Canada Refugees

Response to Refugee Crisis Must Include Expanding Refugee Healthcare

Y. Y. Brandon Chen | Posted 10.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Y. Y. Brandon Chen

Lack of healthcare has dire consequences for the well-being of refugees and can also stand in the way of their integration into new environments. For the four-million Syrian refugees living in the neighbouring countries, their access to healthcare has been severely hampered by the funding shortage facing aid agencies.

Thanking and Giving in the Syrian Refugee Camps of Lebanon

Oxfam Canada | Posted 10.12.2015 | Canada Impact
Oxfam Canada

I have a lot to be thankful for. Good health, a loving family, a home and a gratifying job. But like many, I often take these blessings for granted. This year, however, is different. Today I am thankful for having shared a cup of coffee with Syrian women refugees in Sawere, a small town in Lebanon's Bekaa valley.

Audit Of Syrian Refugees Did Not Include Those From Church Groups

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Politics

The Conservative government ordered a review of some Syrian refugee cases this summer as a result of intelligence reports suggesting refugees could pose a threat.

Debate Over Syrian Refugee Crisis Re-Emerges On Campaign Trail

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — The political debate over the plight of Syrian refugees has re-emerged in the election campaign, with media reports that suggest the Prime ...

Trudeau Says PMO Interference In Refugee Processing Not Surprising

The Canadian Press | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Politics

It's more evidence of Stephen Harper's lack of transparency, the Liberal leader said.

Here Are 2 Ways Canada Can Help Syrian Refugees

Joe Gunn | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Joe Gunn

Canada should open our doors in an expedited manner to asylum seekers. For well over a year, Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) has join many other organizations in calling for Ottawa accept at least 10,000 Syrians. We have also opposed discrimination against refugees from that region on the basis of their religion.

Complicated Refugee Claim May Force Couple From B.C. Home

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada British Columbia

But any action to remove John Collins would be "outrageous," according to Green party Leader Elizabeth May.

Our Tour of Shame in Syria

Maia Rose Rotman | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Maia Rose Rotman

"Where is Canada?" In Turkey and Jordan recently, this was the question we heard over and over, from Syrian refugees themselves, crisis intervention workers, medical professionals, human rights activists and others dedicated to helping Syrians.To friends and family, I referred to my time in the region as a tour of shame, as a Canadian. There was a clear perception among the people we spoke with that Canada preferred Christian asylum seekers, and this explained the delays and inaction. As the now-infamous photo of Alan Kurdi reminds us, there is an immediate need for Canada to show leadership in developing a concrete solution.

Canadian Students Call for a Response to the Refugee Crisis

Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Impact
Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers

In response to the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, our current Canadian government has reluctantly offered some support. We shall, according to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, accept 10,000 refugees over the next three years. As medical students committed to global health, we call into question this lukewarm commitment to such a pressing crisis and call for stronger commitments in line with Canada's values.

Canada Must Lead By Example In Global Refugee Crisis

Stephen Cornish | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

People don't abandon their homes out of choice, and they are not unaware of the risks they will face along their journeys. It is out of desperation that they flee war and torture, misery, poverty and persecution. Doctors Without Borders delivers humanitarian medical care and sees first-hand the suffering and horrible conditions that drive people to risk their lives for the chance of a better future.

I Am Quitting the Conservatives Because of Stephen Harper's Politics

Samuel Getachew | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

By the time you read this column, my membership in the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario will likely be revoked (if not, I will resign). I will no longer be the director of a riding association in the Toronto Centre Conservative Association. This is not because I am no longer useful to the once-proud party of Bill Davis, John Robarts and, yes, Christine Elliott, but because I am coming out against comrade Stephen Harper -- our party's federal counterpart. The Stephen Harper era has made us too partisan, extremely fearful of our neighbours, cheerleaders in world affairs, less tolerant to new immigrants and refugees and mere observers in the affairs of our country -- instead of active actors.

