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Save the Date!! Ukrainian Day, August 10, 2014
Posted 6/26/2014 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca


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UCC-APC is pleased to announce Ukrainian Day,  Shades of Shevchenko, 2014  on Sunday, August 10, 2014
at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

This year Cheremosh and Zhyto will be entertaining us at the Band Shell concert at 2:00 p.m. Other performers taking part are the  Zbytochnyky and the "Zabava v Koli"

In the Sil'ska Domivka, there will be a Shevchenko Exhibit, prepared by the Ukrainain Women's Organization of Edmonton and Plast - Edmonton.

We will also have crafts, soccer games , and the big Village Race, for children, youth and all members of your family!

Come for the pancake breakfast and stay for a whole day of fun and activities.

Special ceremonies include the unveiling of centenary plaques, prayers at the memorial monument, chernobyl cross and the internment monument will take place starting at 11:15 am.

Come out for some fun, food and entertainment!

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper to Attend Swearing-in Ceremony of President-Elect Petr Poroshenko in Ukraine
Posted 6/4/2014 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER TO ATTEND SWEARING-IN CEREMONY OF PRESIDENT-ELECT PETRO POROSHENKO IN UKRAINE
 
 
Prime Minister Stephen Harper yesterday announced that he will travel to Kyiv, Ukraine, to attend the swearing-in ceremony on June 7, 2014, of Petro Poroshenko as the new President of Ukraine. This will be Prime Minister Harper’s second visit to Ukraine since the outset of the crisis in the country.
 
Canada has been a leader in the global response to Russian aggression in Ukraine. Canada has put in place sanctions against over 100 individuals and entities responsible for the crisis, contributed hundreds of Canadian observers to help facilitate free, fair and democratic elections in Ukraine, and is providing funds this year to help Ukraine implement needed economic reforms and promote democratic and social development.
 
The Prime Minister’s visit to Ukraine will be part of a broader trip to Europe, which includes visits to Warsaw, Poland (June 4), to mark the 25th anniversary of the beginning of Poland’s transition from communism to democracy; to Brussels, Belgium (June 4 and 5) to participate in the G-7 Summit; and to Normandy, France (June 6) to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.
 
 
Quick Facts
 
Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea, Ukraine, and provocations in Eastern and Southern Ukraine remain a serious concern to the international community. Together with its G-7 partners, Canada continues to call on the Russian Federation to respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
Canada and the G-7 have strongly condemned Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine, including by imposing coordinated sanctions and travel bans on key Russian and Ukrainian figures and entities responsible for undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
Canada and Ukraine have enjoyed close bilateral ties since Canada became the first Western nation to recognize Ukraine’s independence on December 2, 1991. Relations, which are underpinned by the 1.2 million strong Ukrainian-Canadian community, have grown to encompass cooperation in the political, security, and commercial spheres.
This will be the Prime Minister’s second visit to Ukraine since the outset of the crisis and his third visit to the country since taking office in 2006.
 
 
Quote
 
“The people of Ukraine deserve a government that defends the country’s political and territorial integrity against those who would seek to control it once more. I look forward to travelling to Ukraine to witness the swearing-in of President-elect Petro Poroshenko and to offer the people of Ukraine Canada’s full support as they take important steps to restore stability and prosperity.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper
 
 
 
LE PREMIER MINISTRE STEPHEN HARPER ASSISTERA À L’ASSERMENTATION DU PRÉSIDENT ÉLU PETRO POROCHENKO EN UKRAINE
 
 
Le Premier ministre Stephen Harper a annoncé hier qu’il se rendrait à Kiev, en Ukraine, pour assister à la cérémonie d’assermentation, le 7 juin 2014, de Petro Porochenko comme nouveau Président de l’Ukraine. Il s’agira de la deuxième visite du Premier ministre Harper en Ukraine depuis le début de la crise dans ce pays.
 
Le Canada a été l’un des premiers pays du monde à réagir à l’agression russe en Ukraine. Le Canada a imposé des sanctions contre plus de 100 personnes et entités responsables de la crise; il a fourni des centaines d’observateurs canadiens pour faciliter des élections libres, justes et démocratiques en Ukraine, ainsi que des fonds, cette année, pour aider l’Ukraine à mettre en œuvre les réformes économiques nécessaires et pour favoriser la démocratie et le développement social.
 
La visite du Premier ministre en Ukraine fera partie d’un grand voyage en Europe, avec des visites à Varsovie, en Pologne (4 juin), pour souligner le 25e anniversaire du début de la transition de la Pologne du communisme à la démocratie; à Bruxelles, en Belgique (4 et 5 juin) pour participer au sommet du G-7; et en Normandie, en France (6 juin) pour souligner le 70e anniversaire du Jour J et de la bataille de Normandie.
 
