Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Coastal Health has signed an agreement with the German Canadian Benevolent Society to rebuild and expand the German Canadian Care Home in South Vancouver. The existing facility will be demolished and replaced with a larger care home with 18 additional beds, for a total of 160-beds, 10 of which will be private pay.

“The German Canadian Care Home has provided compassionate care for decades, enriching the lives of its residents through the many services that are provided,” said Vancouver-Fraserview MLA Suzanne Anton. “The new care home will make sure residents continue to receive quality care.”

“This is a significant step in meeting the care needs of Vancouver residents,” said Laura Case, Chief Operating Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health. “It will enhance residents’ privacy and the experience of care by offering single rooms, private washrooms, outdoor terraces, and better access for wheelchairs.”

The new facility will have several small homes within a single building. This model is known as ‘home and neighbourhood design’ and is considered a best practice in residential care.

The German Canadian Benevolent Society envisions the new care home will also provide services to seniors living in the community, which may include adult day care, therapeutic bathing, rehabilitation services, education for informal care givers, and social activities that encourage community interaction and participation. Completion is scheduled for late 2022. Vancouver Coastal Health will provide operational funding for the new facility.

The existing care facility has been serving the community since 1969. It includes Vancouver’s largest special-care unit for residents with dementia. The population is ethnically diverse, with 30 percent of the residents of German descent. “Although the home has served the community well for many years, the existing facility is outdated, with long narrow hallways and many double rooms,” said Laura Case.

The current care home will close in 2018 to prepare for demolition and construction. VCH and the German Canadian Care Home will develop comprehensive transition plans for each resident to allow for a smooth transition to another facility. Wherever possible, residents will be placed in their preferred location. Staff will also be supported during the transition.

With the signing of the agreement with the German Canadian Benevolent Society, Vancouver Coastal Health has completed the procurement phase of their Regional Residential Care Rejuvenation project. It follows a rigorous process to replace several hundred beds in residential care centres that no longer fully meet resident needs, and to significantly increase the number of beds in communities that currently don’t have an adequate supply for the population they serve.

To date, Vancouver Coastal Health has signed agreements for 943 beds in eight new and expanded facilities over the next six years. VCH, like many health authorities, is planning ahead to meet the complex residential care needs of people living in our region who can no longer live safely at home with support.

Vancouver Coastal Health is responsible for the delivery of $3.2 billion in community, hospital and residential care to more than one million people in communities including Richmond, Vancouver, the North Shore, Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky corridor, Powell River, Bella Bella and Bella Coola.


Carrie Stefanson 

Public Affairs Officer Vancouver Coastal Health

Office: 604.708.5338

Cell: 604.312.1148


14 Dec 2016
December 14, 2016

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Ordering “Das Schwarze Brett” for Christmas

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Visit the page

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Sign up.  Yes, I am sorry, but you are going to have to sign up with them in order to download or order magazines.  They have many to choose from.

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Find “Das Schwarze Brett” under the name PorterPR.  PorterPR is a name that I used while getting involved in magazine publishing

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Once you have the magazine, download a free digital (.pdf) copy to read at home, or order a printed version, which also includes paying for shipping costs.

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Receive magazine, read and enjoy.  Ask yourself – Do I know anyone who would like to have this kind of publicity?  Do I know anyone who would like to advertise their product or service?  Is there an upcoming German, Swiss or Austrian event?

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James Hatheway, MBA

Austin, Texas

(512) 586-1573    james@jameshatheway. com    https://www. linkedin. com/in/hathewayjames 


James HathawayGerman-speaking business professional with 20+ years of success building relationships with clients and candidates, finding top talent, and matching the right people with the right positions. Business-savvy MBA with expertise recruiting in areas such as accounting & finance, banking, civil engineering, construction, electrical engineering, energy efficiency, IT, manufacturing, mechanical engineering, program management, semiconductors, and software engineering.  Experienced in agency, contingency, and corporate recruiting.  Multilingual: German (fluent), Spanish (proficient).  (


Owner/Principal, JH Recruiting, LLC, Austin, TX 2009 – present

Provide recruiting, executive-search, and sourcing services for multiple disciplines including sales, marketing, program management, supply-chain management, energy efficiency, engineering, and IT, among others.

Senior Recruiter (contract), CLEAResult, May 2016 – Sep 2016

Sourced and recruited energy engineers and other energy-efficiency professionals. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with offices in more than 80 cities in the U.S. and Canada, CLEAResult designs, markets, and implements energy-efficiency programs around the globe.

Recruiter (contract), NXP Semiconductors, Mar 2016 – May 2016

Performed sourcing and recruiting activities for business units including RF Power, Finance/Accounting, Industrial & Infrastructure, and Technology & Operations. As the world leader in connectivity solutions for embedded applications, NXP drives innovation in the secure connected vehicle, end-to-end security, and smart connected solutions markets. Built on more than 60 years of combined experience and expertise, the company has 45,000 employees in more than 35 countries.

Senior Recruiter, CLEAResult Consulting, Austin, TX Aug 2009 – Dec 2015

Performed full-cycle recruiting for energy-efficiency consulting firm with over 50 offices. Played key role in the firm’s 20-fold increase over 6 years, helping the company make the prestigious Inc. 500 list each of those years. Recruited numerous senior-engineer-, senior-manager-, director-, and VP-level hires. Represented CLEAResult in on-campus career fairs. Sourced, recruited, and hired students and new graduates for intern and entry-level positions. Reached out to colleges, universities, trade schools, and other educational institutions and faculty members to promote CLEAResult and hire graduates. Conducted 200+ technical interviews. Trained hiring managers on best practices. Found, qualified, and closed hundreds of candidates. Developed innovative strategies to seek out technical, sales, and management professionals. Performed in-depth research and implemented detailed sourcing tactics. Networked with tens of thousands of contacts to find niche candidates. Drove selection, negotiation, and offer process. Built qualified-candidate pipelines. Fostered win-win relationships. Hired candidates within tight timelines. Employed advanced techniques to engage passive candidates.

