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Monday, December 3, 2018

The Socials Mosaic in Manitoba

Manitoba’s Other Socials

Location of Manitoba in Canada
By Qyd (Self from GIS data) [Public domain],
via Wikimedia Commons
Seasons come and go, but the fun filled activities of Manitoba pre-wedding socials tend to step up around winter time. We say it helps to chase away the winter blues, and it’s a dry winter after all. Then again, in the midst of the piercing Prairie cold comes an unpretentious influx of color and warmth from relatively new communities that are untying our traditional understandings of socials. More and more of us are embracing other types of variations to our socials with creative remixes that are now enabling infinite permutations of ethnic food, sound and music from the Philippines, India and China too. That’s because they are among the top visible immigrant groups to arrive to the Prairies. The Chinese are the most numerous visible minority group in Alberta (26.5%) and Saskatchewan (28%), whereas Filipinos continue to dominate the visible minority landscape in Manitoba (34.6%), followed by immigrants from India (22.3%) and China (6.2 %).

East and South East Asian Socials
The younger generations tend to adapt much more easily to the ways and mores of a Prairie wedding social even though it may not be well understood. No matter, newcomers outside the Prairie Provinces have trouble understanding this concept too. After all, it’s a Prairie thing! Nonetheless, we do have to be mindful of the food-related items on our menu to at least reflect, in part, the dietary restrictions and religious and cultural differences of any guests we invite.

Pupunta ako sa social. Sama ka?” I’m going to a social. Want to come?

Front View of Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba
The earliest known Filipino immigrants to Winnipeg arrived before 1950 making them the oldest known Pinoy community in the country. The Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba (PCCM) serves as the new “culture broker” for all new arrivals to Winnipeg. The Centre not only provides settlement and adjustment services, it is also the location of many social and cultural activities in the Filipino community. The community has been quick to establish a number of newspapers like the Pilipino Express, the Filipino Journal, and the Ang Peryodiko. It also elected several Filipino politicians to the municipal, provincial, and federal governments. Most notable among them are Cabinet Minister and Member of Parliament Rey D. Pagtakhan, Members of the Legislative Assembly Flor Marcelino and Cris Aglugub, and Winnipeg City Councillor Mike Pagtakhan.

Over 90% of the Filipinos are Christians which sits rather well with Manitoba’s 78% Christian based faiths. Like many of us, Filipinos give credence to the Pamamanhikan or “parental marriage proposal” whereby the man respectfully asks the parents of the woman for her hand in marriage. A positive response brings together the two families to celebrate the occasion in the home of the bride to be. A pre-wedding social that has all the sentiments of a hen night may also be done by some families, known as the Despedida de Soltera.

Filipino Chicken Adobo by Gibson Torreon C (Own work)  [CC BY-SA 4.0 (],
 via Wikimedia Commons
Two common Filipino social dishes are the Lechon (roasted pork dish) and chicken or pork adobo. Rice, pancit palabok (dried noodles), lumpia (spring rolls) with leche flan and maja de blanca for desert round out their food party favorites.

“Ni Hao”. (你好) Hello. Filipinos may well outnumber the Chinese in terms of population figures, but the Chinese have a far longer history of settlement in Manitoba that has earned them much respect among Canadians. However, the Chinese community in Manitoba is much less numerous in Manitoba than in the other Prairie Provinces. Most Chinese Canadians have no religious affiliation, but of those that do about 14% are Buddhist another 14% are Catholic and some 9% belonged to Protestant denominations. Confucianism and Taoism are two belief systems and practices that are deeply embedded into the Chinese culture. Filipino Catholicism is also known for some colorful cultural borrowings influenced by Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism.

China town bridge, Winnipeg
By Ccyyrree (Own work) [CC0],
via Wikimedia Commons
Honesty, sincerity, respect, love and strong family values are considered important building blocks to fostering personal and/or business relationships in the Chinese community. Tea drinking customs play an important social role in cementing these values. It is customary to promote these relationships by sharing a cup of tea with family members, visitors or neighbors. As such, it is consumed as a sign of respect, in some cases as a sign of regret when an apology is in order, and sometimes as a sign of gratitude. This mostly Canadian-born community has long adopted English as their first language and are well integrated in our society. The new Chinese immigrants to Manitoba still tend to speak mainly Mandarin if they are from mainland China or Cantonese if they are from Hong Kong, Macau or the Guangdong region of China..

