Happy (German) Father’s Day!

In Germany, today is Father’s Day, alsVatertago called “Men’s Day” or “Gentlemen’s Day” – to make sure all male adults may participate in the traditional procedures. On Father’s Day, men in Germany traditionally celebrate themselves by putting a (laurel) wreath on their head and driving through the city, town or village on a horse buggy, “Bollerwagen” (something comparable to a child wagon) or “Bierradl” while drinking a lot of beer. Some prefer not to participate in wearing a (laurel) wreath on their head and driving on whatever type of vehicle through town. However, proud of this German tradition, they certainly do join the beer drinking.

In Germany, Father’s Day is an official holiday. More precisely, it falls every year on the same day as the Christian Ascension Day which is always a Thursday. On the following Friday, many of the celebrating fathers, men and gentlemen take a day off. This, firstly, brings them a long weekend, and, secondly, allows them to cure their hangover from Father’s Day.

In Canada, Father’s Day is celebrated a little later. It always falls on the third Sunday of June. Are there typical Canadian traditions to celebrate Father’s Day?

What about German-Canadian Dads in Canada, and Canadian-German Dads in Germany: Since you have the chance – are you celebrating twice every year? :)

Please let us know! Give us your feedback!

Documentary “Germans in Canada” to be aired on Friday!!!

Our documentary film “Germans in Canada” the work of 1.5yrs – will premiere on CFMT, Canadian Television in Ontario on this coming Friday, February 20, 2015 @ 22:00! It is still TBD when it will be aired in British Columbia and Manitoba. We’ll keep you in the loop!

Please enjoy our playlist with teasers of “Germans in Canada” to get a little foretaste! :)

On CETA, TTIP, Oil Sands, Fracking & more!

Heute haben wir einen ganz besonderen Gast bei uns im Studio: Andrea Rexer, Wirtschaftskorrespondentin bei der Süddeutschen Zeitung und Redakteurin des Büros in Frankfurt am Main. Zur Zeit nimmt sie an einem deutsch-kanadischen Journalistenaustausch teil und arbeitet für die Online-Plattform “The Tyee” in Vancouver. “The Tyee” berichtet hauptsächlich über Themen aus den Bereichen Umweltschutz, Politik und Bildung.

Wir haben eine sehr angeregte und interessante Unterhaltung über einige Aspekte der Freihandelsabkommen CETA und TTIP, die derzeit in Europa, und besonders in Deutschland, heiß diskutiert werden. Was sind die Pros und Kontras für den kanadischen und den deutschen Markt und für die Verbraucher? Wie sieht es aus mit der Gefahr, dass genetisch modifizierte Lebensmittel den deutschen Markt überschwemmen, und preisgünstige Milchprodukte den kanadischen Markt? Wie steht es um die sehr umstrittenen Punkte “Ölsande” und “Fracking”? Andrea hat eine der Plattformen in Alberta besucht und gibt uns ein paar sehr interessante Einblicke.

Während ihres Aufenthalts in Ottawa hat Andrea an den Feierlichkeiten anlässlich des Besuchs des deutschen Bundespräsidenten Joachim Gauck teilgenommen. Im anschließenden Interview hat sie ihn auch über seinen Eindruck von dem bis ins kleinste Detail durchgeplanten Protokoll befragt.

Viel Spaß! Und gebt uns euer Feedback! :)


Today we have a special guest in our studio: Andrea Rexer – Economics Correspondent of the Süddeutsche Zeitung & Head Editor at the office in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. Currently, she is taking part in a German-Canadian journalist exchange program and working for the online platform “The Tyee” in Vancouver. “The Tyee” mainly publishes on environmental topics, politics and education.

We are having a very lively and interesting talk about some aspects of the trade agreements CETA and TTIP which are currently highly debated in Europe, and Germany, in particular. What are the pros and cons for the Canadian and German market and the consumers? What about the danger of genetically modified food entering Europe, and cheap dairy products flooding the Canadian market? What about the highly controversial aspects of the Oil Sand Industry and Fracking? Andrea visited one of the platforms in Alberta and gives us some very interesting insights about the topic.

During her stay in Ottawa, Andrea joined the ceremonies when Joachim Gauck, the Federal President of Germany, visited Canada. After the ceremonies, she interviewed the president and talked to him about his impression of the reception where every nut, bolt and screw seemed to be planned, calculated and prepared.

Enjoy! And give us your feedback! :)