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December 15, 2004
Christmas in Ukraine
One thousand Canadians, including about 200 Toronto residents, are leaving
within days to be official observers in Ukraine's upcoming presidential
election on December 26. The Canadian Government is sending 500 observers
through CANADEM and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress has approved another 500.

Date: Thursday, December 16
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Toronto Fire Station #443, 1724 Islington Ave.

"Mayor David Miller and City Council are proud to step up to the plate for our
Ukrainian community and wish all Toronto residents that are with the 1,000
Canadians a very safe and productive journey while monitoring the election on
December 26," said Toronto City Councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby, Etobicoke

"The Toronto Fire Services respectfully acknowledges with deep admiration the
deployment of hundreds of Ukrainians that willingly sacrifice being with their
family in Toronto during the holiday season and instead go to monitor this
historic election," said Fire Chief Bill Stewart.

Borys Wrzesnewskyj, MP for Etobicoke Centre, organized and chaired three
parliamentary election observer delegations prior to and during Ukraine's first
two rounds of elections on October 31 and November 21. He is returning to
Ukraine to monitor the December 26 election. "It is fantastic to see the
commitment and dedication of 1,000 volunteers that will be the ears and eyes of
all freedom-loving Canadians that respect a free democracy in Ukraine," said
Borys Wrzesnewskyj.

Rick Berenz, Executive Officer of the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters'
Association (TPFFA), will present a $500 cheque to Mary Szkambara for the
Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Democratic Ukraine Appeal. "The Toronto
Professional Fire Fighters' Association hopes that our small contribution
inspires other groups and individuals to help the Ukrainian Canadian Congress
offset the cost of logistical challenges in this important mission," said Rick
Berenz, on behalf of TPFFA.

For details on how to support democratic freedom in Ukraine, please visit: UCC_Ad_041210.pdf.

Media contacts:
Jim Burnett, for Councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby, 416-338-5279, cell 416-937-6850
Yvan Baker, Borys Wrzesnewskyj, MP, Etobicoke Centre, 416-249-7322, cell
Mary Szkambara, Ukrainian Canadian Congress, 416-323-4772, cell 416-875-2004
Captain Michael Strapko, Toronto Fire Services, 416-338-9319, pager 416-334-5223
Rick Berenz, Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association, Local 3888,



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