A gongfu tea table with accessories
By Neptunati (Own work) [Public domain],
via Wikimedia Commons
Newcomers tend to work in the local Chinese food industry which is popular not only among the Chinese but among Westerners too. There are over 130 Chinese restaurants in Winnipeg alone, and a handful of Chinese supermarkets (Sun Wah Supermarket, Young’s Market, Lucky Supermarket, and Daily Food Oriental Supermarket).  While Szechwan, Cantonese, Mandarin and Dim Sum style restaurants are available in Manitoba, Westerners may be more familiar with Canadian Chinese cuisine party favorites which include, but are not limited , to such inspired buffet style food snack items like crispy fried chicken fingers or wings, egg and spring rolls, sweet and sour pork or chicken, as well as pan fried pork dumplings and, of course, noodles, rice and vegetables. This cooking style was developed by Cantonese immigrants who adapted their recipes with available local ingredients to suit local tastes, and turned it into an industry of successful dine-in and take-out eateries right across Canada. More formal social occasions may tend to reflect more authentic and more expensive dishes such as abalone, jumbo shrimp, lobster, sea bass or sea cucumber, squab or shark fin.
The pre-wedding Filipino Chinese traditions mentioned here are not meant to be exhaustive. Filipinos, like the Chinese, do share some common traditions, and ways like the Kiu Hun or Kiu TsinChinese Filipino Pamamanhikan, yet beliefs, and values still differ and vary by region, culture and social status. However, like most cultural groups in the diaspora, strict courtship ritual “stages” are giving way to some Western style nuances. While parents still prefer their children to engage in face-to-face family meet and greets, newer forms of communication exchanges are coming to be accepted. Families may get to know each other in a more neutral zone such as the restaurant vs the home, and courtship interactions may now include texting, emails, face chat time and other social media.
Some important social and entertainment venues held in the Chinese community are the Dragon Boat Festival, Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), Mid- Autumn Festival, and the Chinese Cultural Festival. Throw in a live band or a DJ to the mix that is playing Western pop music sprinkled with an ethnic song here and there, and someone who wants to belt out ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” when it’s Karaoke time and you have yourself a Filipino or Chinese social! No one is hungry and the party never ends!

South Asian Socials

Pressing hands together with a smile to greet Namaste
 – a common cultural practice in India

By Saptarshi Biswas (Oberoi Employees_Rishi (23))
[CC BY 2.0 (],
 via Wikimedia Commons
Namaste/Namaskaram (Nepali. नमस्ते, Greetings).
Sat Sri Akal (Punjabiਸਤਿ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਅਕਾਲ; God is the ultimate truth).
Nomoshkar (Bangali: नमोस्कार ; bow to the divine in you).

Vanakkam (Tamil:  வணக்கம்; Hello) 
Pre-wedding socials such as the maiyaan and gaye holud festivities are joyous occasions to be sure, but the mehendi or sangeet nights are grand affairs in their own right. These pre-wedding receptions are a platform for the families to meet each other at their respective homes or at the local community banquet hall. They are very popular fun-filled traditions among North Indian and Pakistani immigrants to Manitoba, particularly among the Gujaratis and Punjabis. Songs, dances, food and stories are shared.

Mehndi (Henna) applied on both hands
By AKS.9955 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0
 via Wikimedia Commons
Mehndi or Indian and Pakistani henna designs are applied to hands and feet for women and to the back, legs and arms, and chests of men as temporary forms of skin decoration. The Gujarati Garba, Punjabis Giddha and Bhangra are some of the popular dance forms performed at these events. The main snacks for guests to nibble at these events may include hot Samosas filled with potatoes, peas, onions, or noodles and various minced meats. Chickpea filled fried pakoras with assorted fruits and vegetables as ingredients, and meat or fish combinations are eaten by Indians and Pakistanis alike. Their tastes are similar but, Pakistanis tend to consume more meats than Indians from the North and other South Asians. Northern and Eastern Indians especially enjoy eating mild or spicy bite-sized chunks of boneless butter chicken with curry, known as Chicken Makhani. They also snack on deep fried curd yogurt balls called dahi bhalla as well as sweet Ras malai dairy balls for desert. Dosa (black gram lentils and rice fillings) and Upma (a thick porridge from roasted semolina) are favored among Southern Indians, Maharashtrians and SriLankan Tamils.
All together, from the more immediate friends and family oriented pre-wedding socials to the live festive music and prizes of Diwali night socials that abound in Manitoba, you will also find those parties that resemble the typical mainstream Manitoba Social too. The socials may be hybrid in nature and Punjabi and East Indian DJs will bring their own spin on music that includes but is not limited to the Top 40, Bhangra, Indian or Hindi Pop, Bollywood songs and remixes, Hiphop, electronic House, Mashup songs and other fun remix smash-ups too. Socials are about fun, and fun is about variety, a variety of food, songs, dance, music and conversation. Enjoy!