 
Faits saillants
 
L’occupation illégale par la Russie de la Crimée, en Ukraine, et ses provocations dans l’est et dans le sud de l’Ukraine restent très préoccupantes pour la communauté internationale. Avec ses partenaires du G‑7, le Canada continue à presser la Fédération russe de respecter l’intégrité territoriale de l’Ukraine.
Le Canada et les pays du G‑7 ont fermement condamné les actions agressives de la Russie en Ukraine, en imposant des sanctions coordonnées et des interdictions de voyager à des personnalités clés de Russie et d’Ukraine responsables d’avoir nui à la souveraineté et à l’intégrité territoriale de l’Ukraine.
Le Canada et l’Ukraine entretiennent d’étroites relations bilatérales depuis que le Canada est devenu le premier pays occidental à reconnaître l’indépendance de l’Ukraine, le 2 décembre 1991. Ces relations, sous-tendues par une communauté ukraino-canadienne de 1,2 million de personnes, se sont étendues à la coopération en matière de politique, de sécurité et de commerce.
Il s’agira de la deuxième visite du Premier ministre en Ukraine depuis le début de la crise et de sa troisième dans ce pays, depuis le début de son mandat en 2006.
 
 
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« La population ukrainienne mérite d’avoir un gouvernement qui défend l’intégrité politique et territoriale du pays contre ceux qui cherchent à en reprendre le contrôle. Je me réjouis d’aller en Ukraine pour assister à l’assermentation du Président élu Petro Porochenko et pour offrir à la population de l’Ukraine tout le soutien du Canada en vue des importantes mesures qui seront prises pour rétablir la stabilité et la prospérité en Ukraine. » – Le Premier ministre Stephen Harper
 
 
As always, I invite you to share this message with friends and family.
 
Sincerely,
 
The Office of the Hon. Jason Kenney, PC, MP
Calgary Southeast
www.JasonKenney.ca

Alberta withdraws from trade event in Russia
Posted 5/14/2014 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

Alberta withdraws from trade event in Russia

May 14, 2014 Media inquiries
In response to escalating tensions in Ukraine, the Government of Alberta will not attend the 21st World Petroleum Congress (WPC) to be held in Moscow, Russia, June 15-19.

The Government of Alberta began coordinating Alberta’s presence at WPC back in 2012, which was to include a booth in the Canadian Pavilion as well as on-the-ground support for a delegation of Alberta-based oil and gas companies.

Over the past months, Alberta has been closely monitoring the situation with our federal and provincial counterparts as well as participating companies.

“Since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine, Alberta has stood united with the Government of Canada in condemning violence and the violation of Ukraine’s sovereign territory. In the face of ongoing aggression I have made the decision to withdraw all provincial support for the Congress being held in Moscow.”

Premier Dave Hancock
“The world is a different place now than it was when these plans were initially being made. Continuing actions to undermine stability in Ukraine make Alberta’s participation in Moscow untenable. We continue to support the federal government’s persistent calls to de-escalate the crisis and oppose military aggression and illegal occupation.”

Cal Dallas, Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations
“Alberta stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and in support of efforts to restore stability and implement democratic and economic reforms. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ukrainian people as we persist in our hope for a peaceful resolution.”

Genia Leskiw, MLA for Bonnyville-Cold Lake and Chair of the Advisory Council on Alberta-Ukraine Relations
The Government of Alberta continues to support the Canadian Association of World Petroleum Council and its role in organizing the World Petroleum Congress.

The World Petroleum Congress is held every three years as a meeting place for global discussions on oil and gas issues. Alberta has been an active participant in the World Petroleum Council  and subsequent congresses since 1997.

Under the Building Alberta Plan, our government is investing in families and communities, living within our means, and opening new markets for Alberta's resources to ensure we're able to fund the services Albertans told us matter most to them. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.


UCC-APC invites you to join the Vyshynvanka Parade
Posted 5/12/2014 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca


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On Saturday May 17, 2014 our Ukrainian community is coming together to celebrate our culture and beautiful tradition, the Ukrainian «Vyshyvanka» (Ukrainian Embroidery). We also will be  showing our support for Ukraine in this time of turmoil, advocating for fair and democratic elections.

This worldwide movement of the Vyshyvanka Parade  takes place every year in Ukraine as well as amoung the Ukrainian Diaspora. This year Edmonton and Toronto will be simultaneously taking part. To learn more about this international movement please see:

http://megamarsh.in.ua/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1379689452291792/

We encourage all to come out, wearing their embroidered blouses, shirts, choir or dance costumes, and join in the 45 minute stroll through downtown Edmonton.(See attached map). We will be starting at Sir Winston Churchill Square at 1:00 p.m, and then proceed to march through the downtown area, completing our walk at the Legislature, by the Pioneer monument.  There will be a brief program at the Legislature grounds.

