November 1st, 2010

Katia Ianishevska CUPP 2011 APPLICANT

Hello from Odessa, dear future colleagues!

As the saying goes, our world is such a beautiful place to reside in, so cheer up and keep  a steady hand on your tiller this Saturday.

Before proceeding to the actual description of my daytime adventures, I would like to introduce myself to the audience. To start with, my name is Kateryna Ianishevska, I am the 4th year student of Odessa National University named after I.I. Mechnikov. I am going to qualify both in law and foreign languages, that is why I am trying to do my best in order to combine the obtained knowledge and , as a result, apply it in practice. My current life motto sounds as "Rolling stone gathers no moss", hence, do not be surprised whenever you witness me rushing somewhere, clustering piles of paper or simply leafing through voluminous textbooks.

"60 revolutions per minute, this is my regular speed, so how do you want me to live with it?" - this catchy tune by Gogol Bordello helps me pull through.  My Saturday is definitely going to be eventful, rain or shine. By 11 am I will have already left home for my additional French lesson, the topic of discussion which we are working at now is love and human relations - no wonder that all the lexical units we come across are memorized pretty well.

Another plan to cling to is the educational visit to the criminal courtroom hearings, which I would like to arrange for the first-years of my faculty. I am a bit worried concerning the whole matter; nevertheless I am looking forward to obtaining all the necessary permissions by Monday. If everything goes without a flow, on Tuesday I will be describing the peculiarities of the newly-reformed court system to the freshmen, supplying my speech with a real-life demonstration.
After the hearing I am planning to drop to the archives - I need to find some examples of expert advice during forensic psychiatric examination of the offenders, already charged with crime - for the report.

Conduction of scientific researches is definitely a life-passion for me. Another passion is volunteering. Currently we are working with the children who suffer from mental retardation. In terms of our charity projects, we organize various celebrations and happy days-off for the orphans who have the already mentioned illness. Our care and concern is very important for such kids, because they are deprived of parental love and their physical conditions make them extremely vulnerable.

If anyone of CUPP-participants happened to live in Odessa, and you are interested in helping me with the kids, please contact me via my e-mail address -

Good luck, pals. Have a nice weekend.

Yours faithfully,

1 - The way I am

2 - In the local zoo with orphanage children

Ievgen Ivashchenko, CUPP 2011 applicant

Ievgen Ivashchenko, CUPP 2011 applicant
November 1st

Dear CUPP diary!

Today was a great day! Unlike other applicants and interns this Monday was very easy for me. This is so, because Today was a day off because of the yesterday's Local elections (yes, in Halloween!). Throughout the local elections my university was closed, because it is one of the polling stations. That’s why today was very easy day for me.

It’s still difficult to make some conclusions about elections, but I can say one thing: at one polling station in Donetsk, the turnout was 35%. It can only be explained by the reluctance of the population to participate in elections and disinterest in the future of Ukraine. So the authorities have already started an active struggle with the political passivity of the Ukrainians. I'm looking forward that these elections will bring only long-awaited prosperity and stability.

Today I also found out about the act of terror in Istanbul at beautiful Taksim Square. It’s really-really impressed me…
Hm, I don’t know what to write else. Everyone wrote such big letters, but I didn’t…
Well, good night everyone!

Ibadova Liliia CUPP 201O INTERN

November 1, 2010
Ibadova Liliia

My day began with my office. I have already got used to it. There are three more assistants who work with Rick Dykstra, the Conservative Member of Parliament for St. Catharines. I am very lucky with all of them. Mr. Dykstra is very active; he has lots of meetings each day apart from attending Question Period in the afternoon. Many guests visit our office; we receive lots of letters, calls, and invitations.

In the afternoon we had a meeting in the U. S. embassy. Having visited a range of them here in Ottawa, nevertheless I was impressed. The security system consists of three stages. Firstly, you need to show your international passport to the police officer at the front door. He checks his list of the registered and invited persons. Secondly, you need to go through the scanner. All the electronic devices must be taken while you are staying in the embassy. Thirdly, you need to give your passport to the next police officer. Instead you receive a red visitor pass. Finally two representatives met us after we passed the third door.

The building itself is unique too. As it is situated 10 minutes away from the parliament, the territory is limited. It is quite high and long. Inside there is open space in the middle as if there is the only corridor on the ground floor. We went to the conference room. We discussed Canada-USA relations, cultural and ecological issues.

In the evening we went to the rehearsal at the embassy, this time Ukrainian one. In three days, on the 4th of November we are holding Crimea Party. We have much work to do; it is not an easy task. We spent several hours there, discussed lots of issues. Some of us did research on this topic; the other looked for pictures, poetry and songs. We advertised this event; many people are expected to come. Understanding our responsibility, we look even more forward to take this challenge.

My internship is close to the end. The changes and experience are tremendous. I feel I am in the right place at the right time. I believe it is only the beginning.