Three public forums on the political situation in eastern Ukraine and surrounding region will take place in Canada in June. Below are full details.
- Vancouver, Friday, June 12
- Toronto, Friday, June 12
- Hamilton, Monday, June 22
Toronto, June 12: Nuclear precipice: Ukraine, Russia, and patterns of U.S. hegemony
Friday, June 12, 7 pm
At Beit Zatoun Community Center, 612 Markham St., Toronto
Speakers: Judy Deutsch (University of Toronto), Halyna Mokrushyna (University of Ottawa), Sergei Plekhanov (York University)
Sponsor: Centre for Social Justice
What is the background of the conflict in Ukraine? Can the Ukraine situation lead to a Russia/U.S. confrontation involving nuclear weapons? According to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, the world is again at a precipice with threats of nuclear war and climate disaster. Join a panel of three speakers exploring these questions and in context of Western/U.S. hegemony.
Information online: Beit Zatoun Community Center
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Vancouver, June 12: Eyewitness report from the war zone of eastern Ukraine
Friday, June 12, 7 pm to 9 pm
At: Harbour Center, 515 W Hastings St, Rm 1700
Speaker: Roger Annis
Sponsor: Institute for the Humanities, Simon Fraser University
The war in eastern Ukraine is at a crossroads. A ceasefire has been in place since February 12, 2015 but violations are frequent. The underlying political and economic issues that sparked the war are unresolved. Ukraine does not recognize or talk to the rebel, pro-autonomy movement in the east. The NATO countries are pushing a ‘blame Russia’ narrative, and three of them-the U.S., UK and Canada-have soldiers in western Ukraine providing training to the Ukrainian army. Roger Annis visited the city and region of Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine in mid-April 2015. He is an editor and writer at the website, The New Cold War: Ukraine and beyond.
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Hamilton, June 22: Canada’s mistaken foreign policy in Ukraine
Featuring: James Bissett, former Canadian ambassador to Yugoslavia
Monday, June 22, 7pm
At: New Vision United Church (formerly Centenary Church),
24 Main St. West, across from Hamilton City Hall
Sponsor: Hamilton and District Labour Council. Co-hosted by Unifor Local 5555, CUPW Local 548 and OSSTF Local 21.
The crisis in Ukraine could easily become a flash point for war in Europe. Canadians, whose government has recently sent ships, fighter planes, and troops to the area, need to hear this experienced diplomat’s analysis.
Free admission. New Vision is completely accessible to wheelchairs.
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