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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Eurobarometer: Trust in the EU on the rise, amid strong support for the EU's response to Russia invasion of Ukraine and energy policies  

Press release 6 September 2022 Brussels

The summer 2022 Standard Eurobarometer survey shows increased trust of citizens in the EU, and continued strong support for the EU's response to the Russian aggression against Ukraine. An overwhelming majority of EU citizens support investments in renewable energy and action to reduce the EU's dependency on Russian energy sources. The approval rate of the euro has reached its highest level ever.

However, Europeans are increasingly concerned about the economic situation in the EU and in their own country.


 General perception of the EU

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

An Army Of Creative Industry Experts Create A Hub To Support Volunteer Projects In Ukraine

An army of designers is implementing volunteer projects to support Ukraine 

People around the world realize that the strength of Ukrainians consists in unity and the extraordinary ability to cooperate in times of crisis. According to Forbes 48% of Ukrainian companies continued working during the war. Another 12% plan to reopen shortly. 6% of surveyed entrepreneurs have already changed the focus of their business. Another 19% of them plan to retrain according to the wartime requirements. 

Creative industry experts also did not shy away from actively joining the struggle on the front. As such, the Happy design agency team, along with the domestic digital community, and with the support of the partner platforms Projector and CASES created the UDDU hub of designers, the goals of which are: 

  • support volunteer projects through design, which facilitates their work and external communication;

  • employ designers and creatives who have lost their work because of war;

  • provide Ukrainians with the possibility to work with foreign customers (even for those who don’t speak English);

  • support the Ukrainian economy by paying taxes and attracting foreign clients to the country;

  • transfer 20% of the profits of all projects to volunteer organizations and the Ukrainian Army.

In three months, the UDDU created branding and websites for the following volunteer projects: 

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Photographs of Russian Atrocities in Ukraine by City or Town

Photographs of Russian Atrocities in Ukraine by City or Town

The following link leads you to a subset of folders depicting various war crimes committed by retreating Russian armies against innocent civilians in cities, towns and villages across Ukraine. These images are for a mature audience of 18+. 

Permission to publish these photos was acquired from the League of Ukrainian  Canadians who in turn acquired permission to share these photographs with the public at large. Authorship is an ongoing process of being validated.

Orest Stetsiv

League of Ukrainian Canadians

LINK to Russian Atrocities in Ukraine as documented in various cities and towns 



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Фото для іноземців з Бучі, Ірпеня, Мотижина і Житомирської траси


Орест Стеців

Ліґа Українців Канади

Monday, June 21, 2021

Christmas Time and New Year Celebrations

Ukrainian St. Nicholas
(Svyatyj Mykolai)
Everyone knows what time of year it is when they hear the ever popular song, by American crooner Andy Williams, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year." Of course it is. It's Christmas time! It's a joyous occasion. This is a time for celebrating the birth of Christ. Families attend church services, and enjoy Christmas supper. It's also a time for singing Christmas carols, attending holiday concerts, shopping, get-togethers, baking and merry-making. Best of all, perhaps, it's the season for receiving or giving gifts. So, if you were nice, Santa Claus will be sure to bring you a present. If you were naughty, then you might not get anything at all!
This tradition dates back to the 4th century when Saint Nicholas of Myra or Nicholas the Wonderworker who showed his love by passing out secret gifts to children and helping the needy. In North America, St. Nick is better known as Santa Claus from the Dutch word
Sinterklaas  or Sint-Nicolaas. He may also be known as Sankt Nikolaus or Nikolaus in German, Saint Nicolas in French, and Sviatyij Mykolai (meaning Saint Nicholas) in Ukrainian, but it is he that gave rise to the North American persona Santa Claus. However, there are folks that still prefer to give gifts on Dec 6 (Gregorian calendar) or Dec 19 (Julian calendar) St. Nicholas Day so as not to take away from the real meaning of Christmas and that is the birth of Christ, and love and peace on earth.

