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The View From Here: Making Sense of the Census

Volodymyr Kish. Several weeks ago, the Canadian government released the results of the comprehensive nation-wide census that was conducted in 2016. Among the many interesting...

Refugees and Immigrants

The past few weeks have seen a constant stream of images in all the media showing a veritable torrent of refugees attempting to cross...

Shevchenko and the Diaspora

Volodymyr Kish. Every March, Ukrainian communities throughout the world, celebrate the life of Ukraine’s foremost literary figure Taras Shevchenko, who was born on March 9,...

The View From Here: Losing steam

Volodymyr Kish. It has been a year since Volodymyr Zelenskyy took over as President of Ukraine amidst great hopes and expectations from his young supporters...
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The View From Here: Buckle Down to Cope with a More Complicated World

Volodymyr Kish. The world has become a rather uncertain place in the past few decades and has left those of us who are tagged as...

Poroshenko No Moses

Two weeks ago, I penned a column outlining the current Ukrainian President and Prime Minister’s sorry inaction in dealing with the on-going pervasive corruption...
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The View From Here: Terrorism

Volodymyr Kish. The news around the world in recent times has come to be dominated by terrorism. Hardly a week goes by without headlines screaming...

The View From Here: Racism

Volodymyr Kish. Over the past few weeks, the explosive issue of racism has once again become front and center in our consciousness. The precipitating act...

The View From Here: A Virtual Ukrainian Village

Volodymyr Kish. I was greatly saddened this week to hear of the passing of Kateryna “Kay” Slepokura, or “Pani” Slepokura as I knew her from...

The Movie Everyone Sould See

Last week saw the world premiere of a wonderful new documentary film titled "The Music of Survival" at the TIFF Lightbox Theatre in Toronto....

Remembrances of War

Every year on November 11, Canadians commemorate Remembrance Day in memory of those who perished during World War I. Some 9 million soldiers and...

The View From Here: Birth, Marriage and Death in a Ukrainian Village

Volodymyr Kish. I have been doing some detailed genealogical research lately into Devyatyr, the village in Western Ukraine where my mother was born and raised....

The View From Here: The Poroshenko Dilemma

Volodymyr Kish. There has been a vociferous debate on the Internet this past week stemming from a provocative article...

The View From Here: Hryts, Garlic and Horseradish

Volodymyr Kish. It is spring time in Pidkamin, that picturesque little town on the road between Brody and Ternopil, and home to my eccentric yet...

The View From Here: Internet Connections

Volodymyr Kish. Over the past few years I have noticed a significant increase in the number of my relatives in Ukraine getting plugged into the...

The View From Here: The burdens of victimization

Volodymyr Kish. This past week has been a somewhat sad and solemn one for me. This is of course the time of year when Ukrainians...

The View From Here: Music and Politics

Volodymyr Kish This past weekend a fine young Tatar singer with an exceptional voice by the name of Jamala won the Eurovision song contest on...

Corruption

Volodymyr Kish. The news from Ukraine this past week was not good, with yet another Cabinet Minister resigning the increasingly fragile coalition government. Aivaras Abromavičius,...

The American Political Quagmire

As the American election season stumbles towards its inevitable November conclusion, things are going from bad to worse in the Presidential campaign which is...

The View From Here: Draining the swamp

Volodymyr Kish. The news in both Ukraine and the United States last week was dominated by the fallout from the release of a transcript of...

Autocephaly – The Politics of Religion

Sometime in the next month or two, Ecumenical Patriarch and Archbishop of Constantinople Bartholomew will issue a “Tomos”, a special religious decree granting autocephaly...
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The View From Here: A Leap Into The Unknown

Volodymyr Kish. The second round of voting in Ukraine’s Presidential election is now history, and as expected, incumbent President Petro Poroshenko was soundly trounced. The...

The View From Here: Metaphorically speaking

Volodymyr Kish. I have come across and become a contributor to an interesting page on Facebook called “Ukrainian Folk Expressions Baba And Dido Used To...

The View From Here: This and That

Volodymyr Kish. I have had a month-long vacation from writing this weekly column, as the newspaper I write for took its annual summer hiatus. I...

Ode on a Ukrainian Funeral

Tanya Berezuk in for Volodymyr Kish “Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.” (Keats) Terms like, ‘bred in the bone,’ ‘collective identity,’ and ‘shared...

The View From Here: Zellenials

Volodymyr Kish. Last year’s stunning victory by Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine’s Presidential election with 73% of the votes cast marked a seismic shift in Ukrainian...

The View From Here: Ukraine’s Next Generation of Leaders

Volodymyr Kish. Since Ukraine became independent twenty five years ago, I have lived through two so-called revolutions, neither of which have lived up to the...

The View From Here: What’s going on in Ukraine?

Volodymyr Kish. As usual, I am confused about what is going on in Ukraine. I pride myself on the fact that I take the time...

The View From Here: War

Volodymyr Kish. It is June 6 as a I write this, the 72nd anniversary of D Day when the Allied armies landed in Normandy to...

The View From Here: A Woman For All Seasons

Volodymyr Kish. Some 500 years ago in England during the reign of Henry VIII, Sir Thomas More resigned as Lord Chancellor of England. He did...

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