April 2013 - Nr. 4
The search for spring is on. The weather reports are looking for
good news to pass on to the viewers, and we look to our gardens
for signs of spring.
I can report that the glacier behind the house has finally
melted. The trees have huge buds with colour showing, ready to
burst open. Robins are showing up in pairs on the lawns of the
neighbourhood. Spring bulbs have pushed their green leaves up to
10 and 15 cm high. A neighbour’s forsythia bush is also ready to
burst its buds.
sent someone to look for spring to Allen Gardens. Our roving
photographer Bob Sandbo took some lovely pictures. The only
problem is: the flowers are already summer flowers like
Fingerhut, Eisenhut and Rittersporn. Spring flowers took a
When we are looking for spring we also find that organisations
appear to renew themselves also at this time. The Hansa Haus had
a general membership meeting and ended up with the same
they had before. That will make for nice continuity. Why change
what has worked well.
In the Concordia Club we also learned of a new board of
Directors and will report on it separately, because it was in
conjunction with the annual Presidents Ball. Unfortunately we
could therefore not attend the much touted Jaeger Ball at the
Hansa Haus. Maybe next year.
The Hansa Haus also had a fabulous Easter egg hunt for the
little ones, which is always a delight.
The Danube Swabians had a nice St. Patrick’s Day dance. We could
not be there but the community certainly knows how to celebrate
whatever comes our way. We have a few photos of it. Thank you
But we did attend the Greek Gala the club put on, which was most
A new board was also elected at the German Canadian Congress and
we should soon be hearing from that organisation what it has
planned to do after a longer brake from doing business.
And we must not forget the spring renewal in the Liberal Party.
The last event took place in Toronto’s Convention Centre and it
was pretty clear that Justin Trudeau was still the front runner.
He made some very good points, as did the other candidates, as
they each had 20 minutes to make one last attempt at persuading
people to vote for them to be the new Party leader. Sometimes
the rhetoric was extremely similar, as one would expect of
members of the same party. However the way the speeches were
delivered and that is a definitely where Justin Trudeau always
gets the most points. But this time he also was hard hitting. It
has been said that he is only running because of his father.
Well, he had a brilliant explanation. He did not disagree: “It
IS because of MY father, and YOUR father, and YOUR father, all
of our fathers who build this country…” Touché!
Voting on line is commencing immediately and on April 14 we
shall know who will have the honour to bring the National
Liberal Party back to its former glory. That is the plan.
Spring activities are on everywhere, in every arena, and we will
try and bring you the best of it. In the meantime keep looking
for your spring in your back and front yard and prepare for a
Until next time
Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, editor, editor-in-chief of
Echo Germanica, comments, cultural, artistic, political, daily events,
German-Canadian, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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