17 Aug 2019
August 17, 2019

Ask Elke

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Ask Elke

Here are just some requests I have received lately.  If you would like to respond, or ask your own question, please contact me at info@europeannews.ca.

  • Hey, Mein Name ist Maximilian, Ich studiere in Berlin und mach jetzt mein Auslandssemester in Vancouver. Bin auf der Suche nach WG-Zimmer und wollte fragen, ob Ihr mir da weiterhelfen könnt?
  • Mein Sohn Jakob, 21 Jahre, wird ab November 2019 für 6 Monate ein Praktikum an der Fakultät für Medizin an der UBC machen, dort forschen und auch seine Bachelorarbeit schreiben. Wir suchen nun für ihn ein Zimmer, gerne in West Point Grey (dort haben wir früher gewohnt) oder sonst in erreichbarer Nähe zur UBC. Zur Miete oder als Tausch gegen ein Zimmer in Berlin.
  • Hello! I have been trying to learn German, but I feel that I need someone that speaks the language to help me with it!
  • Hi, my 19-year old son is coming to Vancouver and looking for a place to stay during his trip to the West coast of Canada and the US from October 13th onwards

If you have a room available, or if you take in students, Airbnb, rent out apartments or otherwise cater to Europeans, you will want to join the European Business Directory on European News for only $25 a year.

I may not have all the answers, I may not have all the questions, but I am there to connect the questions with the answers!

08 Aug 2019
August 8, 2019

Dortmund Fan Challenge in Vancouver!

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Message from the German Consulate General Vancouver:

“While we were riding on Vancouver’s SkyTrain, we came across this young Dortmund fan who proudly wore Dortmund’s official team logo ⚽️. Since we will be receiving a delegation from the city of Dortmund on the Day of German Unity, October 3, we began to wonder how many Dortmund fans there are in Vancouver. To make our research more exciting, we have come up with a photo contest:

We invite you Dortmund fans out there, to take a picture of yourselves with your club logo of Dortmund in front of one of Vancouver’s many landmarks (Canada Place, First Nations Totem Pole, etc.) and send it by private message to our official Facebook page ‘German Consulate General Vancouver’ on or before August 31, 2019.

Here is a link to their German Consulate General Facebook Page! https://www.facebook.com/GermanConsulateGeneralVancouver/

🏆🏆The winner will receive TWO tickets to the official reception of the Consulate General on the evening of October 3 AND a Meet and Greet with Dortmund’s Mayor Ullrich Sierau!🏆🏆

The best pictures of you will be published on our Facebook page and the final winner will be selected by our social media community!

May the most devoted Dortmund fan win! 💪”

From the website of the German Consulate General!

Toronto / CA, July 24, 2019 – Kuehne + Nagel successfully completed the acquisition of Worldwide Perishable Canada Co. (WWP). The company is one of the largest freight forwarders in the country and a top player for perishables cargo being the market leader in tuna export. With a strong footprint on the East Coast, WWP will strengthen the existing Kuehne + Nagel perishables network in Canada. Being the number 1 airfreight forwarder in the country, Kuehne + Nagel can now offer its customers an extended service offering.

“Perishables logistics is one of our strongest growth drivers at Kuehne + Nagel,” says Greg Martin, Regional Airfreight Manager Kuehne + Nagel North America. “Thus, we have been continuously investing in the expansion of our dedicated network: through selected acquisitions and by connecting key production countries to major markets. Setting up global certified standards which are reflected in our KN FreshChain solution, has further strengthened our perishables network worldwide, making it the largest in the industry.”

WWP was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Originally dedicated to serve a local demand in the Canadian export market it has grown into one of the country’s major perishables forwarders. The combined volume of both companies’ business portfolio will account for more than 17,000 tons air export of perishables per annum out of Canada strengthening Kuehne + Nagel’s market leading position in North America.

“We are looking forward to joining the Kuehne + Nagel Group. Combining the strengths of both companies, we will add outstanding value in the regional and international perishables business. For both, our customers and our employees this will generate growing perspectives and services,” comments Doug McRae, Chief Operating Officer Worldwide Perishables Canada Co.

Jamie Wood, National Manager Kuehne + Nagel Canada adds: “Acquiring a specialized player in seafood logistics, Kuehne + Nagel consolidates its leading position in the market. Using the network and experience of both companies, our customers can benefit from an enhanced offering and the best possible solution to their needs.”

URL : http://newsroom.kuehne-nagel.com/kuehne–nagel-further-continues-expansion-of-its-global-perishables-network/

Download an online copy free, or order a print copy for your records!

European News - Issue 4

By Elke Porter in European News

20 pages, published 7/6/2019

European News helps Europeans in Western Canada promote themselves, as well as their products/services/events. We also inform, educate and entertain our readers who are interested in what Europeans in Canada are up to.

