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Ulkosuomalaisparlamentti sai tervehdyksen Kathleen Wynneltä

Kanadan  vuoden  2017  USP-edustajat  kuvassa  Helsingin kaupungintalolla  16.6.17.  Istunnossa Niilo Saari  luki osana  Kanadan katsausta  tervehdyksen  Ontarion provinssin pääministeriltä Kathleen Wynneltä,  Suomen ja Kanadan juhlavuonna.  Wynne  tähdensi  maahan muuttaneiden suomalaisten…

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Added by Niinistö Juhani on June 16, 2017 at 5:33pm — 1 Comment

Both industries and unions backed the CETA agreement in Finland, but concern expressed about lack of sanctions for labour rights infringements

Suomessa CETA -sopimus sai lopulta sekä teollisuuden että ammattiliittojen tuen. Investointisuojan järjestämistä muutettiin, mikä teki mahdolliseksi SAK:n tuen Suomessa. Oheisessa aasialaisen uutistoimiston englanninkielisessä uutisessa SAK:n pääekonomisti kuitenkin ottaa esille huolen työlainsäädännöstä. CETA:ssa ei ole säädetty sanktioita työntekijäin oikeuksien rikkomuksista. Ongelma on kuitenkin Suomen kannalta käytännössä etäinen, koska Suomesta Kanadaan nykyoloissa menisi (sopimuksen…

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Added by Niinistö Juhani on November 3, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

How is the Finnish Chair being financed at this time?

Kanadan Sanomat featured of late an interview with the new Finnish Studies professor at U of T. But looks like there was nothing about the status of the Chair - in terms of financing and continuity.

Fundraisings for the Finnish Studies have been a huge theme on the Finnish Canadian scene - at least Toronto and Sudbury - for over a decade. The aims were high.. And in the archives of the KS (Vapaa Sana) you will find pictures of cheques being handed over - in not insignificant…

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Added by Niinistö Juhani on September 11, 2014 at 3:51am — No Comments

Was that the Finest Hour?

I found this picture - probably taken during the 2000 Finn Fest. Primarily a creation augmented By Hans Myrskog, the event brought together Finnish Canadians of various backgrounds and lines of thought. From the left, Harold Huuhtanen, Elsie Jokinen and Hans Myrskog. The 2000 event was a proud start of the joint North American events, a tradition shelved for the time being.…

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Added by Niinistö Juhani on July 29, 2014 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Jules Päiviö is gone

Jules Päiviö - architect, Canadian veteran of the Spanish Civil War and a social catalyst on the Finnish Canadian scene died in early September. Two Vapaa Sana interns produced excellent features about him in 2006 and 2007, not all of them are on the internet but I found links to two pieces by Juha Mäkinen and Virpi Oinonen. Jules was also perhaps the last eyewitness around recollecting the "big bang" of the Finnish Canadian scene - with FOC and the rest going separate ways, and Vapaa Sana…

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Added by Niinistö Juhani on September 16, 2013 at 5:21am — No Comments

Background may be tough, but worth finding out

Finnish-Canadians associated with the Finnish language Lutheran churches (ELCIC)would find this study interesting. While the religion-associated war rhetoric is long buried in Finland, my experience is that it is (at times) alive and well in Finnish language ELCIC affiliates - though depending on the composition of the congregation and on the values shared by the incumbent pastor. - The main reason for the situation is, I think, the fact that much of the 50s emigration to Canada (from…

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Added by Niinistö Juhani on April 21, 2013 at 5:16am — No Comments

That FInnish airline made it to the news

This news item has been out for almost 12 hours now, and no posting on this site. So I thought Id have to do it.
http://yle.fi/uutiset/finnair_ranked_as_worlds_safest_airline/6442643

Added by Niinistö Juhani on January 9, 2013 at 12:11pm — No Comments

Piispa totesi papinvaalin menneen vähän ranttaliksi...

Junttaus on vanha suomalainen perinne seurakuntien papinvaaleissa, etenkin maaseudulla. Mutta ehkä rajansa kaikella. Itäisen Kanadan piispa Michael Pryse on lähettänyt Agricolalle voimakassanaisen kirjeen.. Agricola julkaisi sen nettisivuillaan. Piispa toivoo srk:lta vastauksia tammikuun puoliväliin mennessä.
www.agricola.ca/images/2012_Bishops_letter_fi.pdf

Added by Niinistö Juhani on January 1, 2013 at 9:18am — No Comments

Agricola gets serious attention from the bishop

Bishop Michael Pryse (ELCIC) has expressed his concern, in the wake of the abortive election of a priest at Agricola, Toronto. As published at the website of Agricola the bishop notes that it seems evident that self-appointed leaders have contacted potential candidates, have engaged in campaigning and even sought to influence the bishop and his staff in an attempt to compromise due process. -Even worse,says Pryse, slanderous mistruths concerning the character of potential candidates…

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Added by Niinistö Juhani on January 1, 2013 at 3:30am — No Comments

