Man openly mocks so-called law-and-order agenda

(Published in the Kingston Whig-Standard, Oct. 26, 2011, Editorial-Opinion, Page 5)

Law and Security

Man openly mocks so-called law-and-order agenda

By: LUBOMYR LUCIUK

   This particular KGB man arrived in September 1997. He was found out in 2002. So Mikhail Lennikov said he was a refugee. He failed to convince the Immigration and Refugee Board of that, in May 2006. So he appealed. In June 2009, the Honourable Mr. Justice Russel Zinn of the Federal Court of Canada upheld the deportation order. The same judge, on June 4, 2009, ruled Ottawa must return Abousfian Abdelrazik from Sudan, a decision applauded by those who otherwise studiously ignore his contemporaneous decision in this KGB man's case.
   Justice Zinn wrote: "The applicant has had the benefit of every procedure available to him under the Act. At some point, a deportation order must be carried out otherwise the integrity of the process is called into question." He also cited Mr. Justice Evans: "…the balance of convenience does not favour delaying further the discharge of either the applicant's duty…to leave Canada immediately, or the Minister's duty to remove them as soon as reasonably practicable…This is not simply a question of administrative convenience, but implicates the integrity, and fairness of, and public confidence, in Canada's system of immigration control."
    The applicant's duty was to leave. Instead he decamped into a pre-prepared suite in Vancouver's First Lutheran Church, asserting a right of sanctuary. There is no such thing.
    The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, is responsible for the Canada Border Services Agency. On Jan. 28, 2010, he insisted: "The Immigration and Refugee Board and the courts have determined that Mr. Lennikov is not admissible to Canada under our laws." He has done little since.
    Supposedly, Conservatives favour a law-and-order agenda. Yet, someone openly defying our laws remains untroubled. Recently Harper's government circulated descriptions of alleged war criminals, encouraging snitches to help the Canada Border Security Agency deport bad guys (a few were). Since this KGB man's whereabouts are known why wasn't he removed?
    The Conservatives also cater to ethnic communities. More than 1.2 million Canadians are of Ukrainian heritage, many thousands more are of other eastern European origins, and more than a few have family members who suffered persecution by the Communist secret police, known variously as the CHEKA, NKVD, SMERSH, and KGB. Some victims were even Lutherans. Giving 'Captain KGB' the boot would earn "ethnic votes."
    Supporters plead this former Soviet agent should stay because he is a well-educated family man and Mozart aficionado who only worked as a translator. They argue he poses no security threat since the U.S.S.R. collapsed more than two decades ago.
    Would they rally behind someone with a PhD who treasured Tchaikovsky and was 'only' a Russian-language translator while in the Gestapo or SS? Not likely. Simply being part of an organization that perpetrated crimes against humanity, even if you were 'only' a cook, bottle washer, or translator, renders you inadmissible. All KGB veterans fit that description. That's Canadian law, like it or not.
    Of course our KGB man is a white European. Most other n'erdo- wells being hunted down are Third Worlders. And although Communists are atheists by definition, this one was clever enough to steal away into a church. Since the remarkably delicate souls of the CBSA won't enter a place of worship to do their jobs, God forbid any of Canada's other most wanted read this. Any law-breaker who absconds into a mosque, synagogue, or temple can apparently chortle home free!
    Offering citizenship to KGB or Gestapo veterans is unconscionable. And Canadians want federal laws upheld. Yet that's not happening. Deploying the usual remedies — chiding Ministers, sending protest cards to MPs, alerting the media — has had little consequence. The taxpayer- funded CBC even broadcast reports sympathetic to this bogus refugee claimant and illegal alien, obfuscating the KGB's murderous role. Those claiming there's no left-wing bias at the CBC must be joking.
    So we hired a private investigator and put this KGB man's bolthole under surveillance. If he leaves, the authorities will be alerted immediately and will deport him. Alternatively, he can spend the rest of his days in his hidey-hole at First Lutheran. That's fine with us.
    Some hint that this once loyal servant and beneficiary of the Soviet regime "found God" in their midst. How nice, if true. As Christians we might have "turned the other cheek" if there was credible evidence this KGB man genuinely sought forgiveness for what he was, made public his repentance. He hasn't. So we say: "No wolf in sheep's clothing will ever be welcome in the flock."

