Saturday, October 30, 2010

Harper accused of exaggerating Ukrainian genocide's death toll

KYIV, Ukraine — Prime Minister Stephen Harper is being accused of exaggerating this week the extent of the 1932-33 famine that was declared a genocide by Canada's Parliament two years ago.

Harper indicated on both days of his first-ever journey to Ukraine that "almost" 10 million people died in what is known as the Holodomor — or "death by starvation."
Critics, while stressing that the death toll of the famine caused by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's policies is massive and remains one of history's great crimes against humanity, said the true figure is roughly a third of Harper's.

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Source: Montreal Gazette

Friday, October 29, 2010

Mystery surrounds Vladimir Putin's black

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has kept his countrymen guessing after he arrived for talks with Ukrainian leaders sporting what appeared to be a black eye covered up with heavy make up.

Being a black-belt in judo, some reports say it may have been due to the hazards of the combative sport.

I personally think in was his buddy Plushenko giving him a little skate massage... :-))

Source: hellomagazine

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Harper in Lviv, Ukraine: Remember that in Canada, you have friends

Here is the a lightly-edited speech Prime Minister Stephen Harper that was given at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine on the last day of his five-day trip to Europe:

“There are strong people-people links between our two countries.
Ukrainians have been emigrating to Canada for more than 100 years and one and a quarter million Canadians have Ukrainian roots. That's about 4 per cent of the total population. And that percentage is much higher on the Canadian prairies where I reside. As a part of Canada that looks like parts of Ukraine and where you would recognize many of the surnames, as you would for members of the distinguished Ukrainian delegation that is travelling with me here.

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Source: Toronto Sun

Also visit Friends of UCU Montreal

Sunday, October 24, 2010

T.M.R. Mayor Vera Danyluk laid to rest

Vera Danyluk was laid to rest in a service attended by the city’s top political brass, uniformed police and army officers. But most of the roughly 600 in attendance were T.M.R. residents.

“She was a woman with a vision and she had a great heart,” said Frosini Costy, 79, a longtime T.M.R. resident. “I only met her a few times, but you could tell there was something special about her person. It was almost as if she had an aura around her.”

“She was a person of such integrity and passion,” said Heather Macleod, a T.M.R. resident in her 60s. “Her passing was such a sad loss.”

Danyluk died Oct. 14 at age 66 after a two-year battle with a rare disease.

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Also click here to view news video clip of Vera Danyluk's funeral.

Source: Montreal Gazette / CTV Montreal

Also visit UKEMONDE site to read more about Vera Danylul

Breaking News The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Harper begins trip to Ukraine with message on rights, democracy

KYIV, Ukraine - Prime Minister Stephen Harper will tug on the deep familial ties that bind Canada and Ukraine, in an attempt to pull that struggling republic's attention back toward the friendly West and away from a less-democratically minded Russia.

Harper's first visit to the former Soviet republic, which kicked off Sunday, will touch bluntly on some of the darkest points of Ukrainian history and the most sensitive subjects of its contemporary political landscape — a charged itinerary likely to resonate with the more than one million Canadians of Ukrainian descent.

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Source: Winnipeg Free Press

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Politician set the bar high - Vera Danyluk

Vera Mystic grew up in Rosemont and took the Danyluk name upon marriage to Victor Danyluk of T.M.R. Like Victor, she was of Ukrainian origin. She declined an offer to run for the Quebec Liberal Party as a candidate in the 1998 general election because Victor didn't want her to be away in Quebec City so much.

We will miss you Vera, your smile and charming personality. You were too young to leave us. Vichnaya Pamyat

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Source: Montreal Gazette