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German Update & Events Europe Day May 9th, 2013 Surrey Library Offers German European Festival Fruit Tart with Vanilla Recipe Deutsche Welle Update Laughter & Lighter News The Queen of Colours The Summer University Swiss Space Systems Swiss-American Chamber European Initiatives & Events Advertising Information Important Contact Information

Frohe Ostern! Happy Easter!

Westcoast German News is a monthly publication for Austrian, German & Swiss expatriates living on the Westcoast of Canada and the US. Its reach is even as far away as Alberta and California. You can order a print copy by visiting http://www.magcloud. com/user/porterpr. Digital copies are free and can be read on line, while print copies cost $5 and can take as long as 2 weeks to arrive, depending on the shipping choice you make... The first issue of “German Voices Vancouver” was printed 300 times and distributed to libraries, community centres, European Stores and Delis around Vancouver in November, 2007. We welcome feedback, letters to the editor, Swiss, German & Austrian events, press releases, interviews, corporate & business stories and news. FEBRUARY ISSUE URL: issue/522447

WANTED!! Stores, companies and clubs that wish to act as an ordering “hub” for their members. eg. A Club order 100 copies and their members can pay them to pick up their copy at the club. Call me!



The Vancouver Westside German School hired Christine Spreter von Kreudenstein as the new School Principal last fall, and is now warmly welcoming a new Vice-Principal, Karin Waechter. Karin will be responsible for the newsletter, Open House & website and can be reached at

Editor Elke

March includes Spring Break and Easter this year. There are also upcoming events we are excited about, such as the European Festival, the Children’s Festival, the German School “Abschlussfeier” and summer BBQ’s. April is the last day you can sign up to be in the first European Talent Show at the European Festival in the Swangard Stadium in Burnaby. There are some cool prizes to be won! We also need to know if your child is planning to participate in the Fliegerlied Dance on May 25th at the European Festival. If you attend any of the events listed in this magazine, please send me your write-ups, so I can share them with other readers. If you know of someone who would like to subscribe, contribute or advertise in Westcoast German News, please let me know! If you have a media pass for me, I can also attend events. Best regards, Elke

The Vancouver Alpenclub welcomed Patrick Buehrmann as their new Assistant Manager in March 2012, so he is just celebrating his first Anniversary. Say hello while you are enjoying the new Thursday Open Mic or Karaoke Night. Patrick can be reached at Julian Dewies, from Freiburg, Germany is working for AbcoFilmCorp, AhornTV and TulipTV with Mass Abedi as Videographer and Editor to create entertaining and exciting cinematography and motion graphics. Karin Kapp was the new President of the Swiss Society since March 2012, along with the Vice-President Mirjam Mai. They will both be continuing their positions, as of the March 2013 AGM, that was held March 26th.


Passive House Vancouver Social - April 2013 Please join us for our sixth Passive House Vancouver Social. It’s all about sharing knowledge & experiences and connecting with fellow Passive House enthusiasts in Western Canada. This time also meet and greet participants of the most recent Vancouver PH course. Seating is limited so please register today. Let us know if you have any suggestions or comments about location, time or content for future meetings. Date: Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm Location: Cat’s Socialhouse on Granville Island Location: 1540 Old Bridge Street, Vancouver, BC The Elysee Treaty: 50 Years of French-German Parthership. What does it mean to Europe? Date: Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 between 2 PM and 6 PM Location: C.K. Choi Building, 1855 West Mall at UBC Special guest: MLA Harald Leibrecht, Coordinator of the Transatlantic Relations of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany. 50th Anniversary of the German-Canadian Business Association Date: Friday, May 31st, 2013 at 6:30 pm Location: Royal Vancouver Yacht Club 3811 Point Grey Road, Vancouver, BC Tickets: $95 - Everyone welcome! Musical entertainment, networking, the event you won’t want to miss!