    Lubomyr Luciuk, PhD, is director of research for the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association (www.uccla.ca)

Educational Materials Program

The UCCLF Educational Materials Program aims to educate the greater Canadian public about historical injustices that were perpetrated against Canadian and Ukrainian civil liberties: Canada’s first national internment operations in 1914 – 1921 and the Holodomor, the Great Famine of 1932-33 in Soviet Ukraine.  The benefits realized by increasing the distribution of these books include reaching a wider audience inclusive of children and adults of all ethno-cultural backgrounds not jst of Ukrainian background; preserving the cultural heritage of all people involved in the Holodomor and Canada’s first national internment camps; and educating and stirring debate among the general public about the causes and consequences of injustices that have been perpetrated against civil liberties in Canada and abroad.

In 2008, UCCLF provided funding support to publish a series of essays by leading journalists, politicians and scholars entitled, Holodomor: Reflections on the Great Famine of 1932-33 in Soviet Ukraine (Holodomor).

In 2008 and 2009, UCCLF distributed Holodomor and Into Auschwitz for Ukraine to high schools and libraries through Canada.

UCCLF distributed Silver Threads to elementary schools, libraries and churches throughout the Canada.  Silver Threads is a folk tale picture book written by Marsha Skrypuch (www.calla.com) and illustrated by Michael Martchenko.  It was the first work of fiction to tackle the subject of the World War I internment of Ukrainians in Canada.

Civil Liberties Opinion Editorial Award

The Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation
Presents the 4th annual
Civil Liberties Opinion Editorial Award

Background:

The Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation focuses on researching and educating the public on civil liberties themes.  In 2008, the Foundation established the Civil Liberties Opinion-Editorial Award to coincide with the 75th anniversary of one of the 20th century’s greatest violations of civil liberties – the Famine-Genocide in Ukraine known as the Holodomor.  Meanwhile, the year 2014 will mark the 100th anniversary of the commencement of Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914-1920, during which thousands of Ukrainian Canadians were labeled “enemy aliens” and were interned throughout the country.  Finally, the 21st century has seen an alarming increase in the activity of the human trafficking industry, with hundreds of thousands around the world falling victim to this form of modern-day slavery every year.  The Foundation offers an annual award to commemorate the many victims of both events.  In so doing, the Foundation seeks to engage high school and post-secondary (university, college, etc.) students in researching, writing and submitting opinion-editorials to newspapers.

Value:

$1000.00   (In the event the opinion-editorial of more than one student is published in a major Canadian newspaper, the top two submissions, adjudged according to quality of content, will be eligible for a prize of $1000.00 and $500.00, respectively.)

Conditions:

The award is open to all currently‐enrolled high school and post‐secondary students who are residents of any province or territory in Canada. The award will be presented for an English‐ or French‐language opinion‐editorial based on a civil liberties theme. The award is restricted to op‐ed publication (print or online edition) in the following newspapers and no others:

  • Calgary Herald
  • Calgary Sun
  • Edmonton Journal
  • Edmonton Sun
  • Globe and Mail
  • Halifax Chronicle‐Herald
  • Kingston Whig‐Standard
  • Le Devoir
  • Montreal Gazette
  • National Post
  • Ottawa Citizen
  • Ottawa Sun
  • Quebec Chronicle‐Telegraph
  • Regina Leader‐Post
  • Saskatoon StarPhoenix
  • Toronto Star
  • Toronto Sun
  • Vancouver Province
  • Vancouver Sun
  • Victoria Times Colonist
  • Winnipeg Free Press
  • Winnipeg Sun

There is no limit as to the number of submissions students make, nor does it matter to how many newspapers. However, the Foundation will grant a maximum of one award per student‐author.

Suggested Topics

Students must write their opinion‐editorial based on a civil liberties theme. The following are potential topics for students to consider
in order to narrow down their research within this vast topic area. Students do not have to stick to these topics.