 Senior Talent Recruiter, CH2M Hill, Austin, TX Jul 2007 – Jul 2009

Recruited talent for global engineering firm. Created passive-candidate strategies. Provided full-cycle recruiting in time-sensitive environment. Sourced, interviewed, and presented candidates for roles including civil engineer, structural engineer, construction manager, environmental database analyst, program manager, and GIS analyst.

Senior Staffing Specialist, Applied Materials, Austin, TX Mar 2006 – Jun 2007

Recruited for semiconductor-manufacturing positions including engineering manager, manufacturing engineer, and test engineer. Represented the company in on-campus hiring conferences and events at educational institutions. Generated high volume of qualified candidates under tight deadlines. Handled sensitive, confidential information with discretion. Created targeted campaigns. Conducted compensation analyses. Managed negotiations, offers, closing, and reporting. Handled immigration-related issues. Maintained well-ordered search documentation. Proactively communicated with business partners, advising them on interviewing and hiring processes. Represented company at numerous events.


Senior Recruiter, Manpower Professional, IBM Global Services, Austin, TX Nov 2005 – Mar 2006

Recruited server-consolidation, database-migration, software-development, and systems-administration professionals. Consulted with managers to understand critical needs. Created talent-pipeline strategies, managed candidate database, and analyzed recruiting metrics. Performed in-depth research to identify hard-to-find candidates. Employed methods including cold calling, referrals, networking, and Internet sourcing. Created targeted campaigns, composed customized questionnaires, developed eye-catching job postings, negotiated offer terms, and trained recruiters.

Senior Recruiter, Motorola / Freescale Semiconductor, Austin, TX Sep 2000 – Nov 2005

Sourced candidates for circuit-design, marketing, sales-engineering, program-management, and software-engineering roles. Designed custom campaigns. Conducted on-campus recruiting events. Delivered training to recruiters and managers. Created candidate pipelines and hiring forecasts. Coordinated and managed recruiting events. Fostered strong relationships with clients and co-workers. Created and delivered competitive-intelligence presentations. Developed position profiles. Negotiated compensation packages. Monitored business environment for best practices, hiring trends, and technology updates. Provided outplacement services. Received “Bravo!” awards for outstanding performance. Examples of written feedback from work partners: “Great guy to work with; you can count on him.” “Quintessentially reliable.” “Sourcing quality is high – he raised the bar. A higher percentage of the candidates he generates are interviewed and hired. Strong with both back-end recruitment and front-end sourcing; he can easily switch between the two. Job knowledge is outstanding.” “I can say without hesitation that James is an exceptional talent. It continues to be my pleasure to work with him and have him as a trusted member of the team.” “A great Internet sourcer.” “Always puts the client first.”

Technical Recruiter, BPA Systems, Austin, TX Feb 2000 – Sep 2000

Recruited for VP and technical roles including product developers, Oracle practice managers, functional consultants, QA testers, system administrators, and software engineers. Worked with VP of Consulting to manage interview process. Consulted with hiring managers to clarify needs and set budget guidelines. Prepped and debriefed candidates and hiring managers. Crafted detailed job descriptions. Conducted technical interviews. Created hiring-activity shared database. Sourced candidates through Internet searches, cold calling, and networking. Created complex Boolean strings. Counseled hiring authorities and candidates throughout recruiting life cycle. Ensured excellent communication. Prepared and presented offers, negotiated compensation, and closed candidates. Helped create advertising strategy. Assisted in developing referral program. Dealt with immigration issues. Managed third-party relationships. Maintained excellent rapport with candidates and clients.

Technical Recruiter, COMSYS, Austin, TX Oct 1998 – Feb 2000

Placed IT professionals in areas such as client-server development, database administration, network administration, and project management. Employed techniques such as Internet sourcing, networking, and cold calling. Maintained excellent relationships with candidates and clients. Earned loyalty by conducting myself with integrity. Negotiated compensation. Designed candidate-tracking database. Coached candidates through interview process. Advised candidates on benefits. Helped manage candidate-relocation process. Generated job leads.

Senior Buyer, Siemens, Austin, TX Jan 1997 – Sep 1998

Communicated in German with German colleagues. Procured semiconductors used in telephony manufacturing. Managed cost reduction by coordinating cross functionally and working with suppliers to achieve lowest-cost solutions. Received Outstanding Achievement Award for exceeding cost-reduction goal and contributing to $6 million savings. Created quality and logistics agreements. Negotiated with vendors to reduce lead times, hold safety stock, and increase delivery flexibility, helping Siemens increase inventory turns and decrease holding costs. Collaborated with engineers and suppliers to develop new products. Developed database to manage ordering process. Procured alternate parts during shortages, keeping production lines running and saving $15,000 per hour on average. Determined supplier criteria and conducted supplier evaluations. Utilized MRP, EDI, and SAP inventory-management systems.

Product Marketing Analyst, Advanced Micro Devices, Austin, TX Jun 1995 – Dec 1996

Communicated daily, in German, with sales offices Germany. Served as liaison between European and in-house management/marketing/engineering teams. Represented AMD in Germany at CeBIT, the world’s largest computer trade show. Analyzed European microprocessor market and briefed top management. Managed sales activities of 30 accounts with annual revenues exceeding $70 million. Scheduled and tracked microprocessor shipments from production to sale. Controlled safety-stock levels at European distribution center. Managed billings, backlog, and inventories of European distributors. Generated sales forecasts. Devised inventory- and sales-tracking system. Resolved reliability, sampling, customer-qualification, and delivery issues.

Marketing Consultant, Banco General, Panama City, Republic of Panama Jul 1994 – Aug 1994

Created and implemented “Mystery Shopper” evaluation program in largest bank in Panama. Posed as customer, conducting “undercover” operations – entirely in Spanish – to evaluate customer-service performance of bank. Advised bank on ways to improve client relations. Performed all work in Spanish. Sought out and acquired position by marketing myself door-to-door.

English Instructor, Institut CEF, Linz, Austria Jul 1992 – Jun 1993

Developed 21-hour language-training curriculum. Presented course in German and English to international clientele. Instructed managers of Fortune-500 companies Philip Morris and Porsche, as well as managers from Austrian government.