Did The UN Ask Canada To Take 9,000 Refugees By Christmas?

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.19.2015 | Canada Politics

During Thursday's debate, Mulcair accused Harper of ignoring a UN request that Canada resettle 9,000 refugees before Christmas.

Harper Takes Aim At Repeat Drunk Drivers

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Politics

Harper addressed a Calgary crowd in a town-hall-style meeting hat victims, not criminals, deserve to be at the centre of the criminal-justice system.

Syrians are One Wave in an Ocean of Refugees

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The heart-rending image of Alan Kurdi dead in the sand, as though sleeping peacefully, sparked a global mobilization to aid Syrian refugees. But while they number more than four million, Syrians still only represent one-fifth of the almost 20 million refugees in the world today -- the greatest global refugee population since World War II. While Canadians open their homes and wallets to Syrian refugees, here are some of the others we cannot allow to be forgotten.

Stephen Harper's Citizenship Overhaul Heir to Chilling History of Exclusion

Sarah Ghabrial | Posted 09.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Sarah Ghabrial

The photo of three-year-old Alan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach awakened many voters to the human cost of our hardened, fear-based approach to immigration and foreign policy. But equally important and more difficult to acknowledge is the way the refugee crisis has cast an uncomfortable light on the question of who "we" are, and how our laws make us. To understand the anemic Canadian response to the refugee crisis, we must place it in the context of a broader policy overhaul that has radically reshaped the meaning of citizenship in Canada.

Kenney Defends Government's Response To Refugee Crisis

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Politics

The party dispatched Kenney to respond to a number of issues as Conservative Leader Stephen Harper prepares for Thursday's leaders' debate on the economy.

Trudeau, Dallaire Give Harper Reality Check On Syrian Refugee Crisis

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 09.15.2015 | Canada Politics

"The number one ingredient we need is political will."

Sorry Harper, Muslims Have Become Inconveniently Sympathetic

Zarqa Nawaz | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Zarqa Nawaz

The timing for the image of Muslims to change from fire-breathing jihadi terrorists, frothing at the mouth to actual human beings could not have been worse. This election was supposed to be about economic renewal and getting tough on crime and instead we are in a recession and the papers are full of stories about Muslims drowning in the sea.

How Canadians Really Feel About Refugees

Jennifer Blastorah | Posted 09.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Jennifer Blastorah

Despite cries for justice and humanitarianism, public reactions have been, in some cases, heinous. Comments sections of online news stories can be telling. In forums where readers give anonymous feedback, commenters have free rein to speak their minds.

We Must Turn Our Empathy for Syrian Refugees Into Action

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 09.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

Resettlement will enable many Syrians to provide their children an opportunity to escape what will be remembered as one of the worst humanitarian disasters of the 21st Century. However, asylum in the West can only resolve a fraction of the crisis unfolding on the ground in the Middle East.

NDP Partisans Want Party To Aim Higher On Refugee Pledge

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.13.2015 | Canada Politics

The New Democrats' campaign promise to bring tens of thousands of Syrian refugees to Canada generated a popular reaction last week from within party ranks: aim higher.

Lebanon, Jordan Could Be Focus Of Canada's Response To Refugee Crisis

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.11.2015 | Canada Politics

The situation is especially dire in Lebanon, a country with strong ties to Canada thanks to a large diaspora population.

Only Canada Charges Refugees Interest On Travel Loans: Advocates

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.11.2015 | Canada Politics

Canada's controversial practice of charging refugees interest on travel loans is in the spotlight as the global Syrian crisis unfolds.

Wynne Says Feds Need To 'Step Up' In Refugee Crisis

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.11.2015 | Canada Politics

Wynne is urging the federal government to streamline its process so more refugees can come to Canada.

Syrian Refugee In B.C. Says Others Deserve Chance At A New Life

CP | Laura Kane, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.14.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Hanan Alawwad, a mother of five, says other refugees should have the same chance at a new beginning.