May 26, 2009

Language Lanterns Founders to Receive Inaugural CFUS Translation Prize

CFUS is awarding its first George S. N. Luckyj Ukrainian Literature Translation Prize to my aunt, Roma Franko, and my late mother, Sonia Morris:

Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies

May 19, 2009


The Board of Directors of the Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies (CFUS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Roma Franko and her sister, the late Sonia Morris have been selected as the first recipients of the George S. N. Luckyj Ukrainian Literature Translation Prize.

The Prize is named in honour of the late Professor George S. N. Luckyj, an eminent Ukrainian Canadian Slavist, editor, and translator of Ukrainian literature. It was created to encourage the translation of Ukrainian literary works into English and other major languages and consists of a monetary gift in the amount of $2,000.

Roma Franko and Sonia Morris are being awarded the Luckyj Prize for their dedication to and tremendous efforts and achievements in translating Ukrainian literature into English and making it accessible to a wide reading audience. After taking early retirement from their respective academic careers at the University of Saskatchewan in 1996, the sisters embarked on new careers, Roma Franko as translator and Sonia Morris as editor. Together they founded Language Lanterns Publications dedicated to publishing works of Ukrainian literature in English translation. They imposed on themselves what seemed a daunting schedule of publishing at least two books of literary translations per year. In 1998, a series entitled Women?s Voices in Ukrainian Literature was launched. By 2000, the first set of six books in this series was completed. The series includes translated prose of Ukrainian women writers of the 19th century. To date, seventeen volumes have appeared translated by Roma Franko and edited by Sonia Morris. A further three volumes are in preparation. Roma Franko currently lives in Toronto. Sonia Morris passed away in 2007.

The Prize will be presented to Dr. Franko and the family of the late Sonia Morris on June 3, 2009 at the UNF Library Dinner in Toronto. The names of the recipients will be inscribed on a plaque that will be permanently displayed in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Toronto.

CFUS is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to securing funds and other resources that will promote the growth and development of Ukrainian studies in Canada in perpetuity. The work of CFUS is supported by the generosity of individuals through donations, bequests, and endowments.

For further information, please contact:
Natalka Zyla
Office Administrator, CFUS

Posted by Paul at 03:52 PM

May 25, 2009

Balcony Berries, Baby Spiders

A few shots of baby spiders on our balcony - so cool, but I gotta admit they make my scalp crawl when they crawl :-). The raspberries and strawberries are on their way.





Posted by Paul at 06:04 PM

Blog Back Up As 1and1 Restores Data to New System

Until last week I was a happy 1and1 customer -- then the server that hosts this self-installed Movable Type blog crashed.

While 1and1 did get the site back up with all data intact, it took them nearly 5 full days to do so. I also didn't hear anything from them until I complained, after which I received an email detailing the problem, and an email when the system was back up again.

So points for saving all my data, but overall I don't think it should have taken that long to get it migrated to a new system, and the communication could have been more proactive on their part. I'll give them a second chance and will continue to keep this blog there, but I'll be doing my own backups more frequently.

I also have a couple of sites at, and they have been rock solid in around twelve years of use.

Posted by Paul at 10:31 AM

May 23, 2009

Manning Park, Princeton, Coquihalla Trip Yields Bluebirds, Jays

A daytrip east from Vancouver to Manning Park, Princeton, north on the 5A and back to the coast on the Coquihalla yielded some nice photographs.

Similkameen River near Manning Park Lodge.


Yumi snaps a photo of friendly ground squirrel at Lighting Lake.

Sure are cute!

Clark's Nutcracker at Lightning Lake day use area.

Taking a break at Allison Lake.

Heading north up Highway 5A.


A gorgeous mountain bluebird.

Bluebird in flight.

Bluebird perched.

Steller's Jay at Britton Creek rest area.

Posted by Paul at 05:36 PM

May 17, 2009

Canoing Fraser River at SEP 2009 Workshop

About 70 streamkeepers signed up for a canoe trip down the Fraser River to cap the SEP 2009 (BC Streamkeeper) Workshop, out of around 300 people attending. It was a gorgeous day for a paddle and we had a great time. We put in near the Mission bridge, and took out up Kanaka Creek, with a stop for lunch along the way.

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The putting-in point near the Mission bridge.

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Me in front, with my wife Yumi behind me, and Naomi from Campbell River.

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Heading downstream.

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Catching up in a bit of friendly competition...

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Cool water, blue skies - a gorgeous day for a paddle.

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Working up a sweat!

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Looking east down one of most productive salmon rivers in the world, with Mt. Baker barely visible on the horizon.

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Heading up Kanaka Creek to the landing site.

It was a great day with a fantastic outing with wonderful people. Thanks to all of the organizers and sponsors!

Posted by Paul at 07:00 PM

May 16, 2009

BC Streamkeeper Volunteers Paint Concrete Salmon

At the 2009 BC Streamkeepers workshop, volunteers pitched in to paint two huge concrete salmon in designs inspired by children who had taken the Stream of Dreams watershed education and community art program.

The original salmon sculptures grace the Alexandria Bridge in BC. DFO Community Advisor Joe Kambeitz found original mock-ups of the salmon in a junkyard and rescued them to make molds for use by streamkeepers across BC.

The following photos show the salmon arriving, and being painted by volunteers based on Dreamfish created by schoolkids who took the Stream of Dreams watershed education and community art program.

The last photo shows Joe with Stream of Dreams founders Joan and Louise.















Posted by Paul at 10:23 PM

May 10, 2009

Cates Park, North Vancouver

We finished off our Mother's Day perambulations with a picnic followed by a trail and beach walk in Cates Park in North Vancouver.

There's not much left of the Dollar Mill except for the base of the burner.


There was quite a collection of rock-balancing sculptures - one toppled with a clatter just as I took a photo, giving me a start.




There were many starfish.





Posted by Paul at 07:50 PM

Mt. Seymour, North Van

There was still plenty of snow on Mt. Seymour in North Vancouver, but the lift was shut down.

Yumi in front of the skyline.

Paul feeling brisk in his hiking shorts and sandals.

Motorcyclist in green zapped by the sun!

Posted by Paul at 07:42 PM

Flowers, Buds, North Vancouver

Poking around near North Vancouver cemetery:








Posted by Paul at 07:22 PM

May 08, 2009

So, Really, Who Cares About Celebrities?

Screen capture from Messenger startup window:


Posted by Paul at 06:58 AM

May 04, 2009

Deer, Marmot, Hawk on Highway 5A, BC

I took a quick daytrip and got a few wildlife shots of muledeer, hawks (Cooper's? Sharp-shinned?) and a marmot north of Princeton, BC, on highway 5A.







Look up!

Posted by Paul at 04:08 PM