If you cannot make the parade, meet us at 2:00 p.m. at the Ukrainian Pioneer Monument by the Legislature Fountains.

 

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Volunteers needed for Presidential Election.
Posted 4/23/2014 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

Ukrainian World Congress calls for volunteers to join UWC International Election Observation Mission to Presidential Election in Ukraine

11 April 2014
MEDIA RELEASE

Ukrainian World Congress calls for volunteers to join UWC International Election Observation Mission to Presidential Election in Ukraine
 
The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) will deploy an International Election Observation Mission to the Presidential Election in Ukraine scheduled for 25 May 2014.
 
The UWC is calling for volunteers to join its International Election Observation Mission, the objective of which is to support a more open and transparent electoral process in Ukraine by monitoring the electoral process throughout Ukraine and at diplomatic posts around the world.
 
The UWC International Election Observation Mission will be headed by Judge Bohdan Futey from the United States. The Chief Observer will be UWC Third Vice President Peter Sztyk.
 
In October 2012, the UWC International Election Observation Mission deployed the largest non-government funded international observation mission to the Ukraine Parliamentary Election with over 250 long-term and short-term observers from 20 countries.
 
The application package for volunteers interested in joining the UWC International Election Observation Mission to the Presidential Elections is available on the UWC web site.



http://www.ukrainianworldcongress.org/news.php/news/1027

UCC-APC gives Easter Greeting!
Posted 4/15/2014 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca


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UCC-APC Easter Greetings

XPUCTOC BOCKEC!

On this holiest of holidays, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Alberta Provincial Council wishes all the members of the Ukrainian Canadian Community an Easter filled with favorite traditions, happy new memories, and continuing good health but most of all, an Easter that renews your faith, uplifts your spirit, and fills your heart with joy.

Easter is a time of thanksgivings and rejoicing.  It is a time to remind us of the many blessings that we have: our family, our friends and our lives.  As we rejoice in the Resurrection, let us bow our heads for all that we experience and the abundances that life has given us. We are reminded of all the freedoms we have as Canadians, and those that our family and friends in Ukraine so dearly want and deserve.  Let us pray for a peaceful resolution in Ukraine and for those who have lost loved ones in the fight for democracy.  Easter is a time for renewal and rebirth!

 

У цей найблагочестивіший день Провінційна Рада Альберти при Конґресі українців Канади бажає усім представникам українсько-канадської громади Великодня, що сповнений улюблених традицій і нових щасливих спогадів, а також нескінченної наснаги й міцного здоров’я, але, понад усе, Великодня, який допоможе відновити вашу віру, піднести дух й переповнити ваші серця радістю

Великдень – це час для висловлення подяки й святкуванняУ цей день ми відчуваємо вдячність за наші численні благословення: за родину, друзів та за наше життяСвяткуючи  Воскресіння, слід схилити голови на знак подяки за усі  переживання й статки, які дарує нам життя. Ми усвідомлюємо, що будучи канадійцями, користуємось усіма правами і свободами, на які наші родичі та друзі в Україні теж заслуговують і яких так палко прагнутьНумо, помолімось за мирне вирішення ситуації, яка склалась в Україні, й за тих, хто втратив своїх близьких у боротьбі за демократію.  Великдень – це час для оновлення та відродження!

 

 


UCC-APC calls for boycott of Russian Goods and Travel
Posted 4/3/2014 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

Ukrainian Canadians Call for Boycott of Russian Goods and Travel

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress appeals to all fair-minded fellow citizens of Canada to refrain from purchasing any imported products manufactured in Russia as a gesture of solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

In calling for this boycott of Russian goods, the Congress is not seeking to punish ordinary citizens of Russia but to send a clear message to the authoritarian and imperialistic regime of Vladimir Putin, whose aggressive actions are not only threatening the lives and fundamental rights of the peaceful inhabitants of Ukraine, but are setting an extremely dangerous precedent that is undermining global stability. Just as Canadians effectively boycotted South African products to censure apartheid, and Chilean products to protest the brutal military dictatorship led by Augusto Pinochet, we hope that our fellow citizens will similarly make a conscientious decision to not provide any financial support that benefits the current Kremlin leadership and the oligarchic, criminal and extremist elements acting in concert with it.

The Congress further requests that businesses and government agencies importing products from Russia suspend future orders and instead seek alternative sources for the same products. Finally, Ukrainian Canadians ask that people thinking of visiting Russia or the illegitimately seized Ukrainian territory of Crimea as tourists, consider choosing other destinations for their leisure travel. The Congress calls for the boycott to remain in effect until Russia withdraws from Crimea and ceases working to destabilize and subjugate the independent government of Ukraine by political, and economic and military means.


