02.09.2014
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01.09.2014

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defense: Ladies and gentlemen, it’s indeed a pleasure to be able to join all of you here. I want to first of all recognize some of our special guests. We have Father Stephen Chmiliar, Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada. We have His Metropolitan Yurij Kalistchuk, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada. I know Yurij from Winnipeg, so good to see you. His Excellency Vadym Prystaiko, the Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada. Member of Parliament Ted Opitz. Igor Kozak of the League of Ukrainian Canadians. Lisa Shymko, League of Ukrainian Canadian Women. And Yuri Shymko, President of the International Council in Support of Ukraine and a former Member of Parliament and MPP. Russia’s continued illegal occupation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and...



01.09.2014

Today, following a round table with the Ukrainian community of the Etobicoke area in Toronto, James Bezan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, and Ted Opitz, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke Centre, on behalf of Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced a contribution to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The OSCE’s Human Rights Training for Judges project will increase the protection of the human rights of Ukrainian citizens in the courts by training Ukrainian legal professionals on the norms of the European Court of Human Rights. This training program is implemented in partnership with the Ukrainian National School of Judges and the Commercial, Administrative and...



01.09.2014

This morning this House gave unanimous consent to hold a moment of silence to commemorate the 298 lives lost on Flight MH17. This is a tragedy of unspeakable proportions. The people of Ukraine and the families of those lost remain in all of our thoughts during this devastating time. The unfortunate reality, Mr. Speaker, is that this is one more act of unspeakable violence in a string of civilian casualties since the crisis in Ukraine began. The dead...



01.09.2014

The National Executive of the League of Ukrainian Canadian Women welcomes the Statement issued by Prime Minister Stephen Harper announcing an escalation of punitive measures targeting the Putin regime. Today’s announcement includes economic sanctions and travel bans against specific individuals, as well as economic sanctions against entities which pose a threat to the peace and stability of the Ukrainian state, most importantly, a broad range of entities related to various sectors of the Russian economy. Concrete steps are being taken by the Canadian government to target a wide spectrum of entities within Russia’s arms industry, as well as its financial and energy sectors. The substantive, new measures impose restrictions on the...



01.09.2014

ICSU President and former Canadian Member of Parliament, Yuri Shymko, is continuing to raise a number of hot-topic issues which are of concern to the Ukrainian community, both in Canada and worldwide, during recent public forums, media appearances, and meetings with prominent Canadian politicians. The issues raised by the ICSU have focused on matters impacting both Canadian domestic policies and foreign affairs. The key concerns being raised by the ICSU, and its member organizations, include • the continued violation of Canadian broadcasting standards by RT, Russia's state-funded propaganda channel, known as "Russia Today" and the need to remove it from routine inclusion in Canadian, US, and...



01.09.2014

Ukrainians today are once again engaged in a fight against Russian aggression for their right to live as a democratic nation. At Euromaidan and in the current anti-terrorist operation in the east of the country, they have amply demonstrated that they are also ready to die for the very principles upon which our Western civilization rests. The tragic loss of Flight MH17 only underscores the fact that Ukraine’s fight is also the fight of every nation that values these principles. The unfortunate hesitancy, and indeed failure thus far, of some of the countries of the European Union to adequately respond to Moscow’s rogue and predatory behavior has compromised their own...



21.08.2014

Since the onset of the crisis,Canada has stood proudly alongside the people ofUkraineand taken important steps to support the country, including imposing sanctions against those responsible for the growing conflict. On August 7, 2014, in response to Ukraine’s request for non-kinetic (non-lethal) security assistance, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that a Canadian CC-130J Hercules will take off on August 7, in the first of a series of flights, from Canadian Forces Base Trenton to deliver important non-kinetic security assistance which will help the country secure its eastern border against Russian aggression...



21.08.2014

The International Council in Support ofUkraine responded to the killing of 298 passengers of MH 17 with a Statement on July 18, 2014 and with letters of condolence on July 23, 2014 addressed to the United Nations Ambassadors of the 9 countries whose nationals were passengers on the downed airliner...



21.08.2014

The Canadian Conference in Support of Ukraine(CCSU) and indeed the broader Ukrainian Canadian community are grateful for the support provided to Ukraine by the Government of Canada, in particular by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Cabinet, and by Members of Parliament James Bezan, Ted Opitz, Bob Dechert, Erin O’Toole and many others. From the very onset of the Ukraine crisis,Canada has led the international community in this challenging, yet very necessary endeavour. Prime Minister Harper was the first G7 leader to visit Ukraine following the downfall of the Yanukovych regime, providing the transitional Government of Ukraine with strong political support when it was needed most...



21.08.2014

On May 31st, 2014,Ukraine’s beloved poet, Taras Shevchenko was exalted in a ceremony to commemorate the 200th anniversary of his birth. The monument was created by the L’viv-born sculptor Oleh Lesiuk and it features a bronze bust, which rests atop a granite pedestal. The monument is a fitting tribute to the poet’s legacy as a celebrated cultural icon whose literary heritage is regarded as forming the foundation of modern Ukrainian literature and to a large extent, the modern Ukrainian language. Situated on Rue d’Auteuil, in close proximity to Québec’s National Assembly and the city’s famed citadel, the monument is the latest addition to a site that attracts both locals and tourists who stop to reflect on the legacy of the influential figures who are featured along the bustling promenade and how they’ve left an indelible mark on humanity...



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