EUROPE DAY MAY 9th, 2013 VIP & MEDIA BREAKFAST (TRIUMF) 7:45 am REGISTRATION/MEDIA PASSES 8:00 BREAKFAST (Buffet & Networking) Welcoming remarks Media opportunity, interviews 9:00 ADJOURN & RELOCATE PUBLIC TALKS (UBC Venue) 9:00 am REGISTRATION 9:30 EVENT BEGINS --Master of Ceremonies (TBD) 9:30 WELCOME --Nigel S. Lockyer, TRIUMF director --Codrutsa Rotaru, Eurofest BC Society President --Senior ranking dignitary/official (TBD) 9:40 EUROPE DAY TALK The History of Europe Day and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement -Andrea Nuesser, Institute of European Studies, UBC 10:00 PLENARY TALK A Global Accomplishment -- CERN, the LHC, and the Higgs --Rob McPherson, ATLAS-Canada spokesperson 10:45 PANEL DISCUSSION Why Should Europe & Canada Cooperate in Science & Technology? -Moderator (TBD) --Nigel Lockyer, Conrad King, Rob McPherson --Member of the Consular Corps based in Vancouver (TBC) --Eurofest BC Society member (TBD) 11:30 QUESTION & ANSWER SESSION with PANEL --Moderator (TBD) 12:00 n CLOSING REMARKS --Erich Vogt (TBC) --2nd Senior ranking dignitary/official (TBD) VISIT TO TRIUMF 12:15 PM TRANSPORT TO TRIUMF (Shuttles from UBC venue to TRIUMF front entrance) 12:30 LUNCHEON AT TRIUMF 1:30 TOURS OF TRIUMF 3:00 PM ADJOURN


The Large Hadron Collider, the Higgs Discovery and the Big Bang. Europe Day on May 9th is a cornerstone of European history and as the birthday of the European Union, a celebration of great importance. Nationally and locally, this day is commemorated in many different ways. In contrast to past years, the EuroFest BC Society is planning a scientific symposium in collaboration with TRIUMF on May 9, 2013, with the meaningful title “International Scientific Cooperation between Europe & Canada - The Large Hadron Collider, the Higgs Discovery and the Big Bang”. This event will feature discussions about the role of collaborative science and technology in connecting Canada and Europe. The keynote address will feature the spokesperson for the Canadian team at CERN and will highlight the tight partnerships that made the Higgs discovery possible as well as what this breakthrough means for science and society. A formal luncheon will follow accompanied by invitations to tour TRIUMF. Engagement of all European consulates is planned and the event will also feature a live video connection to the CERN Control Room. Last July’s announcement of the discovery at CERN of a Higgs-like boson has been heralded as the breakthrough of a generation if not the century. It wouldn’t have been possible without Canada, and it wouldn’t have happened without Europe. TRIUMF is Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics; founded more than 40 years ago, it is owned and operated by a consortium of 17 Canadian universities from Victoria to Halifax. For more information about TRIUMF please visit them at If you have any questions please see the agenda on the left or email them at

NEW - GERMAN LANGUAGE MATERIALS Surrey’s City Centre Library Can Boast in German! Surrey’s newest library has the city’s largest multi-lingual collection, including books, DVDs and magazines in German. As well, the library’s Press Display database provides access to 39 German daily newspapers that users can read online within hours of their press time. Books cover all genres, including general fiction, literary fiction, romance, mystery, historical fiction, fantasy, and science fiction. Non-fiction topics include cooking, health, travel, self-help, and decorating. DVDs are all German-made films (not Englishmade films with German subtitles or voice-overs) and include German award winners from recent years.

City Centre library opened in September 2011 and has become a celebrated place within the community and beyond, winning many architectural awards for its soaring, lightinfused space and also winning the hearts of library users. It offers an in-library coffee shop with a good selection of food and drinks for those who like to linger. It is located just steps from the Surrey Central skytrain station.

The City Centre Library 10350 University Drive, Surrey, BC V3T 4B8 Phone: (604) 598-7420 Fax: (604) 598-7421 Renewals line: (604) 502-6333 Besides the German Language Section, another reason to spend time at the Surrey City Centre is their green initiatives: They also: • • • • • •

Sell reusable bags Recycle in-house paper, cards, aluminum cans Recycle batteries and used printer catridges Recycle Damanged CD & DVD cases Provide paperless electronic newsletters Lend Energy metres to customzers for 21 days

Their 16th Annual Environmental Extragavanza is on Saturday April 20th to Sunday, June 9th, 2013 from Earth Day to World Ocean Day. Schools can register to start environmental programs on April 22nd, 2013.

