Russian sanctions Canadian singer Chantal Kreviazuk for her support of Ukraine

If you can’t tell by her last name, Winnipeg-born Chantal Kreviazuk is of Ukrainian stock. Since Russia invaded Ukraine back in February, she’s been active in raising money to help defend the country. I was part of a benefit with her earlier this year where she appealed for donations to buy things like bulletproof vests.

Her efforts have not gone unnoticed by the Kremlin. She’s on a list of people now sanctioned by Putin’s government, which means she’s banned from entering Russian. Uh, boo-hoo? Like anyone is heading that way anytime soon.

Kreviazuk isn’t alone. Also on the new list are:

  • Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland. She’s been critical of Putin for years. She also has a Ukrainian background.
  • Maj.-Gen. Michael Wright, head of Canadian Forces Intelligence Command. His a pastor that performed the first gay marriages in Canada.
  • Brent Hawkes, anLGBTQ activist who officiated Canada’s first legal gay marriages
  • Ian Scott, head of broadcasting regulator the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. Lest we forget, the CRTC banned RT, the Russian state propaganda news network, from Canadian cable systems.

Kreviazuk is married to Our Lady Peace singer Raine Maida.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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