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27.10.2014

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Manitoba Provincial Council (UCC-MPC) held the inaugural Bulava Award Recognition Luncheon at the Fairmont Hotel in Winnipeg before a sold-out crowd. The Bulava (pronounced boulahvah) was a type of mace consisting of a handle and sphere-shaped head. It was widely used in Ukraine, first as a weapon and then as a symbol of authority. In the 16th–18th century Cossack officers bestowed the bulava on the elected leader or hetman. More recently, the Bulava has come to be seen as an enduring symbol of leadership and commitment in the community and, hence, the aptly named Bulava Award. In Canada, a ceremonial mace is the symbol of the authority of the...



27.10.2014

On September 23, 2014 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre over 500 people gathered to witness the world premiere of the long-awaited film - Music of Survival, The Story of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chrous. The 60-minute documentary film was produced and directed by Emmy and Genie award winning Canadian filmmaker, and Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus alumnus, Orest Sushko. Through Mr. Sushko’s powerful and reverent lens, the film tells the story of seventeen members of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus who survived the most horrific times in the history of the modern world – World War II. Their story of defying the odds to carry their gift of music across the ocean to freedom is revealed, often poignantly, by the two surviving...



27.10.2014

Russian attempts to fabricate anti-Semitic attack in Ukraine have yet again clashed head on with reality. This time the Odessa Jewish Community has been forced to issue a statement denying every part of the ‘story’ after being deluged with anxious calls from around the world. The claims were indeed alarming. In an article entitled “Right Sector” has declared war on Jews in Odessa”, Izvestia asserted that “radicals” had desecrated graves and the monument to victims of the Holocaust with swastikas. 20 Jewish people had supposedly been savagely beaten up by ultra-nationalist Right Sector members and an anonymous police source was reported...



19.10.2014

The early Ukrainian parliamentary elections are set to take place on October 26, 2014, and there will be no shortage of Canadian observers to monitor this important day in Ukraine’s history. This will be the seventh parliamentary election since Ukraine’s independence in 1991, and it comes at a crucial time. Currently, Ukraine is in the process of trying to implement much needed reforms across many sectors, while also fighting off Russian-backed terrorists in the Donbas. “I hope to see a free and fair election take place,” said Denys Volkov, “So many people have died in Ukraine since the start of the protests in November 2013 so it’s important to see the will of the people being...



19.10.2014

Over the past year Ukraine has figured prominently in global media. The world has watched as Russia, a country once considered to be a strategic partner in global affairs, invaded Ukraine, annexed Crimea, and launched a war in the country’s east. 81 years ago a different crisis was raging in Ukraine, but this time it was one that largely went unnoticed by the West. Now known as the Holodomor, this crisis was a genocide in which millions of Ukrainians were ruthlessly and purposely starved to death. Much like the situation today, the Holodomor was also planned and executed by the Kremlin. It is this interplay ...



18.10.2014

Amid the relative lull in the Russia-Ukraine war, Ukrainian military specialists say Russia may soon re-invade Ukraine to seize a critical overland supply route to Crimea. But some analysts and officials in the West are less worried. In the end, says military analyst Ihor Kozak, we have to guess. Still, the dangers in any new Russian invasion are so great that the US government should take four steps quickly to forestall it, according to Kozak. Senior Ukrainian retired generals and other analysts in the country say Putin has powerful strategic reasons to drive deeper into Ukraine with Russian and proxy forces that reportedly were reinforced today on Ukraine's Sea of Azov coastline. By driving west 225 miles (375 kilometers) along...



18.10.2014

A Canadian postage stamp to honour Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko has been issued in March by the Taras Shevchenko Museum in Toronto. The Government of Canada in the 1980s appointed Andrew Gregorovich to the Postage Stamp Design Committee of Canada Post. This inspired him in 2013 to propose the Canadian Government issue a Shevchenko stamp to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the poet. The Government declined because he was not a citizen of Canada. As President of the Taras Shevchenko Museum Mr. Gregorovich, together with Museum Director Lyudmyla Pogoryelova, designed and organized a postage stamp issued by Canada Post which can be used...



13.10.2014

Many policy makers and political analysts have compared Russia’s invasion of Ukraine’s sovereign territory – Crimea – with Hitler’s aggression against Czechoslovakia and the 1938 Anschluss of Austria. An analysis of the unprecedented actions of Putin in modern European history demonstrates the striking similarity between the strategy of the Nazi Führer and the current leader of the Kremlin, notwithstanding differences in time periods and circumstances. HITLER’S THEORIES… In 1940, by which time the flame of the Second World War was burning strong, and still when Stalin was an ally of the Führer, a book was published in London titled “Hitler Speaks.” A year later a new book...



13.10.2014

A civic committee broke with policy this morning and opted to designate an honorary street name change for a 200-year period. Members of the property and development committee unanimously agreed to have the one-block stretch of Aberdeen Avenue, between Main Street and the Red River, to be known as Honorary Taras Shevchenko Way. The honorary designation was made at the request of the Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate, an Ukrainian Catholic order of nuns, which owns all the private property on that portion of Aberdeen, including the...



13.10.2014

It is a deeply felt honor to address this distinguished legislative body. I must thank you, Prime Minister, for inviting me to come to Canada, Speaker Kinsella and Speaker Scheer – for giving me such outstanding opportunity to address the Canadian Parliament. I see this as a tribute to my country and the Ukrainian people, and an expression of the unique, distinctive partnership that our nations enjoy. Let me also just once use the third “official language” of Canada – Ukrainian: Дякую вам за цю честь, дорогі друзі! To be frank with you – I feel very much at...



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