreds more have been subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention without ever having been tried in a court.
The European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe firmly oppose the death penalty at all times and in all circumstances. The death penalty is a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment contrary to the right to life. The death penalty means revenge, not justice, and its abolition contributes to the enhancement of human dignity.
For the first time, the Delegation of the European Union to Canada worked with the Students on Ice Foundation to send three young Sámi from the European Arctic and one supervisor to the Canadian Arctic. The 16-day expedition, organised by the Students on Ice Foundation will have a lasting impact on our European participants.
More than 700 language enthusiasts turned up for the 6th annual European Day of Languages at the Glebe Collegiate Institute in Ottawa. The event was organized by the European Union Delegation to Canada, EU Member States Embassies and the Ottawa Chapter of the European National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), in partnership with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) and the International Languages Educators' Association (ILEA) of Ontario.