Cooperation and more cooperation

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In recent months I’ve tried to express in words what was in my heart while
discovering and experiencing the
melting of some of the accumulated old ice around it, in my 46 years of living
in Canada.

In recent months I’ve tried to express in words what was in my heart while
discovering and experiencing the
melting of some of the accumulated old ice around it, in my 46 years of living
in Canada.
It began with some very interesting editorials in these pages some time    ago. I have seen it grow into something stronger, more meaningful and
far-reaching. It evokes and forms the minds of readers and contributors in the
‘letters’ section, as well as your
excellent journalistic team.
With me personally, it assures me of my belonging. It is in its sincerity, as if my sculpture from the seventies, titled ‘Canada Festival’, came to life. There I portrayed symbolically two people in dance, and the inside contours forming the shape of Maple Leaf; Canada as a democracy – a good place to live!
This is in contrast to the school-yard bullying on the world stage, recently seen at the G-20 where it took             over from customary diplomacy. My experience tells me that co-operation and diplomacy are the solution, as I recently witnessed between myself, Canada, West Quebec, Japan and Slovakia. It is the cooperation of all nations, of all people, of all of us, that inspire us in all areas of life.
It is the sincerity, the dedication, and the honesty of this newspaper as a   team, which is sparking the flame of           international attention to West Quebec – far beyond the usual reach of a local newspaper.
In this spirit, I express my thanks to Colonel Paul Maillet of Ottawa for       his honest and heart-warming words       (19, Nov. 2014), which melted more of the old ice. He managed to touch my ancestral roots, the role of Slovaks in the heart of Europe, peaceful, non-aggressive, but strong defenders of peace and freedom. The same as the Canadian people.  I salute you !

Rasto Hlavina,
Pontiac (Luskville)