Ukrainian Flag to be raised on the ALberta Legislature Grounds - Alberta shows its support
Posted 3/14/2014 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca


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Ukrainian Flag to be raised at the Legislature Grounds - Alberta shows its support for Ukraine!
Come out to the Legislature Grounds Sunday, March 16, 2014 , 4:00 p.m. East of the Annex Legislative Building.


Media Release - Ukraine Fundraiser
Posted 3/6/2014 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

Fund Raising Rally for Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine
Come out to our Fundraiser, Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at the St.John's Cultural Centre 10611 110 Ave. Edmonton
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

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Alberta to help fund humanitarian aid to Ukraine
Posted 3/4/2014 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

The Alberta government will provide up to $100,000 in matching funds for humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

The money will come from the Alberta Culture International Development Program. 

In a news release Tuesday, Premier Alison Redford said that Alberta stands beside the people of Ukraine.

More than 250,000 Albertans are of Ukrainian descent.


UCC-APC Fundraiser for Support of the Heroes of Ukraine
Posted 2/27/2014 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

UCC-APC is sponsoring a Fundraising rally for the humanitarian aid for medical aid, rehabilitation, support for families of the victims and injured. Please come out and support this very urgent need in Ukraine. Donations can also be made on-line as well to www.cufoundation.ca.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014
ST. JOHN'S CULTURAL CENTRE
10611 - 110 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta

TIME: 7:00 P.M. -

PERFORMERS SPEAKERS VIDEOS EXHIBITS

DONATIONS ALSO ACCEPTED ONLINE THROUGH THE CUF MAIDAN  FUND

www.cufoundation.ca


Prayers for the victims of the Maidan in Kyiv
Posted 2/20/2014 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

Слава Ісусу Христу! Glory to Jesus Christ!

 

Reverend Fathers, Sisters and Representatives of the Eparchial Organizations,

On Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at 10:00 am at the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Edmonton (9003-153 Ave.),  a Divine Liturgy will be celebrated for the intentions of nation and people of Ukraine. After the Liturgy there will be a Panahyda for all the victims of the clashes on the Maidan in Kiev, and in the streets and squares of the other cities of Ukraine.

We invite everyone to join in prayer for peace, integrity and the right to a dignified life for all citizens of Ukraine.

Please inform as many of your parishioners and contacts as possible!

 

Sincerely in Christ,

Olya Nakonechny



Crisis in Ukraine Daily Briefing Note February 14.
Posted 2/14/2014 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

Crisis in Ukraine Daily Briefing Note February 14, 2014
1. Activists freed from custody
2. Maidan Council outlines conditions for freeing Hrushevsky street
3. Party of Regions faction calls for President to appoint a PM from Party of Regions
4. Community activists attacked in Donetsk cafe, detained by police
5. Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov rebukes West for interfering in Ukraine

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Crisis in Ukraine : Daily Briefing Note February 12, 2014
Posted 2/12/2014 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing Note
12 February 2014

 
1. Parliament will not meet this week                                    
After a meeting with Parliamentary Speaker Rybak, Party of Regions and Communist factions decided that Parliament will not meet this week. This despite calls to have the Rada consider a return to the 2004 Constitution. Therefore, Parliament will not sit until 18 February. Importantly, the Amnesty Law expires on 17 February.  This is another indication that the Presidential Administration and the parliamentary majority that supports the president are playing for time.
2. Court closes cases against Popov and Sivkovytch
The Kyiv Prosecutor has announced that the Kyiv Pechersk and Shevchenko district courts have closed the cases against former head of the Kyiv city Administration Popov and former deputy secretary of the Security and Defense Council Sivkovytch. The cases relate to their role in the violent crackdown against demonstrators on 30 November 2013. Despite the existence of myriad evidence, many witnesses, and that both the President and the General Prosecutor have acknowledged that the crackdown was illegal, nobody in an official position has been brought to justice. The Kyiv prosecutor's office stated that the court was acting in accordance with the amnesty law, which removes from criminal responsibility anyone involved in the events of 21 November to 26 December 2013. In effect, the state has removed responsibility for illegal actions from itself. The Commission for the Investigation of Violations of Human Rights in Ukraine, an independent commission created in January 2014, headed by Ambassador V. Vasylenko, former Justice of the Criminal Tribunal on Yugoslavia (2002-2005), has called the decision illegitimate.  
3.  Peoples' Deputy Moskal appeals to Prosecutor to investigate attacks on journalists
Deputy Hennadiy Moskal, who is to head (the creation of the Commission is awaiting the signature of Speaker Rybak) the Temporary Parliamentary Investigative Commission "On illegal actions of law enforcement bodies, violations citizens' rights and freedoms during events related to mass protests," has asked the Prosecutor General to open criminal investigations of 124 cases that allege attacks on journalists by law enforcement between 24 November 2013 and 25 January 2014. It is unlikely that, even if opened, anything will come of these investigations.
4. Kharkiv Governor calls for Federalization of Ukraine by bypassing Parliament
Kharkiv Governor Mykhailo Dobkin has called for a referendum on federalization of Ukraine, bypassing Parliament. The attempt to put the discussion of federalization of Ukraine on the table is clearly in the interests of Russia and an attempt to heighten tensions in Ukraine. A political ploy, the introduction of federalization, is an attempt to create divisions within the country.
5. Fule meets with Yanukovych and Opposition Leaders
EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule met with opposition leaders Yatseniuk, Klitschko, and Tyahnybok and President Yanukovych. According to Yatseniuk, Europe continues to offer financial aid for reforms in Ukraine. The Presidential Administration, stated Fule and Yanukovych discussed the possibility of stabilizing the political situation in Ukraine through dialogue between the authorities, opposition and civil society.
6. Yatseniuk and Turchynov meet with Tymoshenko
Opposition leaders Yatseniuk and Turchynov met today with imprisoned former PM Tymoshenko. After the meeting, Yatseniuk had green disinfectant sprayed on him. Police have not commented on the attack.