Marketing Intern, PCD Polymere, Linz, Austria Jul 1992 – Sep 1992

Performed all work in German. Developed international sales reports. Translated marketing brochures. Assisted in creating promotional collateral for European trade show.

Intelligence Officer, U. S. Air Force, Wiesbaden, Germany; Kelly AFB, TX Nov 1985 – Jul 1991

Supervised 60 intelligence technicians. Led team to 1st place in mission support. Directed information security, compound security, and training. Managed operations of $25 million system. Received Dragon Slayer Award for outstanding service. Served as liaison to Joint Task Force Middle East in Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Shield. Supervised Navy intelligence analysts. Advised commanding admiral on national-security issues. Received commanding admiral’s promotion recommendation. Served as Deputy Program Manager for NATO program. Negotiated with NATO allies. Advised commander on German language. Authored national-security documents. Selected above 14 higher-ranking officers as mission briefer. Briefed senior officials on mission updates. Held Top Secret / SCI clearance.


MBA, Texas A&M University 1994

Concentration in International Business. Dual-master’s-degree exchange program.

 Internationales Magisterium der Betriebswirtschaftslehre, Johannes Kepler Universität, Austria 1993

Wrote thesis in German. Conducted all presentations and course work in German.

BA, German, The University of Texas at Austin 1985

Vice President, Delta Phi Alpha German National Honor Society.


AIRS Certified Internet Recruiter (CIR), AIRS Advanced Certified Internet Recruiter (ACIR) 


John Vanderford – John was James’s client at CLEAResult

Having had the pleasure to engage with James several times over the years, I have found him to be the most professional and organized recruiter of the many I have met. He continually goes the “extra mile” in fact finding and detailing efforts. I would highly recommend engaging James for your recruiting needs.

Staci Livesay – Staci managed James at CLEAResult

James is one of the most diligent, concerned, and ethical recruiters I’ve had the pleasure to work with. His excellent sourcing skills, genuine concern for the candidate/company match, and desire to provide excellent service make him an exceptional recruiter. Hiring managers and candidates both truly enjoy working with James. 

Jonathan Singel – Jonathan managed James at CLEAResult

James is an outstanding recruiter, always puts his clients and candidates first and is an extremely loyal/trustworthy team member. His work ethic and responsiveness is second to none. I highly recommend James to any company that needs a true professional that will immediately elevate their recruiting function.

Don Desjardins – Don worked directly with James at CLEAResult

I had the distinct pleasure of working with James as we sourced and recruited for the entire Midwest region at CLEAResult. James is a truly gifted recruiter who goes far beyond the norm when it comes to building relationships and a network of solid candidates within a given industry. In this day and age where everything has become highly automated James still adds the human element to recruiting. His attention to detail is exemplary and his ability to uncover that traditional “needle in a haystack” for a given talent is remarkable.

Margie Nienhaus PHR, ACIR, ECRE – Margie worked directly with James at CH2M HILL

James Hatheway is a true professional Recruiter and Sourcer! He builds strong relationships with clients and candidates and is a joy to work with. He delivers a multitude of qualified candidates, even for the most difficult to fill positions. He is a master of Boolean searches and is superior at name generation, using his cybersleuth skills to build amazing lists! I felt privileged to work with James and to learn from his expertise! I highly recommend James for your recruiting/sourcing needs – he will treat you with respect and honesty and complete his work with pride and professionalism.

Tracy McDonald – Tracy worked directly with James at CH2M HILL

I worked with James at CH2M Hill and I highly recommend James as a senior recruiter! He is a diligent and resourceful sourcing recruiter who knows how and where to find the hard-to-find candidates. He leaves no stone unturned when it comes to finding the impossible. I would welcome an opportunity to work with James again!

Scott Smith – Scott worked directly with James at CH2M HILL

I have had the honor of working with James at two companies: Freescale Semiconductor and more recently CH2M HILL. At both companies James has been a very successful Recruiter and Sourcer. James is an out of the box thinker and has several strategies and techniques that sets him apart from other Recruiting Professionals. I would highly recommend James to any company.

Doug Whatley – Doug was with another company when working with James at CH2M HILL

Having known James for several years, I have found him to be one of the best: as a recruiter and talent in the HR field he knows his business; as a person he always takes the ‘high road’ in helping candidates and his colleagues with advice, networking and being a solid go-to-person for information!

Peter Cyr – Peter was James’s client at Applied Materials

James in an excellent resource when I am looking for professional assistance. He respects my needs and provides insight for my job research. He uses his knowledge and insight to help steer my efforts and has increased my job search effectiveness immensely. He always has contacts to share with me that I would otherwise never be able to access directly. He is the type of employee that is definitely an asset. James goes that extra mile and he makes people feel like someone is using all his resources and talents for their benefit. Thanks for all your help James.

Gina Lyles – Gina worked directly with James at Manpower Professional (IBM account)

James is a wonderful technical recruiter as well as being an excellent co-worker. He is diligent and conscientious and has an excellent understanding of technical lingo, technical requirements, technical skills, etc. I would relish an opportunity to work with James again. Not only is he a good listener and mentor but he is very good at maintaining his network. He is always respectful of others and is a true professional.

Paul Westmoreland – Paul managed James at Motorola / Freescale Semiconductor

James is an effective, relentless and faithful recruiter really who endears himself to candidates, co-workers and clients. He is a workhorse that adds a fresh & creative approach to search. His curiosity is contagious, and his insights invaluable. James is honest and sincere, ethical and he’s a delight to be around. I miss working with him and would work with him again if given the opportunity.

Charles Black – Charles worked directly with James at Motorola / Freescale Semiconductor

I had the privilege of working with James at Freescale and was impressed with his abilities. James was consistently focused on the needs of his clients and worked to find unique solutions to hiring challenges. As an accomplished member of the Freescale Team, James was relied on to find specific talent to meet client demands within specified time periods. James would be a valuable asset to any corporate or agency staffing organization.