Written by Ihor Cap, Web author and Dad.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Canadian Group for Democracy in Ukraine writes Minister of Foreign Affairs re Russia's attack on Ukraine in Azov Sea

November 26, 2018
Honourable Chrystia Freeland
Minister of Foreign Affairs
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Dear Minister,
We are writing on a most urgent matter. Russia’s blockade of the Azov Sea and attack on Ukraine’s ships is another violation of international law requiring immediate response. We thank you for your statement “support for Ukraine and for the condemnation of Russia’s illegal invasion and annexation of Crimea” and for seeking the release of the detained Ukrainians. Regretfully, Russia is immune to words. Therefore, we ask for more; that in concert with other like-minded states Canada seeks punishment for Russia’s latest aggression commensurate with its growing and unrelenting disruption of the world order. It’s latest violation of international law and state sovereignty calls for strong, decisive measures that will be taken seriously by President Vladimir Putin rather than mocked, as has been the case with the current economic sanctions operating to date. This time, they must be strong enough to act as a deterrent rather than an encouragement for further aggression.
Today more than Ukraine’s safety is at stake. We believe that under his rule, Russia has become the most dangerous threat to peace and stability in the world. We also believe that by applying inadequate punishment for Russia’s criminal aggression since President Putin came to power, the West has encouraged the repeat criminal behaviour. We failed to deal adequately in Georgia, Crimea, Donbas, Syria and elsewhere. Now we also have Russia’s cyber warfare, fake news, interference in elections, and poisonings in Britain. President Putin is on a warpath of one form or another and must be stopped.
However, western democracies sent a strong message to the former Soviet Union when it invaded Afghanistan. It led to the collapse of a totalitarian empire that enslaved some three hundred million people. Today we must act decisively against an autocrat that is moving toward the resurrection of global Soviet totalitarianism and bringing the world to the edge of war.
To this end, we ask Canada to lead the G-20 countries in disinviting President Putin immediately from their meeting in Argentina next week. Also, that the new round of sanction against Russia exclude it from SWIFT and place President Putin on the list. To this end we support the call for similar actions made by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and others.
As always, we count on the power of suasion and the respect that Canada has among its like-minded colleagues to move swiftly and punish Russia adequately for its criminal aggression before it escalates any further. We thank you for considering our concerns and fears for the future of not only Ukraine, but Canada and democracy as we know it if Mr. Putin’s Russia is not checked and pushed back.
Warmest regards,

Oksana Bashuk Hepburn
Dr. Ihor Cap
Vicki Karpiak
Myroslava Oleksiuk
Marta Onufriv
Oksana Shmigelsky

Right Honourable Justin Trudeau Helene Laverdiere,
MP Peter Boehm, DM for G7 Summit Randall Garrison,
MP Ian Shugart DM, Global Affairs Pierre Paul-Hus,
MP Stefanie Beck, ADM, Europe Middle East & Maghreb Mathew Dube,
MP Leigh Sarty, DG, European Affairs Borys Wrzesnewskyj
MP Dalia Stein, Director G7,
Operations Senator Raynell Andreychuk
Kevin Rex, Director Eastern Europe Div.
Ambassador Roman Waschuk
Adam Austen, Director of Communications,
FA  Ambassador Andriy Shevchenko
Hon. Harjit Singh Sajjan,
MP James Temerty C.M.
Hon. Ralph Goodale
MP Paul Grod, UCC
Hon. Andrew Scheer,
MP Eugene Czolij, UWC
Jagmeet Singh, Leader NDP
Ihor Mychalchyshyn,UCC
Hon. Erin O’Toole, MP
James Bezan MP

Canadian Group for Democracy in Ukraine
Groupe canadien pour la démocratie en Ukraine
Канадськa Група сприяння демократії в Україні
44 Belvedere Cres.
Ottawa ON K1M 2G4

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Manitoba Social: It's a Prairie thing!

