I am a proud Canadian with a Czech and British heritage! See Czechs and Brits through the ages. My great, great grandmother, Anna Franekova, who lived from 1835-1900, lived in Yorkshire, England. This was when our family name was Drust, but after this generation our family name became Drozd. Drozd means the bird thrush. So I have a British heritage as well! My family lineage (up to me and my older sister) is shown in detail with pictures of family members dating back to my great great great great great great grandfather Matyas Drust who lived from 1716 to 1803 on my biography web page. My grandfather (on my father's side) spent his lifetime hobby researching our family history visiting church archives. Books of our family history are at home and at a library in the Czech Republic in Friedland near Ostrava. I combined my grandfather's research with ancestry.ca's database and got this Pedigree Listing. But I like to say that when the Czechs are playing hockey, I route for them, but when the Czechs are playing Canada, my vote definitely goes for Canada to win! I am grateful to Canada which accepted me as a refugee after escaping the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. I am proud to be a Canadian and I am proud of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms! Although I believe that sometimes governments do what's easier and best for their own political future rather than the right thing. Decentralizing power to the provinces is a good thing but especially when human rights are concerned, I've always believed that the Federal Government and Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms should have total jurisdiction. As President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said about democracy: "Our ideals of freedom, democracy, human dignity and social justice shine through all our institutions.", "We must steadily maintain critical self-examination" and "The nation's future is what you make it." The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms gives Justices "the opportunity to think deeply about particular issues in the light of larger questions" and that is what I believe interpreting our laws should be about. A good Canadian reference is: Weinrib, Lorraine E. "This New Democracy based on constitutionalism and individual human rights.": Justice Iacobucci and Canada's Rights Revolution University of Toronto Law Journal - Volume 57, Number 2, Spring 2007, pp. 399-413. I love the Canadian flag. If you look at the Maple Leaf in our flag closely you'll see on the left and right, two faces with long noses and the heads butted against one another. One face is the Tories (Conservatives) and the other face is the Grits (Liberals). I guess they have long noses because they are politicians lying like Pinnochio! Just kidding! :-) On a more serious note, I know that our politicians try their best. They have a very hard job, especially the Prime Minister and leaders of the opposition parties. There's an old saying: There are many routes to succcess but the sure route to failure is trying to please everyone. Some of the unpopular decisions to make are the ones that are best for the country. A political leader has to have a vision for the country.
Now to lighten our thoughts and hearts, see my verse about Canada, my biography, my xxx-rated biography, my bedroom (which I call my "Caesar Salad" that I should sprinkle grated cheese on :-)) and my favourite books. That's me above standing in front of an Italian Palace from the 1700's near Prague, Czech Republic. There were beautiful mazes of hedges. More beautiful pictures from the Czech Republic and my trips to the lavish tropics as well as the inspiring Rosslyn Chapel from my tour of Scotland can be found as links on my personal web page
A nice sunset on Lake Huron in Bayfield, Ontario
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email: jdrozd2 at uwo.ca or john.drozd at gmail.com
personal web page: http://kong.apmaths.uwo.ca/~jdrozd/personal.html
That's me with "Orza" perched on my arm, just outside Karlshtein Castle, Czech Republic.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Robarts Research Institute
PhD University of Western Ontario, Applied Mathematics, Theoretical Physics/Soft Matter and Materials Physics (Computational Materials Science), 2009
MSc University of Western Ontario, Applied Mathematics, 2004
Diploma in Honors Standing, University of Western Ontario, Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, 2001
Bachelor of Technology, Ryerson University, Architectural Science, Project Management Option, 1989
University of Alberta, Mechanical Engineering Co-op, 1982-1985
That's me above jumping in front of a modern art cube in front of a skyscraper in New York. All that's missing is Eddie Van Halen's song "Jump!"