RIP Regis Korchinski-Paquet

Last Thursday a funeral service was held in Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church in Toronto for 29-year old Regis Korchinski-Paquet, who died falling out of her apartment window while police were in her home. The incident has sparked controversy, as Regis suffered health issues such as epilepsy, and her death triggered many home-grown protesting in the light of the brutal killing of George Floyd.

Regis had a Ukrainian-Canadian father, and was heavily involved in her church and dancing:

“If her parents couldn’t supply answers, she consulted her Ukrainian grandfather, her Dido. “Race has always been a big issue for me feeling like I need to be a different colour to fit in,” she recounted in a Facebook post. “My Dido helped me to see that although I am darker skin I am the same as anyone because in Gods eyes each of us are equal.” ” – The Globe and Mail

There is currently a Go Fund Me page to raise money to cover funeral costs

Where to watch ‘Bitter Harvest’ North American release

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It’s finally here, ‘Bitter Harvest’ the movie set during the Holodomor, debuts on Feb 24 in the US & UK and March 3 in Canada. You can watch the trailer below and see on the map where the movie will be playing near you.

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Watch the Norwegian thriller about Russian occupation online now

01-Occupied-Promo-PosterThe hit Norwegian show about Russian occupation over oil debuted on TVO (Ontario Public TV) last Sunday. First airing on Netflix earlier this year, it has been a big hit getting rave reviews as a worthy binge watch candidate. Now the Ontario public broadcaster is airing it Sundays at 9PM (replays at 2AM), as well as online at their website.

Here is a little background about the show:

The show is set in the near future, where a Green party government comes to power in Oslo on the heels of a hugely damaging global warming-related hurricane. Promising to unveil a revolutionary new form of nuclear energy powered by the chemical element thorium, Prime Minister Jesper Berg strikes a very Scandinavian pose by announcing that Norway will lead by example and immediately shut down its considerable gas and oil production.

This upsets the European Union, of which Norway is not a member. In cahoots with Moscow, Brussels secretly threatens Berg with a full-scale Russian invasion unless he commits to maintaining Norway’s fossil fuel extraction under Moscow’s supervision. (The United States, having recently achieved energy independence, has withdrawn from NATO and sits disinterestedly aside.) Berg reluctantly agrees to this scheme, promising his people that the insertion of Russian worker crews to restart Norway’s energy industry will be temporary.

Occupied is disturbingly relevant in light of the Ukraine crisis that unfolded two years later and the reappearance of larger-scale East-West tensions over Moscow’s new-found assertiveness in Europe. Russian violations of Baltic and Scandinavian airspace and waters have become a regular occurrence. Last month the RAND Corporation published the results of a war game in which Russian troops seized the Estonian capital of Tallinn in a mere 60 hours.

[Watch ‘Occupied’ on TVO]

Ukrainian juggler Viktor Kee advances to ‘America’s Got Talent’ finals

Image result for viktor keeViktor “Kee” Kiktev, a juggler from Pryluky (2 hours east of Kyiv) amazed crowds last night to advance to the finals of ‘America’s Got Talent’. A split decision amongst the judges, the audience chose Viktor over Rubik’s Cube wizard Steven Brundage in an instant vote during the live show.

A former Cirque du Soleil member, Viktor started juggling at the age of six, and performing at 11, incorporating breakdancing into his ball juggling routine. He joined Kyiv’s Professional Circus school in 1989 adding acrobatics and dance to his repertoire. With the help of Ukrainian choreographer Nikolay Baranov he starting developing his unique act, joining Cirque du Soleil in 1999.

Viktor has been advancing through the show all summer, but after his audition he had to endure the passing of his brother from a heart attack.

Watch last night’s performance:

The finals air this Tuesday & Wednesday at 8pm on NBC.,

Ukraine’s first Tweet

Ukraine’s first tweet from its official Twitter was made today:

It got replies from both @Canada and @Poland:

 

 

And even Lithuania:

So if you’re on Twitter, it’s worth checking out the official Ukrainian Twitter!

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