Canada Refugees

The Humanizing Power Of Baking (And Breaking) Bread

Kelli Kieley | Posted 11.29.2016 | Canada Impact
Kelli Kieley

While we focus on (and maybe obsess over) the nutrients, vitamins or calories in our food, food social enterprises like Newcomer Kitchen are using food's potential to open minds, build healthy communities, and open minds. "You are what you eat" takes on new meaning if we consider not only what is in our dinner, but how and with whom we are dining.

A Neo-Nazi Group Just Attacked A Refugee Camp In Greece

Genevieve Zingg | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada
Genevieve Zingg

Right-wing fascist group Golden Dawn attacked refugees and set fire to Souda camp on Chios island on Wednesday night. According to eyewitnesses, approximately sixty members of the group descended on the camp around 01:00, launching a series of flares and throwing large rocks before setting fire to several tents.

Trump's Rise Obligates Us To Question So-Called Canadian Values

Petra Molnar | Posted 11.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Petra Molnar

Kelly Leitch stated that Trump's victory sends an "exciting message" that is needed in Canada. This is the same candidate that continues to call for screening of immigrants for so-called Canadian values. But what are these values and which groups get to define them?

Let's Remember The Child Survivors Of War

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 11.11.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

The children of war will never forget what they've been through. When that minute of silence has ended this Remembrance Day, please keep the world's child survivors in front of you. Then reach out to help them.

Trudeau's Off To A Good Start, With A Long Way To Go

Sarah E. Leamon | Posted 10.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Sarah E. Leamon

Justin Trudeau has enjoyed an extended honeymoon as a political celebrity on the world stage. He ran a campaign that promised so much and appealed to so many. Trudeau won our hearts and our votes, and after an extended period of Conservative rule, we were eager to see the new, fresh changes that his campaign promised. So after one year, it's time to sit down and ask ourselves: has Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered on his promises?

How Global Events Change Our Eating Habits

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 10.27.2016 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Much of what we eat is reflected in how we live. Like it or not, globalization has arrived on our dinner plates big time. The palates of today's families are much more educated in terms of foreign foods and eating habits than ever before. All kinds of ethnic delicacies have become staples in households that were limited to locally grown basics just a generation ago.

MPs Vote Unanimously To Bring Yazidi Refugees To Canada

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Politics

Rona Ambrose has said a minimum of 1,000 Yazidi women and girls should be brought in.

Yazidis Fleeing ISIS To Arrive In Canada Within 120 Days: McCallum

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.24.2016 | Canada Politics

The immigration minister says they are a priority for the government.

Ethiopia's Best Now Run For Canada And For Matthew House

Lesley Ciarula Taylor | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Impact
Lesley Ciarula Taylor

The regular three-hour-a-day training of their professional lives is on hold along with so much else as they wait to hear if Canada will accept them. "Life is day-to-day," says Dawit. "I have lost my country, my friends, my family." But he has found a new family at Matthew House and a new country in Canada and it already feels good.

Canada Turned Discomfort Around Refugee Crisis Into Real Action

Yaman Al-Nachawati | Posted 10.12.2016 | Canada Living
Yaman Al-Nachawati

The ripple effect of our collective decision to address this discomfort has been felt worldwide. Since that time, we have helped restart the lives of more than 30,000 newcomers. Our unique integration methods are hailed as an international model.

Poetry Was My Refuge As A Child Living Through The Gulf War

Lubna Javed | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada Living
Lubna Javed

I was two months short of being 12. I went to bed quite late, only to be startled shortly afterwards by my mother. She was attempting to wake my father. She was yelling, "The war has started!" Years later I can still clearly recall the fright with which I got up. The haunting sound of the sirens still rings in my ears.

Imagine Welcoming 8,200 South Sudanese Refugees In A Day

David Schulze | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Impact
David Schulze

Last month, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that in just three weeks, it processed 37,491 refugees from South Sudan who were fleeing to neighbouring Uganda -- 8,200 arrived in a single day.