Holly Berry – Holly worked directly with James at Motorola / Freescale Semiconductor

Having worked with James, I can honestly say that he has unbelievable drive, talent, and a personality that lifts and motivates all those around him to greater levels of success. He is a top-notch Recruiter with a depth of knowledge of the technical industry, extremely high integrity, and a true sense of service.

Derek Beatty – Derek worked with James at Motorola / Freescale Semiconductor

An unusually high number of the resumes sourced through James were for candidates both well-qualified for our work, and interested in our positions. The longer I worked with him, the better he was as he grew in understanding my specific staffing needs. As a hiring manager, I greatly appreciated the way James showed that he knew my time and attention were valuable.

Eileen Duignan-Woods, P.E. – Eileen was James’s client at Comsys

James is an exceptional recruiter for engineering and related technical work.

Tracy Patzke – Tracy worked directly with James at Siemens

James and I worked as colleagues at Siemens. During our employment together, I found James to be a man of integrity and the highest character who is able to gain and maintain the respect of people within all levels of the organizations for which he has served. James is very detailed and analytical, able to make sound business judgements to the betterment of the people and organizations that he represents.

Glühwein AdThe last pub night organized by the German Canadian Business Association will be held on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 at 6 pm at the “Glühwein Booth” at the Vancouver Christmas Market in downtown Vancouver.

We will be meeting rain or shine, and the way the weather is going, it is most likely going to rain.  But this year, they have an “Alpine Hut” on site: “Visitors are welcome to find seating in the NEW, heated, Alpine Haus within the Market.”

The Christmas Market has moved this year and the new address is:  Jack Poole Plaza (home of the 2010 Olympic Cauldron) 1055 Canada Place,Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6C 3E1.

For Parking, here are some choices: PUBLIC TRANSIT RECOMENDED!

There are a number of designated accessible parking zones and parking meter spots in Vancouver. Please remember that a valid SPARC permit is needed to be displayed at all times to use these areas.

Designated accessible parking.


Fairmont Pacific Rim, 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B9
“You don’t have to sleep with us to park in our garage”
Use parking code ‘BEMERRY’ for $23 self parking at Fairmont Pacific Rim. For valet parking, please see their Doorman – the guy with the hat! (max 5 hours).

Or EasyPark Lots:

Lot 54 – 1095 W Waterfront Rd


Zone Code:2535


Basic Rates

  • $3.25 per half hour | Day Maximum $18.00
  • Stalls for people with disabilities are available –
    SPARC decals must be displayed and regular rates apply.

About this Lot

  • Located at the end of Waterfront Road, by the Harbour Air Terminal
  • Multi-level parkade above grade
  • Unattended facility
  • Height restriction of 6ft 6”
  • 100 stalls

Annual Christmas Dinner

with Entertainment & Raffle Prizes

Date: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 5:30 pm
5:30 pm Champagne Reception
6:45 Scrumptious Buffet Dinner
8:30 Entertainment
Syrinxx String Quartet
Christmas Carols in German and English with Bach choir first soprano Elizabeth Petri
9:30 Prize Draws and Dessert Buffet

Cost $95 + GST for Members; $110 + GST for Non-Members
Order your seat by Monday, November 28th, 2016
Address 3811 Point Grey Rd, Vancouver, BC


GCBA Logo 2016

Dear Sir/Madam,


On behalf of the German Canadian Business Association we would like to ask you for a donation/ gift for our annual Christmas Gala Raffle to be held at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club on November 30th, 2016.  It is our goal to reach out to German and Canadian Businesses and allow them to find new networking partners either directly or indirectly through our functions.

At the gala we will have a table of prizes showing the name & company of the donor. Towards the end of the evening, we will have a draw and each donor will be thanked individually for their contribution. If there is anything you would like us to mention about your company at this point, please do not hesitate to let us know. Proceeds from the event will be going to our operating costs for such events.

To book a space for the Christmas Gala, please contact our secretary, Elke Porter. For more details, you can check out the events page at or find us on Facebook.

Mission Statement of the German Canadian Business Association:

The German Canadian Business Association aims to provide a business & professional networking platform for our members and to promote German Canadian cultural, business and professional relations.

Thank you kindly for your support,

Beatrice Schreiber

Susanne Ziehr
Social director GCBA

Contact Information:

German Canadian Business Association

P.O. Box 74644

Vancouver, BC V6K 2G4

604 551-3624 – President

604 828 8788 – Secretary

09 Nov 2016
November 9, 2016

German Film November 25th at 6:30 pm

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European Union Film Festival in Vancouver

Experience Europe without the Jetlag @The Cinematheque’s EUROPEAN UNION FILM
FESTIVAL! Nov 18-30 #EUFF2016

Watch Family Party (Familienfest) at the Cinematheque

Trailer URL:

EU Film Festival

Dear German & Austrian & Swiss Community,

Gingerbread VillageAs you may know, SOS Children’s Village is non-profit organization whose mission it is to provide stable homes, a supportive and healing environment and village-based family care programs to help foster children and youth in need grow into caring, self-reliant adults.

Annually we work together with Grouse Mountain to put together what is called a Gingerbread Village Challenge at their Peak of Christmas. Professional and aspiring bakers of all ages and skills put their creativity and baking skills to the test by building unique Gingerbread creations. They are then placed on display at Grouse Mountain to be judged by the public. (Event link –

Each year SOS puts together a group of volunteers that can interact with the public, hand out information about SOS Children’s Village BC and assist the guests with voting on their favourite gingerbread display!  Every volunteer receives a free parking pass and gondola ride for Grouse Mountain. The Gingerbread village runs from Friday, November 25th 2016 until Sunday, January 1st,  2017. It is open Monday through Friday from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. We are looking to fill 3 – 5 volunteers at the Village per day.

If you could assist us in spreading the word and our poster to ensure we have volunteers to support our Gingerbread Village, we would be so grateful for the kind-heartedness.

The “official poster” can be seen below and can be Volunteer for Gingerbread Village Poster

Sign-up to volunteer here:

Thank you and have a wonderful day!

