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November 2013 - Nr. 11
Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, Editor-in-chief

Dear Reader

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 Show.

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 primary colours.

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
Diocesan Bishop Dr. Ägidius Zsifkovics with Sybille Forster-Rentmeister
Sybille Forster-Rentmeister with Dr. Robert Luck, Austrian General Consul & Trade Commissioner
Sybille 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. Thanksgiving, Ida Brandt and Sybille Forster-RentmeisterGerman 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

Sybille Forster-Rentmeister

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