23 May 2015
May 23, 2015

Udo Erasmus Interview

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  1. Tell us something about your background and your connection to Europe.  Do you ever visit to get ideas or to keep in touch?

Udo Erasmus in ArizonaMy parents, of mostly German origin, left Latvia before the communists went there, and were given land in Poland by Germany. I was born in 1942 on a stolen farm. We fled at the end of the war, with communists chasing us, and allies shooting at us from planes overhead. This war experience triggered a life-long interest in better ways to live. To that end, I studied basic sciences, life sciences, psychology, and self-knowledge.

  1. What is “Udo’s Oil” and what kind of process did you take to discover it?

In 1980, pesticides poisoned me, and medicine had no treatment for it. So I used my educational background for self-help. When I found out how much damage is done to oils, our most sensitive nutrients, by sloppy processing, I decided that I could not get healthy on such oils, and that they should be made with health in mind. So I developed a protective, careful method for making healthy oils. Out of that method came commercially available flax seed oil in 1986, and Udo’s Oil Blend in 1994.

  1. What was your relationship to the “Father of Canada’s Natural Health Movement”, Siegfried Gursche?

Siegfried Gursche was one of my mentors into the Natural Health arena, and published my book: FATS THAT HEAL FATS THAT KILL, in which I outlined the major issues concerning oils and their effects on health. He encouraged me and many other people to learn and to promote healthy living.

  1. Tell us about your latest book and what new facts we can learn?

My latest book is not out yet. I am working on a global project, which will include many books on different topics. The foundation of my thinking and writing is based on the fact that

  • 8 billion people could live their lives lit up from within (the light of life is already in us; we just need to look into it instead of looking away from it).

Based on feeling taken care of by living in touch with that light of life within us,

  • 8 billion people could live in harmony together, and
  • 8 billion people’s need for air, water, food, shelter, and clothing could be met (we have more than enough resources to do so)

We don’t share what we don’t need because, not feeling taken care of (because we don’t look into the light of life), we feel that by giving to others the excess that we have, we would feel even less taken care of. So we hoard what we don’t need.

  1. What can todays cook do to get started with healthy oils?

We have to understand that the single most destructive habit we have ever invented regarding food preparation is to ‘cook’ them in oils. Until about 100 years ago, foods were mostly cooked in water. We need to go back to that habit, and add good oils made with health in mind to our foods after they come off the heat. That way, we get,

  1. Undamaged oils that are good for health
  2. Undamaged food molecules
  3. Enhanced flavours
  4. Improved absorption of oil-soluble nutrients that are good for health

Aside from being toxic, the burned part of foods also tastes bitter, acrid, scratchy, and disgusting (if we make a point of actually tasting it).

  1. If you would go out to a restaurant, which ones do you visit personally, if any at all.

Travelling a lot, I eat in restaurants a lot. It’s not so much which restaurant to choose, but which foods to choose. We can’t go wrong on salads. We can’t go wrong on vegetables. We can’t go wrong on whole foods. And we can’t go wrong on organic foods.

People sometimes say: ‘I didn’t claw my way up to the top of the food chain in order to then eat vegetables’. That may be true, but you’d be healthier and would live longer if you did.

  1. Are there any other things you would like my readers to know about healthy living – any favourite websites or blogs – besides yours.
    1. Champagne (or Proseco, or the Spanish version) is healthier than wine.
    2. Walking and talking are better than watching TV.
    3. Laughing beats complaining.
    4. Silence is important to balance the noise we live in.

www.nutritionfacts.org is a good blog for health information.
https://www.facebook.com/udo.erasmus – Personal Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/UdosChoiceHealthProducts – Business Facebook Page

Udo’s Website is undergoing major renovations, but just in case you want to bookmark it:


Open House Westside German School


For those who can’t “see” jpegs on their computers, this Open House event takes place on Tuesday, April 28th, at 4:30 pm at the Carnarvon School on 3400 Balaclava St.


1.  Meet the principal and learn about their program

2. Open class rooms

3.  Kaffee und Kuchen (by donation)

4.  Check out the German media sale (by donation)

Anyone interested in signing their child up to German School is welcome to attend.

Danke Schoen!

Snowman Arts & Crafts

Written by Deutsche Welle

Deutsche Welle will launch its new English TV channel on June 22. The news and information channel will officially go on air during DW’s annual media conference, Global Media Forum.

Peter LimbourgThe global competition of values plays out primarily in the English language, says DW Director General Peter Limbourg. “Germany is highly regarded around the world, and on the international stage many look to Germany to orient themselves. Therefore, we want to meet this demand in the English language,” says Limbourg, stressing that international media coverage of German perspectives should not be left solely to other international broadcasters.

“Deutsche Welle expects more than 2000 international guests from politics, media and other areas of public life – among them numerous partners who will rebroadcast DW’s flagship programs via their platforms – to attend the Global Media Forum,” says Limbourg. “They will all be able to witness the launch of our new channel, live.”

DW, the new 24-hour TV channel in English, with hourly news as well as magazine programs and documentaries, will be broadcast around the world. In Europe it will be available via the Astra satellite, among others.