The Manitoba Social

Ukrainian Socials Table
What do you get if there’s Ukrainian-style rye bread (KUB) on the tables and a spread of kubasa  sausage with other cold cuts, and hot sauerkraut or pizza (optional), some pickles and cheese cubes, and maybe some Tim bits in the equation? Well, it’s most probably a buffet table that’s being set up as a late night snack for a social in Manitoba!  More often than not, it would be a pre-wedding party that is meant to raise money for an engaged couple to help cover their upcoming wedding expenses and to a lesser extent to pay for their honeymoon or a down payment on the house. 

The bridesmaids and groomsmen to be are very important party aides for this event. They can enlist DJs and friends in the know to help plan the event, sell tickets, seek donations, and contribute cash to get some creative theme baskets going.  These baskets then make for some awesome raffle prizes and silent auction items. The couple’s parents can assume responsibility for the door and grand prizes.  Dress can be informal, and theme parties like Star Wars or those that incorporate occasions, colors or seasons are not unusual anymore.

The bar is stocked with liquor, the silent auction table is all set up and the list of prizes these days is probably longer than Santa gets! The charming couple greets everyone at the door, friends and strangers alike.  The latter group does not get invited to the upcoming wedding. The wedding is reserved for close family members and friends.  That is why the social is open to everyone.

Door prizes are seemingly more expensive at these events, and the presence of cash cubes are growing in popularity too.  As long as all ticket sales, raffle draws, and door prizes meet the social occasion raffle licensing requirements of the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba, you are good to goThe music at these socials varies with the tastes of the couple and family members. DJs will play everything from country to classic rock, or the World Latin charts right up to the top40s to keep the dance floor hopp’n after midnight.  

Wedding socials (Stag and doe parties) and zabavas (Evening Dances, Parties) are still the familiar forms of entertainment in the Prairie Provinces of Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Food choices may vary somewhat when that buffet table rolls out before midnight and may even be enhanced for more elaborate affairs. A live band and taped music is typically used at zabavas but a DJ tends to be more successful and cost efficient for socials.

All the same, these practices are quickly evolving to include any charitable event or fundraising social. So, a charity social can be held for someone who recently lost their home. Or, a fundraising event can help reduce the financial costs of someone’s life-threatening illness.

The meaning of a social has changed somewhat over the decades. It has expanded and grown to include charitable events and parties other than just a wedding social. What is more, the social is a colorful and relatively inexpensive form of entertainment when compared to club hopping which is why it probably retains much of its appeal. In the end, the return on investment may make it worthwhile to host one. Love it or hate it, it’s a Prairie thing. So, when is yours?

Written by: Ihor Cap, Web Author and Dad.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

3 Tips to Help with Your Social Event

This blog post provides you with three useful tips to promote your social event.

Tip1. Start with the Prizes     
By Staff Sgt. Edward Eagerton %5bPublic domain%5d%2c
via Wikimedia Commons
Why? Because shopping for prizes can be a fun time for everyone. It can also generate immediate interest in your event as the word spreads about the prizes. Start by having each future bridesmaid and groomsmen to share the costs for each raffle prize/auction basket. It gets things going. Put a cap on the value of prize baskets to stay focused, but make sure you have a variety of themes for your baskets. Do not duplicate  themes for your prize baskets. When it comes to the more expensive grand prize or door prize, let each of the parents buy the bigger prizes for the pre-wedding party.

Tip2. Look for Sales and Donations
For those of you who do not mind waiting until after December 25 to hold your event, you can take advantage of the Boxing Day sales the day after Christmas Day to purchase your raffle prizes. Post-Ukrainian Christmas Day deals can still be found well after January 7 as retailers are still busy clearing their inventory of sale products. Don’t forget to search online for special discounts too.  
Seek donations outside the pre-wedding party to sponsor additional prizes.  Start with your friends. Let them know what you’re looking for but be open to their ideas as well. Then extend your search to local businesses. You or your friends may even know some of them personally. In the case of a charity social, it’s a win-win situation for both parties. You get a free gift and the business gets free advertising for donating a gift to your charitable cause.
However, if you are a pre-wedding social planner looking for local Winnipeg businesses that don’t mind gifting charitable donations towards pre-wedding socials then you should visit the  website.  It not only provides you with an up to date list of the businesses that are ready to give you a free gift, it also provides you with a sample letter to give  these businesses about your upcoming social and request for a charitable donation.  

