Another year has passed, and what a year it was! My personal
impression of it was not too favorable as far the world was
concerned. The terrorists had by far a voice that was too loud.
Their deplorable actions caused too much fear. The displacement
of people by the many hundreds of thousands, perhaps even
millions, is causing many a humanitarian crisis that the world
is ill equipped to handle with ease. Here in Canada we do what
we can to put a band aid on the wounds the world is
experiencing. We cannot help everyone, but we can help some
people. 25 thousand people will come here from the middle east
before spring starts. That does not seem to be a lot for such a
big country as ours, especially not if Germany is talking 200
thousand. But Germany, even though it is a small country as far
as square kilometers are concerned, it has many more millions of
people and can produce more resources than we can, having a huge
landmass and a lot fewer people.
|Sybille with Maria & Joe Stritzl and brother
"Happy New Year"
It is a dire situation where we are wrong if we do and wrong if
we don’t, or so it seems. No matter where these misplaced
people, these refugees go, they will have to learn the language
in order to prevent ghetto formations, which can happen so
easily when another culture is interspersed into a country with
totally different traditions in all its expressions, not just
language, but religion, day to day activities like cooking,
raising children, social structure in regards to woman and so
Canada is a traditional immigration country. Germany is not used
to be overrun by foreigners to the same degree. Learning the
language of the new country is therefore of utmost importance,
or else there will be no integration to any degree. By the same
token the host country cannot allow its own values and customs
be undermined by suggestions or demands of giving up customs of
old, as not to offend the newcomers. Such was the case in some
places in Germany and it should not be allowed.
Our new government under Justin Trudeau is compassionate and
helpful in these regards and provides the infrastructure to
integrate the refugees that have been screened and found to be
interested in becoming part of the Canadian fabric. We are at
least trying to live up to our Charter of Rights and Freedoms,
which is a bit different if Mr. Trump succeeds in the USA. What
is happening there is scaring me. This is no longer typical
politics, this is a power struggle that caters to reason on one
side and the lowest common denominator on the other side in
order to win. And we all know how that can end up.
Speaking of Justin Trudeau, he is the one bright spot that
emerged this year with a young and vibrant cabinet that promises
positive change for this country, after the dark days of
Harperism. Note that the word “ism” has been declared the word
of the year, even though it is not even a complete word but just
a syllable. So forgive me the pun.
I am hoping that all is well that ends well, and I am hoping
that it will, end well that is.
Let us all have a happy, healthy and successful NEW YEAR!