So happy that I was able to produce this Christmas Edition of “Das Schwarze Brett”, a German Canadian Magazine published in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with the help of volunteer writers or photographers and anyone needing publicity.
Here is the table of contents of this edition:
Page 3 – Letters from the Editor
Page 20 -Magazine Sponsor – German
Canadian Heritage Plaza
Page 24 – Contact Information
Page 5 – German Christmas Tree Legends
Page 6 – Bessarabian Christmas Baking
Page 7 – Christmas with with the GCBA
Page 8 – 2018 Vancouver Christmas Market
Page 9 – A new German Consul General
Page 10 – Swiss News Updates
Page 11 – Who is St. Nikolaus?
Page 12 – TransMountain Not the Answer
Page 13 – Germans Love the Cariboo
Page 14 – CETA Agreement
Page 16 – Vernon Internment Camps
Page 18 – Thank you to my Sponsors
Page 21 – Christmas Concerts
Page 22 – Deutscher Platz Story
Page 23 – New Plaque for GCHP
Page 5 – Leicht Kitchens Germanhaus
Page 7 – GCBA Christmas Gala
Page 8 – Vancouver Christmas Market
Page 11 – Vancouver Chamber Choir
presents a Joyful Christmas
Page 15 – PMA Canada
Here are my advertisers and supporters! Just click on the ad to be taken to the web page of the company!
For Immediate Release
Conservation Photographer Dawna Mueller presents her first Canadian Exhibition:
Anthropocene – Vanishing Landscapes
Vancouver, BC – Dawna Mueller, a Canadian living in Switzerland, and a passionate advocate for the planet, is excited to announce her first Canadian Photo Exhibition to be held in Vancouver, BC. In addition to sharing her stunning large scale black and white photos of glaciers, mountains and icebergs, Dawna brings awareness to the devastating effects of climate change on the fragile ecosystems in remotest polar and alpine regions of the world. In her Exhibition, Anthropocene – Vanishing Landscapes, are a culmination of photos from Dawna’s expeditions to the Arctic, Antarctic and the Swiss Alpine regions and it opens with a Vernissage on Friday, October 12, 2018, at 5 pm at Back Gallery Project in Vancouver before moving to Switzerland and Austria.
In her Dawna Mueller Photography Facebook Page announcing this event, Dawna writes, “I have been traveling to the Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine regions for a few years now and have been photographically documenting what I see in the changing landscapes as a result of climate change and global warming. I see glaciers in full retreat or completely gone like when I was in Greenland last week. I have watched polar bears swimming for hours looking for ice. As well, I experienced record high temperatures when it should have been below zero. The planet is in peril and the weather patterns are causing havoc in all areas of the world, no one is immune from the destruction and devastation. I want to show the beauty of what I see in these fragile ecosystems because collectively we can work together to save this planet, it is the only home we have.”
As a young adult Dawna spent every summer for over a decade in the Yukon which is wild, raw and amazing for the visual senses. This experience in the pristine nature left an indelible impression in her mind – one of mountains, valleys and rivers relatively uninhabited except for the wild animals who roamed them. But mostly this left an imprint in her heart and it is where she now feels most at home; in the mountains and in nature.
In her photo exhibition, Dawna will be showing photos from the Swiss Alpine and polar regions, where the landscapes as we know them are vanishing. She realizes that not everyone has an opportunity to travel to these remote regions of the world, so she hopes that through her photos, the beauty of what the world is at the risk of loosing can be poignantly conveyed.
Dawna truly believes that everything we do in life prepares us to live a life filled with purpose. Everything in her past has contributed to the person she is today; from her legal studies at Allard Hall Law School to her running heavy equipment in Yukon gold mines to pay for years of University. Dawna truly believes that we are all on this planet to live a purposeful and meaningful life, and that is clearly what she is doing. In addition to her photography exhibitions, Dawna speaks to schools, business and groups and was recently trained as a Climate Reality Leader by Al Gore in Los Angeles as part of his Foundation The Climate Reality Project.