16th ANNUAL EUROPEAN FESTIVAL 2013 Spend the Weekend with the Sights & Sounds of Europe! Germany Needs The Following Volunteers: Sat. 11 am to noon: 2 Noon to 2 PM: 2 2 PM to 4 PM: 2 4 PM to 6 PM: 2 6 PM to 7 PM: 2 Total: 10 Volunteers Sun 11 am to noon: 2 Noon to 2 PM: 2 2 PM to 4 PM: 2 4 PM to 6 PM: 2 Total: 8 Volunteers Parking: Saturday: 2 Sunday: 2 Total: 4 Volunteers

Germany will perform the “Fliegerlied” between 2 and 3 pm on Saturday at the Festival. Call us, if your child would like to participate! Switzerland will be the featured country at the Festival this year, to celebrate their 100 Years of Relations with Western Canada! Let’s give them a great big hand!

Burnaby, BC March 2013 - The Swangard Stadium and the city of Burnaby will host the 16th Annual European Festival the last weekend in May. This year’s Festival brings together 30 European Countries who plan to showcase both traditional and modern customs, cuisine and cultural heritage to a growing audience. Everyone is heartily invited to come by at least one day, if not both to “spend the weekend in Europe.” The European Festival begins on Saturday, May 25th at 11 am. Highlights for Saturday include the display of the featured country, Switzerland, a 1 pm Flag Parade Ceremony, the 2 pm Children’s Only Performances, and a DJ/Band mashup until 11 pm. Visitors will enjoy Cultural Booths, a Market Place, a Trade Show, Food & Drink, Non-Stop Entertainment and activities for children. Afterwards, there will be a dance from 6pm to 11pm, where guests can still enjoy select hot food and ice-cold refreshments. Sunday, May 26th, the event will begin at 11 am, as well. Highlights for Sunday include Children’s Only Performances at noon, a talent competition at 3 pm, the ABRA Cadabra cover band at 4 pm and the official closing ceremony at 6 pm. Switzerland will be the first featured country, since 2013 marks the centennial anniversary of official relations between Switzerland and Western Canada. The Consulate General of Switzerland in Vancouver is proud to bring you this year of celebration and has set up a special to showcase what connects Switzerland and Canada. Some of these connections will be presented at the European Festival. The Festival still has opportunities for volunteers of all ages to get involved. They are also seeking professional photographers and videographers. Another new festival will feature an Art Plaza with artists from Europe. Please contact event planner Marika at if you feel your talents and skills can help the festival. Managed by the non-profit EuroFest BC Society, the first European Festival took place in 1998 at the Alliance Francaise in Vancouver to help promote and educate local residents about the diversity and richness of Europe’s cultural spectrum. Ten countries participated in the first event and presented some of the national customs, local traditions and original cuisine of Europe. At the 1999 event in Granville Island, ten new countries joined, doubling the participants up to 20. In 2001, the Festival was held at the Scandinavian Community Centre in Burnaby for the first time, while 2012 the Festival opted to move to the spacious Swangard Stadium. The Festival takes place at the corner of Kingsway and Boundary Road in Burnaby, and is also accessible via public transit with a stop at the Patterson Skytrain Station or the 019 Bus from Metrotown. The exact times and locations can be seen at: Tickets are $8 at http://www.europeanfestival. ca or $10 at the door. The weekend pass costs $14 if purchased beforehand or $15 at the Gate. Children under 12 are free.

FRUIT TART WITH VANILLA - RECIPE Ingredients: 2 large eggs 1/4 cup sugar 1 dash of salt 1/3 cup flour 2 tbsp cornstarch 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 3/4 cups whipping cream 1 package instant vanilla pudding 1 small jar cherries 1 20 oz can pineapple slices 1 15 oz can mandarin oranges 3 tsp cornstarch 2 tbsp cold water 2 tbsp sugar Preparation: Line a springform pan (10 inches by 3 inches) with parchment paper and set aside. Separate eggs. Beat egg whites with 1 tbsp cold water until stiff. Beat in 1/4 cup sugar and a dash of salt. Stir in egg yolks, sift flour, 2 tbsp cornstarch and baking power over the top and fold in the egg mixture. Spread the batter in the springform pan and bake in a preheated oven at 350 Degrees for about 20 minutes. Cool completely. Beat whipping cream with the instant pudding until stiff (about 1-2 minutes) and spread over the cake. Pour the pineapple slices in a colandar and save the juice. Also, pour the manadarin oranges in a colander and save the juice. Place the slices of fruit on top of the whipped cream and decorate with the cherries. Place a cup of juice from the pineapples and mandarin oranges and 2 tbsp sugar in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Make a paste with 3 tsp cornstarch and 2 tbsp cold water. Add to the boiling juice stirring constantly until thickened. Boil for 1 minute, remove from heat, cool slightly and spoon over the fruit. Place cake in the refrigerator until the glaze thickens. (Obsttorte mit Vanilla & Sahne)

