Latest Club News

Catch up with all the latest news about what's happening in your club right here.  

Feel free to drop by often!  Note also that these articles will be included in the monthly CAC eNewsletter sent to members each month. Now that the club does not publish a monthly PDF newsletter, this news feed on the website (and the email it generates) is now the primary place to catch up on news and events. 

A list of these articles also appears on the front page of the website.
  • 27 Dec 2013 5:20 PM | Deleted user

    Rugby League in Canada looked all but extinct since the Emerging Nations World Cup in England in the Year 2000, but there has been a resurrection and Rugby League in Canada,and it is quite rapidly becoming a revered Rugby League nation.  There are now two successful competitions in British Columbia and Ontario, as well as the national team the “Canada Wolverines”. The Wolverines currently sit 16th in the world.  

    The Canada-Australia Rugby League has recently been formed to allow Canada RL to identify & develop potential Wolverines of the future. This initiative is being spearheaded by NRL Game Development Officer and Canadian eligible Mike Castle, along with Canadian citizen and Rugby League tragic Paul Ruri.

    Mike Castle is eligible to represent Canada through his Grandfather and is feeling very optimistic about the future of the program. “We’ve been able to identify some high quality individuals on and off the field so far, which will no doubt assist the Wolverines when the next World Cup Qualifiers come around in 2017.” 

    The squad will congregate for the first time on the 1st February 2014 when they compete in the Cabramatta International 9’s. This annual competition attracts a number of developing rugby league nations such as Philippines, Japan, Fiji, Niue, Portugal, Greece and PNG to name a few. 

    The squad will be also be bolstered by two current British Columbia based Canadian Wolverines who will fly to Australia in January to spend a month with the Parramatta Eels before meeting the squad for the tournament.  

    If you are eligible to represent Canada (at least 1 Canadian Grandparent), and would like some more information on how to join the C.A.R.L please contact Mike Castle on 0447 445 557 or If you would like the opportunity to sponsor the C.A.R.L please contact Paul Ruri on 0417 289 061 or

  • 27 Dec 2013 5:12 PM | Deleted user
    We've been contacted by Vlad Rubes, the Head Coach of the Sydney Bears Ice Hockey Team and former National Team Coach. If you know of any experienced hockey players in Sydney, please forward the following on:

    The Sydney Bears are one of the original teams of the Australian Ice Hockey League, the AIHL.

    The Sydney Bears are looking for players with Australian Permanent Resident visa status, who would like to continue playing hockey while living in Sydney. The potential players should have at least Junior A/B, CIS/College experience.

    Throughout the years, the Bears have had lots of Canadian players successfully playing for their Team, some have eventually become citizens able to represent Australia at the World Championships.

    For more information about the Sydney Bears and the National league, please check:

    Several facts about the AIHL:
    - season goes from April until end of August
    - there are 8 teams in 5 states
    - Bears practice 1-2/week @Macquarie Ice Rink
    - we play our home games @ Sydney Ice Arena

    If this appeals to you or someone you know, please contact Vlad directly.

    Vlad Rubes

  • 30 Nov 2013 11:55 AM | Deleted user
    What's happening in December?

    Wednesday, December 4th

    What: Hockey Night in Sydney
    Where: Cheers Bar on George St

    What's playing:

    4:30pm - Vancouver v Rangers - Nov 30
    6pm - Toronto v Montreal - Nov 30
    7:30pm - Detroit v Ottawa - Dec 1

    Friday, December 6th

    What: CAC Monthly Mixer

    Where: Upstairs at the Paragon Hotel, Cnr Loftus & Alfred St, Circular Quay

    What: Dinner, drinks, games, live music and prizes from 6pm

    Sunday, December 15th

     Vous etes invites a celebrer Noel avec vos  amis du Quebec Oz Club. You are invited to  celebrate Christmas with your friends from  the Quebec Oz Club.

     Prix/Price - $55 per person and it is free for  children that are 12 and under. They will  have live musicians, Christmas    decorations,  door prizes, etc...

    RSVP with before December 10th. Payment must be made in advance to Diane. You can pay by credit card. Contact Diane on 0414951961.

    Register Interest for our Jan/Feb Events!

    We are looking to book tickets to the following events:

    No January Monthly Mixer - Come to another event instead!!

