Opinion and Perspectives

Greek islanders to be nominated for Nobel peace prize

In Defence of Human Rights and Democracy

For Greece and Germany a democratic trial looms-The Guardian

Democracy’s Cradle, Rocking the World-The New York Times

Greek Far Right Hangs a Target on Immigrants- The New York Times

Greeks count mental health cost of a country in crisis-Reuters

Greece on Brink of Humanitarian Crisis-BBC News

Humanitarian Crisis in Southern Europe-AlertNet News

History of Macedonia

HCAAO Annual General Meeting 2012

The HCAAO General Meeting took place on Sunday December 9 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry (200 College St., Wallberg Building, Room 215, (416)-978-1093) at the UofT campus.

In Defence of Human Rights and Democracy

dated November 5th, 2012

The Hellenic Canadian Academic Association of Ontario is committed to fostering interest in issues of importance to Hellenism worldwide by organizing educational activities and acting as an informed resource to other organizations and the community at large.

We are deeply concerned with the rise of ultra-nationalist and xenophobic political forces in several parts of Europe mainly due to an ever-deepening economic crisis and record levels of unemployment. The meteoric ascent of the Golden Dawn party in recent years in Greece is the most direct expression of that.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees are reporting an increasing number of human rights violations on immigrants and other minorities in Greece committed by members of the Golden Dawn party. Most worrisome is the compromised capacity of democratic institutions to defend the rights of those minorities and, more recently, attempts to intimidate journalists and restrict freedom of expression. This is of deep concern to us.

Recently, the Golden Dawn party established chapters in New York City and Montreal and it is likely that they will try to do the same in Toronto. Golden Dawn has capitalized on the disillusionment, despair and the ever-deepening crisis in Greece through a blame-evil-on-immigrants rhetoric. The activities of this party threaten the values that underpin democratic societies worldwide and their presence here should be a Canadian concern.

This association will continue to raise awareness in the community on the issues of defending human rights and democracy.


University Studies Orientation Day 2012

The University Studies Orientation Day (USOD) is an annual event organized by the Hellenic Canadian Academic Association of Ontario (HCAAO) in cooperation with the Greek Community of Toronto. The goal is to help high school students applying for university studies make better and informed choices.

History of Macedonia

The following letter was addressed to the editor of the Archeology Magazine about the history of Macedonia. The letter was written by Stephen G. Miller, an Emeritus Professor from the University of California at Berkeley (Click this link for a copy of the letter).

Dimitrios Oreopoulos 1936-2012

Dimitrios Oreopoulos, a world-renowned nephrologist,
the one who laid the foundations of peritoneal dialysis,
M.D. (Athens), Ph.D. (Belfast), FRCPC, FACP, FRCP (Glasgow),
Professor at the University of Toronto, and
active member of the Hellenic-Canadian Academic Association of Ontario,
as well as past member of the board,
passed away April 25, 2012.
He will be remembered for his contributions to academia, research, society and to our association.
University of Toronto article
The Kidney Foundation of Canada article
American Society of Nephrology article
Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
National Institute of Health article
The Globe and Mail article
Ulster Medical Journal (Belfast, N. Ireland) article
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Annual Guest Speaker Series Event 2012: Conference

The Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in Modern Greek History and the Hellenic Canadian Academic Association of Ontario with the generous support of the Hellenic Heritage Foundation organized the conference titled “From Revolution to Regress: Debating the Greek State and economy from the 19th century to the age of global crisis” at the Royal Ontario Museum on April 7, 2012.

Conference Participants:
Tassos Anastassiadis, McGill University
Maria Christina Chatziioannou, Institute for Neohellenic Research, Athens
Thomas Gallant, University of California San Diego
Sakis Gekas, York University
Kostas Kostis, University of Athens
Dean Kostantaras, Northwestern University
Michalis Psalidopoulos, Tufts University

Please click here for the Conference Announcement and Program.

Greek History Public Lectures

Greek History Public Lectures at the Pan-Macedonian Association of Ontario on Friday, April 6, 2012
Organized in association with HHF Chair of Modern Greek History (Department of History, York University), the Hellenic Heritage Foundation, the Pan-Macedonian Association of Ontario and the Hellenic Canadian Academics Association.

Public Lectures Participants:
Maria Christina Chatziioannou, Institute for Neohellenic Research, Athens
Kostas Kostis, University of Athens

For more information: Public Lectures (view poster)

Annual Get-Together Dinner 2012: 20 years of HCAAO

On March the 4th, 2012 our association celebrated 20 years of history with a very special get-together dinner at the David Duncan House, 125 Moatfield Drive, Don Mills, Toronto (1 Block North of York Milles Rd, off of Don Mills Road).

Our guest of honor was Dr. Dimitrios Oreopoulos, an internationally renowned physician-scientist and exemplary citizen and humanitarian and an HCAAO member. Also, among our special invited guests for the evening were Dr. Evangelia (Evie) Tastsoglou, Professor and Chair in the Department of Sociology and Criminology, at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, founding member of HCAAO and member of the association’s first executive council.