” Putin Khuylo ” or Putin’s Goebbels School of Propaganda

Language is a wonderful thing and the ability to communicate is fascinating. Very often phrases get lost in translation and rather than clarifing one point or another they become obfuscated. In particular a very new phrase – Putin Khuylo. The need to clearly communicate becomes even more challenging during times of crisis and war. Russia…

Sixty-four years ago today

At the end of 1951 at the age of twenty-six my father came to this country, the reasons he chose to settle in Montreal are not completely clear to me, but I know that a large part of it had to do with that he spoke French and knew no English when he landed in…

A not so holy visit

With the most holy of days of the Christian calendar just passed, most lay people will have probably recognized only one thing, that Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, fell one week later for Orthodox Christians than for other Christian denominations this year. However, very few lay people and not that many…

What goes around…comes back around for St. Patrick’s Day

There are times when you just have a feeling you have to either make that phone call to the local radio station or in my case it was simply filling in a form and clicking submit. Why was it that at the end of last week or the beginning of this one that I had…

An orange carrot called Euro-2012

Before the early winter of 2004 Ukraine was nothing but a grey smudge somewhere on the periphery of a contemporary Europe. It was a country with a developing democracy and with its fair share of problems as it tried to shake off the legacy of the Former Soviet Union, but when the Orange (R)evolution took…

In the gardens of the exiled, or, the Ukrainian diaspora

When one lives in a garden of one’s own creation, be it through absolute necessity, as it was for parents of many active members of the Ukrainian Diaspora, or because you live in that garden by default for generations and have tried to maintain that garden of culture, ethnicity and language, one can not deny…

More Damage Than Good

Clearly there are times when people chose to speak out in opposition to an event or action, or in defense of someone or something that is important to them. Yesterday was such a case when a number of well know international political leaders and intellectuals which included Vaclav Havel, Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, the…

A young Shevchenko for a new generation of Ukrainians

While the weather in Ottawa had been less than ideal for the entire previous week, when Sunday June 26, 2011 finally rolled around, the day set for the unveiling of the newest monument to Ukraine’s bard and poet Taras Shevchenko, the sky was blue and the sun shone all day long. It was a day…

A small gift to one man

Some time ago, a friend of mine asked me to do her a favour, and when she told me what she wanted from me naturally I said, “Sure!” But this wasn’t a simple “sure” it was an extremely committed sure, and with good reason. She had asked me to write a piece on the Ukrainian…

Thirty two years ago… a bit of history

Two days ago I posted an entry in Ukrainian, and on this day, thirty two years to the day of my father’s untimely death at the age of fifty-two of an aneurysm, it seems fitting to me that others get a glimpse into what probably changed my life to an immeasurable degree. This is not…