Deutsche Welle New Information Peter Limbourg elected as Deutsche Welle’s new Director General Deutsche Welle

DW represents Germany in the international media landscape. Germany’s international broadcaster conveys the country as a nation rooted in European culture and as a liberal, democratic state based on the rule of law. As part of its statutory mission, DW works independently to present events and developments in Germany and the world and picks up on German and other points of view on important issues. It promotes exchange and understanding between the world’s cultures and people. Deutsche Welle also provides access to the German language, the daily life and the mentality of the people. We fulfill this mission with a full range of television, radio and online services. DW is known for its in-depth, reliable news and information in 30 languages – in Arabic and Kiswahili, Indonesian and Urdu, Russian and Spanish, German and English. Culture, education and Europe; those are some of our focal points. We classify facts, explain contexts and analyze background information. This news and information channel features magazine shows and documentaries covering politics, the economy, culture and sports. Visit to find out more, or call Shaw at 604.629.8888 to order.

Peter Limbourg (52) will be the new Director General of Deutsche Welle (DW). The Chairman of the Broadcasting Board Valentin Schmidt announced the decision after a meeting of the supervisory body on March 15, 2013 in Berlin. Upon the Selection Committee’s recommendation, the 17 members of the Broadcasting Board elected the current Senior Vice President of News and Political Information of ProSiebenSat.1 TV Germany as the successor to Erik Bettermann with a clear majority. Bettermann (68), whose term as DW’s Director General will officially end on September 30, 2013, has been in charge of Germany’s international broadcaster since 2001. During this time, he significantly shaped DW’s strategic realignment. Valentin Schmidt commented: “Peter Limbourg has outstanding qualifications to further strengthen Deutsche Welle as a modern multimedia company and Germany’s international media presence as a result. He is not only a first-rate journalist with an international background and excellent language skills, but also has extensive managerial experience in the media industry.“ Limbourg thanked the Broadcasting Board for its trust. “To have the opportunity to play such a significant role in how Germany is perceived around the world is a challenge that I will make every effort to meet in the coming years. Ever since my youth, which I spent abroad, Deutsche Welle’s programs have been a valuable part of my life experience. Together with my colleagues, I hope to further enhance Deutsche Welle’s journalistic standing and its multilingual and multimedia programming. Intensifying DW’s cooperation with Germany’s public service broadcasters ARD and ZDF is another goal I have set myself,” said Limbourg. After his military service, Peter Limbourg studied law in Bonn and passed the First State Examination of Law in 1987. From 1988 to 1989 he completed a journalistic traineeship at the German television news agency Deutsche Fernsehnachrichten Agentur (DFA) in Bonn and London. He worked as a reporter in Leipzig in the former GDR before becoming the Europe and NATO correspondent for DFA and SAT.1 in Brussels in 1990. In 1996 he became the Head of the ProSieben studio in Bonn, and in 1999 was appointed Co-Editor-in-Chief of N24 and Head of the Political Department at ProSieben, a position which he also took on at SAT.1 in 2001. In 2004/5 and 2008/9 Limbourg was the CEO of Pool TV, a joint venture of private television stations in Berlin. From 2008 to 2010 he was the Editorin-Chief responsible for N24’s programming. He has been anchor of SAT.1 news since 2008 and Senior Vice President of ProSiebenSat.1 TV since 2010. Limbourg is the jury chairman of the Media Award of the German Bundestag, a jury member for the Axel Springer Prize for Young Journalists as well as an advisor to the Media Commission of the German Bishops’ Conference. Born in Bonn, Limburg spent his childhood and youth in Rome, Paris, Athens and Brussels. He is married with three children.

