Lögberg-Heimskringla - 06.12.1985, Blaðsíða 1

Lögberg-Heimskringla - 06.12.1985, Blaðsíða 1
 Sedlabanki Islands pd 1984 Ada1skrifstcfa JAN 86 Löqberq Austurstraeti 11 Reykjavik Iceland Heimskrinala ■ L 'LÖGBERG Stofnað 14. janúar 1888 HEIMSKRINGLA Stofnað 9. september 1886 ^ 99. ÁRGANGUR WINNIPEG, FÖSTUDAGUR 6. DESEMBER 1985 NÚMER 42 Icelandic T.V. programme from Winnipeg The Icelandic TV recently had a reporter, Sigrún Stefánsdóttir, to visit Winnipeg along with a cameraman from Minneapolis. Sigrún has been studying in Minneapolis for some time and has used the opportunity while in North America to prepare programmes on Icelanders and their activities for the Icelandic National TV: During her brief stay in Winnipeg, she visited the Icelandic Chair and the Icelandic Special Collection at the University of Manitoba. There, she interviewed Professor Haraldur Bes- sason and the librarian, Sigrid Johnson. Both explained the function of their departments. Later the same day, Sigrún visited the offices of Lögberg-Heimskringla and chatted with yours truly and Mr. Einar Ar- nason. Mr. Arnason gave an excellent insight into the history of Lög- berg-Heimskringla while the Editor attempted to explain the daily operation. The following morning (Saturday) a large crowd was on hand at the Scandinavian Centre, ready to be filmed in action. These were the stu- dents of Icelandic, young and old, who for quite some time have studied the language of their forefath- ers at the Centre. Each class was filmed and students interviewed. Also on hand were Mrs. Norma Krist- jansson, President of Frón in Win- nipeg and Mr. Snorri Jónasson, who has been on the Scandinavian Cen- tre Board for some time. As is born out from the above, the purpose of this visit to Winnipeg by the Icelandic TV was to examine the Icelandic community in the city. It should be pointed out that all those interviewed spoke in Icelandic but one of the questions many Iceland- ers (in Iceland) ask is: Does anyone speak Icelandic any more in Canada? Sigurður Ýmir Sigurðsson Katrín Sif Þór Katrín and Sigurður were both born in Iceland but have lived in Win- nipeg since 1977. They were both interviewed by Sigrún Stefánsdóttir. This programme will therefore answer that question once and for all. The last Lögberg-Heimskringla heard from Iceland was that the pro- gramme had already been aired. J.Þ. Ships' Masters Learn their Craft in Selkirk Inga Thorsteinson has been a deck- hand and second mate on the Lord Selkirk; a helmsman on a Top Sail Schooner out of Virginia — one of the Tall Ships that sailed to Quebec last summer — and ship's keeper of the Nonsuch at the Museum of Man and Nature. "I jump back and forth between museum ships and modern ships; the museum ships for love — the modern ships for money,” she says. So she can indulge her love of sail- ing ships, Thorsteinson is getting on with the practical side of earning a living. She is one of ten students aiming for a Master of a Minor Waters Certi- ficate at Red River's extension course in Selkirk, Manitoba. The certificate will entitle her to be master of any ship on the inland waters of Canada, such as Lake Win- nipeg, Great Slave Lake, the Macken- zie River; in the bays and inlets of the Great Lakes, and on either of Canada's coastlines. The Selkirk classes include prac- Two Colonies Comment by Eric Wells Broadcast CJOB In looking at a world almanac it is easy to note the similarities between the republic of Iceland and the lOth province of Canada — Newfoundland. Both came into the orbit of Euro- pean discovery about the same time, about one thousand years ago when the Vikings were ranging far across the unknown seas. They were islands about the same size, and eventually they evolved as colonies of the Europeans, though both were to win the right to self government. For openers they were both heavi- ly dependent on a common resource base — fishing — but Newfoundland had a big resource margin through its timber, pulp, and paper. Later, New- foundland acquired a colony of its own — Labrador on the mainland, twice as big as the original island and with immense hydro power resources. There were no big economic dis- coveries for Iceland, no new land acquisitions. What the Vikings found remained unchanged, but the Icelanders converted their small island into a highly viable economic social order, much envied through- out the world. And Newfoundland meanwhile was never able to escape the ravages of perpetual poverty. In Newfoundland they now live in hopes that a vast bonanza of Atlan- tic oil will at last resolve the economic problems of that depress- ed province, but Iceland hasn't dis- covered any new bonanza for its economy, yet still it is prosperous. Looking at the almanac gives us much cruious data to think about but we don't find the answers, at least not on the reasons why Iceland ticks while Newfoundland doesn't. tical work in navigation and radar equipment, shipboard routine and safety, charting, crew organization and ship construction. Course instructor is Captain Wyn- ford Goodman, Harbor Master of the Port of Churchill and former Captain of the Lord Selkirk. Goodman says ail students in the 14-week course must have at least one year's sea experience before try- ing for a Master's certificate. ''When this course is successfully completed, they take a three-week Marine Emergency Duties course in Port Colborne, Ontario; then they're eligible to captain a vessel anywhere in Canada." Walter Lea, for ten years First Mate on the M.S. Goldfield, a Lake Winni- peg freighter, and Pat Cook, a former deckhand with the Coast Guard, the Lord Selkirk and the Naval Reserves, look forward to a Master's certificate and the chance to captain a ship. According to Goodman, there are good opportunities for all his students. "We tend to forget about all the waterways in Canada, and all the vessels on our rivers and lakes; they all need captains. A graduate should have no problem getting a job." Courtesy of R.R.C.C. Newsletter



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