Warm regards,

Amanda Schaffner

Development Assistant

SOS Children’s Village BC
302 – 14225 57th Avenue, Surrey, BC   Canada V3X 0H6
North corner of 57th Ave & 142nd Street
T: (604) 574-2964 x 103  F: (604) 574-2967 |

Volunteers Needed for SOS Kinderdorf


Liebe Freunde,

WeihnachtsbaumAm 12. November wird Dr. Karl Zaenker zum Thema < Die Nibelungen, ein deutscher Mythos sprechen,“vom mittelalterlichen Epos zur Wiederentdeckung im 19. Jhd, seine künstlerische Umwandlung durch Richard Wagner und seine Instrumentierung durch die nationalistische Politik des 19./20. Jahrhunderts”.

Am 19. November hoffen wir Sie zahlreich auf unserem WEIHNACHTS-BASAR , 12 -16 Uhr, zu begrüßen.

Wir freuen uns und sind sehr dankbar für Helfer und Spenden.

Die Bücherstube bietet reiche Auswahl an Literatur, Fachbüchern, Reise-Büchern, auch Kinder-Büchern. Um den Liebhabern mehr Zeit zum Suchen und finden zu lassen, ist die Bücherstube schon offen am:   Mittwoch von 13-17 Uhr Donnerstag und Freitag von 10 bis 17 Uhr,.

Gudrun Penselin, die im September für uns über medizinische Kräuter sprach, wird am 20. November in Gaia Garden Herbal Dispensary über die „Bach Flower Essences ” referieren, wo sie auch offiziell ihr Buch publiziert. Auch bietet sie einen Kurs an. 

Dem Nibelungen-Vortrag folgt passend am 26. November der Film <Wahnfried>, die Geschichte einer verbotenen Liebe zwischen Richard Wagner und Cosima von Bülow. Starbesetzung ist mit Otto Sander und Tatja Seibt.

Advent Benevolent Care HomeAm 27. November,  findet das Weihnachtskonzert der Chöre und der Edelweiß Musikanten im Alpenclub statt.


Vorschau in das Jahr 2017  

Am 14.Januar       Film:  Hectors Reise oder Die Suche nach dem Glück 

                                nach dem Buch von Simon Pegg

Am 28.Januar     < Das Fremde>, eine multi-Generationelle schöpferische und unterhaltsame 

                              Bearbeitung desThemas mit den Schülern der West Side German School

                              und Senioren der Deutsch-Kanadischen  Gemeinde 

Sie können unsere Programme auch in der Hauspost oder

unserer Webseite  www.gcch    <News and Events>  <Outreach-Events Calendar>  nachlesen.

Wie immer servieren wir um 14.00 Uhr Kaffee, Tee und Kuchen.

Das jeweilige Programm folgt um 14:30 Uhr.

Gäste sind stets willkommen.

Wir freuen uns über Ihre Spenden, die die Kosten für Kaffee, Kuchen und sonstige Auslagen tragen helfen.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Waltraud Custer
Outreach Coordinator
German-Canadian Benevolent Society of BC
2010 Harrison Drive
Vancouver, BC, V5P 2P6

Originally Published by Gatestone Institute

“We are losing control of the streets.”

Gatestone’s Home Page

Comment by Elke Porter:  This is a topic that affects many people in the world today, so I wanted to share it on my blog to help share some up-to-date news on the crisis in Europe.

Translations of this item:

  • During the first six months of 2016, migrants committed 142,500 crimes, according to the Federal Criminal Police Office. This is equivalent to 780 crimes committed by migrants every day, an increase of nearly 40% over 2015. The data includes only those crimes in which a suspect has been caught.
  • Thousands of migrants who entered the country as “asylum seekers” or “refugees” have gone missing. They are, presumably, economic migrants who entered Germany on false pretenses. Many are thought to be engaging in robbery and criminal violence.
  • Local police in many parts of the country admit that they are stretched to the limit and are unable to maintain law and order.
  • “Drug trafficking takes place right before our eyes. If we intervene, we are threatened, spat on, insulted. Sometimes someone whips out a knife. They are always the same people. They are ruthless, fearless and have no problems with robbing even the elderly.” — Private security guard.
  • According to Freddi Lohse of the German Police Union in Hamburg, many migrant offenders view the leniency of the German justice system as a green light to continue delinquent behavior. “They are used to tougher consequences in their home countries,” he said. “They have no respect for us.”
  • “It cannot be that offenders continue to fill the police files, hurt us physically, insult us, whatever, and there are no consequences. Many cases are closed or offenders are released on probation or whatever. Yes, what is happening in the courts today is a joke.” — Tania Kambouri, German police officer.

The rape of a ten-year-old girl in Leipzig, the largest city in Saxony, has drawn renewed attention to the spiraling levels of violent crime perpetrated by migrants in cities and towns across Germany — and the lengths to which German officials and the media go to censor information about the perpetrators of those crimes.

The girl was riding her bicycle to school at seven o’clock in the morning on October 27 when a man ambushed her, threw her to the ground and raped her. The suspect is described as being in his mid-thirties with short brown hair and a stubble beard.

Leipzig police have explicitly refused to say whether the suspect is a migrant, but have implicitly admitted that he is. They published a facial composite of the suspect with the politically correct warning:

“This image is to be published only in print media in the greater Leipzig area. Publishing this image on the internet, including on social media such as Facebook, is not covered by the court’s manhunt order (Beschluss zur Öffentlichkeitsfahndung) and is therefore prohibited.”

The effort to censor information about the rape, in which German officials show themselves to be more concerned about protecting the identity of the rapist than the welfare of the victim or other girls he might attack, is almost unprecedented in Germany.

To its credit, the Berlin-based newspaper, Bildresponded: “BILD is ignoring this request. We want to ensure that the suspect is arrested as quickly as possible.” Indeed, Bild has been one of the only newspapers in Germany even to publish not only the image but also report the story of this rape.

