March 2017 - Nr. 3
Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, Editor-in-chief

Dear Reader

What promised to be a short winter, even though mild, can yet become an alternate fact, if you know what I mean. The weather is playing like a yo-yo with our hopes and dreams for a very early spring. I am told not to complain; and it is true, I am complaining constantly about the weather, because I hate the cold. I never became so Canadian as to love it. I never participated in winter-sports; I tried but did not like it. I am a summer person and yearn for a beach with light sand, a gentle breeze and warm waves.

Thank goodness there was great entertainment in our community of late. We had “Hansa goes Classic” in the Hansa Club, there was the highly entertaining “L’Elisir d’Amore” at Opera York, and a fabulous 50th anniversary of the annual Princess Ball at the Danube Swabian Club in Scarborough.


The Danube Swabian Youth Group with their Princess and Prince elect


I also want you to take note of a letter that was written to the Toronto Star by Chris Klein in response to an article that described some of Toronto Young Street's history. As we usually expect the, in this case, dominant participation of German immigrants in building Yonge street, was not mentioned at all. He wrote a very good letter filling in the missing details, hoping that the Star would print it. If you guessed that they did not print it then you would be right.

It is not easy to understand why to this day German participation in Canada’s historic events is still not part of the curriculum. Furthermore, I find it strange that even politicians on a municipal and provincial level at least have acknowledged not only Berczy and Beck, and even build a monument for them, yet in the main stream media there still is a resistance to it. I wonder if they know that we have in Ontario a German Pioneers Day, the day after Thanksgiving.

Well, I guess, we just have to, and must repeat the message, and repeat it, and repeat it until it gets through!

Until next time

Sybille Forster-Rentmeister

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