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Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Freeland Appoints Next Consul General in Detroit

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, has appointed Joseph John (Joe) Comartin of Windsor, Ontario to serve as the Consul General of Canada in Detroit. The Consul General in Detroit is the Government of Canada’s senior representative in the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.

Comartin began his career as a civil litigation lawyer in Windsor, Ontario, before joining federal politics in 2000 as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Windsor-Tecumseh for the New Democratic Party. Mr. Comartin helped found the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) Legal Services Plan and served as the plan’s managing director for the Windsor-Essex region. He also helped to establish co-operative housing and the CAW Child Care Centre. As an MP for 15 years, he served as Opposition house leader (2011 to 2012), and as deputy speaker of the House of Commons (2012 to 2015). In 2015, he retired from politics. In 2016, Mr. Comartin became distinguished political scientist in residence at the University of Windsor, where he taught ethics and reform in Canadian Parliament and a Constitutional law course on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Joseph John (Joe) Comartin the Consul General of Canada in Detroit

Joe Comartin

Outgoing Consul General Douglas George says that this is a good time for transition. “In the last two weeks, we took several monumental steps forward with Canada, Mexico, and the United States agreeing on a modernized trade agreement – the USMCA – which will bring benefits to all of North America, and the announcement from Prime Minister Trudeau and Michigan Governor Snyder of the start of construction on the Gordie Howe International Bridge between Windsor and Detroit.”

Consul General George is currently in discussions with Global Affairs Canada to determine his next assignment. He previously served as Canada’s Ambassador to Kuwait and in numerous economic posts at Global Affairs Canada, including the Commercial Policy Division, the GATT Division, and the US Trade and Economic Policy Division.

Located in Detroit, Canada’s Consulate General works to promote trade and investment links, to engage citizens and decision-makers on matters of shared interest, and to assist Canadians living and traveling in the US. More information is available at, on Facebook @CanadainDetroit and on Twitter @CanCGDetroit


Young Athletes from Canada at Continental Cup in Cleveland

The Continental Cup, put on by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, is now in its 10th year and the 2015 event had 3300 athletes from 11 countries including Tanzania, Kenya, Mongolia, China, Bermuda, China, Colombia, Canada, Brazil, Nepal and Greece.

Canada was very well represented with hundreds of athletes.

Posing at the 2015 Continental Cup

Young Athletes from Canada at Continental Cup in Cleveland

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The Tall Ships Festival at the Port of Cleveland drew several international ships including a few from Canada.

Canadian Tall Ship at Port of Cleveland

Tall Ships from Canada

Canadian Tall Ship at Port of Cleveland


O Canada sung by Marie Crawley Diamond at the Robert Burns Dinner put on by the Scottish Heritage Association of Northeast Ohio (SHANO) on January 21, 2012.


Young athletes from Canada compete in the 2011 Continental Cup
June 30, 2011

Boy with Canadian Flag

Young Canadian athletes at the 2011 Continental Cup

Young Canadian athletes at the 2011 Continental Cup

Young Canadian athletes at the 2011 Continental Cup

Young Canadian athletes at the 2011 Continental Cup

More from the 2011 Continental Cup

Consul General Roy Norton of Canada and Consulate of Netherlands Arnie de la Porte

Consul General Roy Norton of Canada and Consulate of Netherlands Charles 'Arnie' de la Porte at Rotary Club of Cleveland event

More from the event honoring the Cleveland Orchestra

Richard Arnold with his wife Elizabeth and baby Madalyn at The Cleveland Home & Garden Show

ClevelandPeople.Com Canadian Ambassador Richard Arnold with his wife Elizabeth and baby Madalyn at The Cleveland Home & Garden Show. Canada was the featured country at the January 2011 show.

Canada was well represented at the annual Continental Cup July 1-4, 2010 at John Carroll University in Cleveland.

Girl with flag of Canada

Canadian soccer team

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Organizations and Resources for Canadians in Cleveland

Can you name the 10 Canadian provinces and two territories?

  • Newfoundland,
  • Prince Edward Island,
  • New Brunswick,
  • Nova Scotia,
  • Quebec,
  • Ontario
  • Manitoba,
  • Saskatchewan,
  • Alberta,
  • British Columbia,
  • Yukon Territory
  • Northwest Territories.

Provinces of Canada

Provinces of Canada

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Business, Education and Employment Information

The Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa, west of Parliament Hill

The Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa, west of Parliament Hill

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Cleveland Canadian Feedback and Memories

British Columbia The BC Regiment, DCO, marching in New Westminster, 1940

The BC Regiment, DCO, marching in New Westminster, 1940. 1.1 million Canadians served in WWII. Canadian servicemen played a major part in the D-Day landings of 6 June, 1944.

Canadian History and Culture

The name Canada comes from a St. Lawrence Iroquoian word, kanata, meaning "village" or "settlement". In 1535, indigenous inhabitants of the present-day Quebec City region used the word to direct French explorer Jacques Cartier towards the village of Stadacona.

Cartier later used the word Canada to refer not only to that particular village, but also the entire area subject to Donnacona (the chief at Stadacona); by 1545, European books and maps had begun referring to this region as Canada.

Jacques Cartier

Jacques Cartier


A land of vast distances and rich natural resources, Canada became a self-governing dominion in 1867 while retaining ties to the British crown.

Economically and technologically the nation has developed in parallel with the US, its neighbor to the south across an unfortified border. Canada faces the political challenges of meeting public demands for quality improvements in health care and education services, as well as responding to separatist concerns in predominantly francophone Quebec.

Canada also aims to develop its diverse energy resources while maintaining its commitment to the environment.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)

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Richard Arnold

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