She is also a co-founder of a Swiss non profit Society called The Future Planet Forum whose mandate is to bring together science, art and best practice to inform, discuss and provide solutions towards a sustainable future for the planet. Future Planet Forum will be holding its first event in January, 2019 in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Dawna Mueller: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website: http://www.dawnamueller.com/
Monica Reyes: E-mail: email@example.com | Website: http://www.backgalleryproject.com/
Back Gallery Project: Address: 602 East Hastings, Vancouver, BC | Phone Number: 1.604.336.7633
Elke Porter, PR: E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone Number: 1 604.828.8788
High Resolution Pictures available here: http://www.dawnamueller.com/antrop
Short description of show: I am thrilled to announce my first Canadian Exhibiton ‘Anthropocene – Vanishing Landscapes’ in my hometown of Vancouver, BC, opening with a Vernissage on October 12, 2018. I hope you will join me as I share stories and show photos of my expeditions in the remotest regions of the planet; from the Arctic and Antarctic to the Swiss Alpine regions, I will be showing the incredible beauty and diversity that I am so privileged to see in these fragile ecosystems.
January 2019 – Group Exhibition, ‘Anthropocene – Vanishing Landscapes’, Photo19, Zurich
Winter 2019 – Solo Exhibition. ‘Anthropocene – Vanishing Landscapes’, Gallery La Suosta,Madulaine, Switzerland
Fall 2018 – Solo Exhibition. ‘Anthropocene – Vanishing Landscapes’, Back Gallery Project, Vancouver, BC, Canada
June 2018 – Duo Show with Hitsch Rogantini. Königs, St. Galen, Switzerland
January 2019 – Group Exhibition, Summits II, Photo18, Zurich, Switzerland
Jan 2017 – Solo Exhibition, Into the Light, Dorta, Zuoz, Switzerland
January 2017 to March 2018 – Solo Exhibition, Summits, Stile Vivo Gallery, Männedorf, Switzerland
June 2016 – Portfolio Exhibition. Cap Fotoschule
1st place – ‘Timeless Travel’, Spot Magazine, Switzerland
Hallo an alle deutschen in Vancouver!
You are warmly invited to attend my one and only fundraising event for my
Campaign Kickoff and Fundraiser
Held in Kitsilano on Saturday, September 15, 2018 between 5 pm and 7 pm at the Blenheim Pub 3293 West 4th Avenue in Kitsilano
Please RSVP by email@example.com
Campaign slogan: Clean, green, with an accessible scene!
Activities: hear my campaign story, ask questions and make excellent suggestions that will help me find new ways to solve the challenges of our day: homelessness, housing crisis, opioid crisis, unaffordability, zoning challenges, unhappy people, seniors leaving, children not having enough childcare, too much congestions, not liking bike lanes, not wanting more density, waiting 3 to 7 years to build a single house and on and on. Climate change, pollution, waste & sewer issues, moving towards a smart city using 100% renewable energy. What is the Vancouver we hope to be in 4 years?
6TH – 16TH SEPTEMBER 2018 at VANCOUVER FRINGE
STAND-UP COMEDY – www.vancouverfringe.com
Sold out at Vancouver Fringe 2017 and at festivals worldwide since 2011, 5-Step Guide to Being German is award-winning German comedian Paco Erhard’s hilarious mission to set the record straight about his “charming, crazy mishap of a country”. Now the hit show returns to Vancouver in its 2.0 version: enhanced and updated to the crazy world we live in now.
Initially written as a response to Brits’ stereotypes about Germany, 5-Step Guide to Being German is“ an extremely clever analysis of the modern German psyche” (Independent Daily, AUS) that is “side- splittingly funny and violently politically incorrect” (The Argus, UK). It was nominated for the Fringe World Best Comedy Award in 2013.
Paco Erhard shows us the Germany behind the scenes, as he self- ironially deals with topics as varied as German bluntness (“we’re not rude, we just value honesty more highly than other people’s feelings”), hilarious Autobahn dilemmas, the truth about lederhosen, and how it feels to grow up with Germany’s horrible past.
Born in Munich as the great-grandson of a high-upGerman politician (a non-Nazi, relax!), Paco hitchhiked out of Germany in 2002 to experience the world and other cultures. “Half my life I ran away from being German” he says. “Then I realized: that’s the most German thing you could possibly do.”