  • Why do Canada’s first national internment operations not figure prominently into Canadians’ knowledge of their nation’s history?  What might be done to promote greater awareness of this episode of Canadian history?
  • New York Times columnist Walter Duranty repeatedly denied the existence of a Ukrainian famine in his 1933 articles.  Is false reporting grounds for revocation of his Pulitzer Prize for journalism?
  • What should the Canadian government do in an effort to combat the ever-growing worldwide human trafficking industry and curb the increase in victims of forced labour, exploitation and other incidences of human trafficking?

Submissions and Awarding

It is up to the student to correctly submit their opinion‐editorial to the newspaper(s) of their choice. Most newspapers require contact information (address, daytime phone number, etc.) in addition to one’s name.
In the event that a student’s opinion‐editorial appears in print or online in one or more major newspapers, the student shall be responsible for notifying the Foundation of this publishing. As such, the student must provide a hard or electronic copy of the print edition opinion‐editorial or an electronic copy of the online edition opinion‐editorial within five days of publication. In addition to the published piece, students must provide a completed application form (included below).

The mailing address for hard copy is as follows:
Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation Award
48 Woodcrest Close SW
Calgary, Alberta T2W 3P9

The email address for either hard copy or electronic copy, or if you have any questions, is as follows:
scholarships@ucclf.ca

The name of the award recipient will be made public. The Foundation reserves the right to publish the winning opinion‐editorial(s) in major Ukrainian Canadian newspapers (e.g., Ukrainian News).

Application deadline

Submissions must appear in a given major Canadian newspaper no later than October 31 of each year.

OpEd_Award_Application

High School Civil Liberties Award

The Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation
Presents the annual
High School Civil Liberties Award

Background:

The Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation focuses on researching and educating the public on civil liberties themes.  In 2008, the Foundation established the High School Civil Liberties Award to coincide with the 75th anniversary of one of the 20th century’s greatest violations of civil liberties – the Famine-Genocide in Ukraine known as the Holodomor.  Meanwhile, the year 2014 will mark the 100th anniversary of the commencement of Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914-1920, during which thousands of Ukrainian Canadians were labeled “enemy aliens” and were interned throughout the country.  Finally, the 21st century has been characterized by an alarming increase in the activity of the human trafficking industry, with hundreds of thousands around the world falling victim to this form of modern-day slavery every year.  The Foundation offers an annual award to commemorate the many victims of such mass civil liberties violations.  In so doing, the Foundation seeks to encourage high school students who are actively engaged in research essay writing and / or coursework related to civil liberties themes.

Value:

$500

Conditions:

The award is open to all high school students aged 13-18.  The award will be presented for a paper focusing a civil liberties theme.  Student submissions must be in English-language essay format (double-spaced, one-inch margins, 12-point font) of up to 1500 words.  Proper referencing of source material is required.  Students may choose the format with which they are most comfortable (e.g., in-text citations, footnotes, endnotes).  Incomplete essays or work submitted in other formats (e.g., short story, poetry, etc.) will be considered ineligible.  Only one entry per applicant may be submitted per writing competition.  The essay must be the original work of the student-author only.

Application

Eligible student applications must include the following two items:

  • A completed High School Civil Liberties Award application form
  • A completed English language essay with references.

Student submissions must be mailed and  emailed in order to be considered.

The mailing address for hard copy is as follows:
Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation Award
48 Woodcrest Close SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2W 3P9

The email address for either hard copy or electronic copy is as follows:
scholarships@ucclf.ca

The name of the award recipient will be made public.  The Foundation reserves  the right to publish themajor Ukrainian Canadian newspapers (e.g., Ukrainian News).

Determining award recipient

An award selection committee, comprising Foundation members and academic volunteers, will determine the recipient of the award.  Scoring of the essays will be based solely on the quality of the essay and its content.  The decision of the committee will be final.

The name of the award recipient will  be made public.  The Foundation reserves the right to publish the winning essay in  major Ukrainian Canadian newspapers (e.g., Ukrainian News) and/or other media (e.g., websites).

Application Deadline

Submissions must be post‐marked (mail) no later than October 31 of each year.