Tip 3. Advertise Your Event
Start your advertising campaign by word of mouth. It’s worked for thousands of years and it still works today.  Tell everyone about the Five Ws. What will happen? Who is involved? When it will take place? Where it will take place? And Why it’s happening?  Place an ad in your local newspaper. As well, we have a very mobile generation that wants information instantly at the touch of their iPad, iPod or iPhone.  The social media can “tweet” your message out instantly. Send emails, Snapchats, iMessages, Instagrams, and post your message on Facebook, and on your own website if you have one.
Most of all, don’t forget to take advantage of the website to advertise your social event. It has an easy to follow calendar of dates, it’s mobile friendly and it will post your information immediately without logging in. No registration is required.  Best of all, it’s FREE.

Web Author:  Dariya Dyryk-Cap
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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Plaque recalls 'Father of the UN genocide convention' Dr. Raphael Lemkin

Plaque recalls 'Father of the UN genocide convention' Dr. Raphael Lemkin
For immediate release (New York City, Ottawa) – Sept. 20, 2018
(sent on behalf of the UCCLF)
On Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, a permanent plaque recalling the pivotal research the world’s first and foremost legal scholar on genocide did with regards to the Great Famine of 1932-33 in Soviet Ukraine, was unveiled in New York City.
Spearheaded by the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation ( in collaboration with the Ukrainian Institute of America, the initiative was made possible by the generosity of Ukrainian and Jewish donors in both Canada and the United States, and was unveiled 65 years to the day on which Dr. Raphael Lemkin labeled the Famine of 1932-33, now known as the Holodomor, as a “classic example of Soviet genocide.” 
“He was the first to call it what it was,” said UCCLF’s Dr. Lubomyr Luciuk, who was on hand to help unveil the commemorative marker.

On Sept. 20, 1953, the “Father of the UN genocide convention” described Ukraine’s genocide succinctly: first, Moscow’s troops wiped out Ukraine’s intelligentsia and clergy via murder and deportation. Many millions in the peasantry then starved to death in the Kremlin-engineered famine. Non-Ukrainians were subsequently resettled into Ukraine from across Russian and the USSR to fill the void left by the millions starved from existence.
“Remembering a man who spoke truth to power is our privilege, especially at a time when a KGB man in the Kremlin and his minions today deny the Holodomor,” said Luciuk.
About 100 people were in attendance, including scholars, members of the diplomatic corps and the American Ukrainian community of New York and the Eastern Seaboard. It is the world’s first simultaneously English-, Ukrainian-, Yiddish- and Hebrew-language plaque. It stands at the Ukrainian Institute, near Central Park, not far from the NYC headquarters of the United Nations.
“I was a newborn when Dr. Lemkin spoke,” said Luciuk, “Now I am older than he was when he died. Yet I know that what happened 85 years ago will not be forgotten, never again, and for that we have thanked a righteous man by the name of Raphael Lemkin.”

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Montreal's Cathedral-Basilica Mary Queen of the World and St. James the Greater

by Ihor Cap
The Cathedral-Basilica Mary Queen of the World and St. James the Greater was designed by Victor Bourgeau and Rev. Joseph Michaud. It stands adjacent to the Fairmont – The Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec. 

From Wikipedia, we learn that:
Cathedral-Basilica of Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral  (French: Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, is the seat of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Montreal. It is the third largest church in Quebec after St. Joseph's Oratory (also in Montreal) and the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré east of Quebec City. The church is located at 1085 Cathedral Street at the corner of René Lévesque Boulevard, and Metcalfe Street (Montreal), near the Bonaventure Montreal Metro station and Central Station in downtown Montreal.

Originally, the Cathedral-Basilica was known as the Saint James Cathedral, named after its titular saint St. James the Greater. That is why most of the horizontal band of Latin text entablature (the frieze) in the nave of this church depicts this Apostle’s life.  The addition of Mary Queen of the World came about on January 1, 1955.

The cornerstone of the Cathedral-Basilica was blessed on August 28, 1870, but its liturgical life began in 1894. Ten years later it became a parish and a minor Cathedral-Basilica in 1919. Further restorative efforts were made to the Cathedral-Basilica in 1955, and that continued until the year 1960. On May 14, 2002, it was recognized for its historic and architectural significance by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.  It was proclaimed a National Historic Site of Canada on May 14, 2006. Many visitors will notice several similarities between this Cathedral-Basilica and the one in Rome, Italy.  That is because the Cathedral-Basilica in Montreal is a scaled down replica of  St. Peter's Basilica  in Rome.