Starting June 22, Deutsche Welle will offer four additional 24-hour TV channels for   various parts of the world.

  • DW (Amerika) can be received across the entire American continent and offers 20 hours of German and 4 hours of English programming;
  • DW (Latinoamérica) informs people in Latin America in Spanish around the clock;
  • DW (Asien) broadcasts in German 24 hours a day;
  • DW (Arabia) targets viewers from the Arab world – 17 hours in Arabic and 7 hours in English.

The regional TV channels will remain unchanged in their respective languages, complementing the 24-hour English channel. Only DW (Europe), with its English-German programming via Hotbird, will be discontinued.

“By the time we launch the new English TV channel we will have optimized the new technical components and processes to the point that we can confidently go on air,” says Limbourg.

09 Jan 2015
January 9, 2015

Join Business Association in 2015!

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The German Canadian Business Association has changed in the last 52 years of its existence, yet one thing remains the same:  it is still there to allow entrepreneurs and business owners to network, to exchange ideas and give feedback and to allows its members to publicize their products and sell their services.

Also it used to be a Business MAN Association, but now is just for anyone.

The first meeting in 2015 will take place at Mahoneys Pub in downtown Vancouver at 6 pm by the new Convention Centre and will include some hors d’oeuvres for everyone to share.

BREAKING NEWS:  there will be a $200 membership fee charged for the 2015/2016 calendar year for anyone who chooses to renew it on this evening!

Please bring yourself, your family and friends and join us as we celebrate the New Year with the German Canadian Business Association.

09 Jan 2015
January 9, 2015

German Castle wins Second Prize!

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“Winter Castle at Christmas!”

We got the results back from Grouse for the Gingerbread Village competition and the German Winter Castle at Christmas created by the Metropolitan Hotel and sponsored by the German Canadian Business Association came in second place! Here is what our contact at Grouse wrote:

German Gingerbread CastleIt was a very tight race! Based on popular vote (5376 hard ballots, 798 online votes – weighted 25%) and votes from a panel of four judges (including Z95.3, SONiC and Jack FM – weighted 75%), the top overall placing competitors are…

1) It’s Beginning to Look Alot Like Christmas (Team: The Sweet Shop)
2) Winter Castle at Christmas (Team: Metropolitan Hotel and Pastry Chef Emiddio Isernia)
3) Baby It’s Cold Outside (Team: katscakes.ca)

The castle was sponsored by four members of the Association, among them Beatrice Schreiber (President) and Rebecca Lees (Secretary).

23 Dec 2014
December 23, 2014

Continuing Stories

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I still keep a variety of German magazines at home that are no longer published in 2014. One of these is the Infokus Magazine, that is labelled “Das Magazin fuer Deutsch-sprachige in Kanada”.
The publisher was Richard Weichsler, who also also offered a show called “TV Deutsch” on Shaw TV. This was labelled as “Multikultur TV fuer ueber 110,000 Deutschsprachige in Gross-Vancouver Kabel 20 Auf Shaw – und 51 in Delta.” – Still not sure if this show is still running anymore.

But also, just to look at all the advertisers in the Winter Edition in 2003/2004 and it is heartbreaking to see how many places are no longer around, yet surprising how many places are still there. Here is a comprehensive list

1. Lothar Heinrich Agencies Ltd. – 1450 Hartley Avenue, Coquitlam, BC V3K 7A1
604 540-6977

Is it still around? I think yes!

2. Williams Moving International – 2401 United Boulevard, Vancouver, BC V3K 5Y3
604 941-9411

Is it still around? I think yes!

3. GSSC – German Social Security Consultants – #305-525 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 3H7
604 669-1325

4. A & K Sausage – 22030 River Road, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 2C3
604 467-3371

Is it still around? I think yes! 4 for 4!

5. St. Laszlo Estate Winery – Site 95-Comp 8, Hwy. #3, Keremeos, BC V0X 1N0

Is it still around? I think yes! 5 for 5

6. European Specialties Importers Ltd. – 220 Prior Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 2E5
604 688-9528

Is it still around? Yes! 6 for 6

14 Nov 2014
November 14, 2014

Setting up a Sitemap

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Part II

There is more than one way to skin a fish. So, when I needed a Sitemap according to the next item on my to-do list, I went to plugins and downloaded a “XML Sitemap Feed” to help Google know what pages to crawl. Then I realized that I had also downloaded an SEO Plugin. This one also came with a pile of things including an XML Sitemap. What is XML you ask? It is: EXtensible Markup Language and is a part of of the recommendation of W3C – The World Wide Web Consortium. It seems that if you are using Google Webmaster Tools, that one description inevitably leads to another! To find out more about the W3C, you can look at this link.

So, while I am explaining what is what, what exactly is a Sitemap? A Sitemap is a hidden bit of code that you place on your website to help Google, Bing, Yahoo and any other search engine to help “crawl” your site better. This Sitemap can be written in XML, in HTML (hyper-text markup language), or in Text etc. Once you have it set up, you can submit it to Google personally, once you have signed in to Webmaster Tools and associated your site or sites with it. There are Sitemap Generators, and these now include being able to add sub-domains to your sitemap, as well as how to keep your website mobile friendly.

