I figured there might be an Orest hiding in this. I just picked the first two Ukrainian names I could think of. There was an Orest in my class when I wrote the Real Estate licensing exam around 1986 and I think there was another in my Ukrainian class in '87. And there's Orest Subtelny, The Canadian historian who wrote chiefly about Ukraine. Read some of him - in English, though. And I once had a landlord named Maxim who came from Ukraine. That Maxim was the guy who told me he went to Bohdan Khmelnitsky Primary School in Ukraine. I posted something about Khmelnitsky here at DI a while back. It comes to writing - I use what I got. I'm really sorry to hear of your bad Canadian experiences, Stanislav. The only thing I can do is shake my head and remark that there are a lot of people with degrees but no education in this country. I'm a foreigner of sorts myself. I'm still a Brit, as I might have told you, after 68 years here. I've talked like a Canadian since I was nine (I sometimes revert to my native accent if I'm around English people for too long) so most people don't know, unless I tell them. The Government knows, of course and it's all OK with them. I paid taxes - now I get the benefits. The only benefit I don't get is one I don't really want anyway - a chance to vote on Election Day. Now, when I was a kid, other kids would say things like "Limey" and "Chirper" but only the kids - and it never happened after my mid-teens. I found some Americans who tended not to like people (i.e. me) if they found out we were Brits though. Maybe that's historical - 1776 and all that. Old grudges die hard. I'll just stay here, I think, with my Canadian health care - which has kept me alive a couple of times now, at great expense to the State and none whatsoever to me. I could easily have been a goner years ago - a couple of times. Yes, easily. Canada is far from perfect. But still - if I had to live somewhere else, I'm not sure where I'd be as happy. Well, there's always the South of France --- no, full of English people nowadays -- Mongolia? Maybe, but Russia and China are too close - and there's still a yearly Plague Season, like the American Southwest. Yep. I'll just stay here -it's easiest - and again, my sympathy for the way you've been treated. It's not right. Not right at all.