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The View From Here: Plagues and platitudes

Volodymyr Kish. The COVID-19 pandemic that is currently wreaking havoc across the world, will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the defining moments...

The View From Here: What next

Volodymyr Kish. COVID-19 has effectively put the whole world on pause in terms of how we live our lives. For almost a month now, and...

The View From Here: COVID-19

Volodymyr Kish. Usually around this time of year, I am getting ready for Easter and enjoying the spirit of renewal and new life that the...

The View From Here: Hryts and the Coronavirus

Volodymyr Kish. I heard last week that the Coronavirus had finally reached Ukraine, and as I have no shortage of family still living there, I...

The View From Here: Indigenous affairs

Volodymyr Kish. Canada has been experiencing some significant discomfort these past few weeks as a result of protests and blockades of railways lines primarily by...

The View From Here: Parish Chronicles

Volodymyr Kish. This past Sunday I had the honour of chairing the annual general meeting of the St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Church here...

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: Zemlya

Volodymyr Kish. Back in 1930, master Ukrainian filmmaker Oleksandr Dovzhenko made the widely acclaimed film “Zemlya” (Earth) in which he portrayed the Ukrainian peasants’ deep...

The View From Here: It’s a dog’s life

Volodymyr Kish. Social media outlets in Ukraine this past week have gone to the dogs, literally. It all started when a member of Ukraine’s parliament...

The View From Here: Election hangovers

Volodymyr Kish. As we all know, Petro Poroshenko lost the Presidential election in Ukraine last year by an overwhelming majority to newcomer Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The...

The View From Here: The only truth is music

Volodymyr Kish. America’s famous itinerant beat poet and philosopher Jack Kerouac once said, “The only truth is music”. I know well what he meant. Words...

The View From Here: Collateral damage

Volodymyr Kish. Last week’s news was dominated by the crash of Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) Flight PS752 shortly after it left Tehran airport in Iran...

The View From Here: Traditions

Volodymyr Kish. I look forward to the Ukrainian Christmas season each year with both joyful anticipation and no small amount of apprehension as well. That...

The View From Here: Year-End Hryts

Volodymyr Kish. Newspapers and journalists are prone at the end of each year to writing tendentious reviews on the key events that transpired over the...
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The View From Here: Panakhyda reflections

Volodymyr Kish. I went to another Panakhyda this past week. As most of you know, a Panakhyda is a Ukrainian religious service commemorating the passing...

The View From Here: Friends or interests?

Volodymyr Kish. Charles DeGaulle is reputed to have once said that “No nation has friends, only interests.” In this he was paraphrasing a still earlier...

The View From Here: How do you say that in Ukrainian?

Volodymyr Kish. One of the big developments in Ukraine over the past few years has been the rapid growth of people using the Internet, and...

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: The decline of real politics

Volodymyr Kish. The spectacle that is being played out south of our border involving the impeachment proceedings against President Trump is at the same time...

The View From Here: Remembrances

Volodymyr Kish. The Remembrance Day we celebrate each November to commemorate the end of perhaps the most needless and destructive war in human history holds...

The View From Here: the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and the future

Volodymyr Kish. This past weekend, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) had its Triennial Convention in Ottawa. From all reports it was a grand affair with...

The View From Here: Opening a genetic Pandora’s box

Volodymyr Kish. Last week, I saw a documentary on television about the rapidly emerging field of genetic modification. In it they showed the example of...

The View From Here: Who were you, Luka?

Volodymyr Kish. One of the great joys of my life in recent years has been adapting to the role of being a grandparent. Although my...
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The View From Here: The Steinmeier delusion

Volodymyr Kish. Ukraine was once again in turmoil last week as President Zelenskyy announced that Ukraine had agreed to the implementation of the so-called “Steinmeier...

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...

The View From Here: Autumn reveries

Volodymyr Kish. On a fine day this past week, my wife and I celebrated the official end of summer, better known as the autumnal equinox....

The View From Here : A proper exchange

Volodymyr Kish. Last week, President Zelenskyy of Ukraine was finally able to complete negotiations for a prisoner exchange with Russia. 35 Ukrainians held illegally by...

The View From Here: To everything there is a season

Volodymyr Kish. To state that Ukraine has had a difficult history as a nation, would be quite the understatement. From its beginnings as Kyiv Rus...
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The View From Here: The Young and the Restless

Volodymyr Kish. Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, convened this week for the first time since President Zelenskyy’s “Sluha Narodu” party garnered a convincing victory in...

The View From Here: Unrealized Potential

Volodymyr Kish. As Ukrainians everywhere celebrated the 28th anniversary of the latest iteration of Ukrainian Independence last week, there was no small measure of concern...

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