About the concert tour:
As an ambassador of its university, the UNICHOR (university choir) of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany, is undertaking a concert tour of Canada in the summer of 2014. The choir will perform in Vancouver, Victoria and several other locations with a cappella works of German-speaking composers spanning across five centuries. The programme includes pieces by Mozart, Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Bach and others.
The two-week journey is scheduled from 3 to 18 August 2014. Concerts will be held, for example, in St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church in Victoria, the Anglican Church of Canada on Salt Spring Island, and the Holy Rosary Catholic Cathedral in Vancouver.
An extensive cultural programme, including visits of important historical sights, completes the choir’s musical work and also makes the tour a social and cultural highlight in the history of UNICHOR.
…and about the choir:
Unichor2014DuesseldorfUNICHOR is a group of young people passionate about singing, and consists of both students and staff from all departments of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. It was founded in 1989 by “a handful of bawlers” (as the caretaker responsible for the rehearsal room put it) and has since been conducted by Silke Löhr, Musical Director of the university.
Today, UNICHOR has more than 100 members, and regularly collaborates with the university orchestra: a prime example of this musical synergy was on the occasion of its silver jubilee concert which was performed in the spring of 2014 in Düsseldorf’s prestigious concert hall, Tonhalle.
Every semester, a musical programme is rehearsed and performed. An extensive and diverse repertoire has thus been developed in the course of the years, including the requiems by Fauré, Dvořák and Brahms, the Christmas oratorios by Bach and Saint-Saëns, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Leoš Janáček’s Otče náš and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. It also comprises a-capella pieces by Bach, Byrd, Dowland, Janáček, Monteverdi, Poulenc, Pilkington, Weelkes, Rachmaninoff and others.
UNICHOR has firmly established itself in the cultural life of Düsseldorf and in the choral scene of its federal home state North Rhine-Westphalia, with each semester culminating in a highly anticipated concert.
UNICHOR has travelled extensively concert tours to many European countries (e.g. England, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland and the Czech Republic) and left Europe for the first time in March 2009 to give concerts in Brazil. In September 2011, the choir undertook a tour in the French Pays de la Loire and also visited its twin university in Nantes. In the summer of 2014, UNICHOR will travel to West Canada and will give concerts in Vancouver and other places. The choir will be conducted by Mathias Staut who has been handed the baton by Silke Löhr from the spring of 2013 until the summer of 2014. 

Layout Basics

This is what we were given.  In case it is too small, the red circle is where the Metis Tent will be.  To the right of the Metis is a small stage with some seats and on the other side is the Featured German Tent!  Next to the children’s area and the food and drink tables.  Of course the layout is subject to change.  But you get the idea.  Will-Call is the place to pick up tickets or to go if you are a volunteer or a speaker.  The marketplace  and arts plaza is on the left, while the food tables are on the right.  The Brian Jessel Centre Stage is right in front.  The small stage is right in the back.  The main rule this year is:  no beer on the grass.  LOL.

Festival Tips for a Volunteer:

1.  Please try to get at least one or two cell phones of someone at the Festival, in case you need to get your ticket.

2.  Bring money for the marketplace, the food/drink tables and the beautiful works of art.

3.  Bring a water bottle, in case the weather is amazing.

4.  Gates open at 11 am and the booths will close at 8 pm on Saturday.  The Featured Band plays from 8 to midnight (Hey Ocean).

5.  Gates open at 11 am and the booths will close at 6 pm on Sunday.   Swangard Stadium Layout

Please empty your Piggy Bank!

Let’s say you are a family of 4 with children under the age of 12 Admission:

  • $30 for mom and dad (or $15 each for any combination of adults)
  • Food:  $32 for 4 juicy delicious Bratwursts; $32 for 4 pieces of Apfelstrudl
  • Snacks:  Will it be $14 for two ice-creams or will it be $6 for two Bavarian pretzels?
  • Drink:  $4 for two water bottles and $10 for two beers
  • Art:  $20 for painting two Easter Eggs in the Arts Plaza
  • Marketplace:  You could easily spend $20 to $200, depending on what you buy!

Total:  $200-$300

Let’s say you are a family of 4 with children over the age of 12

Add:  $30 for two more tickets to the Festival.

Let’s say you are two young people

  • Admission :  $30 at the Gate
  • Food:  $16 for two Bratwursts; $16 for two pieces of Apfelstrudl
  • Snacks – $12 for any number of yummy food vendors
  • Drink:  $20 to $30 on Krombacher Art:  $50+
  • Marketplace:  $100+ Total:  $200 to $300

Finally, what if you only want to see the band?

Admission:  $40 at the Gate Total:  $250 to $300 But it will definitely be worth it! Then, you may want to remember cash when it comes to buying raffle tickets in the German Tent, so you can win amazing prizes on Sunday afternoon!  Early Bird Draw will take place on Saturday, May 31st at 6:30 pm. Check out:  www.facebook.com/FeaturedGerman GermanTentDedorated