Before I wish you a very Happy Easter I want to brief you on
a few issues.
One of them is Zoë’s progress. I know that you will be
pleased to hear that she went home with her family, and that her future
looks much better now than when she first arrived in Canada last summer. No
one knew then if her eye, the last one she could see with, could be saved.
Our Sick Children’s Hospital made a miracle happen: She can see and is very
happy, as are her parents and the other 5 children.
As I reported to you, our local efforts raised over 5
thousand dollars in all and the Rudek’s have expressed their gratitude. They
especially were amazed with what warmth they were embraced throughout their
stay everywhere they went. That we as the German Canadian community also
came so strongly to the rescue was a very special bonus for them and gave
rise to the hope that the rest of the needed money will also materialize
We all know that faith can move mountains and thus I give
you the still existing account number for Zoë’s eyes again, in the hope that
more people contribute to the certainly not finished project.
Royal Bank of Ontario,
Transit Number 6742, Account 5125463)
In about 6 month Zoë has to show up here for follow-ups. And
while the family is trying to get back to normal in Germany and Mr. Rudek is
trying to find gainful employment again, we can still flow a little energy
in the form of money to the cause.
We wish the family well and a speedy continued recovery for
attended round table talks with Howard Hampton, NDP. It was an interesting
experience sitting close to a party leader and being able to ask him about
current affairs. Mr. Hampton has a Swedish heritage to draw from and very
strong feelings for the equalisation of all Canadians. That is why he made
the effort to sit down with representatives of the ethnic press. And while
it can be said that any party in opposition of the governing party has an
easy time of having all the answers, it must also be said that this
opposition has to make the most of watching the powers that are, so
democracy can flourish and prosper.
Mr. Hampton demonstrated that he was very well informed on
all issues that were touched on and gave full and in depth answers to all
queries. He is following a growing trend in this country to pay more
attention to the visible and invisible minorities.
another note: We received quite a few wonderful Easter poems, but most of
them do not really reflect our Canadian reality. That is why we chose to
create this front page for you in the snow. Hopefully by the time Easter is
actually upon us it will have melted and made room for at least green grass.
I can dream, can I not?
Regardless of that I wish you all a very Happy Easter!
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