GRC Report; Wed., Jun. 06, 2007
(1) Denaturalization and Deportation: On 17May2007, a “Cabinet committee” of unknown composition met in secret to consider the recommendation of Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, that the citizenship of Helmut Oberlander, Jacob Fast, Vladimir Katriuk and Wasyl Odynsky be revoked. On 24May2007, Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice, issued a press release stating that the government had revoked the citizenship of Helmut Oberlander (again) and Jacob Fast. It was later revealed that Vladimir Katriuk and Wasyl Odynsky received letters from the government stating that their citizenship would not be revoked.
very negative article by Stewart Bell
appeared in the National
Post and the Edmonton
Oberlander and Fast. A more even-handed article by Kirk
Makin and Jane
the Globe and Mail also discussed the decision on Wasyl Odynsky. Andrew
issued a very critical press release and later questioned Diane Finley
at a 29May2007 meeting of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and
(CIMM). The Ukrainian
Canadian Civil Liberties Association (UCCLA)
media release praising the decision on Wasyl Odynsky and called on the
government to either abandon the d&d policy or to apply it
also target Communist war criminals. Brian
Caldwell continues to report
Record and the Guelph
Levytsky has written a detailed
explanation and editorial
on the subject in the May 30 - Jun. 12, 2007
the Ukrainian News, which also includes a perspective of Lubomyr
Wasyl Odynsky case. These thirteen articles are archived in the Furman
my website at
On or about 29May2007, Ernst Friedel of the German Canadian
community has posted a petition calling for the government to reinstate
citizenship of Helmut Oberlander at
The text of the petition is also archived at the Furman link indicated above.
would urge recipients of this report to
sign this petition and to also encourage their friends and
acquaintances to do
so. Remember that Josef Furman and Yura Skomatchuk are still at risk.
Helmut Oberlander and Jacob Fast are of Ukrainian nationality (i.e.
Ukrainian-born), although they are of German ethnicity. It is crucial
d&d policy be discredited and abandoned and that the government
for initiating it and provide financial compensation to its victims.
The year 2007 is the 70th anniversary of the
Terror of 1937 targeting all levels of Soviet society. In Ukraine,
thousands of its victims were buried in the Bykivnya Forest not far
The Action Ukraine Report of 21May2007 (AUR#845) has compiled 15
commemorating this slaughter and is archived in the Holodomor file at
or specifically at
I have taken the liberty of inserting a rebuttal by Halya Coynash in AUR#846 to a negative article (item 13, AUR#845) by Vladimir Matveyev. I also appended a second article by Dr. Kulchytsky from AUR#847 (item 27) to his original article in AUR#845 (item 8).
(4) http://www.avaaz.org : Avaaz appears to have become a very active worldwide organization bringing attention via petitions and activism to some very crucial problems throughout the world. In my opinion, it is worthwhile subscribing to its mailing list.
Will Zuzak, 2007-06-06