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Ukraine-Russian relationship analyzed on TVO [Video]

January 15th, 2014 No comments

On Monday TVOntario’s current affairs programme ‘The Agenda’ had 30 year international affairs veteran Matthew Fisher on to see what 2014 had in store, and right away he commented on the latest happenings in Ukraine and its relationship with Russia, the West and Yulia Tymoshenko. Worth a watch, goes for about 6 minutes:

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Ukrainian wedding wins honeymoon on bridal show [Video]

February 18th, 2013 No comments

Last night on the Slice channel, some Ukrainian flair was shown on the wedding show ‘Four Weddings Canada’ where brides rate each other’s weddings and the winner receives a free honeymoon. A Toronto Ukrainian couple’s wedding was featured at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church near Ossington station St. Nicholas church near Trinity Bellwoods. The reception had Ukrainian dancers and helped them beat out the other brides for the grand prize, an all paid-for honeymoon. You can watch the entire episode online (it starts around 30:00):

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Also, check out some pictures from the event:

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Watch CBC’s Rick Mercer celebrate Malanka (Video)

January 23rd, 2013 No comments

Rick Mercer Report, Vol. 8If you missed last night’s CBC broadcast of Rick Mercer celebrating Malanka, the show has put up the clip on YouTube. As well you can watch the entire episode online.

It’s a great clip to watch, it explained some of our culture to the nation and showcased how fun the event can be watch. Check it out below:

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Rick Mercer Report celebrates Malanka Tuesday on CBC

January 19th, 2013 No comments

The Rick Mercer Report Facebook page announced that they filmed a segment at the Malanka celebrations in Saskatoon last weekend. The page showcases some great pictures including Rick learning Ukrainian dancing from the Pavlychenko Folkorique Ensemble. The segment this airs Tuesday at 8PM on CBC, and later online at the Rick Mercer Report site.

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More pictures from the Rick Mercer Report Facebook page

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‘Svitohliad’ returns as ‘ForumTV’, what do you think? (Watch the entire episode)

October 18th, 2012 No comments

Last summer, Rogers TV axed many of its self-produced diversity programming on Omni1, including Ukrainian program Svitohliad, in order to cut costs after a disappointing financial quarter. The announcement came without warning and was made effective immediately, leaving a large void in the community. The only other show left was Kontakt (which was not effected because it is independently produced), now with the sole responsibility of producing all Ukrainian-Canadian programming for the entire country.

Acting swiftly to try and restore the Ukrainian program, the Buduchnist Foundation (a member-supported, charitable wing of the credit union) met with Rogers and offered to cover the program’s losses in order to keep it on the air.

With little announcement, the new show debuted last Sunday on Omni as ‘ForumTV‘, with a good first step of uploading its episode to YouTube:

Still with the show was long-time (almost 30 years!) producer Stefan Genyk-Berezowsky, but gone was the iconic host Iryna Korpan of 22 years. Korpan recently started her own film company and produced two documentaries, one about her grandmother who was executed by the Nazis for saving Jews during WW2, and the other about Roman Hnatyshyn the 24th Governor General of Canada of Ukrainian descent. Replacing her as host was actor Larysa Bajus, who’s previously worked with Genyk-Berezowsky at the Ukrainian Drama Theater Zahrava. Also the show has a new reporter Lisa Shymko, who is currently the Director for PR at Buduchnist. Congratulations are also littered throughout the entire episode by leaders of the community, politicians and celebrities, praising the new show.

Members of the Ukrainian community were upset that their organizations were left out of the negotiations with Rogers to get Svitohliad back on the air, as Buduchnist would be financing the new program. Buduchnist defended its position that it had to act swiftly before the time slots were filled, in a meeting with the community at UNO Hall last August.  It was reported by Paul Grod, President of the UCC that the old show lost Rogers $100,000 a year.

Forum TV’s credits reveal its new leaders are not people with much expertise in media but rather members of the Buduchnist board that fund the program. The show’s Executive Producer is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Buduchnist, another producer is also on the board and the associate producer is the President of  Canadian Friends of Ukraine. All have impressive resumes in their own regards according to their LinkedIn profiles, but nothing about any sort of experience running a television show. It would be great to see the show take a page from Kontakt, which regularly features up and coming journalists and students who are trying to get a foot hold in the industry. The show airs Sundays at 8pm on Omni1, with replays on Wednesday at 2pm and Friday at 9am.

After watching the premiere episode? What did you think of it? Please leave a comment!

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