Laughter & Lighter News Klein Erna kommt inne Drogerie und sagt: “Möcht gern ein Pfund Mottenkugeln.” Nach ne Stunde kommt sie wieder und sagt: “Bitte noch’n Pfund Mottenkugeln.” -Wie sie nach ne Zeit noch mal Mottenkugeln ham will, fragt der Verkäufer: “Was in aller Welt machs du mit sonne Masse Mottenkugeln?” Sagt Klein Erna: “Mein Sie denn, dass ich mit jede Kugel son Biest treff?” Klein Erna’s Pappa ischa immer noch in Gefangenschaft, aber ein Tag, wie Klein Erna noch in Schule is, da klingelt das, und mit’n Mal is Pappa wieder da. Wie Mamma sich von ihre Begeisterung erholt hat, sacht sie zu Pappa: “Nu wolln wir Klein Erna ma fix überraschen, wenn sie aus Schule kommt, verstecken wir dich in Kleiderschrank und sagen gaa nix!” Wie Klein Erna nu aus Schule kommt, muss sie ja, wie immer, ers mal auf Tolette. Wie sie fertich is, kommt sie inne Wohnstube gerast und sagt ganz aufgeregt: “Mamma-, is Pappa wieder da??!” - “Wieso?” fragt Mamma ganz dumm. “Klo-Deckel is hoch!” Zwei Milchflaschen treffen sich. Sagt die eine: „Sprich mich nicht an, ich bin sauer.”

Fragt eine Blondine die andere: “Wie war die Führerscheinprüfung?” Sagt diese: “Bin durchgefallen!” “Wieso was ist den passiert?” “Wir waren an diesem Kreisel und da stand ein Schild mit der Zahl 30. Also bin ich 30 mal herum gefahren und bin durchgefallen!” “Du hast dich bestimmt verzählt!”

Kommt eine Oma in eine Zoohandlung. Da steht ein Papagei er hat an jedem Bein einen Faden. Die Verkäuferin sagt: “Wenn man an dem linken Faden zieht sagt er “Hallo” und wenn man am rechten Faden zieht “Tschüss”” Da fragt die Oma: “Und wen man an beiden zieht?” Da sagt der Papagei: “Dann falle ich runter du dumme Nuss!” Wie Klein Erna mal mit ihrn Heini an ein heissen Sonntagnachmittag an Elbe is, da kriegt Klein Erna so’n Lust auf Rudern. Klein Erna sitzt an Steuer und Heini rudert denn los, dass ihn das nur so von sein Gesicht runterläuft. - So nach einer Stunde fragt er denn Klein Erna: “Sind wir denn noch immer nich in Blankenese?” “Nee”, sagt Klein Erna, “muscha ers mal losbinden!”

LOCAL ACTIVITY - CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL Vancouver International Children’s Festival German Performance Saturday, June 1st, 2013 at 12:30 PM Our German program is called “Queen of Colours” and the performance :auf Deutsch” takes place on Saturday, June 1 at 12:30. But there are other performances from Tues, May 28 to Sat, June 1. Tickets are $25 adult, $15 child (includes tax and service charge). Your show ticket price includes access all our on-site activities. Queen of Colours synopsis is: This enchanting world-wide hit has delighted audiences across the globe. Loosely based on Jutta Bauer’s children’s book, the play uses a blend of shadow puppetry, live music, painting, and video projection to create a magical event for young. Here a bossy, bored little queen lives in a monochromatic universe until the court painter, using audience requests, injects a painterly palate into her drab world revealing the emotional resonance of color. For more information please visit In advance of the Festival, we are presenting a Parenting Education Program called PEP Talks The next one will be Wednesday, April 10th, when Sheryl Feinstein shares her topic “Parenting the Teenage Brain.” Single tickets cost $35 + tax and service charges.

GREEN NEWS: GREEN BUILDING SOLUTIONS Comfortable living – summer and winter – without energy intense heating or cooling systems? Fresh air without temperature loss? “Passivhaus” is the leading standard for energy efficient building solutions. The investment is evened out rapidly by cutting operating cost by 9/10th and makes its inhabitants independent from rising energy prices and fossil fuels. And: its’ profitability and environmental viability turns it into an opportunity for specialized architects.

The summer University Green.Building.Solutions. deals with the innovative approach of sustainable, ecological and energy-efficient planning of modern buildings. In this unique transdisciplinary university program we cooperate with a variety of experts from five leading austrian universities as well as members of the Passivehouse Union and the Austrian Institute of Technology.

Austria is the pioneer in Passivhaus-Technology: 3,2 Mio m² of floor space out of 7,0 Mio m² in whole Europe are found here.

