The View From Here

By Volodymyr Kish

The Burdens of Victimization

This past week has been a somewhat sad and solemn one for me. This is of course the time of year when Ukrainians world-wide commemorate the Holodomor, Stalin’s artificial famine that starved so many million Ukrainians because they stood in his way to building the Communist “Paradise on Earth”. Also, this week, the Documentary channel on cable TV here aired Ryan Boyko’s powerful film “That Never Happened” about Canada’s shameful internment of thousands of innocent Ukrainian Canadians during World War I, because it perceived them to be “enemy aliens”. This made me pause and reflect on the fact that Ukrainians have had a long history of being victimized by both unkind fate and rapacious neighbours.

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The View From Here

By Volodymyr Kish

The Decline of Real Politics

The spectacle that is being played out south of our border involving the impeachment proceedings against President Trump is at the same time both fascinating as well as profoundly dismaying. The U.S. has had forty-five Presidents to date. Some, like Washington, Lincoln and Roosevelt have been great; most have been reasonably competent; and some, like Buchanan, Pierce and Harding were found sadly wanting. None however came close to matching the sheer gall, the overriding egotism, the ignorance of the constitution and the governing process, the lack of ethics, the absence of human empathy, and the abysmal grasp of foreign policy that characterize President Trump.

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The View From Here

By Volodymyr Kish

Remembrances

The Remembrance Day we celebrate each November to commemorate the end of perhaps the most needless and destructive war in human history holds a special place in my memories. That is mostly due to the fact that my father was a Canadian Army war veteran, and when I was a child, I remember him marching every Remembrance Day in the memorial parade down the main street of our town, with his war medals and ribbons proudly arrayed on his chest.

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Кубань – земля українська, козача?..

by Yaroslav Hradowy

Колись давно, 230 років назад, тисячі українських козаків цілими селами приїхали жити на південь Росії, на малозаселені території Російської імперії.

Тепер, коли Російської імперії вже не існує, нема вже і комуністичної Росії, цікаво було б подивитися, що сталося з нащадками того геройського покоління українців.

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The View From Here

By Volodymyr Kish

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress and the Future

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) had its Triennial Convention in Ottawa this past weekend.  From all reports it was a grand affair with prominent guest speakers, numerous panels on a wide variety of interesting topics, and a well-crafted balance of celebration, stimulating content, discussion, policy development, social interaction and decision making. It reflected the fact that the UCC is at its peak in terms of power and influence, both within the Ukrainian community, as well as within Canadian society in general. Its leadership ranks are filled with knowledgeable, well-educated and competent professionals who have achieved commendable success in the spheres of business, politics, academia and the arts. It carries an impressive amount of clout and leverage with both the Canadian and Ukrainian governments. It is generally highly regarded and supported by most of the Ukrainian “hromada” in Canada, and is the acknowledged leader of the Ukrainian diaspora throughout the world.

Of course, it was not always so.

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