Downloadable application form

Group places KGB man under surveillance

GROUP PLACES KGB MAN UNDER SURVEILLANCE

For Immediate Release – (Ottawa, 14 October, 2011)

Concerned over the failure of the Canada Border Services Agency to remove a known veteran of the notorious Soviet secret police, the KGB, from Canada, the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association today announced that it has engaged the services of a private investigation firm to put a Lutheran church basement in east Vancouver under surveillance:

"According to the Minister of Public Security, the Honourable Vic Toews, this KGB man had no right to enter Canada, and he has no right to remain. He is not a refugee, as confirmed by the Immigration and Refugee Board. His appeal of that finding was dismissed by the Honourable Mr. Justice R. Zinn of the Federal Court of Canada. He should have been removed immediately, but he claimed 'sanctuary' in a pre-prepared bolt-hole in a church basement, even though no 'right of sanctuary' exists in Canadian law. He remains there to this day, nearly three years later, openly defying our country's laws. Repeated calls upon the Government of Canada to enforce the decisions of both the IRB and the Federal Court of Canada have not been acted upon. As a result, we have begun another campaign calling upon Mr. Toews to instruct the CBSA to do their job while letting all MPs and Senators in Parliament know about what needs to be done and why. Until this KGB man is returned to his country of origin, we are placing the site under surveillance. If he attempts to leave his cellar, he will be apprehended and turned over to the RCMP/CBSA.

"It's troubling that the enforcement of Canada's laws is being left to concerned citizens. But this man was a part of the Soviet apparatus, a willing and promoted enabler of a corrupt, undemocratic and violently ruthless secret police force. We must, at a minimum, ensure that the freedoms we enjoy in Canada are shared with the tens of thousands of real refugees who wish to come here."

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UCCLA holds joint conclave in Saskatoon

UCCLA MEDIA RELEASE – Ukrainian civil liberties groups hold joint conclave in Saskatoon

For Immediate Release: Ottawa (4 October 2011)

Representatives of the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association (UCCLA) and
officials from the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) spoke during UCCLA's annual conclave, held this year in Saskatoon.

Members of the UCCLA and UCCLF executives held a joint annual conclave in Saskatoon, Sask.,  from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2.

"We were very pleased that Stuart Murray, CEO of the national museum, arranged for our teleconference with museum content experts Dr. Rhonda Hinther and Dr. Clint Curle," said R.W. Zakaluzny, chair of the UCCLA. "Both they and Communications director Angela Cassie assured us that the CMHR remains dedicated to reaching out and consulting with all Canadians. In response, the UCCLA confirmed that we remain dedicated to ensuring all 12 galleries in this publicly funded museum are inclusive, comparative and thematic in their treatment of the many episodes of crimes against humanity and genocide that occurred before, during and after the Second World War. We will continue to insist upon that, even after the museum opens next
year."
The UCCLA executive began their three days of meetings with a public lecture at the Ukrainian Museum of Canada by Professor Lubomyr Luciuk, the UCCLA's Director of Research, who gave a fulsome speech on Canada's first national internment operations, and how those operations related to the human rights museum.
The UCCLA met with Slawko Kindrachuk, president of the Saskatchewan provincial council of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, and Catherine Schabel, chair of its Holodomor awareness committee. Both groups shared information and vowed to work together on several projects of mutual interest.
Members of the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation (UCCLF) also met for their annual general meeting in Saskatoon, initiating a series of new book prizes for academic achievement at five universities in Canada. It is hoped that book prizes will be created in memory of Kari Moore at the Slavic Studies Department of the University of Victoria; to honour Yevhen Harasymiw at the University of Alberta's Faculty of Law; to recall the service of Ft. Lt. Bohdan Panchuk at the Prairie Centre for Ukrainian Heritage at the University of Saskatchewan; to mark the valour of Cpl. Filip Konowal at the Royal Military College of Canada; and to remember internee survivor Mary Manko Haskett with a prize through the Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Toronto.
The UCCLF also elected a new executive. Andriy Harasymiw of Edmonton has taken over as chair, assisted by Ryan Boyko of Toronto as a director, with Calgary's Borys Sydoruk continuing in the role of treasurer.
The next joint UCCLF and UCCLF conclave will be in Halifax Sept. 27-30, where the groups will hold a commemoration ceremony at The Citadel, site of one of the 24 internment camps that held Ukrainians and other Europeans during Canada's first national internment operations of 1914-1920.

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For more information, please contact the UCCLA at media@uccla.ca