Violent crime — including rapes, sexual and physical assaults, stabbings, home invasions, robberies, burglaries and drug trafficking — has skyrocketed in Germany since Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed into the country more than one million mostly male migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Few, if any, of the migrants were vetted before being allowed to enter Germany.

Migrants committed 208,344 crimes in 2015, according to a confidential police report leaked to Bild. This figure represents an 80% increase since 2014 and is equivalent to 570 crimes committed by migrants every day, or 23 crimes each hour, in 2015 alone.

The actual number of migrant crimes is far higher, however: the report, produced by the Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt, BKA), includes only crimes that have been solved (aufgeklärten Straftaten). According to police statistics, on average only around half of all crimes committed in Germany in any given year are solved (Aufklärungsquote). This implies that the actual number of crimes committed by migrants in Germany in 2015 may have exceeded 400,000.

During the first six months of 2016, migrants committed 142,500 crimes, according to a BKA report released on September 6. This is equivalent to 780 crimes committed by migrants every day, or 32.5 crimes each hour, an increase of nearly 40% over 2015. Again, the 2016 data includes only those crimes in which a migrant suspect has been caught. Crimes similar to the rape in Leipzig would not appear in the statistics because the suspects remain at large.

Migrant crime statistics for all of 2016, when they become available, are likely to show a significant increase over the 2015 numbers. One reason for this is that thousands of migrants who entered the country as “asylum seekers” or “refugees” have gone missing. They are, presumably, economic migrants who entered Germany on false pretenses. Many are thought to be engaging in robbery and criminal violence to sustain themselves.

Most of the crimes committed by migrants are being downplayed by German authorities, apparently to avoid fueling anti-immigration sentiments. For example, the BKA report states that most of the migrant crimes involve fare evasion — using public transportation without a ticket. As for other crimes, almost invariably they are said to be isolated incidents (Einzelfälle), not part of a nationwide problem.

Gatestone Institute has reviewed hundreds of reports of migrant crime in local police reports and local or regional newspapers. The evidence points to a nationwide surge in migrant crime: cities and towns in all 16 of Germany’s federal states are affected. In fact, local police in many parts of the country admit that they are stretched to the limit and are unable to maintain law and order.

The growing sense of lawlessness is substantiated by an October 24 YouGov poll which foundthat 68% of Germans believe that security in the country has deteriorated during the past several years. Nearly 70% of respondents said they fear for their lives and property in German train stations and subways, while 63% feel unsafe at large public events.

In Hamburg, statistics show that migrants committed nearly half of the 38,000 crimes reported in Hamburg during the first six months of 2016, although migrants make up only a fraction of the city’s 1.7 million inhabitants. Police say that many of the crimes were committed by “migrant gangs” (ausländischen Banden).

City police say they are helpless to confront a spike in crimes committed by young North African migrants. Hamburg is now home to more than 1,800 so-called unaccompanied minor migrants (minderjährige unbegleitete Flüchtlinge, MUFL), most of whom live on the streets and apparently engage in all manner of criminal acts, including purse snatching.

More than 20,000 purses are snatched in Hamburg every year. Most of those are stolen by males between the ages of 20 and 30 who come from the Balkans or North Africa, according to Norman Großmann, the director of the federal police inspector’s office in Hamburg. In recent months, police have carried out operations (here and here) to confront the problem, but the actions have yielded few arrests.

Local media report that gangs of migrant youth have effectively taken over parts of the Jungfernstieg, one of the most prestigious boulevards in Hamburg. Many citizens are avoiding the area, which recently underwent a multi-million euro rehabilitation, because it has become too dangerous.

More than 50 people have been physically assaulted along the Jungfernstieg since the beginning of 2016, and police are being called in almost daily to respond to complaints of aggressive begging, public drunkenness, drug dealing and sexual assault. Restaurant owners are complaining about a spike in robbery and vandalism, and taxi drivers say they are avoiding the area, where Arabic and Farsi are commonplace.

The newspaper, Die Weltreported that unaccompanied minor migrants at a refugee shelter in the Hammerbrook district are “working” at the Jungfernstieg. Stashes of mobile phones, laptops and other stolen goods were recently found hidden in their rooms. Police also arrested a 20-year-old Egyptian named Hassan who repeatedly attacked passersby with a knife. He was filmed groping a girl’s breasts and genitals. When she resisted, he punched her in the face.

Residents of the Alsterdorf district in Northern Hamburg have asked their mayor to do something about a group of 40 highly aggressive unaccompanied minor migrants who are terrorizing the neighborhood. Residents complain about burglaries, robberies and even extortion. A 65-year-old resident said she was attacked by a ten-year-old who was trying to break into a car. A 45-year-old business owner said he is afraid to confront the youths because they might smash his windows. A 75-year-old pensioner said he no longer dares to step outside of his house after dark.

Thomas Jungfer, the deputy director of the German Police Union (DPolG) in Hamburg, warnsthat the city does not have enough police officers to maintain law and order. He says that private security companies are needed to fill in the gaps. “Dissatisfaction among our colleagues is growing,” he said.

In nearby Bremen, police have effectively surrendered the fight against organized crime run by clans from the Balkans and Kurdistan because of the need to pour limited personnel resources into the fight against spiraling street crime by unaccompanied migrant youths.

Rainer Wendt, head of the German Police Union (DPolG) has criticized city officials for their lack of resolve. “Bremen has capitulated to extremely dangerous clans. The state’s monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force [Gewaltmonopol des Staates] is now becoming the law of the jungle. Security continues to go down the drain.”

In Berlin, criminal migrant clans “with strong group loyalties” are operating with impunity in the districts of Neukölln, Wedding, Moabit, Kreuzberg and Charlottenburg. The newsmagazine, Focusreported that the Kottbusser Tor area in Kreuzberg, an area with many migrants, has become a “legal vacuum” because of a reduced police presence. The place has been overrunwith drug trafficking, crime and violence, and residents and shopkeepers report crimes every hour, every day on public streets. A shopkeeper said: “In the past, children could run around here freely. Also, no one paid attention to whether the bag or backpack are secure. Today all this is no longer possible.”

