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Photos for July 2015

IMG_8929Members of the Barvinok Ukrainian Dance School – started 40 years ago in the church basement of St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Mississauga, Ont. – kept their audience spellbound at Ottawa’s first annual Ukrainian summer festival July 24-26. Entertainment at the festival, held on the grounds of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine, included Rozhanytsya, a traditional folk singing group from Kyiv, Ukraine, as well as Ukrainian dancers and singers from several Canadian cities. Also available were tours of the shrine, an art exhibit, and a food village with traditional Ukrainian food, including 16,800 hand-made perogies.

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IMG_8976A Barvinok dancer makes an offering of traditional Ukrainian bread following the group’s performance at the first annual Ukrainian summer festival in Ottawa July 24-26.

IMG_8907The Ottawa-based Svitanok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble performs at the first annual Ukrainian summer festival in Ottawa July 24-26.

IMG_8990 A musician for the Rozhanytsya traditional folk singing group from Kyiv, Ukraine, poses at the first annual Ukrainian summer festival in Ottawa July 24-26 on the grounds of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine

IMG_7832A priest gives guests a tour of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine at the first annual Ukrainian summer festival in Ottawa July 24-26

northern lights showThe Centre Block of Parliament Hill in Ottawa was turned into a screen 30 storeys high for the first showing of the new sound and light show July 10. Seventeen different projectors form a seamless image on the front façade of Centre Block, creating a high definition visual experience. The free, bilingual Northern Lights show, produced by Canadian Heritage in collaboration with exclusive sponsor Manulife, highlights Canada’s history and is presented nightly until Sept. 12. The new show will run for the next five consecutive summers.

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 IMG_7789The cause of the fire July 6 that destroyed the recently renovated St. Sixte Roman Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Gatineau is being investigated. The blaze in the 130-year-old church in the small village of Saint Sixtus started in a house adjacent to the church and then spread into the church itself. No decision has been made on rebuilding the church, which also housed a municipal office.

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jebaraA Canadian Senate committee’s report urging the federal government look at certifying imams to help curb radicalization. isn’t sitting well with some Muslim academics. The interim anti-terrorism report claims some foreign-trained Muslim leaders are promoting extremist ideology in Canada. But some Muslim leaders, including Ottawa imam Mohamad Jebara criticize the proposal for certification. “If a council for clergy certification was to be established, who would be on it, and according to what guidelines will they certify?” wrote Jebara in an opinion piece in the Ottawa Citizen July 11. As in any major world religion, the interpretations of Islam are wide-ranging and diverse, wrote Jebara, who is Head Master and Resident Scholar at Cordova Academy in Ottawa. “The dilemma we are facing today is that one outlook is monopolizing the discourse on Islam, and unfortunately that outlook is what is breeding intolerance and hatred.”

mayThe federal Green party says a decision to exclude its leader, Elizabeth May, from two major federal election debates is unfair and denies voters the complete range of national political viewpoints. The party has asked organizers of the debates, the Globe and Mail newspaper and the Munk Debates, to reconsider their decisions. But the organizers say they invited only the leaders whose parties have official status in the House of Commons, which requires at least 12 seats. The Green party has only two seats. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau have been asked to take part in the debates.

barilGen. Maurice Baril, retired Chief of Defence Staff, is the new Chair of Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa. Beechwood is Canada’s National Cemetery, the National Military Cemetery of Canada and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police National Memorial Cemetery. Baril, who retired from the military in 2001, succeeds Grete Hale, an Ottawa business leader and philanthropist who held the position for more than a dozen years. Baril has been a director of the Beechwood Foundation since 2003.

IMG_7637-2‘It was a dark and stormy night’
Threatening rain clouds and high winds in the Ottawa community of Kanata created an engaging blend of colours during the fireworks show on Canada Day July 1.

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IMG_7556Country music singer Brett Kissel (right), 2014 JUNO award winning “Breakthrough Artist of the Year,” and Charlie Major, songwriter and winner of several JUNO awards, kept the thousands of people entertained in the Ottawa community of Kanata on Canada Day 2015.
The Kanata celebration is one of the largest community events in Ottawa.

IMG_7090A CF-18 Hornet lifts off at the Vintage Wings of Canada Airshow in Gatineau, Quebec, June 30.

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IMG_7461Retired Canadian astronaut and International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield flies the restored F-86 Golden Hawk Sabre Jet at the Vintage Wings of Canada Airshow in Gatineau, Quebec, June 30.

curry10The Episcopal Church elected Bishop Michael Curry of the diocese of North Carolina as its 27th Presiding Bishop June 27, making him the first African-American to hold the position. Curry, 62, is known for his evangelical fervour. He was elected on the first ballot, a first for the church. Curry succeeds Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, who has been Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church for nine years.

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raeFormer Ontario NDP Premier and Liberal leader Bob Rae was among 100 new appointments named to the Order of Canada July 1. Rae was promoted to Companion of the Order for his contribution to public life in Canada and for his “enduring commitment to strengthening ties between Aboriginal and non-Aborginal people in Canada. Other appointments announced by Governor General David Johnston include Oscar-nominated First Nations actor Graham Greene, former Liberal senator Joyce Fairbairn, and Lawrence Hill, author of the critically acclaimed Book of Negroes. The Order of Canada was established in 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Over the last 45 years, more than 6 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.