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22.04.2015

2014 marked another year of growth and success for Buduchnist Credit Union. With net income totaling $2.7 million, BCU and BCU Foundation were able to provide over $1.4 million throughout the year in support of various community needs. 2014 was also a year without recent precedent for Ukraine and her people. The year saw the country take on new struggles in its quest for freedom and democracy, beginning with the EuroMaidan Revolution and culminating in the current, ongoing struggle for territorial sovereignty in eastern Ukraine. Sadly, these hard times have demanded continued sacrifice, and have demanded Ukraine’s sacrifice of her best men and women. Throughout all of these events, BCU...



22.04.2015

Valentina Lisitsa, a well-known classical pianist whose Twitter feed regularly features barbed political commentary about the conflict in Ukraine, was dropped from two performances this week with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, after the ensemble cited concerns over her "deeply offensive" and "provocative" online remarks. Lisitsa, a Ukrainian-American who was scheduled to perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Toronto Symphony (TSO) this Wednesday and Thursday, took to Facebook on Monday to accuse the orchestra of censorship. "Yes, Toronto Symphony is...



21.04.2015

On April 17, 2015 it was announced that Canada will be sending an additional 178 state-of-the-art night vision goggles to Ukraine. This newest shipment of specialized equipment compliments the 60 night vision goggles already delivered to Ukraine in March, bringing the total to 238. “We believe that these goggles will enhance the capabilities of the Ukrainian armed forces in their fight to defend their country’s sovereignty and their territorial integrity,” stated Conservative MP Ted Opitz. The goggles, for which the Government of Canada has...



17.04.2015

On a sunny March afternoon at the Ukrainian Club “Karpaty” in London, England, a group of volunteers are moving a few dozen boxes. On each box is a different Ukrainian address and each will be part of the latest shipment to the front lines in eastern Ukraine. In an interview with Nadia Pylypchuk, the social media representative of Euromaidan London, it was explained that the idea of helping Ukraine began when Ukrainians in London started watching the events on the Maidan and wanted to do something in London to help. “It started with protests in front of...



08.04.2015

On March 22 members of the Ukrainian Canadian community in Toronto gathered to hear first-hand accounts from volunteers who have spent much of the past year on the front lines of the war in Ukraine. The event - entitled Na Linii Vohniu (On the Line of Fire) - featured Serhii Kuzan, a Maidan activist and the head of a leading all-Ukrainian volunteer group Vilni Liudy (Free People), and Nazar Volynets, also a Maidan activist and commander of a platoon in the Aidar volunteer battalion. Kuzan has been working closely with the League of Ukrainian Canadians (LUC) and League of Ukrainian Canadian Women (LUCW) over the past year to ensure that money...



02.04.2015

James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake and parliamentary secretary for national defence, in Kingston, Ont. on Thursday March 12, 2015. Bezan spoke with Royal Military College cadets about Canada's role in Ukraine. Steph Crosier/Kingston Whig-Standard/QMI Agency The Canadian Forces' logistical role in Ukraine could expand to a training mission with support from the United States, James Bezan, MP and Parliamentary Secretary for National Defence, said in Kingston Thursday. Bezan, MP for Selkirk-Interlake in Manitoba, was in town to speak to Royal Military College cadets about Canada's ongoing efforts in Ukraine. The situation in Ukraine, though, in its second ceasefire, is not close to being over, Bezan said...



02.04.2015

Mr. Speaker, in November I was in Ukraine with constituents from Etobicoke Centre where we met soldiers who were wounded during the Russian backed invasion of Ukraine. These fathers, brothers and sons all said that they were fighting for freedom and democracy – values that Canadians hold dear. I am proud of what our Premier has done to support the Ukrainian people: she called on our federal government to impose sanctions, called for international observers and provided humanitarian aid. Today, Ukraine is at war and the situation is dire. Russian-backed forces have occupied part of Eastern Ukraine and continue to advance. The soldiers I met are fighting against state-of-the-art equipment with outdated weapons, some from World War II...



02.04.2015

А Gala Concert organized by the UCC-MPC to honour Taras Shevchenko was held in the Jubilee Auditorium this past Sunday, March 8, 2015 to officially end the 200th Commemoration Year. A commemorative booklet was also produced for this event. Cultural groups that performed at the Concert included: O. Koshetz Choir, Hoosli Male Chorus, Immaculate Heart of Mary School Children’s Choir, Verba Dance Ensemble, Prof. Myroslav Shkandrij, Simeon Rusnak, Ukrainian Bilingual Schools and both Winnipeg Ukrainian Language Schools. UCC-MPC would like to thank all the participants and the sponsors of the event. A full list of sponsors will be published shortly. An oil painting by local...



25.03.2015

On 18 March Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, announced three initiatives to support Ukraine’s continued efforts in building a more peaceful, democratic, and prosperous future for its citizens. The announcement, which was made on behalf of the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, focused on Ukraine’s democratic development, an area in which Canada has regularly contributed to in the past. The newly announced funding, totaling $7.1 million, will be distributed amongst three projects: $1.2 million to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe to support the...



24.03.2015

From a distance, the war in eastern Ukraine seems to have changed little since its beginnings in the spring of 2014. The groups fighting are the same – the Ukrainian army, the pro-Ukrainian volunteer battalions, and the Russian forces along with their proxies. Territory has been gained here and lost there. Ceasefires have been instituted and violated. But from within, the war of late winter is different from that which was being fought during the summer. I rejoined Donbas Battalion at the end of February. The group had split up since I was last with them in August: the second in command – Filin – had created a splinter group (also called Donbas Battalion) and the remaining group under Semen Semenchenko was fragmented and of a very different makeup than during the summer. Many of the men from the...



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