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Un bâtiment historique sous le pic des démolisseurs

L’ancien édifice des services de l’Immigration du Canada est en démolition. Le bâtiment fait pourtant l’objet d’un énoncé d’intérêt patrimonial de la part de l’Office de consultation publique de la Ville de Montréal. Sa destruction soulève à nouveau des questions sur la volonté de l’administration Coderre à protéger le patrimoine.

Un reportage de René Saint-LouisTwitterCourriel

Le bâtiment des services de l’Immigration, sur la rue Saint-Antoine, était l’unique vestige d’une époque où les migrants, provenant de pays en guerre contre le Canada, étaient internés. Construit en 1914, il servait de prison, surtout pour les Ukrainiens qui étaient ensuite répartis dans des camps d’internement à travers le pays.

Il est situé au 1162 rue Saint-Antoine Ouest, à proximité de deux édifices reconnus comme des lieux patrimoniaux du Canada : la gare Windsor et l’Édifice des postes. Il a été construit par Ross and Macdonald, l’un des cabinets d’architectes les plus marquants du début du 20e siècle. On lui doit entre autres la gare Union, le Maple Leaf Gardens à Toronto, le Château Laurier à Ottawa, l’édifice Price à Québec et l’ancien magasin Eaton à Montréal, devenu le Complexe les Ailes.

Pour le directeur des politiques à Héritage Montréal, Dinu Bumbaru, cette destruction n’est qu’un exemple parmi d’autres. Elle s’ajoute à celle de la maison Redpath, aux vestiges du Village des tanneries, et à l’agora Daudelin du square Viger.

« On n’est pas dans un univers très clair au niveau de ce qu’on entend par préservation. Il se peut fort bien que le règlement prévoie la préservation, mais que ça passe par la démolition. Ce n’est pas évident. Regardez la rue Saint-Laurent, à côté du Monument-National. Tout a été démoli, mais on dit qu’on a un programme de conservation du patrimoine là. »

Dinu Bumbaru soutient que la protection du patrimoine devrait faire partie des négociations entre le gouvernement du Québec et la Ville de Montréal, qui souhaite obtenir le statut de métropole.

« Il faudrait qu’on ait une discussion éclairée pour avoir une charte montréalaise du patrimoine. Et ça, ce n’est pas juste pour Montréal, mais ça devrait faire partie du statut de métropole pour l’ensemble de la région métropolitaine », a-t-il affirmé. Dinu Bumbaru soutient qu’une charte du patrimoine pourrait être un legs pour le 375e anniversaire de la ville.

L’autorisation de détruire le bâtiment des services de l’Immigration avait été demandée par le promoteur immobilier Cadillac-Fairview qui souhaite y construire une tour d’habitation de 37 étages.

Les élus de l’arrondissement Ville-Marie, dont le maire Denis Coderre, avaient autorisé la destruction du bâtiment en faisant fi des recommandations de l’Office de consultation publique et du Conseil du patrimoine de Montréal qui s’y opposaient.

Plaque unveiling in Kyiv

The first-ever bilingual historical marker recalling Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914-1920 was unveiled at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ (vul. Mykilsko Slobidska 5) on Wednesday, 28 October 2015 at 11 am (local time) with his Beatitude, Sviatoslav, Patriarch of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.

Photos courtesy Ambassador Washchuk and Twitter.

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

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

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


   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 (

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
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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Ukrainian Canadian community welcomes Royal assent for Holocaust Monument Bill

26 March 2011

For immediate release (Ottawa)

OTTAWA— The chairman of the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association (UCCLA), Mr. R.W. Zakaluzny, expressed his thanks today to Mr. Tim Uppal, MP, whose private member’s bill in the House of Commons has now received Royal Assent. Bill C 442, An Act to Establish a National Holocaust Monument, will commemorate all of the victims of Nazi Germany, including the many millions of Ukrainians enslaved or murdered by the Nazis and the Ukrainian survivors of the Holocaust who made Canada their home.

"Canada welcomed tens of thousands of Ukrainians, Poles, Russians, Jews and others who were persecuted by the Nazis, who lost family members and friends during the Second World War, who saw their homelands devastated by both the Soviet and Nazi regimes, as so thoughtfully underscored in Professor Timothy Snyder’s book, Bloodlands," said Mr. Zakaluzny. "Mr. Uppal is to be congratulated for crafting a bill that will ensure that all of the victims of Nazi Germany are remembered, a perspective too often lost when the focus is only on one or another community’s suffering. We would also like to congratulate the Canadian Jewish Congress for its determination in moving this legislation forward. We know how hard it can be to get a private member’s bill to the stage where it receives Royal Assent.

"And, of course, we will support a Canadian national monument that, as the CJC’s Bernie Farber affirmed, ‘will pay homage to the thousands of Holocaust survivors who made Canada their adopted home after the Second World War and contributed in remarkable ways to all aspects of Canadian society [and] honour those who perished, Jews and non-Jews alike.’ A genuinely inclusive commemorative project of this sort  is one that we will support."

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