Historical paintings, icons, stained-glass windows, Italian marble and mosaic walls and floors, the Bishop’s Mortuary Chapel, a 1900 reproduction of Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s infamous Baldacchino in St. Peter’s in Rome, statues inside and outside the Cathedral, remarkable altarpieces created circa 1635, adjoining chapels, and the Cathedral’s great organ, all add to the impressive history and splendour of this Cathedral-Basilica.
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Ihor Cap is a web author and researcher.

Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral --Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde Video

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Create A YouTube Subscribe Widget To Promote Your Channel

by Ihor Cap
Are you looking for an easy way to increase the YouTube membership for your channel? If so, then consider getting a YouTube widget to promote your channel.   A widget is a little sticky button or banner posted in a fixed spot on your website that asks your visitor to subscribe to your YouTube channel.  It used to be that you could only subscribe to a YouTube channel by visiting the channel of interest directly.  Not anymore. Now you can place a YouTube sticky widget on your website or BlogSpot and each widget click gets you one more subscriber.  The YouTube widget attracts far more attention than just a simple URL hypertext link that’s embedded in your website.  So, if you get a lot of visitors to your website, this is something you definitely want to consider doing.
A YouTube channel widget can be resized to suit your website requirements. For example, a  728x90 banner-style widget may be used when you are not restricted by space limitations. Get a FREE watch us on YouTube 728x90 px - Leaderboard banner from the Bannereasy website for one such promotional YouTube channel widget. This is what you should see:
However, if your website is limited by space such that it must be placed in the left or right-hand column of your website, then you may want a button style widget instead of the banner style one. Again, these widgets can be re-sized to suit your needs.  The next example shows you a couple of button-sized YouTube widgets that are located on the left-hand side bar of the website.  This is what you should see:
Did You Know?
Did you know you can get these great looking button widgets at no cost? All you have to do is copy the line of iframe code below and paste it in the location you want it to appear on your website. Just remember to replace the Username ezreklama or ukrayinets1 with your own YouTube channel Username.
Code for Banner Style Widget 330 pixels in width by 105 pixels in height
<iframe id="fr" style="overflow: hidden; height: 105px; width: 330px; border: 0;" src="" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" width="320" height="240"></iframe>
Code for Button Style Widget 150 pixels in width by 105 pixels in height
<iframe id="fr" src="" style="overflow: hidden; height: 105px; width:  150px; border: 0;" scrolling="no" frameBorder="0">height="240"></iframe>
Final Thoughts
The YouTube widget is one great way of driving traffic to your YouTube video channel.  For additional Subscription Widget layout and configuration options see the Google Developers YouTube Subscribe Button blog page at  However, don’t rely on just one promotional strategy to build your video channel subscriber base, especially if you are new to the game. Do consider additional exciting ways of attracting more YouTube followers, plugboards and blogposts among them.  Free PlugBoards and Backlinks to Promote Your Web Site Products and Services and Promote your website, service or product by posting an article or blog  are two such useful reads to examine at your leisure and be on your way to getting more visitors. 
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Ihor Cap is a Web Author and Researcher.

Monday, July 9, 2018

NATO SUMMIT: Calling on Minister Chrystia Freeland to be tough on Russia

For immediate release
July 5, 2018
NATO SUMMIT: Calling on Minister Chrystia Freeland to be tough on Russia
On the eve of the NATO Summit, the Canadian Group for Democracy in Ukraine asks, in a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, to go beyond sanctions” in punishing Russia. Also, to find a way to admit Ukraine into NATO’s fold by membership or stronger military support.
The Group sees Russia advancing beyond Ukraine in cyber, propaganda, aggression and chaos because not enough is being done to help Ukraine win the war against the aggressor.  Russia has seen this for some five years now as Western weakness.  Consequently, it is advancing.
The Group calls on Canada to reaffirm its strong support for NATO and lead as the value bearer and strategic adult in the room given the highly personalized and erratic approach to foreign policy by President Donald Trump.  It warns members “to approach the Trump/Putin meeting with caution” and urges a pre-meeting and public disassociation from any “nefarious and secret” deals between the two.
NATO needs Ukraine; world peace and security need Ukraine. For nearly five years—and alone-- it has engaged militarily against democracies’ foremost enemy.  It’s experience in combatting Russia’s warfare in all its guises — cyber, terror, disinformation, kinetic – is unmatched and beyond any price tag. The letter also seeks a reversal of Nord Stream 2.  It’s “a monumental threat” to Europe. “Energy is as much a weapon in Putin's hands as military hardware, cyber - attacks, propaganda, subversion.  It makes Russia stronger and Europe weaker. It invites further Russian aggression.” The Group would also like to see Russia ousted from Ukraine by a UN peacekeeping mission.
Contact: CGfor Oksana Bashuk Hepburn  613 293 9121 Myroslava Oleksiuk  416-471-5675