It's Not 'Cool' That My Next-Door Neighbours Are Syrian Refugees

Amanda Buessecker | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Living
Amanda Buessecker

Being a refugee isn't fun, you see. It is not an adventure. It isn't an extended vacation at the expense of another. It is a sacrifice. It is a last resort. They may be safe here, but they wish that their own country wasn't at war. They would rather be there than here. Frankly, it sucks that my new neighbours are Syrian refugees.

I'm Walking 135km With My Toddler To Prove Yoda Wrong

Elizabeth Bromstein | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Bromstein

About ten days from time of writing, I think my three-year-old daughter is going to be a little annoyed with me. This is because at that time we'll be well into our second day of a 135km walk from our house in Toronto to Niagara Falls. I have no idea how much of this my daughter will remember or what, at this age, she will take away from the experience. But when she's older and looks back at this time, I hope these are four lessons she has learned.

This Is Canada's Opportunity To Improve Education For Refugees

Jacqueline Lopour | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Jacqueline Lopour

Every child deserves a quality education, but refugee children, especially girls, are the most likely to be left behind. Over half of all refugees are children. Only 50 per cent of these children are able to attend primary school; 25 per cent make it to high school; and just one per cent of these students move on to colleges and universities.

What's To Be Done About The World's Refugees?

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Many of the world's most powerful landlords are meeting for the Refugee and Migration Summit. Heads of state from all over the world, including our own Prime Minister Trudeau, will discuss the fate of more than 21.3 million refugees -- more than any time since the Second World War.

Immigration Values Test Shows Conservatives Still Don't Get It

Arif Virani | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Arif Virani

The recent revelations that Conservative Party leadership candidate Kellie Leitch has been consulting conservatives around the country about whether we need to screen newcomers to our country for "anti-Canadian values" prior to permitting them entry is both disappointing and, unfortunately, not surprising.

Zi-Ann Lum

Alberta Economy Makes Job Hunt 'Horrible' For Syrian Refugees

HuffingtonPost.com | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 08.30.2016 | Canada Alberta

"I chase behind employers to return my calls and emails."

Canada Can Help Support The Long-Term Success Of Refugees

Gabriel Yiu | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Gabriel Yiu

Canada is a young country and we lack the long history and cultural heritage like European countries. We do not share the American Dream nor America's melting-pot culture. Thus, we provide better ground for multiculturalism to flourish; we let refugees and immigrants from around the world preserve their culture and heritage.

Toronto Air Show Triggers The Trauma Of War

Craig Damian Smith | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Craig Damian Smith

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.

Tories Twice Rejected Proposal That Could Have Helped More Refugees

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.28.2016 | Canada Politics

The recommendation to exempt Syrians and Iraqis from requiring official UN refugee status to be sponsored was rejected by then-immigration minister Chris Alexander.

What Peace Means To Children Living In South Sudan

World Vision | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

It has been one year since South Sudan signed a peace deal to end 20-months of conflict in the world's newest country. But with renewed violent clashes in July and mass internal displacement, long-term peace and stability remains uncertain. These South Sudanese children share what peace means to them.

Team Refugee Teaches Us To Approach Crisis Like A Champion

Jess Tomlin | Posted 08.19.2016 | Canada Living
Jess Tomlin

We do, indeed, have what it takes to end the world's refugee crisis. But, as any athlete would tell us, the real work takes years. It happens behind the scenes. It happens when we reveal the blind spots. And, most importantly, it happens when we listen to the voices that can be the hardest to hear.

Humanitarians Work Tirelessly Toward A Vision Of Shared Humanity

Plan International Canada | Posted 08.19.2016 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

The enormity of the humanitarian crises facing the world are sometimes difficult to comprehend, let alone productively address. But humanitarian workers are working hard in Tanzania and in other countries around the world to support people living in the most difficult situations imaginable.

Ban Ki-moon Praises Canada's Openness To Refugees

CP | Lauren Krugel | Posted 08.14.2016 | Canada Politics

The UN Secretary-General said he was grateful for the "generous and compassionate'' commitment of the Canadian government to resettle tens of thousands of Syrian refugees.