Donations to Ukraine
Posted 2/4/2014 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

Support Euromaidan Financially

Donate funds to Euromaidan through one of the following ways:

Canada Ukraine Foundation:

  • CHEQUES payable to “CUF MaidanFund” can be mailed to “Canada Ukraine Foundation 203-952 Main St. Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2W 3P4″. 
  • CREDIT CARD donations are accepted online at www.cufoundation.ca.
  • DONATIONS accepted at: Caisse populaire Desjardins Ukrainienne de Montréal,Ukrainian Credit Union, Buduchnist Credit Union, Carpathia Credit Union, North Winnipeg Credit Union,  New Community Credit Union.

Ukrainian Canadian Social Services:

  • CHEQUES payable to “Pomich Ukraini Fund” can be mailed to “Pomich Ukraini Fund PO Box 74529, 270 The Kingsway, Etobicoke, ON  M9A 3T0″. 
  • CREDIT CARD donations are accepted online at https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/15000.
  • DONATIONS directly to Pomich Ukraini Fund Account N 6588D1 at Buduchnist Credit Union.

Youth Fund:

  • DONATIONS to the account “Euromaidan 2013 DAILY1″ at Buduchnist Credit Union.
  • PAYPAL to the email address: “euromaidan.canada@gmail.com”.

Buduchnist Credit Union Fund:

  • DONATIONS to the account “Euromaidan 2013″ at Buduchnist Credit Union.

Молитва
Posted 1/23/2014 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

СПЕЦІАЛЬНА МОЛИТВА В ДНІ НАПРУЖЕНОЇ СИТУАЦІЇ В УКРАЇНІ

Любий наш Боже, Найсолодший Ісусе Христе, не дай злим силам, котрі нас так мучать опанувати нашою країною. Благаємо Тебе, не допусти, щоб розпалилась громадянська війна, щоб убивали брат брата, батько сина. Не допусти, щоб у нашій країні панували цинізм і жорстокість. Господи наш Любий не допускай вторгнення з боку будь-якої іншої держави. Благає Тебе, Наймиліший Боже, народ щирий і побожний, щоб Ти відігнав злі сшш і зняв напруження у громадян нашої країни, щоб вони керувались розумом, а не емоціями, щоб кожен зміг зробити правильний вибір, бо від цього залежить майбутнє нашої України та відношення світу до неї. Любий наш Боже, хай у нашій країні вічно панує любов, доброта, щирість, побожність. Не допусти, Боже, щоб тут панували фальш і лицемірство. У всьому хай виконується Твоя Свята воля, а не наша.

Амінь.


URGENT! NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
Posted 12/21/2013 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

January 18, 2014 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!

UKRAINE VICTIM OF NEW REPRESSIVE LAWS - say Ukrainian Canadians

            Call for sanctions and visa restrictions to be applied

OTTAWA - The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) condemns the actions of Ukraine’s President Victor Yanukovych, who signed a series of laws that curb freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, the right to legal due process and freedom of association; severely curtailing civil liberties and political rights in Ukraine.

The laws implemented are intended to shut down the Euromaidan protests, which have underscored the determination of the Ukrainian people to live in a free, just and democratic society. Rather than engaging in constructive dialogue with its citizens, the government is silencing these protests through repression, censorship, and intimidation.

The UCC calls for Canada, together with its U.S. and European allies to immediately implement visa restrictions and individual financial sanctions against those responsible for perpetrating the violations of human rights and freedoms in Ukraine.