    Wed, Jan 8th - Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers 
              Depending on numbers, tickets would be $35-$39/tix.
              *Register you interest to attend by Dec 6th.

    Sat, Jan 11th - APIA International Tennis Sydney 2014
              Men’s Final 11 January 2014 @ 430 pm

              Register Your Interest to Attend by Dec 1st 2013
              by emailing Nalini at

    Tues, Feb 18thDOLLY PARTON: The Blue Smoke World Tour 2014
                 Register Your Interest to Attend by Dec 8th 2013
                          by emailing Nalini at

    Note: Once th Committee knows member numbers, we can contact Ticketek to request a Group discount rate!

  • 30 Nov 2013 11:52 AM | Deleted user

    Our Sydney Hideouts – Where to take your family for the holidays

    Many of us are having family visit for Christmas and New Years. For some, this will be the first visit to Sydney. If this is the case, why not try some of these activities and secret hideouts:

    O Bar – Did you know there was a restaurant on the 44th floor of the MLC building that rotates! Take your family up there over the holidays for a great view of the city:

    Shangri-La Hotel – Did you know there is a restaurant on the 36th floor which has amazing views of the city and you don’t have to buy anything to take a look. Yes, it’s true! Scurry up to the 36th floor and have a look at the amazing views and simply pretend you’re looking for someone. Then head back down and be on your way to the Glenmore Rooftop:

    The Glenmore Hotel – the Glenmore Rooftop has some great food, rooftop patio and unobstructed views of the Sydney Opera House:

    Mosman Spit to Manly Walk – interested in getting some exercise? Have a look at

    Ice Skating – Yes, you can go ice skating in Sydney and in the summer in Sydney. Have a look at

    Kayaking – If you’re not afraid of the sharks, and want to get onto the water, why not rent a kayak? See

  • 29 Nov 2013 8:02 PM | Deleted user


    What Type of Events Would you Attend?

    If something here catches your eye, or you have some suggestions, please email:

    Proposed Club Events for 2014




    Monthly Mixers at in CBD area

    1st Friday of most months

    Paragon Hotel

    APIA Tennis

    11 January

    Sydney Olympic Park

    Dolly Parton Concert

    18 Feb

    Sydney Entertainment Centre

    Sea Kayaking Tour

    Jan-March (Summer)

    Spit Bridge Kayaks

    Pancake Breakfast in the Rocks


    Pancakes In the Rocks

    Sea Fishing




    St. Paddy’s Day party

    17 March

    Irish Pub

    Sea Kayaking Tour

    Jan-March (Summer)

    Spit Bridge Kayaks

    High Tea (Ladies Day Out)



    Burnt Orange Mosman

    Family Day on the Sydney harbour (or Pittwater) with BBQ by sailing yacht 



    Yacht Charter TBD

    Cockatoo Island Bar



    Cockatoo island Bar


    Wine tour Mudgee/Orange (with bus)


    Mudgee/Orange Wineries via Bus Tour

    Blue mountains walk


    Blue Mountains Walking Trails

    Mini-Mos:  Team CAC

    2/5/10 Km Walk or Run for the Family



    City to Surf Walk or Run:

    Team CAC



    Canada Day Party



    International Hockey USA vs Canada

    26 July

    Sydney Olympic Park

    Indoor Ski Session with In2ski session Sydney


     In2Ski Indoors


    Thredbo ski weekend


    Thredbo Village or Perisher Village

    Taronga zoo visit & picnic for Families (Music Nights in Summer)


    Taronga Zoo

    Thanksgiving Dinner

    9 October

    Halloween Party (Adults)

    31 October

    Argyle Hotel

    Halloween Party (For Kids)


    Argyle Hotel

    Hockey Night in Canada Games



    Jazz & Jacarandas In the Park (Jacarandas in Full bloom)

    -access to a clown and face painter


    Kirribilli Park (by Ensemble Theater)

    Spring Racing / Melbourne Cup Party


    Venue TBD

    Annual General Meeting at Consulate General Residence


    Consulate general Residence Vaucluse

    Christmas Carols in the Park

    21 December

    Balmoral Rotunda; others across Sydney

    Christmas Dinner

    16 December


    NYE Fireworks & Party by Yacht on Sydney Harbour

    31 December

    Yacht Charter TBD

    Sydney Harbour

    Mexican Cuisine / Paella Night


    Mexican or Spanish venue

    Spit Bridge to Manly Walk followed by lunch or dinner


    Spit Bridge to Manly

  • 28 Nov 2013 10:31 PM | Deleted user

    President - Damin Murdock

    Well, just like the picture indicates, we are going to do everything just right this year with no mistakes or hick-ups along the way. We are going to get a bullseye every time and no one can tell us any different (except for hindsight).