Canada declared war against Finland on Independence Day Dec 6, 1941

Finnish Independence Day is also the anniversary of the Canadian declaration of war against Finland, Dec 6, 1941. Finnish immigrants in Canada became suddenly enemy nationals. Prof Varpu Lindström (d 2012) published an excellent book about the lifes and times of Finnish Canadians through that period, From Heroes to Enemies. If you have not seen it, it is worth reading. The US never declared war on Finland. The period 1941-1947 has been a difficult issue to tackle particularly to those…

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Added by Niinistö Juhani on December 6, 2012 at 2:32am — 1 Comment

Toronto CFF managed to attract attention to the Honorary Consuls issue

An initiative by the Toronto CFF about the quality and functions of Finnish Honorary Consuls has triggered a resolution by the Expatriate Parliament (USP), in its plenary in Helsinki on Oct 25-27. The resolution underlines knowledge of Finland and Finnish affairs, as qualifications of a would-be Honorary Consul. Drafted originally by Bill Holt, the resolution proves that grass-roots action by expatriate Finns can lead to results, even at the Finnish end. - The Ministry has, of course, found…

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Added by Niinistö Juhani on October 31, 2012 at 7:25am — No Comments

The Suomi-Koti event a landmark in the cohesion of the Finnish Canadian scene

Listening to Megan Leslie and reviewing the large audience at the Suomi-Koti Charity Dinner on Friday (Oct 26), I ended up thinking that this was actually a major landmark in the restoration of Finnish Canadian cohesion (lost in 1931), comparable to the arranging the suurjuhlat evening banquet at the Wanup Hall some years ago. - I recall when Megan Leslie was elected in 2008 some Finnish Canadians did not want to combine the concepts of "Finnish Canadian" and "NDP". Through that Suomi-Koti…

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Added by Niinistö Juhani on October 27, 2012 at 8:46am — No Comments

Temporary miners from China remind us of the recruitment of Finns..

The Finnish-Canadians get a mention in this labour issues piece by Walkom. But the Finns (long ago) got a landed immigrant status on arrival, the new Chinese temporary miners probably would not qualify in the Canadan Experience Class.

Anyhow, Walkom could have added that back then the recruitment of Finns "backfired", the Finns organized themselves and created values for the Canadian labor scene - that prevailed for decades.

Some years ago several immigrant organizations…

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Added by Niinistö Juhani on October 13, 2012 at 1:11am — No Comments

Sanna Kanniston muisto pelottaa joitakin yhä..

Että vielä tällä vuosituhannella Kanadan vanhoillisilla on vaikeuksia suhteessaan suomalaissiirtolaisten perinteeseen. Muistolaattahanke (Thunder Bayhin) ansioituneelle kanadansuomalaiselle Sanna Kannistolle kaatui Kanadan perinneministeriön (Heritage Canada) ”haluttomuuteen”.

Sanna Kannistosta (organisaattori ja puhuja) tehtyä elokuvaa on näytetty tänä vuonna kanadansuomalaisille ja nyt elokuussa Suomessa. Elokuvan tuottaja Ronald Harpelle sai teatterin hörähtämään todetessaan…

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Added by Niinistö Juhani on August 29, 2012 at 5:16am — No Comments

CBC:n saatavuus Suomessa näyttää olevan loppumassa. Jotain tarttis tehdä...

Kuten monet varmaan tietävät, CBC Radio Onen englanninkielinen tunti on saatavilla Suomessa loppuillasta arkisin. Lähetykset alkoivat jo vuonna 1997 ja nykyisin ne ovat olleet kuultavissa Helsingissä Yleisradion FM-taajuudella 97.6 Mhz ja koko maassa DVB-audiona.

Nyt kuitenkin Ottawan hallituksen budjettisupistusten takia CBC:n ulkomaanjakelua uhkaa lähes totaali tuho, sekä radioaalloilla että satelliiteissa.

Kun olen Suomessa, kuuntelen itse noita lähetyksiä, The World at Six…

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Added by Niinistö Juhani on April 22, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

CBC to go off the air in Finland????? Eikä...

As some of you at least know, the CBC is available in English via Yleisradio (FM in Helsinki, DVB audio in the rest of the country) on weekend nights at midgnight, with the World at Six at 00.00 and the first half hour of As it Happens on the half hour. NPR takes over at one am.

Now, with the cutbacks enforced by the powers-that-be in Ottawa the CBC international service is likely to go off the air on satellite.

I take this somewhat seriously also on the grounds that I was the…

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Added by Niinistö Juhani on April 22, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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Made By Choice Wins Award!

Made By Choice is a Finnish company consisting of a group of designers who pride themselves in their quality of product and craftsmanship. Recently, they won a prestigious award in the Restaurant and…Continue

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Finnish and Swedish Christmas 2017 1 Reply

You can get your Finnish and Swedish products from FinnGoods shipped anywhere in Canada. We are located in Vancouver area and carry the most popular Finnish and Swedish products such as Organic Fazer…Continue

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Voitimme Ruokakultuuriteko 2017

Congratulations to the team at Atelje Sotamaa for their recent Food Culture Award at the ELO Galassa! They won the top award for their design of Finnjavel Restaurant in Helsinki. Check it out on our…Continue

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Gold Prize for Atelje Sotamaa!

Atelje Sotamaa was recently awarded the top prize by The Bureau International des Expositions(BIE), in the category of 'Theme Development', at the World Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan (…Continue

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