Canada Refugees

One Day In Jordan's Za'atari Refugee Camp

David Morley | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Impact
David Morley

Za'atari is a refugee camp -- 80,000 people live here now -- but it is in the process of becoming a city. New people are not arriving, another camp is taking those people now. And it is hard to know how many more people Jordan can take -- this country of a little more than six million people is also home to nearly three million refugees.

When Living Your Yoga Means Sponsoring Refugees

Patti Lenard | Posted 04.26.2016 | Canada Living
Patti Lenard

Canada is the only country in the world that allows private citizens to unite to sponsor refugees, by taking on a commitment to welcome them and support them as they take refuge in the safe and tolerant country of which we are lucky to be a part.

It's Time To End The Stigma Of Immigration In Canada

Bernie Farber | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Bernie Farber

Truthfully, unless you are a member of our indigenous peoples, we are all immigrants, regardless if you gained your citizenship yesterday or 16 generations ago. Historically, immigrants and refugees who adopted Canada as their country of choice contributed to the development of Canada's social, economic and civil fabric.

Canadians Haven't Always Been Welcoming To Immigrants

Jack Jedwab | Posted 04.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

Even those Canadians reporting the highest knowledge about immigration history believe we have always been welcoming. Yet the country's history offers more than enough examples of restrictive immigration practices to suggest that there is at least a bit of ignorance among those of us presuming the most knowledge.

U Of T Startup Helps Newcomers Navigate Canadian Health Care

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Impact
University of Toronto News

After living amid the Syrian refugee crisis in Turkey for a year after graduating from the University of Toronto, Nouhaila Chelkhaoui knew she wanted to help make a positive impact on the lives of newcomers. Her return to Toronto gave her the opportunity to do just that, as she joined U of T startup iamsick's newest initiative, which helps refugees navigate Canada's complex healthcare system.

An Open Letter To The New Independent Senators

Alain Miville de Chêne | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Alain Miville de Chêne

As senator, you will be entering in a whole new phase of your life. As a newcomer, you have a freedom of thought and a creativity which will invariably be constrained once you will have internalized the Senate's culture. Use this limited time wisely.

A Viral Video Helped This Afghan Refugee Find A New Home

Yaël Ossowski | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada
Yaël Ossowski

It's a story full of hope among a sea of despair. With thousands of refugees currently awaiting their fate at the periphery of Europe's borders, hoping to reach Germany, the United Kingdom or Sweden, at least one man was setting his sights on the Baltic nation of Lithuania.

A World Federation Would Bring Lasting Solutions To Global Issues

Erol Vekil | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Erol Vekil

Unless the world unites as a federation, as a whole, it will be very difficult to stop our future generations to suffer calamities on a proportion which this globe has never been exposed to before. One example is climate change. New models now predict the possibility of flooding occurring at major cities at a much faster pace than was thought before.

The Syrian Refugee Crisis Has Tested Our Logic And Ideals

Nicholas Nazar | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Nicholas Nazar

Right now, 71 per cent of Canadians do not want Canada to accept above the original target of 25,000 Syrians. The warm feeling of moral righteousness is not particularly useful for devising a policy at a time when 60 per cent of Americans agree with Donald Trump's proposal to ban entry of all non-citizen Muslims to the United States.

Canada Makes New Promises To Refugees

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Politics

The UN is hoping to find over 400,000 more resettlement spots for Syrians by 2018.

Conservatives' Bills Continue To Haunt Immigrants And Refugees

Gabriel Yiu | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Gabriel Yiu

They first installed Bill C-31 to target the refugees, then in 2014 enacted Bill C-24 that turned immigrants and their families into second-class citizens. During that time, the Conservatives scrapped 280,000 skilled worker immigration applications. They stripped tens of thousands of foreign students of the opportunity to seek work and stay in Canada. They raised the bar for immigrants to become citizens.

What New Canadians Should Know About Filing Taxes In Canada

Caroline Battista | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Business
Caroline Battista

As thousands of new Canadians settle into Canada, among the many things that they'll need to take into consideration are their tax obligations. The Canada Revenue Agency provides in-depth resources for New Canadians to learn more about our tax system, and their filing requirements.

