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18.01.2017

The Nineteenth Toronto Annual Ukrainian Famine Lecture was delivered on November 11, 2016, by Serhii Plokhy, Mykhailo Hrushevs'kyi Professor of Ukrainian History and Director of the Ukrainian Research Institute (HURI) at Harvard University. His presentation, attended by a full auditorium at the University of Toronto, was titled "The Fields of Sorrow: Mapping the Great Ukrainian Famine."...



18.01.2017

Dear Prime Minister, We are very fortunate in Canada to have the right to provide input to our country’s policy deliberations. We thank you for having previously considered our positions, including that on NATO, formulated in our letter of June 22, 2016. We sincerely hope that our ongoing inputs will continue to be helpful in determining the best options possible for these complex and uncertain times. No doubt, you and your officials will be communicating further with President-elect Donald Trump and the counterparts of his transition team. Through you, we extend our best wishes to the newly elected leader of our fine neighbour and hope that our relations will continue in the amicable and productive manner...



18.01.2017

The National Executive of the League of Ukrainian Canadians welcomes the findings of the second report prepared by Canadian sports lawyer Richard McLaren for WADA. In his report published on December 9, 2016 Mr. McLaren provided plenty of evidence of a sophisticated doping scheme sponsored and orchestrated by Russia’s Sports Ministry, its national anti-doping agency, the Center of Sports Preparation of National Teams of Russia, the Moscow Laboratory and the FSB intelligence service. Over 1000 Russian athletes across more than 30 summer, winter and Paralympic sports have been identified as those who benefitted from this covert operation...



18.01.2017

Dear Minister, We would like to raise an issue of importance to our organization and the broader Ukrainian Canadian community. As you are probably aware, the second report prepared by Canadian sports lawyer Richard McLaren for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and issued on December 9, 2016 provided plenty of evidence of a sophisticated doping scheme sponsored and orchestrated by Russia’s Sports Ministry, its national anti-doping agency, and its FSB intelligence service. The scheme included switching and changing urine samples by opening “tamper-proof” bottles and using numerous other methods to bypass and cover up drug tests, which gave Russian athletes an unfair advantage over their counterparts from other countries over the course of five years. It is a historic fact that authoritative regimes place a big importance on the success of its athletes on the international arena. Russia under Vladimir Putin’s rule is no exception. However, this culture of organized cheating on the highest level is unacceptable in sports as it undermines the trust in the system of fair athletes, their coaches, national federations and millions of spectators around the world...



12.01.2017

Mr. President: The League of Ukrainian Canadians takes this opportunity to call your attention to the case of Nataliya G. Sharina, who has become a subject of the Ukrainian Diaspora’s deepest concerns. Nataliya Sharina is the former Director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow, who has been detained on the suspicion of inciting ethnic hatred and embezzlement of library funds. The Ukrainian Diaspora has closely followed her court hearings of November 3rd and November 23rd, 2016 and is well aware of the evidence presented against N.G. Sharina...



12.01.2017

On Saturday, November 26, 2016 over 400 people attended a very moving Holodomor Commemorative Service organized by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Toronto Branch. The Commemorative event was held to honour and pray for the millions of lives that perished by a deliberate starvation led by the Soviet regime during 1932-1933. Present were two Holodomor survivors, Mr. Stefan Horlatsch and Mr. Mykola Latyshko along with their families. As well in attendance were children and grandchildren of deceased Holodomor survivors...



12.01.2017

On November 29, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, in partnership with the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group and the Embassy of Ukraine in Canada, held a solemn commemoration in Canada's Parliament to mark the 83rd anniversary of the Holodomor Famine-Genocide in Ukraine. In 1932-33 the totalitarian regime of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin sentenced the Ukrainian nation to death by starvation. Millions of children, women and men were condemned to death because of the Ukrainian peoples' aspiration for independence, their desire to speak their language and maintain their culture and traditions. The fourth Saturday of November is designated Holodomor Memorial Day in Canada...



12.01.2017

The National Executive of the League of Ukrainian Canadians welcomes the decision of the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF) to change the location of the World Championship in 2017 from Sochi, Russia to a different country. After multiple teams, including American and Latvian athletes, decided to boycott the world championship event in Russia due to an insufficient response by various international sports organizations to the Russian doping scandal, the IBSF decided to move the event...



12.01.2017

Kerry Diotte, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Griesbach is deeply disappointed the majority of Liberals voted to scuttle a bill to recognize an act of genocide against the indigenous people of Ukraine. Diotte's Private Member's Bill proposed to condemn the Soviet Union's 1944 deportation of 200,000 Crimean Tatars as a genocide to be commemorated every May 18. It gained widespread support but was defeated Dec. 13 at second reading in the House of Commons when almost all Liberals voted against it...



12.01.2017

Mr. Borys Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke Centre, Lib): Mr. Speaker, Crimea’s seductive beauty has enchanted visitors over the centuries. It is also the ancestral home of the Crimean Tatars. As blessed as Crimea is in natural beauty, tragic has been the history of its indigenous peoples, the Crimean Tatars. The Crimean Tatars evolved from an amalgam of tribes who have lived in Crimea since time immemorial. The indigenous people of the peninsula came to be known as Tats, a term to describe converts to Islam not of pure Turkic descent. The Tats were the dominant demographic grouping of the peninsula, and along with the neighbouring Nogai Steppe Tatars, they evolved into the ethnicity of the Crimean Tatars...



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