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Mykhaylo Bazelevskyy: Statement from Premier Rachel Notley
Posted 7/20/2016 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

Premier Rachel Notley has provided the following statement on the death of MacEwan University student Mykhaylo Bazelevskyy in Nice:

“The deepest condolences of all Albertans go to the family and friends of Mykhaylo (Misha) Bazelevskyy, who lost his life in the terror attack in Nice on July 14."

“This young man had every right to believe that he was safe. He was in a democratic country that is committed to peace. He was in the company of fellow students and a MacEwan School of Business faculty member and was participating in an innovation program at the European Innovation Academy. Like so many others, he was attending a celebration of freedom."

“Tragically, that feeling of safety was shattered for this innocent student, and for everyone in Nice, and in France."

“I know Albertans’ hearts are with his family, as they are with the loved ones of all the victims of Nice.”


2nd Anniversary Downing of Flight MH-17 by Russian Terrorists
Posted 7/18/2016 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

On July 17, 2014 Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17 was flying over Russian-occupied territory in eastern Ukraine, when it was shot down by Russian-backed terrorists with a Russian-made and Russian-supplied Buk missile system. All 298 people on board the flight were killed.

The Ukrainian Canadian community expresses its deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of this terrible crime, including the family of Canadian Andrei Anghel. We join them in grief and solemn remembrance. May the Memory of the Victims Be Eternal.

The leadership of the Russian Federation bears direct responsibility for this horrible act of international terrorism. In an attempt to hide its responsibility, the Russian Federation used its veto at the United Nations Security Council to block the establishment of an International Tribunal to investigate the MH-17 terrorist act.

Recently, Bellingcat released its latest report, MH17 - The Open Source Investigation, Two Years Later, bringing together two years of research by Bellingcat into the fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17, 2014. The on-going Russia-led war in eastern Ukraine, which has resulted in the deaths over over 9,000 people and 1.5M internally displaced people, is well documented in many publications such as Hiding in Plain Sight: Putin's War in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) calls on the international community to ensure that the perpetrators of this heinous crime are brought to justice. The UCC calls on Canada and her allies to declare the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk "Peoples' Republics" terrorist organizations and designate the Russian Federation a state sponsor of terrorism.


UCC Welcomes Signature of Historic Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement
Posted 7/11/2016 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

July 11, 2016. KYIV. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) welcomes today's signature of the historic Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA), which launches a new chapter in relations between Canada and Ukraine. The CUFTA was signed during the official visit to Ukraine of Canada's Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, taking place July 11-12.

"The Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement represents a significant milestone in the relationship between Canada and Ukraine," stated Prime Minister Trudeau. "It will bolster our economies, spur innovation, and lead to long term benefits for the middle class and those working hard to join it."

The average annual bilateral trade between the two countries (2011-14) was $347 million. The CUFTA is an important opportunity to significantly increase this trade, to the benefit of the economies of both Canada and Ukraine. The agreement includes the phase-out of tariffs to create a duty-free environment. It includes the elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers; protection of intellectual property; environmental and labour standards; and provides enhanced market access for goods and services.


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Calgary Teacher's Debut Novel Exposes Banff's Role in Internment of Ukrainian-Canadians
Posted 6/27/2016 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

Pam Clark's first novel, titled Kalyna, exposes a dark side of Canadian history. Set during the first World War, the novel depicts a family torn apart by the Castle Mountain Internment Camp in Banff.

Read more here: Pam Clark's first novel, titled Kalyna, exposes a dark side of Canadian history. Set during the first World War, the novel depicts a family torn apart by the Castle Mountain Internment Camp in Banff.

Read more here: http://calgaryherald.com/entertainment/books/calgary-teacher-explores-dark-period-in-canadas-past-with-debut-novel-kalyna

Prime Minister to attend NATO Summit in Poland and visit Ukraine
Posted 6/21/2016 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

The Government of Canada is committed to strengthening Canada's place in the world and will continue to pursue Canadian interests and values at every opportunity.

Today, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that he will travel to Warsaw, Poland, to attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Heads of State and Government Summit from July 8 to 9, 2016. After the Summit, the Prime Minister will travel to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp to remember the six million Jews and the millions of other victims who were brutally murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust. The trip will conclude with an official visit to Ukraine from July 11 to 12.

During the NATO Summit, the Prime Minister will sit down with our closest Allies and partners to discuss important security challenges, including ways to strengthen NATO's ability to defend its territory and population, and to project stability beyond NATO borders.

While in Ukraine, the Prime Minister will reiterate the Government of Canada's longstanding - and ongoing - commitment to the Ukrainian people, and its strong support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. He will also voice encouragement for Ukraine's reform efforts, and will work to deepen commercial ties between the two countries, all in an effort to create jobs, strengthen the middle class, and grow the Canadian economy.

Quotes

"Canada remains firmly committed to working closely with NATO Allies and partners to ensure our citizens can continue to live in safety and security."

- Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

"Canada and Ukraine enjoy a historic friendship forged through generations of shared values and strong relations. By working together in close partnership, Canada will help bring greater security, prosperity, and economic independence to the Ukrainian people."

- Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Quick Facts

  • Canada, along with 11 other nations, founded NATO in 1949 on the principles of democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law. Over the past 67 years, NATO has proven itself to be a major contributor to international peace and security.
  • Between 1940 and 1945, more than one million people -- mainly Jews -- were exterminated at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, which has become an enduring symbol of the Holocaust.
  • Canada and Ukraine share a special relationship, with close to 1.3 million Canadians tracing their roots to the country.
  • Since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine in November 2013, Canada has provided multi-faceted support to Ukraine, including low-interest loans for economic stabilization, as well as development assistance projects to promote sustainable economic growth and to advance democracy, human rights, the rule of law and support to civil society, humanitarian assistance to help people affected by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine, and assistance to strengthen Ukraine's security sector.
  • Canada is cooperating with the Ukrainian Armed Forces to support Ukraine in its efforts to maintain sovereignty, security, and stability. There are approximately 200 Canadian Armed Forces personnel deployed to Ukraine to deliver training and capacity building programs until March, 2017.

Canada may lift Ukrainian visa regulations
Posted 5/28/2016 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

It is possible that the Government of Canada may lift travel visa requirements for Ukrainian citizens this year, following a similar decision recently made by the EU. Members of the Liberal Party of Canada in Manitoba and Saskatchewan have proposed to enact legislation allowing Ukrainian nationals to visit Canada for a maximum of 90 days without requiring a visa. Ideally, according to a recent policy proposal publication, the legislation should go into effect before August 24, 2016, which marks the 25th anniversary of Ukrainian independence.

 

Earlier this year, a petition started by a Winnipeg resident and sponsored by Manitoban Conservative MP James Bezan calling for the loosening of Ukrainian visa requirements in Canada earned over 2400 signatures.


We are here to help Fort McMurray!
Posted 5/7/2016 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

Dear All, Our hearts are with the residents of Fort McMurray! Please note that we all are here to help!
The Ukrainian Canadian Social Services here in Edmonton are on stand by!! If you know of Ukrainian families, or other families, perhaps some that may be newcomers to Canada, with nowhere to go, that are looking for a billet, or assistance, please call 780 - 471-4477.

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