Friday, June 4, 2021

UCCLA to feds: Locate unmarked graves at federal internment sites

UCCLA Media Release: Ottawa (4 June 2021 - For Immediate Release)

 A significant fund was set aside by the federal government this week, providing for indigenous groups to engage in research leading to the location and hallowing of the remains of children who died while at Canada’s residential schools. This is long overdue for our indigenous brothers and sisters. UCCLA applauds the federal government for starting to atone for the forced relocation and suspension of liberties our First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples suffered via that system.

It is a precedent.

Between 1914 and 1920, thousands of Ukrainians and other Europeans were branded "enemy aliens," forced to labour for the profit of their jailers, disenfranchised, and subjected to other state-sanctioned censures.

They were victims not only of wartime xenophobia but of pre-war racist prejudices that would persist long after the end of Canada’s first national internment operations. There were 24 camps across Canada where internees were held, including women and children, the latter at Vernon, B.C., and Spirit Lake, Que. (known today as La Ferme, near Amos). 

A cemetery established at Spirit Lake by the federal government holds the remains of 19 internees, including children; the whereabouts of at least one child, Nellie Manko, remain uncertain. Despite repeated requests from the Ukrainian Canadian community for government assistance in securing, restoring, and properly marking this unique historical site, no action has been taken, preferring this cemetery remain forgotten. The site is rapidly deteriorating, and will soon vanish into the Abitibi. This is unacceptable.

Now that a $27-million federal fund is established for our fellow indigenous Canadians to locate, restore, and properly commemorate those places where innocents were buried, the UCCLA is asking federal Heritage Minister, the Hon. Steven Guilbeault, to redress the situation at the Spirit Lake internee cemetery, as well as the situation at other unmarked graves elsewhere. 

The precedent of the June 3 announcement makes federal intervention appropriate, necessary, and urgent.

Commenting, UCCLA’s chairman, Roman Zakaluzny, said:

“We applaud our indigenous brothers and sisters for finally being able to move forward with locating and hallowing their deceased children, victims of the federal government’s residential school system. We hope that Ukrainians Canadians, victims of a federal government forced relocation and internment program, can also do the same.

“On Sunday, June 20 – Father’s Day – Canada will mark the 101st anniversary of the conclusion of the internment operations of Ukrainian and other Europeans that began during the First World War and continued for two years after. Let us not forget the men, but also women and children like Nellie Manko, who to this day remain in unmarked graves at various former federal internment camps across Canada.”

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

CG4DU writes Prime Minister Trudeau re Russia’s War Escalation in Ukraine

Canadian Group for Democracy in Ukraine
Groupe canadien pour la démocratie en Ukraine
Канадськa Група сприяння демократії в Україні https://www.facebook. com/groups/cg4du/

April 21, 2021

Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau Prime Minister of Canada House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Dear Prime Minister,

We are writing about a most troubling concern: the war that Russia is escalating in Ukraine with total disregard for international law and opinion of the world.

We are somewhat heartened by the latest sanctions that the United States imposed on Russia, in particular those dealing with banking, and encouraged by Canada’s support. However, we believe that even these increases will not be enough to stop President Vladimir Putin’s criminality. Some twenty years of his disdain for global law and order show that insufficient punishment for his violations only motivates his dictatorial bent to greater evil.

The punishment for his crimes, therefore, must be punitive enough this time to put him on the defensive and submit to law and order.

To this end we put forward for your consideration a bold new initiative of sterner measures intended to resolve Russia’s war in Ukraine and earn a global victory for democracy against President Putin’s dictatorship.

The key elements of the initiative are

Friday, March 12, 2021

Fighting the Covid-19 Pandemic

A worldwide pandemic affecting millions of people has caused hundreds of thousands of deaths. The contagious virus known as COVID-19 causes it. It caused a huge panic and people everywhere were stockpiling essentials like hand sanitizers, toilet paper and even flour. Store shelves were literally empty until limitations on purchases were more controlled.