These Snapshots From Syria Tell Stories Of Suffering - And Hope

Conrad Sauvé | Posted 03.17.2016 | Canada Impact
Conrad Sauvé

Collapsed buildings are everywhere. Families huddle in the ruins, while aid groups struggle to keep up with people's basic needs for food, water, medical care and shelter. I can see humanitarian aid is helping, but it is never a long-term solution. So much more is needed.

If You Had To Live From A Backpack, What Would You Bring?

Megan Radford | Posted 03.10.2016 | Canada Living
Megan Radford

There are times where living out of a backpack is forced upon us. Homelessness, war or even a mundane loss of luggage in transit make our backpacks less of an accessory and more of a lifeline. When I was living with my family in Senegal in 2012, I almost had one of those circumstances happen to me.

Hold CBSA Accountable For Deporting Detainees To Torture

Monia Mazigh | Posted 03.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Monia Mazigh

Despite all the legal battles Mohamed Harkat and his wife have been conducting to allow him to stay in Canada, he finds himself today facing deportation to Algeria. Recently CBSA filed a report where it plainly concludes that Mohamed Harkat should be deported to Algeria, despite the risk of being tortured there if he returns.

Humanitarian Aid Isn't A Long-Term Solution For Syria

Conrad Sauvé | Posted 03.10.2016 | Canada Impact
Conrad Sauvé

Home is a tent divided in two for Um Yasmine and her five children. The Syrian widow fled to a dusty field in Lebanon three years ago, as war piled up bodies around her beloved city of Homs. Now, a bedsheet hangs down the middle of her crowded tent shared with another refugee family. Um Yasmine is so tired of this makeshift life. She just wants to go home.

What New Canadians Need To Know About Buying A Home

Christine Shisler | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Business
Christine Shisler

While the prospect of purchasing a home for the first time in Canada is an exciting and important step, many newcomers choose to rent for the first several months to a year (or longer) after their arrival. Before deciding whether to rent or buy, it's important that you know what you can afford, weigh the options available and take the time to make the right decisions that will ensure a successful future in Canada.

This International Women's Day, Think Of Syria's Mothers

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

"Bravo, sister. I honour you. I would do anything to take away some of the pain that you've experienced. And I know that I'll never understand what you carry around inside. But your children -- they're so beautiful. And you've used all of your resources -- your love, your patience, and your creativity -- to keep them alive and healthy. You've taught them when there was no school and comforted them when there was nothing comforting to say. You've made 'home' in camps, tents, and on the side of the road. I will do whatever I can, through my donations, through my prayers and through my writing, to help carry your children to safety and happiness."

What A Trump Presidency Will Do To Canada

Jack Jedwab | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

When some may think it's best to mind their own business when a very close friend is about to make a really bad decision, I believe it's important to let them know. With the strong possibility that the highly divisive Donald Trump will be the Republican candidate for the United States presidency, it is often out of friendship that many Canadians feel compelled to share their concerns with their neighbours to the south. After all, as friends, we don't want walls between us.

5 Things To Watch For In Liberals' Immigration Plan

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Politics

The plan is supposed to be tabled each November, but the one for 2016 was delayed by the election.

Why I'm Travelling To Conflict Zones In Syria And Beyond

Conrad Sauvé | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada Impact
Conrad Sauvé

A desperate Syrian mother in a refugee camp tried to give me her sick little girl on my last visit to the region's conflict zones and neighbouring countries filled with fleeing people. She wanted me to take her child back to Canada for medical care. That day, I saw misery and despair that no one should bear.

How Refugees And Newcomers Can Access Canadian Bank Services

Christine Shisler | Posted 02.24.2016 | Canada Business
Christine Shisler

One of the first things you'll need to do is open a Canadian bank account. This will give you a safe place to deposit and access your money whenever you need it. Canada's banking system can differ from other countries, and it takes time to understand the various types of financial institutions, bank accounts and services available.

A Simple Snow Angel Can Show Your Support For Peace In Syria

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Could you take a few minutes to make a Snow Angel for Syria? It might seem like a small thing, but you'll be part of a national gesture of solidarity and support for the children of Syria.

Syrian Boy Seeking Refugee Status Ordered Deported To U.S.

CBC | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada

Last week officials with the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) ordered the boy deported.

Syrians Not The Only Ones Facing Adversity, Other Refugees Say

CP | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.15.2016 | Canada Politics

Groups supporting refugees are worried the government's efforts have created a two-tier system.