European News Magazine in Canada lives on the “magcloud” platform.

When you upload a publication to MagCloud, you have the option to sell it online through the MagCloud storefront. You can choose to add a markup beyond the cost of printing to monetize your publishing efforts. This markup will be added to the printing price to determine the total cost of the publication when it is for sale on the website. In my case, I let people download an issue free and only ask them for payments for ordering a print copy (+ shipping).

People can order your publication on the MagCloud website in print and digital format using a credit card or PayPal account. In addition, your MagCloud username doubles as a unique URL for your storefront at username.magcloud.com. Whenever you opt to sell a publication publicly in the MagCloud storefront, it will appear on this page, making it easy to publicize on your website and social media channels. You can also grant access to the storefront for private publications via a guest pass sent by email.

http://www.magcloud.com/

Table of Contents include a story about the VdU, about Haarlem in Amsterdam, Oktoberfest in Australia, a successful Schnitzel truck in Kelowna, Trade Commissioner Service, a young transatlantic leadership program, Else Ury who wrote the Nexthäkchen series, 4 German schools in Metro Vancouver, some past events, EUFA coming in 2020, doob (3d), Ai hits its stride in Vancouver, follicular lymphoma (cancer), silly jokes, and more.

The next issue will be coming out September 15, which gives you all lots of time to send in your ads, your press releases, your photos or events. Let’s get connected! This is the place to get public relations for your business! Full page ad is only $600! Contact Elke:

604 828 8788 | info@europeannews.ca | admin@westcoastgermannews.ca

21 Jun 2019
June 21, 2019

German-speaking Clinical Cousellor

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Nina Hopmeier completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the Athabasca University of Alberta. Her training was largely focussed on mindfulness and cognitive behaviorial approaches.

Growing up in Vienna, Austria, in a multicultural environment has largely influenced the counsellor that she is today. through her life experiences and training on multiculturalism she has gained awareness of the importance of tailoring her therapeutic approach to the cultural needs of individuals. She is extremely passionate about working through a multicultural lens in order to strengthen trust and rapport.

Her areas of focus are: depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief & loss, stress management, eating disorders, addictions, couples therapy and trauma.

“I work from a supportive and non-judgmental stance, focusing on the strengths and resources of my clients. Feedback is an additional factor that I perceive as essential for a positive therapeutic experience. I strongly encourage each of my clients to share their thoughts and opinions about the therapeutic process in order to strengthen cohesion and collaboration.”

Nina Hopmeier

You can contact Nina at:

(236) 788-8810 or

nhopmeier@gmail.com

Fees are set in according to the rates of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC).

Website: https://www.ninahopmeiercounselling.ca/

For more information, please download her brochure here:

20 May 2019
May 20, 2019

Oktoberfest Supplies for Sale!

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Make an appointment and head to Richmond for your favourite Oktoberfest supplies before they are all gone.

Oktoberfest Ad

Wolfgang Christl, aka Mr. Oktoberfest, is now finally ready to part with his “warehouse” full of items you might find yourself needing in September. Banners, flags, posters and pennants – straight from Bavaria, are now all for sale. Please call him at 604 277-4300 to ensure that somebody is there to greet you. Cash only.

Pass this on to people who might be interested!

Oktoberfest is less than 4 months away. Some people start celebrating in September, which is 3 months away! Or you might want to celebrate this in summer!

Call 604 277-4300 to get started.

Did you know Ballet dance has its origin in the Italian Renaissance courts of 15th and 16th centuries? Ballet developed as a performance-focused art form in France during the reign of Louis XIV, who was passionate about dance! Eventually it spread through the rest of Europe, including Germany. Westcoast German News is pleased to share the announcement about the upcoming ballet masterpiece performance in Vancouver.

Enhance your Swan Lake performance with VIP Experience – NEW!

Available at all Swan Lake performances, VIP Tickets offer your family the ultimate night at the ballet. Add on VIP Experience to your performance tickets and you’ll receive:
  • An exclusive invitation to the VIP reception after the performance which includes a complimentary glass of champagne and treats
  • A meet-and-greet with cast members and the Artistic Director after the show
  • A red carpet photo opportunity with a Swan Lake theme where you have the chance to get your photo taken with cast members and/or your family
  • Upon your entrance to the theatre, A VIP swag bag full of gifts from local boutiques and businesses
  • An autographed performance program
  • A Limited Edition collectible photograph of a principal cast member
  • Collectibles and treats to enjoy throughout the performance
  • *additional benefits may be added as we approach the performance date*
  • https://vtixonline.com/swan-lake/1419/