    So, our aim is to grow the Canadian Australian Club and get more people involved than ever before. We are going to reach out to non-Canadians, and find the hidden Canadians. We are going to ask you to get involved, and hope that you do. We are going to email you, Facebook you, call you and invite you out to many events. With all of this effort, we cannot fail.

    We look forward to having a great year and seeing you at our events!

    Event Coordinator - Nalini Downie

    Although the CAC Committee is revamping the way we do things, we cannot do it without your input and involvement. At our X-Mas Mixer on 6 December 2013, we will have a table set up for you to enter your comments, suggestions and concerns. However, why wait until then! 

    If you have any good suggestions, please let us know by sending an email to myself of Damin!

    Membership Officer - Zach Kominar
    This year my goals are to nurture and grow the comraderie and friendship amongst members of the club. This includes expanding our membership base and fostering continued good relations amongst club members.

    I look forward to meeting more of the members throughout the year at our events! Say G'day sometime eh? Let me know what brought you down under!

    Volunteer Coordinator - Kathleen Prokopovich
    My main goal this year is to promote our members to become more engaged and involved with the club, and one of the best ways to do that is by volunteering time to help at events. We are always looking for volunteers, and we love seeing new faces helping out. 

    So don't be shy, come find me at any mixer or event and we can figure a way to get you more involved! 

  • 28 Nov 2013 10:09 PM | Deleted user

    See what's happening with the Sydney Canadian Consulate by keeping in touch with Canada Down Under.

    New video's include:

    David Bartlett on Placespeak // David Bartlett sur Placespeak


    Stuart Johnston - Canadian Independent Music Association // Bigsound Report // Rapport du Bigsound
  • 28 Nov 2013 9:52 PM | Deleted user
    At our Thanksgiving party, Philip Bell kindly donated a large scale print from his photography exhibition EARTHscale. Philip is now collaborating with the CAC to fundraise, where the club will earn the profits from any sales made through the CAC.

    All images can be ordered and priced by contacting Philip at Any purchased prints can be picked up at the CAC  X-Mas Monthly Mixer on December 6th. Prints can also be mailed, and would make excellent Christmas presents!

    Philip has a variety of Canadian and Australian images, all of which couldn't be included in this one section. 

    A keen photographer for many decades, originally in analogue black/white, Philip has taken up digital colour photography after retiring as a professor of media studies at UNSW.

    His Canadian images come mostly from Alberta mountains and elevated lakes, and from the Inside Passage, B.C. He has included a couple of reminders of Montreal and Quebec City, as well.
  • 28 Nov 2013 9:44 PM | Deleted user
     Looking for some Canadian style Christmas decorations or gifts? Head to O'Canada for some great holiday items, like Birch candles, Canadian ornaments and more!

  • 10 Nov 2013 10:13 AM | Deleted user
    As taken from the CBC website. For the full article, please click here!

    From November 1 until December 6, any motorist who receives a parking ticket in the city can donate a toy of equal or greater value instead of paying their ticket. The toys go to the Red Deer Christmas Bureau, which seeks to provide presents and full Christmas meals to families in the community.

    “It’s all about giving back to the community,” Fred Dieno, the city's parking coordinator, said in a release about the Toys for Tickets program, now in its seventh year. As with most toy drives, the donations must be unwrapped and in their original packaging. Recommended toys include fishing rods, MP3 players and hockey sticks, although war toys and glue are discouraged.

    Red Deer is not the only Canadian city to launch a Toys for Tickets campaign — St. Albert, Alberta hopped on board in 2009, and in the Vancouver area, the private parking operator Impark has run a similar campaign with the Salvation Army. But for a city of about 90,000, the results in Red Deer have been pretty impressive: they've collected over 3,300 toys over the life of the program.

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