UOCC announces postponement of 24th Sobor until 2022

WINNIPEG – The Consistory Board of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada (UOCC) resolved on April 16 to postpone its 24th Sobor of the UOCC, and requested that the Church’s prime hierarch, Metropolitan Yurij, immediately call the Sobor to be held in 2022 at a time and place determined by the Consistory Board, no later than July 10, 2022.

Documentary highlights high Ukrainian Canadian enlistment during World War II

OTTAWA – On an unusually warm November 11 in Ottawa, when COVID-19 restrictions kept the usually large crowds in cooler weather away from the Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial, Ukrainian Canadian filmmaker John Paskievich reflected on the disproportionately outsized contribution members of his community made during the second world war.

“Their enlistment rate was the highest percentage of any ethnic group outside of the British in Canada,” explained Mr. Paskievich – co-director of the 1982 award-winning documentary short, “Ted’s Baryluk Grocery” – by telephone from his home in Winnipeg. He said that of the more than 1 million Canadians who served in Canada’s Armed Forces, between 35,000 and 40,000 – mainly men – were of Ukrainian origin.

UCC’s first-ever online annual meeting begins celebrations of its 80th anniversary

OTTAWA – The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) held its annual general meeting (AGM) on Saturday, November 7. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AGM was held online for the first time ever, with over 80 delegates and guests in attendance.

This meeting marked 80 years since the founding of the UCC, and special greetings were presented by dignitaries to mark this auspicious anniversary. These video greetings will be available on the UCC’s website in the coming days. The UCC’s 80th anniversary project was launched at the AGM. The video can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBm17SNFjso.

Veteran Ukrainian Canadian leader Eugene Czolij named Ukraine’s first honorary consul in Quebec

OTTAWA – Ukraine’s diplomatic presence in Canada has expanded with the appointment of Montreal corporate and commercial litigator Eugene Czolij, the former president of both the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) and the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), as Ukraine’s first honorary consul in the French-speaking province of Quebec.

Since Montreal is in a COVID-19 red zone that prohibits travel outside Quebec, Mr. Czolij had to sign the joint agreement appointing him to his three-year renewable term position on an October 16 Zoom call with Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine’s ambassador to Canada, who was in Ottawa.

A groundbreaking collaboration between Ukraine and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine
Initiative funded by $250 M from Temerty Foundation

TORONTO – An unprecedented $250 million gift from the Temerty Foundation to the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine announced on September 24 marks an exciting new era in a long and distinguished history of leadership, discovery and collaboration at the university.

For more than a century, U of T Medicine, along with its partner hospitals, has led the world in advancing human health and health care, from the discovery of insulin and stem cells to developing the first pacemaker and identifying the genes responsible for early-onset Alzheimer’s. Today, the faculty is ranked No. 1 in Canada and among the best globally in cutting-edge research and innovation.

Canada home to over 1.3 million people of Ukrainian descent

OTTAWA – To celebrate Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Day, which is observed annually in the provinces of Ontario and Alberta on September 7, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress released the informative image above, which notes the Ukrainian population of Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories. The UCC also issued a statement on the occasion of the special day, which was published for the record in the September 13 issue of this newspaper. (It should be noted that the province of Manitoba celebrates Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Day on the last Saturday of July.) The UCC has reported that it is working with Canada’s parliamentarians on the establishment of a nationwide Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Month.

Canadian Deputy PM Freeland’s influence grows with addition of Cabinet’s finance portfolio

OTTAWA – As a journalist, and as a woman, Chrystia Freeland would have relished the opportunity to write about the appointment of the first female finance minister in Canadian history. But as a politician, it is 52-year-old Ms. Freeland who has made history as that person – with the added point that she is the first Ukrainian Canadian to serve in that role and now unquestionably the second-most powerful and influential member of the Canadian government after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

It was the prime minister who, on August 18, added the finance portfolio to the Cabinet responsibilities of Ms. Freeland, already Mr. Trudeau’s deputy prime minister, following the sudden resignation, the day before, of Finance Minister Bill Morneau, who has been embroiled in a controversy over his ties to the WE Charity.

Western Canada Branch of Shevchenko Scientific Society launches special collection

EDMONTON, Alberta – On July 18, the Western Canada Branch of the Shevchenko Scientific Society of Canada (NTSh) organized a special event – the launch of the latest volume of the Zakhidniokanadskyi Zbirnyk (Western Canadian Collection), which celebrates 125 years of Ukrainian settlement in Canada, and a lecture by Dr. Iuliia Kysla on the history of the Western Canada Branch of the NTSh.

Members and supporters of the NTSh from Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal attended the online event.

Ottawa’s Memorial to Victims of Communism vandalized

OTTAWA – A large banner at the construction site of the “Memorial to the Victims of Communism – Canada, a Land of Refuge” has been vandalized. The words “Communism will win” and Soviet hammer-and-sickle emblems were spray painted on the bilingual (English-French) banner.

The $3 million memorial dedicated to those who suffered under Communist regimes is slated to be completed this year.

“The Memorial to the Victims of Communism is to be a national place of mourning, reflection, contemplation and remembrance, honoring the millions of innocent victims murdered by Communist regimes throughout the world,” the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) noted in a statement released on July 6.

UCC holds virtual forum to assess progress of Ukraine’s reforms
Panel discussion on Zoom comes a year after historic conference

OTTAWA – Nearly a year ago, more than 800 representatives of 37 countries and 10 international organizations came to Toronto to attend the third annual Ukraine Reform Conference.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy was there too, with his wife, Olena Zelenska, when Ukraine’s then-new president chose the global summit in Canada to make his first overseas trip and North American debut. The young Ukrainian leader was warmly welcomed by Canada’s youthful prime minister, Justin Trudeau, and his influential (and Ukrainian Canadian) foreign affairs minister, Chrystia Freeland, who now serves as Canada’s deputy prime minister.

It was an event – and a piece of history never to be repeated.