According to Focus, “During the day the area is full of heroin corpses, and at night pickpockets are on the go.” A private security guard said:

“Drug trafficking takes place right before our eyes. If we intervene, we are threatened, spat on, insulted. Sometimes someone whips out his knife. They are always the same people. They are ruthless, fearless and have no problems with robbing even the elderly.”

His colleague added: “Of course, we always call the police. The last time, however, they took two hours to get here.”

In the Rhine-Ruhr region, the largest metropolitan region in Germany, police statistics show that Algerians committed more than 13,000 crimes in 2015, more than twice as many as in 2014. Moroccans committed 14,700 crimes, and Tunisians more than 2,000 crimes.

In North Rhine-Westphalia, a report by the interior ministry revealed that Moroccans committed 6,208 crimes in 2015. Algerians committed 4,995 crimes and Tunisians 1,084. These are significant increases compared to previous years.

According to the NRW Interior Ministry, “Immigrants from North African are increasingly disproportionate as offenders — mainly in large cities. The suspects are most often single young men. Their criminal specialties are robbery and assault.”

In Düsseldorf, local politicians have been accused of ignoring the growing threat posed by violent gangs of migrants from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. The city is home to a total of 2,244 criminal suspects from North Africa, the majority of them (1,256) from Morocco. On average, they commit an offense every 3.5 hours. A police inspector said: “The group as a whole is disrespectful and absolutely without shame.”

In Stuttgart, police are fighting a losing battle against migrant gangs from North Africa who are dedicated to pickpocketing. In the Rems-Murr district near Stuttgart, rival gangs of migrant youth from the Balkans are “stealing anything that is not nailed down.” Roma and Kosovar youth skip school to go on daily forays systematically to break into cars to steal cell phones and other valuables. They also enter doctor’s offices, residences for the elderly, kindergartens and schools to ransack handbags and jackets.

In Aalen, a 14-year-old Kosovar has a police file with more than 100 entries. A local newspaper reports: “All attempts by the police, judiciary and youth welfare office to instill in him a sense of right and wrong and to re-socialize him have so far failed. On Facebook he brags about his undertakings and his love for gangster rap.”

In Leipzig, the public transportation system has become a magnet for criminals. The number of reported cases of theft on public transport jumped 152% between 2012 and 2015. The number of physical and sexual assaults on public transportation are also up. Overall, the number of reported crimes in buses and trams jumped 111% between 2012 and 2015, and the number of reported crimes at bus stops during that period were up by 40%.

Leipzig police attribute the spike in crime to the rapid increase in the city’s population. They could not confirm the nationality of the perpetrators, however, because that would require a review of each of the crimes, a task that would “exceed the personnel-time capacity.”

In Dresden, migrants from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia have effectively taken control over the iconic Wiener Platz, a large public square in front of the central train station. There they sell drugs and pickpocket passersby, often with impunity. Police raids on the square have become a game of “whack-a-mole,” with a never-ending number of migrants replacing those who have been arrested.

In Schwerin, roving bands of migrant youths armed with knives have made the city center increasingly dangerous day and night. City officials have drawn up an action plan to regain control of the streets. A centerpiece of the plan calls for the deployment of more social workers (Straßensozialarbeit) to promote integration.

In Bavaria, Sigrid Meierhofer, the mayor of the resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen complained that local police have responded to more migrant-related crimes during the past six weeks than in all of the previous 12 months combined. In a letter to the Bavarian government, she threatened to close a shelter in the town that houses 250 mostly male migrants from Africa if public safety and order cannot be restored. She has also warned female residents of the town to avoid being outside after dark.

In a bestselling book, Tania Kambouri, a German police officer, describes the deteriorating security situation in Germany due to migrants who she says have no respect for law and order. In an interview with Deutschlandfunk radio, she said:

“For weeks, months and years I have noticed that Muslims, mostly young men, do not have even a minimum level of respect for the police. When we are out patrolling the streets, we are verbally abused by young Muslims. There is the body language, and insults like ‘sh** cop’ when passing by. If we make a traffic stop, the aggression increases ever further, this is overwhelmingly the case with migrants.

“I wish these problems were recognized and clearly addressed. If necessary, laws need to be strengthened. It is also very important that the judiciary, that the judges issue effective rulings. It cannot be that offenders continue to fill the police files, hurt us physically, insult us, whatever, and there are no consequences. Many cases are closed or offenders are released on probation or whatever. Yes, what is happening in the courts today is a joke.

“The growing disrespect, the increasing violence against police…. We are losing control of the streets.”

According to Freddi Lohse, Vice Chairman of the DPolG German Police Union in Hamburg, many migrant offenders view the leniency of the German justice system as a green light to continue delinquent behavior. “They are used to tougher consequences in their home countries,” he said. “They have no respect for us.”

Soeren Kern is a Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute. He is also Senior Fellow for European Politics at the Madrid-based Grupo de Estudios Estratégicos / Strategic Studies Group. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter.


Murders, Sexual Assaults and Rapes by Migrants in Germany, October 2016.

German crime reports use a variety of politically correct euphemisms to describe foreign suspects without using the terms “migrant” or “Muslim migrant.”

October 1. Two “southern-looking” (südländische Erscheinung) men raped a 23-year-old woman in Lüneburg. The woman was walking in a park with her young child when the two men approached from behind. The men forced the child to watch while they took turns attacking her mother. A “southerner speaking Arabic” (Südländer, sprach Arabischattempted to rape a 34-year-old woman in Volksgarten. The man ran away when the woman pushed her fingers into his eyes. A “southerner” (südländische Erscheinungpulled a knife on a 12-year-old girl in Kirchdorf. A “southerner” (südländischen Teintexposed himself to two girls, aged eight and ten, in Legden.

October 2. A 19-year-old migrant from Morocco raped a 90-year-old woman as she was leaving a church in downtown Düsseldorf. Police described the suspect as “a Southern European with North African roots.” It later emerged that the man is a Moroccan with a Spanish passport. A migrant from Africa (dunkler/afrikanischer Typsexually assaulted a 22-year-old woman in Altötting.