The program also has a practical orientation and includes excursions, guided tours and visits of relevant locations like urban construction sites, heating and cooling plants, university laboratories, recycling plants as well as traditional buildings like „Schloss Schönbrunn“ and a lot more.

Managing the increased need of specialized skills in planning and execution can be handled through substantiated advanced training. This program is your chance to step into this building standard of the future already today and become a first mover in the growing market of energy efficient building.

The participants will be accomodated in a passivehouse student home which makes the experience of living in a passive-house even more tangible.

In this program knowledge from different fields of study like architecture, building engineering, social sciences, design, urban planning, economics and other relevant fields of work will be combined. The aim is to prepare this knowledge centrally for the participants to sharpen their perception of sustainable and environmentally friendly methods and techniques of modern constructing e.g. passive house standard.

Furthermore there is a scholarship program which is financed by several austrian companies and organizations which will assure the pariticipation at lower costs for selected students. The course language is english. Don’t miss the chance to learn from the best in an UNESCO awarded student program and get first hand ecological knowledge and engineering expertise bundled in a three-week program in the capital of energy efficient building: Vienna, Austria from July 28 until August 18 2013. Application Deadline with Scholarship is the 28th of April, 2013 or without Scholarship, May 15th, 2013. Some exercusions and activities include a Vienesse Waltzing night, a Danube River Highlights Tour, a visit to Schoenbrunn etc.

It offers an introduction and outlook of sustainable architecture as well as sustainable urban development and planning while presenting leading For further information e-mail Reinhard Jakits at visit our website: http://www. examples. You will find an overview of green building rating systems and learn about ecologiFor those interested, there will be Implementing Sustainability, Barriers and Chances cal building materials and Conference on the 24th-26th of April, 2013 in Munich Germany. renewable resources in order to understand buildings over their life-cycle. Over 300 applicants from more than 30 countries have submitted scientific papers for With the integration of the Munich conference. renewable energies into building concepts you will grasp the concept of Check out for more details the Passivhaus.


Offizielle Einweihung von Swiss Space Systems – S3 Ein neues Schweizer Unternehmen bahnt mit dem Bau eines suborbitalen Shuttles bis 2018 den Weg ins All für Kleinsatelliten Payerne, 13. März 2013. Swiss Space Systems – S3, neues Raumfahrtunternehmen in der Schweiz, wurde heute in Payerne in

Anwesenheit von Vertretern nationaler und internationaler Behörden und renommierter schweizer und internationaler Partner wie der ESA, Dassault Aviation, des Von Karman Institute, Sonaca, Meggitt oder der Universität Stanford offiziell eingeweiht. Ziel

von S3 sind die Entwicklung, der Bau, die Zertifizierung und der Betrieb von suborbitalen Space Shuttles für die Lancierung von

Kleinsatelliten. Dank einem innovativen System wird eine Lancierung bis viermal preiswerter als heute und demokratisiert damit den Weg ins Weltall. Erste Testlancierungen sind für Ende 2017 geplant.

Ein Schweizer Unternehmen mit bedeutenden internationalen Partnern Swiss Space Systems wurde am 13. März 2013 im Beisein von Vertretern des Kantons und der Gemeinde, hohen Würdenträgern und diplomatischen Vertretern aus acht Ländern eröffnet. Sie feierten die Gründung dieses neuen Unternehmens, das die Entwicklung und den Bau von suborbitalen Space Shuttles für die Lancierung von Kleinsatelliten mit einem Maximalgewicht von 250 kg zum Ziel hat. Die ersten Testflüge sind für 2017

geplant. Der Terminplan ist ehrgeizig. Pascal Jaussi, Gründer und CEO von S3, unterstreicht aber: „Unser Lancierungsprogramm profitiert von wegweisenden Partnerschaften zwischen Akteuren der Raumfahrt wie der Europäischen Weltraumorganisation

(ESA), Dassault Aviation, dem Von Karman Institute und Sonaca und ihren bereits vorhandenen und zertifizierten Technologien.“ Dank der Einbringung dieser Technologien, die vom Hermès und X-38 Programm übernommen werden können, kann S3 in der Forschung und Entwicklung Zeit und bei der Produktion Kosten sparen, um die Vorgabe 2017 zu erreichen. Das Budget beläuft sich auf 250 Millionen Franken. Hätte man bei Null beginnen müssen, wären mehrere Milliarden nötig gewesen.