🗓 Dates
-May 18th at 7:30 pm at The Playhouse in Vancouver.
-June 15th at 7:30 pm at the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey
Swan Lake, the incomparable full length masterpiece, returns to Vancouver
🎟 Tickets
From $19.95 – $59.95 with discounts for Groups of 10 or more, students and seniors 
🕺VANCOUVER, BC – Coastal City Ballet @coastalcityballet performs the highlight of the 2018-2019 season with its critically acclaimed production of Swan Lake. Back by popular demand, Irene Schneider’s illustrious and beloved ballet presents a modern twist on the timeless classic. Schneider’s Swan Lake explores the human emotion of a romantic love contrasted against a realistic and practical love of an arranged marriage.
🎼Choreographer: Irene Schneider
website: http://www.coastalcityballet.com

Several years ago, we were delighted to attend the Swan Lake Performance and have a few delightful pictures from that time:

Sophia and Swan

About Irene Schneider

Irene Schneider is an independent choreographer who has created over 60 ballets presented in numerous Opera houses in Germany and throughout the world. After finishing her professional ballet career, primarily with
Stuttgart Ballet, Ms. Schneider began teaching and choreographing. Her career led her to Magdeburg Ballet where she was Artistic Director for fifteen years.

About Coastal City Ballet


Coastal City Ballet is a repertory ballet company, based in Vancouver, that provides performance opportunities for dancers, both Canadian and international. Coastal City Ballet’s repertoire ranges from original story ballets to classical and commissioned contemporary works by established international choreographers.
Since its conception in September 2011, Coastal City Ballet has successfully presented numerous productions to audiences in greater Vancouver and Regina, Saskatchewan. Productions performed include Coastal City Ballet’s
first original story ballet Hansel and Gretel, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coppelia, Cinderella, Swan Lake, and Giselle as well as the staging of classical excerpts and commissioned world premieres by Wen Wei Wang,
Joshua Beamish, Erica Trivett, Farley Johansson, and Li Yaming, among others.

About Swan Lake

Schneider’s Swan Lake explores the human emotion of a romantic love contrasted against a realistic and practical love of an arranged marriage. The White Swan comes to Siegfried in his dream, embodying the ideal
of true love, while Odile (Black Swan) is presented by the evil Rothbarth as the woman Siegfried is to wed.
Schneider is able to give us a story that is more relatable to modern day while maintaining the tradition and essence of the Swan Lake we all expect to see. Audiences will not be disappointed to experience the classic
second Act with the beautiful swans in unison and the tragic ending of Act 4. The diverse talents of Coastal City Ballet along with the beautiful score of Pytor Tchaikovsky, glorious costumes and imaginative sets brings this
heart wrenching love story to life.
Newly appointed Artistic Director, Katrina Bois, is excited to stage the iconic ballet with its brilliant principal cast in her first season leading the company. “Swan Lake is one of the only ballets that you can see again and
again. Whether it’s your first time or your hundredth, the experience is truly magical,” says Bois. She further believes Schneider’s rendition adds something to the experience. “Schneider’s Swan Lake was designed to be
seen over and over again because you find little details in it each time that make it exciting and fresh,” says Bois. “The story itself is magical as it is but with the addition of Schneider’s subtle yet realistic plot twists
you’ll discover something new every year.” Choreographer Irene Schneider returns to Vancouver to continue her partnership with Coastal City Ballet. “A long friendship has kept me in touch with Li Yaming, founder of
Coastal City Ballet, and Katrina Bois. Coming back to Coastal City Ballet to remount Swan Lake is like coming home,” says Schneider.
Coastal City Ballet’s production of Swan Lake features a professional principal cast with close connections to the company. Dancing the title roles are Ana Paula Oioli, former dancer with Thueringen Ballett and current
Company Director, as Odette; Yoko Kanomata, former dancer with Atlanta Ballet and current company member, as Odile; Diego Ramalho, current dancer with Ballet Edmonton and former company member, as Siegfried;
Kostyantyn Keshyshev, former soloist with Royal Winnipeg Ballet and current Ballet Master, as Rothbarth; and Marcio Teixeira, current dancer with Ballet Jorgen and current company member, as Benno.

My Name is Joe Rehbach. I was born and raised in Köln, Germany, I moved to Vancouver with my parents in 2008. I’m Fluent in both English and German, with some experience when we moved to Canada.

Buying your first vehicle here is tough, I want to help with that. I work at Coastal Ford Burnaby (5750 Laugheed Highway Burnaby, BC) , we have a large variety of new and used vehicles, I hope that I can help some people find their first car in Canada with the help of me speaking German!