"Upon taking office, Ukraine's President swore an oath to uphold the Constitution and protect the rights and freedoms of the Ukrainian people. Today, by signing these laws, the President has de facto turned Ukraine into a police state," said Paul Grod, President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. "These laws were passed in violation of Ukraine's Constitution and with egregious contraventions of Parliamentary procedures. President Yanukovych has signaled his approval for these authoritarian methods, and for the content and substance of these laws."

The UCC expresses its complete solidarity with the people of Ukraine in their peaceful struggle to build a free and democratic nation.  UCC President explains the situation in Ukraine in an interview on CTV National News as new laws are passed against protestors http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=277100.

“We fear that Ukrainians will face violent repression, as these draconian laws take effect immediately”, said Grod.  “We are appalled that Ukraine's Parliamentary  Chairman Volodymyr Rybak would choreograph this illegitimate vote and allow for violence against opposition deputies to take place in the Parliament without censure.”

The signing of the so-called "Dictatorship Laws" have transformed the country overnight into a police state that many experts have compared to Russia, Belarus and North Korea.  Equally concern is the fact that on the same day the "dictatorship laws" were signed by the President, he fired the Commander of the Armed Forces, the Head of the Presidential Administration, and appointed over 70 new judges throughout Ukraine in an effort to consolidate control over the military and judiciary in addition to the legislative branch and the executive. 

Global reaction to the legislation has been swift and harsh. Amnesty International stated:  “in passing this law the government is halting any progress Ukraine has made over the past twenty years towards full compliance with its international human rights obligations.” (http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/ukraine-s-new-charter-oppression-2014-01-17).

The UCC wishes to thank the Government of Canada and Canada’s Parliamentarians for their continued and unwavering support for the people of Ukraine.  Canada's Foreign Minister, the Honourable John Baird, who in December visited to protesters in Ukraine, stated yesterday, "Canada strongly supports the Ukrainian people, who have spoken out courageously in support of a free and democratic Ukraine. Canada is ready and prepared to consider all options to make clear on whose side we stand."

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 UCC Media Contact:

Taras Zalusky, Executive Director

Telephone: (613) 232 - 8822 

Email: ucc@ucc.ca

Website: www.ucc.ca

Backgrounder on Ukrainian Laws signed by President Yanukovych

Among other provisions, the new laws provide for the following amendments to Ukrainian legislation:

  • State may take the decision to ban Internet access;
  • Criminalization for libel targeting media for criticizing government officials, up to two years in jail;
  • Blocking government buildings, up to five years in jail;
  • Up to 15 days arrest for unauthorized installation of tents, stages and sound equipment;
  • Up to 10 days arrest for participation in peaceful gatherings wearing a mask, helmet or other means of covering one’s face;
  • Groups of more than 5 cars driving together require permission from the Ministry of Interior Affairs, otherwise, the drivers face loss of license and vehicle for up to two years;
  • A broad definition of “extremist activities” adopted disallows NGOs and churches from engaging in support of civil protests.
  • Allowing trial and sentencing in absentia of individuals, including prison terms, in cases where the person refuses to appear in court and when criminal proceedings in absence of such person are pronounced possible;
  • Blocking access to residential buildings, up to six years in jail
  • Gathering and disseminating information about Berkut (Ukraine's special security force), judges or their families, up to 2 years in jail;
  • MPs may be stripped of immunity by a simple majority vote in Ukraine's Parliament (the Verkhovna Rada) thereby allowing initiation of criminal proceedings, detention or arrest with such cases no longer requiring prior review by the relevant Parliamentary Committee;
  • Amnesty from prosecution previously adopted by the Verkhovna Rada and granted to peaceful protestors who participated in protests since November 21, 2013 has now been extended to also exempt from punishment those who committed crimes against protestors, including Berkut and other law enforcement officials;
  • NGOs that accept foreign funds must include in their title the term “civic organizations that fulfills the functions of a foreign agent” and face high scrutiny, additional tax and regulatory measures.

UCC-APC Visits Saskatchewan Provincial Council
Posted 7/3/2013 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

On June 27, Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Saskatchewan Provincial Council hosted UCC-APC board members at the office in Saskatoon, where a number of common issues were discussed, and the development of a formalized relationship was explored. UCC-APC thanks Saskatchewan for its generous hospitality, and we look forward to future collaborations. To find out more about Ukrainians in Saskatchewan, visit the official UCC-SPC websitePictured: UCC-SPC Executive Director Danylo Puderak, President Slawko Kindrachuk, Vice-President MaryAnn Trischuk, Secretary Orest Gawdyda, UCC-APC Provincial Coordinator Slavka Shulakewych, Secretary Carla Kozak (in front) and President Barbara Hlus.


