This fall is one of the most spectacular in many years. Mother
Nature really went all out to preserve the leaves that had
developed in unprecedented splendor. The only thing more
colorful is our local and federal political landscape.
Once illustrious Senators fell under scrutiny and the fallout,
the tit for tat, the speculations enliven the news programs of
all media and let other news pale in comparison. Only Toronto’s
Mayor could possibly top the kaleidoscope of political wrangling
in Ottawa. His story is not just black and white either. Here
too are many different facets that contribute to international
news attention. The mayor was even worshiped on the Jay Lenno
At Queens Park it is also not easily determined who is true blue
to the cause of governing in the peoples best interest. In the
US the red, white and blue are fighting for domination of one
shade over the other; and in Germany anything that is not black,
orange or green is categorized as brown and without vigorous
inspection dismissed. There has not been a new colour in the
making since green arrived on the scene. Perhaps the new party
in Germany will one day present itself as a chessboard of
The symbolism of colours is deeply entrenched in all countries.
If you want to find out more google “political colours” and you
will find a cornucopia of information on Wikipedia.
No matter what the political colour, a tiger does not change his
stripes, nor does a zebra. Thus the game goes on without much
regard for the individual.
|Diocesan Bishop Dr.
Ägidius Zsifkovics with Sybille Forster-Rentmeister
Forster-Rentmeister with Dr. Robert Luck, Austrian
General Consul & Trade Commissioner
While leafs are falling together with the reputations of some,
we can console ourselves with entertaining events in our
community. The Burgenlaender Club and the Austrian Society put
on a lively event to commemorate Austria’s history as a Republic
on the National Holiday. The Concordia Club in Kitchener
celebrated 140 years of its own extraordinary existence.
German Pioneers Day, Oktoberfest and Halloween was
barely over and we carried on with Wine-Fests and
Schlacht-Fests, only to ready ourselves for the festive season
which is looming just ahead. There will be annual Christmas
Markets’ in the Danube Swabian Club Scarborough, the German
Canadian Club Hansa in Brampton and in Kitchener, which we know
of. Likely there are more, but sadly we were not informed.
As you can see, no matter what political colour you subscribe
to, as communities there are many customs that unite us under
one banner, and if that does not do it then there is something
wrong and requires to be re-evaluated.
I hope to see many of you at as many events as possible. Let us
keep our German culture alive and well for many years to come.
I want to thank those of you who have sent in a subscription and
sometimes a bonus for our good work. Our photo spreads and
community articles are well received. We would like to encourage
more people to do the same.
Until next time