Joe Rehbach

Some of my experience listed here:

  • As a detailer, I made sure every vehicle was spotless. It was a fast paced environment, and I worked as a team with my coworkers to ensure that customers were satisfied.
  • Specializing in used vehicles, my days consisted of working closely with service advisors, shop managers, detailers, body shops and wheel specialists to ensure the fast process of reconditioning.
  • I also routinely organized my showroom space in a clean and effective manner. Communicating with customers and answering any questions that they may have was also an important aspect of this job.
  • Working as a sales associate involved answering customers’ questions about products, suggesting products that fit their needs, and assisting coworkers in other departments when needed.
  • While going to school back home in Germany, I had the pleasure to work alongside my brother, learning the ins and outs of the automotive industry.
Coastal Ford in Burnaby

The score of the 1922 silent film re-imagined by Juno winner Andrew Downing, performed by the Vancouver Bach Choir

Nosferatu, the classic 1922 silent film, is set to get an auditory makeover this spring as the Vancouver Bach Choir will perform the world-premiere of a new score by Andrew Downing. Audiences will have the unique opportunity to watch the film projected on stage at the Orpheum, while the brand new soundtrack is performed live by the choir and a small ensemble, conducted by Leslie Dala.

Nosferatu

Experience Nosferatu in the historic Orpheum theatre projected in newly re-mastered clarity. Canadian composer Andrew Downing’s new score is brought to life by the Vancouver Bach Choir and a band of the best local classical and jazz musicians.After bringing to life the Phantom of the Opera in Vancouver Bach Choir’s 2015/16 season, Mr. Downing returns with a new vision for this seminal work of classic film. Based in Toronto, Mr. Downing’s vibrant scores bridge the genres of jazz and classical and the presentation of live scores for classic films is a particular passion of his.

With some of the most iconic cinematic imagery ever, Nosferatu tells the story of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, here known as Count Orlof. This influential masterpiece features themes of darkness, shadows and light. It remains relevant to today’s contemporary audiences just as much as those who originally saw it in 1922.

Vancouver choral enthusiasts, film-buffs and horror-movie-enthusiasts alike will be captivated by this special, one-night-only film and choral event.

About the Vancouver Bach Choir: The Vancouver Bach Choir (VBC), celebrating its 88th season, is an award-winning symphonic choir committed to offering vibrant and culturally diverse choral experiences to its audiences. 

As one of the largest choral organizations in Canada, the Vancouver Bach Choir explores a wide range of repertoire from the past to the present with passion and commitment. With eight choirs ranging in age from 5 to 80, the VBC continues to pursue choral excellence at all levels and presents numerous concerts each year through the metro Vancouver region.

Over the past eight decades, the choir has performed with numerous world-class musicians. Currently under the baton of Maestro Leslie Dala, the VBC continues its mission and tradition to share the beauty of new and traditional choral music with as wide an audience as possible.

Listing Information:

Vancouver Bach Choir presents Nosferatu

*a world premiere by Canadian composer Andrew Downing*

Music Director: Leslie Dala

Vancouver Bach Choir

Cameron Wilson | Violin

François Houle | Clarinet

Ingrid Chiang | Bassoon

Brad Turner | Trumpet

Jeremy Berkman | Trombone

Andrew Downing | Bass

Chris Gestrin | Keyboards

David Shively | Cimbalom

Date: Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 | 7:30pm

*pre-concert talk at 6:45 with UBC professor of Film Studies Dr. Ernest Mathijs*

Ticket Prices: Tickets start at $18

Address: The Orpheum Theatre

601 Smithe St. Vancouver, BC V6Z 1K3

Box Office:     Online: vancouverbachchoir.com By phone: 604.822.2697

Website:        vancouverbachchoir.com

18 Feb 2019
February 18, 2019

Niche Directory For You!

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Join the new Business Directory

Just before Christmas, I set up a new Business Directory, so that I could have a convenient list of German-related businesses in Western Canada in one place. There are 26 categories at the moment, and each category allows one featured listing and an unlimited amount of regular listings.

Then I decided to start a new venture – an European News Platform – that would allow me to expand to also list French, Italian, Hungarian, Polish, Dutch or Spanish businesses that are hoping to expand in Western Canada and would like to use a niche market to promote themselves. www.europeannews.ca

Be one of the first to join this listing in order to gain the benefits promoting yourself through a niche platform like this one

Finally, I also set up a store to sell the business directory listings, and other products and services I am offering on the European News Platform. This will allow anyone with Internet access and a credit card to easily pay for and sign up to the Business Directory in order to get:

  • inexpensive advertising
  • brand building
  • incoming links to help improve SEO
  • Get discovered more often online
  • easy access to additional promotional opportunities like our calendar, the elkepr YouTube Channel, the European News Magazine etc.

If you want to get a listing, just look at the picture above, to discover the “five easy steps to join the European News Business Directory”.

If you have any questions, just call Elke at 604 828 8788. Once we have 25 listings, the annual fees will be raised to $50, so hurry and get your listing today! http://www.europeannews.ca/business-directory/

Thank you to all of those who are considering joining this directory and supporting the European News Platform. We appreciate you!

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