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The story of a Canadian Odessa (Ontario)


Nasha Kasha (“our porridge”) is a Canadian weekly ad-free radio programme for everyone about Ukrainian life. The Radio dedicated one of its episode to Odessa in Ontario (Canada), which long ago took the name of Ukraine’s historic port city.


Nasha Kasha is broadcast on 18 radio stations across Canada. Its stories are about everyday life lived exceptionally. They are in the English language with some Ukrainian and music woven into every 28-minute episode.

Kasha is a traditional Ukrainian meal: grain boiled in milk or water until it turns into a sort of porridge. “Nasha” means that it is ours. Nasha Kasha is warm, nourishing and can be just a little messy: like life itself.


To listen to the story about Odessa Canada and its historical ties with Odessa Ukraine go to Nasha Kasha 242 – Odessa Ontario


Nasha Kasha is the work of journalist and volunteer Stefan Andrusiak: a 25-year veteran of Canadian broadcast networks: CBC and CTV. Stefan served as academic chair of Communication Arts at Fanshawe College. He later taught media ethics and journalism at Western University in London, Ontario.

Steve (Stefan) Andrusiak

Nasha Kasha is a volunteer led not for profit production. They do not accept remuneration for the stories they tell. They are supported by the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko and the Ukrainian Credit Union Ltd.


We thank Stefan Andrusiak for the contents of this article.