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
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