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The Snowbirds do not contribute to the Canadian Forces' combat capabilities. They are simply, according to the Department of National Defence, an "important public relations and recruiting tool." Recruitment and community outreach are closely intertwined.
Welcoming refugees into our communities implies a responsibility to provide a safe environment for rehabilitation and integration. Yet this weekend thousands of our neighbours will be exposed to trauma in a spectacle many of us would do away with in the first place. The air show is nothing like a charity bike ride. In a city with a large population of refugee newcomers and people who have experienced the trauma of war it is insulting, invasive, and violent.