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21.01.2015

The soldiers sing in somber tones as they drive through the grey night. Beneath a full moon, dull and yellow behind the clouds, the five men speed eastward along straight highways, across the flat Ukrainian countryside towards the Donbas region, the front line in this ongoing war. They are from Right Sector, one of the pro-Ukrainian militia groups fighting against separatist and Russian forces. The driver with the nom de guerre Nightengale (for his singing voice) sings along with a CD that plays on repeat – songs of killing separatists, of lost love. Panaz, the group’s commander, sits...



20.01.2015

A workshop funded by the Killam Foundation at the University of Alberta was held in Winnipeg, Manitoba at St. Benedict’s Retreat and Conference Centre. The purpose of the workshop was to explore how members of the academy, specifically the faculty at the University of Alberta and Cape Breton University involved in the Sanctuary Project, might work with the Ukrainian Catholic and Ukrainian Orthodox Churches of Canada to help them utilize academic research in Church decision-making. Present at the workshop were Natalie Kononenko, Marcia Ostashewski, and Frances Swyripa from the...



20.01.2015

Every November Ukrainians around the world pay homage to the millions of victims of the 1932-1933 Holodomor, a man-made genocidal famine that took place in Ukraine, imposed by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and his cronies. Eight decades later, Ukraine is again facing a Kremlin foe that is employing many of the same tactics used in Ukraine in the 1930s. As things stand, Ukraine is on the brink of all-out warfare with the Russian Federation. Up until this point, however, the war raging in Ukraine’s east has been an unofficial conflict with an unidentified foe. Dubbed an “anti-terrorist operation,” President Poroshenko and other top authorities had...



20.01.2015

The Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation (UCEF) is honoured to announce a $5 million gift from the Temerty Family Foundation in support of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) in Lviv, Ukraine. This extraordinary gift will enable the University to build a state of the art Library on its new Stryiskyi Park campus in central Lviv and will provide a $1 million Endowment for the ongoing support of the Library. It brings the total support of the Temerty Family Foundation for programs funded by UCEF at UCU to $6.2 million. The gift was announced by UCU President, Bishop Borys Gudziak on November 1 in Toronto, at a Gala...



20.01.2015

First, I have been informed that your sleighs and reindeer have repeatedly violated Russian airspace. If you do not cease these unwarranted violations of our sovereignty, I shall have no choice but to adopt the appropriate defensive measures. Remember that Russian troops could be in the North Pole in two days. Moreover, please be forewarned that we fully understand that the incessant jingling that accompanies your alleged "sleigh rides" is intended to scramble our air defense systems. I suggest you cease forthwith. Second, it has come to our attention that the language and culture...



20.01.2015

The League of Ukrainian Canadians yesterday awarded Senator Raynell Andreychuk with the Mikhnovsky Medal of Merit, for her contribution towards a universal recognition of the Ukrainian Holodomor of 1932-1933 as an act of genocide by famine. “I am humbled by this acknowledgement,” said Senator Andreychuk, who was also made an Honourary Member of the League of Ukrainian Canadians. “As we prepare to commemorate the 7th Holodomor Memorial Day this Saturday, I am proud that the Ukrainian Canadian community has helped raise awareness about the Holodomor amongst all Canadians.” The award was presented at a small...



20.01.2015

On Friday, November 28th, Member of Parliament James Bezan, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence accompanied the latest shipment of non-lethal military equipment and gear from the Canadian Armed Forces to the Ukrainian Security Forces. In the official hand over of winter uniforms, PS Bezan made the following remarks on behalf of the Government of Canada: "Since the beginning of the Putin regime`s hostility towards Ukraine, Canada – under Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s leadership - has been at the forefront of the international community’s response. "In coordination with our key...



20.01.2015

A specialized team of Canadian health professionals returned home after completing a medical mission in Ukraine. The team worked alongside Ukrainian doctors and nurses in performing reconstructive complex surgical procedures on victims of the Euromaidan movement and Vladimir Putin’s invasion into Eastern Ukraine. The mission was organized by the Canada Ukraine Foundation and Operation Rainbow Canada, under the patronage of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. The medical team of 25 professionals was comprised entirely of volunteers and included surgeons, anesthetists, and nurses. The team was assembled from across Canada including Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto. Over 60 patients from across...



20.01.2015

Questioning the significance of security through NATO membership has become a tactic of Russia appeasers. The purported logic for this argumentation is twofold: nothing has disturbed Vladimir Putin more than NATO expansion; and nothing would exacerbate the current Ukraine-Russia crisis more than NATO membership for Ukraine. In any event, the appeasers suggest, NATO membership is hardly an absolute security guaranty since each NATO member country acts at its own discretion. Thus Ukraine should relinquish its NATO membership aspirations. So the argument goes. Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty provides that an armed attack against one shall be considered an attack against all and each will assist the one attacked. Detractors of this Article point out that the all for one and one for all language is followed by “such action as it deems necessary,” thereby rendering any assistance discretionary with each member...



17.01.2015

The theatre room at St. Vladimir Institute (more commonly known simply as “St. Vlads”) was full of hustle and bustle. Next to a large sheet hung on the wall, a production line of paper mache “bricks” was in full swing at one end of a long table. As I carefully made my way around the drying bricks and past a pile of multi-coloured tires, I noticed mismatched dinnerware set out at the other end of the table. A few crew members were gathered around, deliberating how the audience’s dinner table should be set in order to best emulate an authentic Ukrainian family dinner (“Blue plates or white ones, patterned bowls or...



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