The Canadian Group for Democracy in Ukraine is dedicated to the furthering of democracy in Ukraine

Friday, July 6, 2018

Europeans, Americans and Canadians increasingly tend to choose to live as single adults without children

By Ihor Cap
A significant trend in the EU and North America that is receiving little attention in the media is the rise of single person households. We look at the numbers here. The consequences of these trends on our daily lives and well-being are not yet fully understood but will have significant impact on our changing values and family structures, human services, and policy making decisions.
Eurostat – the statistical office of the European Union (EU) observed a rising proportion of single person households. The latest EU household size statistics show that in 2017 some 34% of European households consist of single adults with no children. That’s a 3% increase from 2010 for most European nations but for some countries like Latvia the rise was especially significant with single person households increasing from 25% in 2010 to 35% in 2017.


Eurostat figures also show that this proportion varies across EU Member States with Malta registering the lowest proportion of single person households (< 20%), followed by Portugal and Slovakia at 22% while Sweden tops the list of single adults without children followed by Denmark at 44% and Lithuania at 43% to 42% in Finland and Germany. 

Single person households also on the rise in Canada and the U.S.A.
Similar trends were registered for one-person households in Canada from 2011 (27.6%) to 2016 (28.2%). Statscan reports a .6% increase of single adults without children from 2011 to 2016. The proportion of single person households has been steadily rising in Canada from 7.4% in 1951 to 13.4% in 1971, and 20.3% in 1981 to 25.7% in 2001. The percentage of single person households reached a historical high since confederation in 1867, says another statscan report.

The United States of America (USA) also experienced a substantial growth in percentage of one-person households from 7.7% in 1940 to 27.5% in 2011, says the Business Insider. That growth peaked in 1988 and from 1988 to 2011, the percentage of single-person households increased but an average of 3.5% per year.
Ihor Cap is a web author and father of two wonderful children.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Study: Horses first domesticated on the territory of Ukraine

Przewalski Horses - closest wild relatives
of domestic horses
Author: Helen Briggs BBC Ukrainian 
 New genetic research suggests that people first domesticated horses 6,000 years ago on the territory that is now Ukraine, southeast Russia and western Kazakhstan.
Once domesticated animals continued to interbreed with wild mares, they spread across Europe and Asia suggest researchers who published their work in the PNAS journal.
A study conducted at Cambridge University brought together two competing theories about how horses were domesticated.
To this date, this issue has caused heated debate among naturalists.
Archaeological evidence suggests that horses were domesticated in the western part of the Eurasian steppe. Experts believe that animals were used for riding and as a source of meat and milk.
However, the archaeological findings - such as traces of horse milk, found in ancient pots in the western Eurasian steppe– are not consistent with data obtained from mitochondrial DNA.  According to the data, domestication took place in many regions of Europe and Asia.
The authors of the new study examined DNA samples from the nuclei of cells taken in 300 live horses from eight countries in Europe and Asia.
The genetic data were processed by computer models created to describe variousdomestication scenarios.
Dr Vera Warmuth from the Department of Zoology at Cambridgesays: "This suggests that the domestication of horses originated in the western plains and with the spread of domestication there was much cross-breeding with wildhorses."
The theory also explains why the data on mitochondrial DNA - containing only the genes inherited from the mother - suggests that the domestication of  horses occurred many times in different places.
In fact, according to researchers, people used wild mares to increase the number of already domesticated horses because they most surely multiplied poorly in captivity.
That is what they do with the Przewalski horses - the closest wild relatives of modern horses.
Translated into English by Ihor Cap.
Ihor Cap is a web author and dad.