Celebrate 125 Years of Ukrainian Settlement in Canada
Posted 6/26/2013 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Alberta Provincial Council (along with over 1 million Ukrainian Canadians) will soon be celebrating the 125th Anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada. Our community has made tremendous strides over the last 1 and 1/4 centuries - growing stronger each year and making immeasurable contributions to Canada as whole. Do you have an idea about how you want to celebrate 125 years of Ukrainians in Canada? Do you have a story you want to share with Ukrainian Canadians as well as Ukrainians around the world? Please contact the UCCAPC office (uccab@shaw.ca). We are also searching for volunteers to contribute to the official planning committee for the 125th Anniversary committee. Thank you for your support!


Ukrainian Day 2013 at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
Posted 6/26/2013 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

You are invited to join the 2013 UKRAINIAN DAY festival to be held on Sunday, August 11th, 2013 at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. The festival draws an audience of over 5,000 spectators and features many attractions including a cultural showcase, the Centenary Pioneers recognition, the Veterans Memorial Service, a children’s Ukrainian Race, free wagon rides to a “living” Historic Village and a mainstage Concert featuring the Viter Ukrainian Dancers and Folk Choir and the popular Ukrainian band Millenia. This year the Michael Luchkovich Award will be presented to former Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach, for his significant contributions to our nation, province and Ukrainian community.

This event has a 37-year history of bringing together families from all across east-central Alberta along with tourists and the general public for a day to celebrate all things Ukrainian. This year we will be continuing to commemorate the 120th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada with particular attention to the history of the first Ukrainian settlers in Alberta and the legacy they brought to our province and to Canada. Our festival Theme is Spirit of 1893”- the year when our pioneers came back and settled in the Edna-Star area.       

Click here for more festival details as well as a volunteer sign-up form.


UCC-APC Visits Calgary
Posted 6/24/2013 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca


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The Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Alberta Provincial Council visited southern Alberta last week to attend the UCPBA annual meeting and the official opening of the internment exhibit at Cave & Basin historic site. Unfortunately, due to extreme flooding across the southern Alberta, the Cave & Basin event had to be cancelled. Instead, a special prayer service was held at The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Calgary. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Alberta affected by the catastrophic flooding. We hope you are safe and dry. You can view an album of photos from the visit on our Facebook page.

(Pictured: UCCAPC President Barbara Hlus with UCC National President Paul Grod)


First World War Internment Interview on WorldFM
Posted 6/18/2013 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

UWC President Eugene CzolijAndrea Malysh, program manager for the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund, was recently interviewed by WorldFM's Roman Brytan. She talked about the June 20th opening of the Cave & Basin interpretive exhibit. The full English interview (11min) can be streamed on demand here.

Roman Brytan hosts the Ukrainian Program on 101.7 WorldFM in Edmonton from 6:00 PM to 7:00PM MST on weekdays. You can also listen around the world on www.worldfm.ca.


Ed Stelmach to Receive Honorary Degree from the University of Alberta
Posted 6/5/2013 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

Former Alberta Premier Ed StelmachThe University of Alberta has announced that an honorary degree will be bestowed upon former Alberta premier Ed Stelmach in a convocation ceremony this month. In 2006, Ed Stelmach took office as the first Ukrainian Canadian premier of Alberta. Through years of public service, Stelmach was a tireless supporter of the Ukrainian Canadian community of Alberta. His success story is an inspiration for Ukrainian and Non-Ukrainian Canadians alike.

The University of Alberta released this statement:

"Former Alberta premier Ed Stelmach’s 25 years of public service were marked by a commitment to leadership and integrity. A lifelong farmer, Stelmach began his run in politics in 1986 as a municipal councillor for Lamont County before being named reeve a year later. Stelmach entered provincial politics in 1993 when he was elected as a member of the legislative assembly for the riding of Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville. As MLA, he led four ministries, including infrastructure (1999-2001), and supported the creation of the Health Research Innovation Facilities—now the Li Ka Shing and Katz Group centres—that have been instrumental in attracting top-tier talent to our community. Stelmach became premier after winning his party’s leadership race in 2006 and went on to win the general election in 2008. As premier, Stelmach supported efforts to end homelessness and create affordable housing. He also recognized the importance of diversifying the economy and seeking global leadership to help shape the province’s future."

The honorary "doctor of laws" degree will be presented to Ed Stelmach at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on June 11th, 2013 at 3:00pm as part of the elementary education convocation ceremony. Stelmach is among 10 other recipients being honored by the University this spring.


Hetman Awards Nominations
Posted 5/21/2013 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

This autumn, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Alberta Provincial Branch will once again host the 15th annual Hetman Awards on Sunday, October 6, 2013, to recognize the most outstanding contributions that volunteers have made for the betterment of the Ukrainian-Canadian community.

