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
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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.
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