Ein einfacheres, sichereres, effizienteres und vor allem wirtschaftlicheres Lancierungssystem Swiss Space Systems schlägt

ein Lancierungsmodell vor, in dem ein Airbus A300 zum Einsatz kommt. Das Flugzeug ist für Schwerelosigkeitsflüge bereits

zertifiziert und wird den Shuttle für die Lancierung auf eine Höhe von 10’000 m transportieren. Die Entwicklung des Shuttles

verbindet die vom Franzosen Dassault für Hermes entwickelte Innenarchitektur und die externe Struktur der belgischen Firmen Sonaca und Space Application Services. Die Gespräche über den Lieferanten des Motors sind bereits weit fortgeschritten. Die

Shuttle-Drohne steigt dann auf eine Höhe von 80 km, um dort den oberen Teil zu lancieren und die Satelliten in ihre Umlaufbahn zu bringen. Nach Abschluss der Lancierung kehrt der Shuttle zur Erde zurück und gleitet zu seinem Ausgangsflughafen zurück. Dort übernehmen ihn bis zur nächsten Lancierung die Wartungsteams. Das von S3 entwickelte System bietet hinsichtlich

Sicherheit eine Vielzahl von Vorteilen: Über den ganzen Prozess der Lancierung kann dieser abgebrochen werden, um den Shuttle auf die Erde zurückkehren zu lassen. Dank der mehrmaligen Wiederverwendung der Lancierungselemente und dem weit unter der heutigen Norm liegenden

Treibstoffverbrauch wird Swiss Space Systems Satellitenlancierungen für 10 Millionen CHF anbieten können. S3 ist also bis zu viermal günstiger als die gängigen Marktpreise. In der Regel bedürfen Trägersysteme einer grossen

nfrastruktur am Boden. Für S3 reicht ein Flugplatz, auf dem ein Airbus A300

starten und landen kann. All dies fördert die Demokratisierung des Alls. Länder

und Forschungsinstitute, deren Mittel bislang nicht ausreichten, können nunmehr Satelliten lancieren lassen. S3 hat bereits Vereinbarungen für vier Lancierungen mit dem renommierten Von Karman Institute abgeschlossen.


The Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce plays a vital and active role in assisting Swiss companies in the United States and U.S. companies in Switzerland to expand their business. The Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organization. The Chamber: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Promotes and facilitates better business relations between the U.S. and Switzerland. Provides essential information about doing business in these markets. Brings businesses together to facilitate contacts & provide networking platforms in both countries. Represents the mutual interests of members and takes action to further their interests. Facilitates the mobility of member firms and their employees in both countries. Promotes both countries as advantageous places to do business. Fosters good corporate citizenship to benefit the communities in which members do business.

Contact: Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce - Los Angeles Chapter 9461 Charleville Boulevard, #537 Beverly Hills, CA 90212 Phone: +1 (626) 974-5429 E-Mail: www: Facebook:

German, Swiss & Austrian Initiatives

Have you ever seen the Goethe Institute Website for San Francisco? If not, check it out here: They claim to teach German through “music and soccer.” Just love this idea.

Another cool thing they organize is an annual video contest. Each year, the topic changes, but the Grand Prize remains the same: a 3-week language class at a Goethe-Institute in Germany with airfare included! 1. Swiss-Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM 2013 May 3rd, 2013 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm This is for members only, but there is still time to become one before then! 1. Hydrogen Fuel Cells 2013 - June 16th, 2013 - All day at the Vancouver Convention Centre 2. Globe 2014 - globe-2014/ March 26th to 28th, 2014 - At the Vancouver Convention Centre

Frau Kemmling Schoolhaus Brewhaus in Oregon, offers a Maifest to celebrate the first Sunday of May. This celebration is of renewed life and the promise of spring and takes place in Jacksonville, Oregon. Camp Abenteuer, which takes place at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, will take place Sunday, July 21st, through Friday, July 26th, 2013. The theme is Grimm’s Fairy Tales and information can be found here: This is for Grades 2 to 12, and it is run by the Sophia Scholl Schule under the umbrella of Zeitgeist NorthWest. Local Vancouver Runs Coming Up! Each yes, Spring Break signals its time to start running again for many Vancouverites. Think about: a. Sunday, April 21st, 2013 Vancouver Sun Run - Downtown Start b. Sunday, May 5th, 2013 BMO Vancouver Marathon - Queen Elizabeth Park c. Friday, June 14th, 2013 Longest Day Road Race - UBC Start Check out your local Running Room for clinics & info!