 

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress in Alberta established the Hetman Awards in 1998 as a way of both recognizing and thanking the many volunteers in our community who have established organizations, created new projects impacting our cultural development and overall, made a difference by giving of their time, talents and ideas to ensure that our community was active and growing.  At the same time, they, and our community, have contributed to the overall growth and development of the Province of Alberta where today our Ukrainian community is as much mainstream in its’ activities as  is ethnic.

 

Previous winners of the Hetman Awards include The Honourable Ed Stelmach and Marie Stelmach, Gene Zwozdesky, Marco Levytsky, Maria Dytyniak, George Yopyk, Roman Brytan, Nadia Cyncar, Katrina Baziuk, Andrew Ilnycky, Michael Hantzsch, Taras Uzwyshyn, Peter Dackiw, and many more. Since its’ inception, over 130 awards have been presented.

 

The UCC-APC welcomes nominations from any organization or group of individuals in Alberta. We strongly encourage all organizations to take the time to recognize those individuals who have made a great personal commitment to ensure our community’s organizations remain active and vibrant. If you or someone you know has greatly impacted the Ukrainian community through tireless volunteer work, please take the time to fill out a nomination form available here.  The deadline for applications is June 3, 2013.

 

All award recipients will be publicly honoured at the Annual Hetman Awards Gala which will be held in Fall 2013.

 

For further information, please contact the UCC APC office at 780-414-1624 or email at uccab@shaw.ca


Register Your Child for Ukrainian Bilingual Program this September!
Posted 2/13/2012 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca


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In a Ukrainian Bilingual Program your children will enjoy cultural experiences; excel in academic and arts; learn the Ukrainian language; make lifelong friendships! Ukrainian Bilingual students excel through accelerated academic growth and creative thinking; enhanced listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills; community involvement and a respect for cultural diversity; interactive classroom environments that develop a positive attitude toward learning; International study and travel opportunities.

Subjects that may be taught in Ukrainian: Ukrainian Language, Social Studies, Music, Physical Education, Art, Religion. All core subjects taught in English. To register or for more information, contact a school below:

  • Horton Elementary School 
037 48 Ave., Vegreville, AB T9C 1L8, 
(780) 632-3113; 
ww.alhorton.ca.
  • Delwood Elementary School 
7315 Delwood Rd., Edmonton, AB T5C 3A9 
(780) 476-3969, 476-9866; 
www.delwood.epsb.ca.
  • Father Kenneth Kearns Elementary School
 8 Sandpiper Dr., Sherwood Park, AB T8A 0B6
, (780) 467-7135; 
http://fkkschool.eics.ab.ca.
  • St. Martin Catholic Elementary School 
11310 - 51 Ave., Edmonton AB T6H 0L7, 
(780) 434-4848; 
www.stmartin.ecsd.net.
  • St. Matthew Elementary School
 8735 132 Ave., Edmonton AB T5E 0X7, 
(780) 473-6575; 
www.stmatthew.ecsd.net.
  • Balwin Junior High School
 7055 - 132 Ave., Edmonton AB T5C 2A7, 
(780) 475-3646; 
http://balwin.epsb.ca.
  • Jean Vanier Catholic School 
109 Georgian Way, Sherwood Park AB T8A 3K9
, (780) 467-3633; http://jeanvanierschool.eics.ab.ca.
  • St. Kevin Catholic Junior High School
10005 - 84 St., Edmonton AB T6A 3P8
, (780) 469-8301
; www.stkevin.ecsd.net.
  • Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School 2021 Brentwood Blvd., Sherwood Park AB T8A 0X2
, (780) 467-2121
; archbishopjordan.ab.ca.
  • Austin O’Brien Catholic High School 
6110 - 95 Ave. NW, Edmonton AB T6B 1A5
, (780) 466-3161
; www.austinobrien.ecsd.net.
  • LaZerte Composite High School
 6804 - 144 Ave., Edmonton AB T5C 3C7
, (780) 408-9800; 
http://melazerte.com.

 

Member Organization Past Community Events

The 78th anniversary of the 1932-33 Holodomor (Famine-Genocide)
Posted 11/28/2011 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca


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November 26, 2011 - Commemorative ceremony at Edmonton City Hall and near the world's first monument to the victims of he 1932-33 Holodomor (Famine-Genocide) in Ukraine.

Вшанування памяті жертв Голодомору-геноциду в Україні 1932-33 рр., організовано міським відділом в Едмонтоні Конґресу Українців Канади.

Photo - Serhiy Kostyuk. More photos from this event available at the UCC-APC Facebook page

See also the UCC-APC Holodomor-Genocide 1932-33 web page


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