Since then, he has toured the globe as a stand-up comic, in English and German. He has written on Germany and Europe for the IrishTimes, authored an award-winning paper on cultural identity, and appeared on BBC and other international TV & radio stations as a comic and expert.
If you want to understand Germany or your German friends and family better, or if you just need 75 minutes of good non-stop belly laughter, see this show.
You will laugh. If you want. Zis is not an order.
“Hilarious… one of the best cultural comedians in the world”
– Rip It Up (AUS)
“A true master of his craft. It’s diﬃcult to overstate how hilarious Erhard’s act is”
– Edinburgh Guide(UK)
“Insightful and hysterical… A thought-provoking, incredibly witty show”
– Broadway Baby
“”had the audience not just laughing but howling…
there is a layer of truth just beneath the humour… genius” – The National Post
FRINGE WORLD BEST COMEDY AWARD 2013 – Nominee
VENUE: Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3Y5
SHOWS: Sept 6th (6:15pm), 8th (8:15pm), 12th (5:00pm), 13th (10:40pm), 14th (6:55pm), 16th (1:15pm)
WWW: vancouverfringe.com| pacoerhard.com| youtube.com/pacoerhard-TV| TwiHer:@pacoerhard
Media Kit: bit.ly/German-Comedy-Vancouver-2018
Contact: +1 (720) 725-6670 or
Did you know that there is a Civic Election coming up in October?
Vancouver will be electing a new mayor and:
- 10 councillors for Vancouver City Council
- 7 commissioners for the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
- 9 school trustees for the Vancouver School Board
I have decided to run in this election as a Vancouver City Councillor.
My campaign slogan is “Clean, green, with an accessible scene.”
My new website is www.elkeporter.com
I am hoping to tackle affordable housing, like everyone else, but my ideas are to use creative space ideas, such as modular housing, laneway housing, tiny housing, wood houses, shipping crate homes, wood pallet homes, hemp concrete homes, co-op housing, prefabricated housing or micro homes like those found in Japan.
Solving housing & homelessness challenges around the world:
How about this idea from Hawaii: Kahauiki Village is a proposed community of approximately 153 one and two bedroom homes to be built on 11.3 acres of land located between Nimitz Highway, Keehi Lagoon Park and Sand Island. Kahauiki Village will provide long term, permanent, affordable housing for approximately 153 currently homeless families with children on Oahu. When completed, Kahauiki Village is expected to house over 600 adults and children.
Or flex-housing: housing that could be easily adapted to meet the present and future needs of the occupants. Adaptability will become increasingly important as our population ages. As lifestyle changes, and as we witness an increase in home-based activities and new technologies.”
Solving homelessness: (various countries, such as Finland tried this). The optimal solution, a group of four experts appointed by the Ministry of the Environment in Finland found, was Housing First. “Solving social and health problems is not a prerequisite for arranging housing,” they observed. “Instead, housing is a prerequisite that will also enable solving a homeless person’s other problems.” One of those goals was to cut the number of long-term homeless in half by producing 1,250 new homes, including supported housing units for tenants with their own leases, and around-the-clock presence of trained caring staff for residents who needed help.
Germany solves homelessness in Munich: Munich, Germany’s third largest city, with a population of 1.3 million, conditions are comparatively good; public support, partly in co-operation with charities, helps to alleviate the plight of the homeless. Among the numerous general facilities for the homeless are centres and overnight accommodation specifically for women (with or without children); residential establishments for ex-prisoners and those in danger of committing offenses; live-in communities with supervision; rehabilitation centres; tea houses; advisory centres; short-term sleeping accommodation and employment offers; therapy centres for addicts etc.
Helping homeless in Korea: The Korean Homeless Team is managed by the street paper Big Issue South Korea, a social enterprise that is part of international street paper network The Big Issue. One of the enterprise’s permanent activities is street football, titled The Homeless Healthy Football League. Its impact is two-fold. It encourages homeless people to regularly exercise and therefore lead a healthy lifestyle. It also raises awareness about homelessness and shows people in Korea that homeless people can play football, and consequently work and live just like any ordinary person.