October 3. A “southerner” (südländisch ausgesehenattempted to kidnap a 14-year-old girl in Landau. The man ran away when the girl activated an electronic whistle (akustischen Notfallstick).

October 4. A “southerner” (südländisches Erscheinungsbildexposed himself to two children, aged 8 and 10, in a playground. A 15-year-old girl from Goldbeck pulled a knife on a 16-year-old migrant from Afghanistan who repeatedly harassed her.

October 5. A migrant from Syria sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl who was on a walk with her grandmother in Gießen. A “southerner” (südländisch aussehenden Tätersexually assaultedtwo girls, aged 16 and 17, in front of a train station in Böblingen. A “dark-skinned” (dunklere Haut) man sexually assaulted a 30-year-old woman on a bike path in Oberursel. A “dark-skinned” (dunkler Hautfarbe) man sexually assaulted a 21-year-old woman in Ulm.

October 6. A man speaking broken German sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl in Weingarten. A “black African” (Schwarzafrikanerassaulted a 27-year-old woman in Braunschweig.

October 7. A migrant from North Africa sexually assaulted a 25-year-old woman in downtown Stuttgart.

October 8. A 26-year-old asylum seeker from Syria attempted to rape a 36-year-old woman in a park in Böblingen. A 25-year-old Syrian groped a 15-year-old girl in Moers. The girl responded by slapping the man in the face. The man called the police and complained that the girl had assaulted him. He was arrested for sexual assault. A drunk 33-year-old “migrant from the Middle East” (Zuwanderer aus dem Nahen Ostensexually assaulted a woman in Krefeld.

October 9. A 22-year-old migrant from Eritrea sexually assaulted a 23-year-old woman in Lispenhausen. A man speaking broken German sexually harassed a 23-year-old woman in Bietigheim-Bissingen.

October 10. A 26-year-old asylum seeker from Pakistan sexually assaulted a 24-year-old woman in Bad Hersfeld. A “dark-skinned” (dunkelhäutig) man assaulted a 21-year-old woman on a train in Stuttgart.

October 11. A migrant groped and fondled a seven-year-old girl on a bus in Demen. A “North African” groped four girls on the subway in Mannheim. A “southern-looking” (südländisches Aussehen) man sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman in Wesel. A 31-year-old migrant from Syria exposed himself to a 24-year-old woman in Markgröningen. A “southern-looking” (südländisches Aussehen) man exposed himself to two 14-year-old girls in Kevelaer.

October 12. Two “southern-looking” (südländisches Aussehen) man sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl at a bus stop in Weikersheim. A 21-year-old migrant from Libya sexually assaulteda woman in Leipzig. A man speaking German with an accent assaulted a 36-year-old woman in Siegen.

October 13. A 19-year-old migrant from Pakistan physically assaulted an 18-year-old woman in Monschau. As police were taking the man to the station, he head-butted a female officer. A “dark-skinned” (dunkelhäutige Mann) man exposed himself to a 16-year-old girl in Aichach. A 33-year-old migrant from Iraq was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison for raping a 55-year-old woman in Heilbronn. A 20-year-old migrant from Mali was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 42-year-old woman in Munich.

October 14. A “southern-looking” (südländisches äußeres Erscheinungsbild) man sexually assaulted a seven-year-old girl at a park in Ahaus. A man with an Arabic tattoo groped two 11-year-old girls at a public swimming pool in Gronau. Two men with “very dark skin” (sehr dunkle Hautfarbesexually assaulted two teenage girls in Bad Hersfeld. A “southerner” (südländischassaulted a 23-year-old woman in Wilhelmshaven.

October 15. A “dark-skinned” (dunklen Teint) man in his twenties sexually assaulted a 77-year-old woman in Bothfeld. Police believe the same man is responsible for four other assaults in the town that occurred in July, September and early October. Just days after arriving in Germany, three Afghans aged 17, 24 and 29 sexually assaulted two 14-year-old girls at a public swimming pool in Gronau. Two 18-year-old migrants from West Africa raped two 18-year-old women in Bremen. A man “apparently of foreign origin” (offenbar ausländischer Abstammungphysically assaulted a woman in front of the train station in Oranienburg. When a 32-year-old passerby intervened to protect the woman, he was attacked by the migrant, who remains at large.

October 16. A 16-year-old boy and his 15-year-old girlfriend were walking along the banks of the Alster, a lake in the heart of Hamburg, when a stranger ambushed him from behind and plunged a knife into his back. The attacker then pushed the girl into the water and walked away. The girl survived but the boy died of his wounds. The suspect, a “southern-looking” (südländischer Erscheinung) man in his early twenties, remains at large. Police say the victims were not robbed and there is not evident motive for the crime: The suspect appears to have randomly stabbed the boy just because he felt like it. On October 29, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the murder, but German police say they doubt that claim. Also on October 16, a 31-year-old migrant from Pakistan raped a 26-year-old woman at a park in Dresden.

October 18. A “southerner” (südländischer Typsexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman in Hildesheim.

October 19. A 29-year-old migrant from Syria appeared in court on charges of sexually molesting ten children in Freiburg and Müllheim. The father of one of the victims took a photograph of the suspect, but police waited ten days before acting on the lead.

October 22. An 18-year-old migrant from Somalia murdered an 87-year-old woman in Neuenhaus.

October 24. Seventeen migrants surrounded two women and sexually assaulted them near the central train station in Freiburg. Only three of the men, all from Gambia, were arrested, and they have been released. The crime is similar to the taharrush gamea “collective sexual harassment” that occurred in Cologne and other German cities on New Year’s Eve, when large groups of migrant males surrounded females and sexually assaulted them.

October 27. A ten-year-old girl was raped while she was riding her bicycle to school in Leipzig. Police published a facial composite of the suspect with the politically correct warning: “This image is to be published only in print media products in the Leipzig region. Publishing it on the Internet, including on social media such as Facebook, is not covered by the court order and is therefore not allowed.” Two men speaking broken Germany sexually assaulted a woman in Fürstenzell.