January 2014 - Nr. 1
The Canadian winter is letting us have it like it has not done
in many years. The only good thing I can see in this is the fact
that a lot of vermin and unpleasant insects like mosquitos have
less of a chance to survive. But despite the incredible cold we
made it out to all sorts of festive events.
I am pleased to tell you that we are continuing the life story
about Eric Stutenbaumer by Walter Eibisberger. Unfortunately we
had to interrupt the continuation due to lack of space. November
and December had too many community events that we had to report
on. I think the reading public does not understand that we have
to provide for expenses from advertising and German based
businesses are slowly becoming in short supply.
In the future, if you have a story that you think should be
known to the reading public you need to take into consideration
that you will have to contribute financially to the task. This
was the last time we do it without a financial contribution.
Unfortunately we cannot pay our bills with a “Thank You”.
Sad news is the loss of our good friend Lucille de Saint Andre,
who contributed wonderful, even award winning reports, like the
three part series on Quebec and movie reviews and interviews to
this publication. We shall always remember her. We are also
grateful to her husband Bob Sandbo, who often supplied great
photography to us.
There are some events that occurred after the December issue
came out, but we will report on them even though Christmas is
over for most of us. That of course leads us to New Year’s Eve
and the fabulous parties that happened in many places. We have 2
reports for you.
The promise of a very long and cold winter should put us in the
mood for the Winter Olympics. We hope that politics does not
have a play in the Russian held event and that our athletes can
excel in their chosen discipline.
As always in the January issue I want to thank all our
contributors that help to keep Echo Germanica up to date on
community events. There is regular contributor Marianne Schmidt
in Berlin, Irena Syrokomla in Kitchener Waterloo and
occasionally Gerhard Griebenow, Danuta Grigaitis, Pastor
Matthias E. Hartwig, Christian Klein, Rolf Piro, and many
To all of them and you, the valued reader, we wish all the best
for the coming year. May it be a healthy and successful one for
you and yours.
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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