Allowing homeless to shower daily: Project WeHOPE, a homeless non-profit in San Mateo, California, is crowdfunding a new type of facility for its clients: a customized trailer that comes with showers, a washer/dryer, and bathrooms. The trailer has an accessible ramp, a small hydraulic lift for wheelchairs, and its own tank for grey water collection. Once it’s built, WeHOPE plans to take the trailer to encampments in the San Mateo area, including in Half Moon Bay where many homeless migrant workers live on the beach.
When Anja Kleimann started doing pottery in the garage of her neighbour in the Black Forest, Germany, she didn’t realize that her hobby was about to become her career. When she moved to Paraguay, she not only did pottery, but was also able to use a kiln, which was another challenge she enjoyed mastering.
Finally, the emigrated to Barnhartvale, Kamloops and that is where her business took off after getting her own studio. Now she creates and sells hand-crafted works of art, both online and in her store and offers seasonal workshops for both newbies and experts. She also sells her creations at local craft fairs, in summer, fall & winter.
You can swing by at her studio in Barnhartvale, Kamloops, located at 5454 Ronde Lane and have a look at her work. You can find products that can be shipped you find in her Etsy-Store and in her Online-Shop.
Westcoast German News is a blog that happily provides information on German artists, business owners and more. Contact Elke Porter at 604 828 8788, or respond to this blog post with a comment indicating your interest in being interviewed.
I, Elke Porter, now have a patreon page, where patrons of the media arts can support my efforts to set up German Canadian Media Channels in western Canada. As a Russian lady once told me “Russian Community in Vancouver small – 3 papers. German Community big and no papers.”
That was the inspiration that caused me to start with a 4-page newsletter known as “German Voices Vancouver.” This morphed into a newsletter called “Westcoast German News”, which morphed into a blog and has now inspired a magazine “Das Schwarze Brett.” Next up is a weekly YouTube Show called “West Coast Germans”. But in order to get this off the ground I would need your help!
If you want to support me and my creative efforts, with anything from only $2 a month pledge, or up to $100+ a month, you would be earning my gratitude, my admiration & respect and eventually, my help in marketing you or your business. Click on the picture below to visit my page and follow me today! https://www.patreon.com/westcoastgermannews
What is my mission?
To inform, entertain and educate anyone living in western Canada on topics relating to local German, Swiss & Austrian people, places or things. My goal is to share information and build community and highlight the contribution of Germans in BC & Alberta.
From the days abode, media has remained an integral part of human civilization.
What will I do with the money?
Besides paying for rent, food & transportation, I will also be using the money to expand what I can offer. Blogging will be done more frequently, my magazine will then be published monthly and my YouTube Channel will be launched. Exciting times – all with your help!
You have not lived today, until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. Paul Bunyan.
What other services do you offer?
Besides creating German Media, I also have done WordPress Websites, written short books, translated texts from German to English, taught German, created ads, promoted & planned events, did the voiceover on a few videos on YouTube & worked in areas of public relations.
I create, I take risks. I live my passion.
I am an entrepreneur… as seen in yfs magazine
Wir suchen eine/n Deutschlehrer/in fuer unsere 10-jaehrige Tochter, deren Deutsch ungefaehr das Niveau einer deutschen Viertklaesslerin hat. Sie sollten paedagische Erfahrung mit Kindern mitbringen sowie Deutsch als Zweitsprache unterrichten koennen. Wir moechten gerne das Deutsch unserer Tochter einmal pro Woche (1 Stunde) vertiefen, sowie schriftlich als auch muendlich.
This was sent in from a reader of “Germans in Vancouver.”
If you let me know you are interested, I can forward your information along.
Are you interested in having your high school age child attend a German Conversation Class?
A conversation class encourages the children to spend as much time as possible speaking or listening to German – through reading of books, plays, poetry and analyzing songs. There might be some dialogues, theatre, partner work and using digital media to pass a message along. Students will be learning fairy tales, traditional literature & poetry, as well as modern, up-to-date songs that will give them an insight into German culture. There will also be a session on travel vocabulary – trains, planes & automobiles.
Let me know if something like this would interest your child/ren. Maximum 16 children per class. Prerequisites are a minimum of one year German lessons and the basics – Alphabet, counting to 100, colours etc.
