Alberta to help fund humanitarian aid to Ukraine Posted 3/4/2014 by firstname.lastname@example.org (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 email@example.com (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
TIME: 7:00 P.M. -
PERFORMERS SPEAKERS VIDEOS EXHIBITS
DONATIONS ALSO ACCEPTED ONLINE THROUGH THE CUF MAIDAN FUND
Prayers for the victims of the Maidan in Kyiv Posted 2/20/2014 by firstname.lastname@example.org (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,
Crisis in Ukraine Daily Briefing Note February 14. Posted 2/14/2014 by email@example.com (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
Crisis in Ukraine : Daily Briefing Note February 12, 2014 Posted 2/12/2014 by firstname.lastname@example.org (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 email@example.com (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″.
DONATIONS directly to Pomich Ukraini Fund Account N 6588D1 at Buduchnist Credit Union.
DONATIONS to the account “Euromaidan 2013 DAILY1″ at Buduchnist Credit Union.
PAYPAL to the email address: “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Buduchnist Credit Union Fund:
DONATIONS to the account “Euromaidan 2013″ at Buduchnist Credit Union.
Молитва Posted 1/23/2014 by email@example.com (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.
URGENT! NEED YOUR SUPPORT! Posted 12/21/2013 by firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
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."
UCC Media Contact:
Taras Zalusky, Executive Director
Telephone: (613) 232 - 8822
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 email@example.com (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 website. Pictured: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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 (email@example.com). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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 email@example.com (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 firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
Andrea 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 email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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 asis 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, andmany 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 email@example.com
Register Your Child for Ukrainian Bilingual Program this September! Posted 2/13/2012 by firstname.lastname@example.org (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 email@example.com (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.