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30.11.2016

It is not easy being disabled in Kyiv. It is especially difficult being a disabled child in Kyiv. But, with the help of family and charitable organizations, children with disabilities can experience a full life in a country that is usually seen as unwelcoming of special needs children. This attitude generally stems from the Soviet Union’s lack of compassion for people with disabilities. In 1980 one Soviet representative even went so far as to state in that “There are no invalids in the USSR!” With this state view, it was little surprise that children who were born different were usually placed in orphanages or stayed hidden in the shadows. Soviet infrastructure did not need to build special ramps for wheelchairs since people who needed wheelchairs didn’t exist...



23.11.2016

The XXV Triennial Congress of Ukrainian Canadians, held in Regina September 29-October 2, 2016, adopted a series of resolutions that will guide the work of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) for the next three years. Over 250 delegates from Ukrainian Canadian organizations and communities across Canada participated in the work of the historic Triennial Congress. "These resolutions set out an ambitious agenda and plan for the next three years. We have left the Congress energized by the vibrant discussion," stated Paul Grod, National President of the UCC. "As the UCC continues its role as the voice of the 1.3-million-strong Ukrainian community in Canada, we call on all our member organizations, provincial councils and local branches to work towards achieving these important goals." The Resolutions adopted by the XXV Congress focused on several themes...



23.11.2016

Russia’s war against Ukraine is entering its third year. Every day, Russian and proxy forces in the occupied territories of eastern Ukraine, shell Ukrainian military positions and civilian areas in towns along the front. Every day, Ukrainian soldiers fight and die to defend their country. Today the people of Ukraine are fighting the only war in Europe simply because Vladimir Putin’s Russia is compelled to control the countries on its border to ensure the principles of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law do not infect his kleptocratic regime...



21.11.2016

The French painter Edgar Degas once said, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”OlhaBosak embodies this spirit in her art exhibit “Live Free!”, recently on display in New York, Ottawa, and Toronto. Inspired by the Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity and ensuing war with Russia, Bosak strives, through her artwork,to promote Ukraine among UN member states and spread the word about both current developments in Ukraine and the Ukrainian struggle for values that make Europe meaningful. “The inspiration for this collection of artworks came from Ukraine’s struggle over the [past] three years to shed the country’s Soviet past and return to Ukraine’s European roots,” she told the Ukrainian Echo while in Toronto...



16.11.2016

Despite the challenges of conducting excavations in Baturyn, Chernihiv Oblast, at a time of war, Ukrainian and Canadian archaeologists and historians have steadfastly proceeded with researching the town and the publication of their findings. In 2015, about 45 students and scholars from the universities of Chernihiv and Hlukhiv, as well as the National University of the Kyiv Mohyla Academy took part in the annual Baturyn excavations. Last summer, the expedition grew to some 70 members from these institutions and Sumy State University. It was led by archaeologist Yurii Sytyi of Chernihiv National University. Archaeologist Dr. Volodymyr Mezentsev of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) at the University of Alberta is the Canadian executive director of the Baturyn archaeological project. Prof. Zenon Kohut, the eminent historian of the Hetmanate and former director of CIUS, is the academic adviser of this undertaking. The noted historian of Ukraine-Rus’, Prof. Martin Dimnik of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (PIMS) at the University of Toronto, has also participated in the investigation of Baturyn and the publication of excavation reports...



16.11.2016

Over 300 people attended a very moving and poignant Remembrance Day Ceremony organized by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Toronto Branch and the Ukrainian War Veterans Association of Canada, commemorating our Canadian fallen and the veterans, as well as all of the Canadians of Ukrainian descent, who served and contributed to Canada’s military forces and the defence and security of Canada. 10,000 Canadians of Ukrainian descent took part in WWI and over 35,000 served in the Canadian Military during the Second World War...



09.11.2016

Renata Roman, Chair of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) Invictus Games Organizing Committee and Bohdan Kupych, member of the UCC Ukraine Advisory Council, met with Ukrainian officials on October 21 to discuss Ukraine's participation in the Invictus Games, which will be held in Toronto, September 24-30, 2017 featuring 550 competitors from 17 nations. The Invictus Games are an international sports competition in which wounded, ill and injured military personnel and veterans take part. Founded by Prince Harry, the inaugural Invictus Games took place in London in 2014, with more than 450 competitors from 13 nations. "The Invictus Games demonstrate soldiers' and veterans' indefatigable drive to overcome and the power of sport on their journey to recovery." More information on the Invictus Games is available at http://www.invictusgames2017.com/...



09.11.2016

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) Ukraine Appeal is pleased to announce that ten ambulances from across Canada were shipped to Ukraine as part of the "Ambulances for Ukraine" Project - Phase 2. "Ambulances for Ukraine" was established in early 2015 in response to the dire humanitarian situation in Ukraine brought on by Russia's invasion and ongoing war against Ukraine. Over 9500 people have been killed, over 20,000 wounded or injured, and over 1.7 million displaced from their homes as a result of Russia's aggression...



09.11.2016

In 1916 several Ukrainian families sat around a table and decided to form a parish. That parish was called Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Church and in October 2016 it is celebrating its 100 year anniversary. While this is a time for celebration, the new priest at Holy Spirit, Father Andrija Petresin, also wants to remind everyone of the hardships the parish has faced over its 100 year existence. In 1916 there were several hundred families that were active participants in the religious and national life of the Ukrainian community in Hamilton, and since then that number has ebbed and flowed. The original church was built by the first wave of Ukrainians to Canada, while the second, more modern church was built by the post-war Ukrainians. These Ukrainians were traumatized by the war itself, by their own personal experiences of that war, but were familiar with Ukrainian organizational skills from their time in the DP camps. This influenced their passion for their parish which was a link to their homeland - a homeland many would never see again. In 1965, these Ukrainians organized themselves and broke ground on Hamilton’s only Ukrainian Catholic primary school...



03.11.2016

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) is appalled by the decision on 11 October 2016 of the Moscow Oblast Court to uphold the ruling of the Nohinsk municipal court calling for the demolition of the Holy Trinity Church of the Bohorodsk Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kyiv Patriarchate. The demolition of the Holy Trinity Church would be sacrilegious and further trample on the basic religious rights of the faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kyiv Patriarchate in the city of Nohinsk by leaving them without any place of worship...



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