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The Hrant Dink Contemporary Oratorio – a new composition by composer Majag Toshigian and lyricist Bercuhi Berberyan was performed in Montreal on Saturday, March 18 and Sunday March 19 in Montreal. The contemporary Oratorio is a large-scale musical work for orchestra and voices.

The concert, under the direction of Maestro Lori Antounian and with the participation of Hamazkayin KNAR choir included soloists Karin Cubukcuyan Bozkurt, Elie Berberian, and Bogos Yegyazar.

The event was organized by The Organization of Istanbul Armenians of Montreal.

The program included a special tribute to Hrant Dink by way of a video presentation.

CBC – Former MP and federal Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney is the new leader of Alberta’s Progressive Conservative Party.

“Today we have chosen the future. Today we have chosen hope. Today we have chosen unity. Today, It’s springtime in Alberta,” Kenney said as the crowd of 2,000 at the Telus Convention Centre in downtown Calgary cheered.

Kenney won the leadership on the first ballot over opponents Richard Starke, a PC MLA, and Byron Nelson, a Calgary lawyer.

PC party president Katherine O’Neill said 1,476 ballots were cast. Three were spoiled.

On Saturday March 11th in Vancouver B.C., during the 2017 S.U.C.C..E.S.S. gala, ANCC -Western Region Chairman Vahe Andonian, Co-chair unger Vahe Agopian and ungerouhi Sevan Agopian had a private meeting with British Columbia’s Premier The Honourable Christy Clark.

During the candid meeting the upcoming B.C. elections were discussed, and the ANCC representatives briefed the Premier about the Armenian community’s activities and concerns.

They shared with her success stories of the community’s support of the Syrian Armenian refugees settling in BC.

The ANCC members extended an invitation to the Premier to re- visit the Armenian Community Centre, which she promised to schedule during Easter or April 24 events next month.

The same evening, the ANCC representatives met Minister of Justice and Attorney General The Honourable Jody Wilson- Raybould, and confirmed an upcoming meeting with the minister.

Short meetings were conducted with long time Richmond Centre MP Alice Wong, and with several provincial MLAs, including:

The upcoming BC provincial elections will be held on May 9th.