604 828 8788
Even though September is not yet here, you can already sign up to a German School. As far as I can tell, there are 4 schools:
a. Westside Vancouver German School:
We offer a widely recognized high quality K-12 German after-school language program. Ideally students join our program at the age of 5 or 6 and progress on to high school.
http://www.vwgs.org – takes place Tuesdays from 4 pm to 6:15 for children from 5/6 to 10 (high school graduation) or Wednesdays from around 10 to 18 at the Prince of Wales Secondary School.
b. North Shore German School:
Founded in 1974, the German School North Shore has a rich tradition in providing German language classes to school-aged students from North Vancouver, West Vancouver and the Lower Mainland as far reaching as Port Moody. Our Kindergarten to Grade 12 programs, which follow the prescribed curriculum for German heritage schools, are taught by professional German-speaking teachers.
http://www.germanschoolns.ca – takes place on Thursdays from 4:15 to 6:15 for Kindergarten to Grade 12
c. Surrey German Language School:
Die Deutsche Sprachschule Surrey bietet am Samstag morgen international anerkannten Sprachunterricht für Kinder von der Vorschule bis zur 12. Klasse und für Erwachsene an.
The Surrey German Language School offers internationally recognized Saturday morning language classes for children from Pre-School to Grade 12 and for adults.
http://surreygermanschool.com – takes place on Saturdays from 9 am to noon for children from 3+ to Adult level
d. Deutsche Kindergruppe – for those who are too young for German School – ages 0 to 5 years old
Meetings will resume on the 9th of September
Come with your children (0-5yrs) every Monday between 9:30 am and 12:00 pm to sing songs, play, make crafts and speak German.
Wir sind eine offene Spielgruppe für Kinder von 0-5 Jahren und treffen uns Montags (ausser in den Ferien und an Feiertagen) zwischen 09:30-12:00.
Kommt doch mal vorbei und singt, spielt, bastelt und plaudert mit uns.
Contact: Kecia Boecking, Tel: 604-988-1356
If you know of any other schools/classes or pictures you would like to see in the Westcoast German News Blog, please let me know!
Presented by the Vancouver Foreign Film Society
Wednesday, July 11th, 7:45 pm – Vancouver (Canada)
Vancity Theatre – Vancouver International Film Centre
1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC, V6B 3M7, Canada
Q&A with Tanja Cummings (director & producer) with moderator Richard Menkis, Associate Professor of modern Jewish history at the University of British Columbia.
LINE 41 documents a Holocaust and Lodz Ghetto survivor’s return back to today’s Lodz (Poland). Until now, Natan Grossmann had repressed his desire to learn about the fate of his brother he lost contact with in 1942. 70 years later, Grossmann starts a search for his missing brother. His search crosses paths with Jens-Jurgen Ventzki, son of the former Nazi Head Mayor of Lodz. Ventzki is pursuing his family’s dark secret. In tracing their family histories, they inevitably confront each other.
“A poetic evocation of the process of memory and the
persistence of a nightmare that must never be forgotten.”
–Peter Keough, Boston Globe
Country of Origin: Germany
Running Time: 91 mins
Languages: German & Polish with English subtitles
Line 41 on Facebook: www.facebook.com/linie41/
European trailer: https://vimeo.com/150425215
Northamerican trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHMANHMxQYc
Venue website: https://viff.org/line-41-filmmaker-discussion
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/607665306024280/
“Line 41“ available in the USA and Canada
Please contactFilmmovementfor sceening requests in the USA and Canada ———–>https://www.filmmovement.com/line41
“Line 41” is available on DVD & Digital (North American version): https://www.amazon.com/Line-41-Tanja-Cummings/dp/B078FHJJYC
All best from Berlin and many thanks,
EVA e. V. –Europäischer Verein für Ost|West-Annäherung –
LINIE 41 entstand ohne Filmförderung, war keine Auftragsproduktion eines Fernsehsenders. Wir realisierten unseren Film auf eigene Kosten und arbeitetete das Kernteam unentgeltlich. In kritischen Phasen erhielten wir Unterstützung von Stiftungen aus Deutschland, Polen und der Schweiz und half uns über die Jahre immer wieder großzügig ein Berliner Techniksponsor.