2013 Monthly Advertising Rates Ad Sizes 1. Full page: $200 9.5 inches high X 7.1/4 inches wide 2. Vertical half-page: $150 9.5 inches high X 3.3/8 inches wide 3. Horizontal half page: $150 4.5/8 inches high X 7.2/4 inches wide 4. Quarter page: $80 4.5/8 inches high, 3.3/8 inches wide 5. 1/8 Page: $50 2.1/4 inches high, 3.3/8 inches wide If you book 5-months get 1-month free, if you book 10-months, get 2-months free advertising!

Monthly Deadlines - April 15th - April 30th, 2013 - May 15th - May 31st, 2013 - June 15th - June 30th, 2013 - Sept 15th - Sept 30th, 2013 - Oct 15th - Oct 31st, 2013 - Nov 15th - Nov 30th, 2013 - Dec 15th - Dec 31st, 2013

Benefits of Advertising As it has been 3 years since this newsletter was published, it will take a few months to get back to the same amount of subscribers that I used to have in 2010. All advertisers will also receive: 1. Mention in the LinkedIn Group “Westcoast German Advertisers�. 2. Mention on the Facebook Page: German Business Society 3. One blog post on Also, 1/2 price ads until June 2013! Thanks! Elke

Ads for Westcoast German News should be in the .PDF format with a resolution of at least 300 dpi. If you would like to advertise, but cannot provide a PDF format, you can hire us to prepare your ad for $75 for up to 1/2 page and $150 for a full page. Deadline for advertising is the 15th of each month. Editor & Ad Manager: Elke Porter 604 828 8788 Westcoast German News is provided 10 times a year for the German, Swiss and Austrian Community of British Columbia, by Elke Porter. A digital version is distributed free of charge through: 1. 2. 3. 4. It is available in print for only $5 an issue + shipping costs - you decide how and when.

Just in Freybe Gourmet Foods has been sold for $55 million dollars, after having been in operation in Canada for 169 years. Ulrich Freybe came to Canada in 1955 and relocated the German company to downtown Vancouver. Henning, his son, took over from Ulrich in 1970, and Sven took over as President and CEO in 2009. The Organisation of the Swiss Abroad is excited to announce its new partnership with Mondaine Watch Ltd. Together with Mondaine, OSA was able to get a successful Swiss manufacturer on board as an exclusive partner for SwissCommunity, a manufacturer that for its success banks on Swissness just as much as innovation. For Mondaine, the Swiss abroad are key global brand ambassadors. Pope (Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger) Benedict XVI, born in Bavaria, Germany, resigned on February 11th, 2013; he was succeeded by Pope Francis on March 13th.


German-Speaking Business Links

German Consulate Vancouver Austrian Business in Canada 604-684-8377 terreich-in-Canada.en.html kanada/en/Startseite.html Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce Consulate General of Switzerland 604-684-2231 index.html reps/nameri/vcan/canvan.html German Canadian Business Association (Vancouver) Austria Consulate, Canada http://germancanadianbusinessassociation. 604-687-3338 com/

Schools in Metro Vancouver Vancouver Westside German School Deutsche Sprachschule Surrey index.html

Clubs & Charities

German-Canadian Benevolent Society of BC (Deutsch-Kanadisches Hilfswerk von BC) Vancouver Alpenclub

LYRA - The German Singers of Vancouver Concordia Choir Vancouver

Online The Greater Vancouver German Language Meetup Group German Business Society Facebook Page Westcoast German News Facebook Page GermanBC Website in English/German

Annual Events & Celebrations

German Kids Richmond

Austria Vancouver Club

Vancouver Christmas Market

German School North Shore

Victoria Edelweiss Club German Canadian Cultural Society

European Festival

Vancouver German School

Churches in Metro Vancouver St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in East Vancouver Zion Lutheran Church - German Ministries in Cloverdale Kings Road Mennonite Brethren Church in Abbotsford Clearbrook Mennoite Brethren Church in Abbotsford (German Language)

Westcoast German News - March 2013 Edition  

Learn about German, Swiss & Austrian Initiatives, events and companies operating on the westcoast of Canada and the US!

Westcoast German News - March 2013 Edition  

Learn about German, Swiss & Austrian Initiatives, events and companies operating on the westcoast of Canada and the US!