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What Donald Trump's Words Feel Like To Muslims Like Me

Deena Douara | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Deena Douara

I'll tell you how it feels to hear Trump -- a front-running candidate to lead the world's most powerful country -- say he wants a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States." How it feels to hear supporters say "send them all back."

Liberals' Refugee Plan Lauded As Act Of Courage

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Politics

The head of the International Organization for Migration says the program is a good compromise.

A Look Inside A Wayside Playroom For Syrian Refugee Children

Robert Neufeld | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada Impact
Robert Neufeld

Here, in this unassuming spot, World Vision would use toys, drawings and games to brighten the lives of refugee children fleeing across Europe to find safety in new homelands. This was the first day of operations for a new child-friendly space in Adaševci.

Joshua Ostroff

Hozier Compares Syrian Refugees (Now) To Irish Immigrants (Then)

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Living

"Ireland has a long history of people leaving with famines and war. A lot of people weren't happy to see them."

It's Our Duty To Help Refugees, Even If We Are Afraid

Elizabeth Bromstein | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Bromstein

I'm scared that we will somehow fail the people we sponsor, or that they will be ungrateful and not very nice. I suppose I'm slightly concerned that they will actually be bad people. And I'll admit I'm a little scared (possibly irrationally) of the remotely possible Fundamental Islamification of Canada. I feel, incidentally, that I should be allowed to express these fears without being called a racist or xenophobe. But most of those are small, imaginary fears, and what refugees from Syria are fleeing are big, real fears.

Trudeau's Decision To Stop Bombing ISIS Isn't Political

Alan Ramón Ward | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Alan Ramón Ward

The new light in which his decision is inevitably being seen after the despicable acts in Paris makes it important to revisit the issue, which is bigger than the press sometimes lets on. Because Trudeau's decision is not a political one. On the contrary, it is cultural. His decision to stop bombing speaks to what can only be seen as a fulfillment of national identity. Even before Paris, it seemed that nothing in the world could divide Canadians as definitively as their opinion of whether Canada should be dropping bombs in the Middle East.

'Nannygate' Is Not A Real Issue

Lauren Messervey | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Parents
Lauren Messervey

Never mind that Trudeau has already attracted admiration from several world leaders, improved foreign relations and made good with his promise to aid Syrian refugees,. Never mind that he's only been Prime Minister for less than two months and has been actively working for the change that he promised. No, no, let's talk about how he and his wife hired a NANNY.

How Many Refugees From Each Country Depends On Need: Ambassador

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.27.2015 | Canada Politics

Close to four million Syrians are currently living in three countries.

Canada's Syrian Refugee Plan Not Abandoning Single Men: Official

CP | Colin Perkel | Posted 11.27.2015 | Canada Politics

"This is truly an incredible mobilization."

The Western Double Standard On Terror In Israel Must Stop

Catherine Chatterley | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Catherine Chatterley

Since the jihadist terrorist assault on Paris, the most glaring double standard has come into view. It seems that while the victims in France have our sympathy and concern, the Jews murdered by Arabs in Jerusalem and other cities in Israel do not.

Think Canada Is Doing Too Much For Syrian Refugees? This Map Begs To Differ

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada British Columbia

A little perspective always helps.

Why I Am Choosing To Help Syrian Refugees Over My Dream Vacation

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

I couldn't help but ache for the families that do not have a warm home to come home to. The families who have had to leave their entire lives behind to be shelled to oblivion while they risk their own lives to give their children a future. These people are human beings struggling to simply stay alive and are risking everything they have ever known in order to do so.

I Saw How Europeans Came Together In The Aftermath Of Paris

Sujata Dey | Posted 11.23.2015 | Canada Living
Sujata Dey

I learned the news from internet sites -- the Bataclan was not very far from me. I know that spot. I discovered that one of the shootings was on Charonne Street. I looked up the address: 92 rue de Charonne, la Belle Équipe restaurant. My address: 125 rue de Charonne. Brent ordered me not to go outside.

Remember That Diversity Is Our Strength

Shelley Carroll | Posted 11.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Shelley Carroll

Differences are what enrich our lives and make Toronto the fabulous, unique, successful city it is. Xenophobia (a fear or hatred of strangers and foreigners) has no place in a city built upon these differences. It threatens the very core of who we as Torontonians are. It is also what motivated the horrific and unacceptable attack in which a woman was beaten and robbed by two young men. They tore off her hijab and told her to "Go back to your country."

The War Against ISIL Begins With The Battle For The Refugees

Reut Amit | Posted 11.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Reut Amit

The cruelty of ISIL is matched only by its shrewd assessment of the West. The masterminds of the Paris attacks were keenly aware of the seething anti-Muslim bigotry that bubbles just below the surface of our society. ISIL's attack on Paris was intended to invoke psychological and emotional pain, intended to threaten the very ideals we presume to be fighting for. It was intended to confirm for these refugees that they cannot escape the long-reaching arm of ISIL; that even if their children have escaped the blades of ISIL's swords, they will not escape the West's leveraged hatred in what is becoming a two-front war against these victims.

Body Of Canadian Who Died Fighting ISIS Returns Home

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada

The Canadian Heroes Foundation says Gallagher's family was "very appreciative" of all the support they received.

Canada Should Not Wage War Against ISIS

Joe Killoran | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Politics
Joe Killoran

As is usually the case in the rush to war, this chorus of angry voices ignores the messy and uncomfortable reality of the situation. They propose a course of action that would put Canada in greater danger, strengthen its geopolitical foes, involve a far greater sacrifice than Canadians are willing to make, and fail to improve the situation in Syria or Iraq.

It Is Not Wrong To Mourn For Paris

Joseph McLean | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Living
Joseph McLean

I've been told that we care too much for the people of Paris. That our outpouring of sympathy ignores the fate of other countries, that we are too selective in our grief. We find it so easy to stand with our old ally, while places like Beirut and Nigeria burn. We are hypocrites for caring so much about France. But it's false.

Canadians Must Not Allow Themselves To Be Divided By Hate

Sid Ryan | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Sid Ryan

The coordinated killings that rocked Paris over the weekend are an unspeakable horror. But we must not allow the horrific nature of this atrocity to drag Canada back into the racism, Islamophobia and war-mongering that characterized our last government. The burden to hold firm on the change that we demanded in the October election is jointly shared between Canadians and our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

We Need A Responsible Timeline For Canada's Refugee Commitment

Catherine Chatterley | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Catherine Chatterley

Unfortunately, there is a stubborn quality to the Prime Minister's current commitment to meet his election promise of admitting 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by Christmas. There is an easy solution to this current impasse between the facts on the ground today and an election promise made months ago. Set a reasonable timeline and follow the responsible policies of the American government.

Why I'm Still Sponsoring A Syrian Refugee Family

David O'Leary | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Impact
David O'Leary

Those who were indifferent before the Paris attacks are now outspoken critics of Prime Minister Trudeau's commitment to accept 25,000 refugees and bring our CF-18's home. Some of the comments I have seen are downright vitriolic. It has been suggested to me by a number of people that we re-consider reminding people at this time that we're sponsoring a refugee family. It might be bad for business and could alienate more than a few friends. I find it incredibly sad that the current state of affairs is such that I have even faint concerns about a backlash for my desire to help those in need. I certainly won't let it deter me.

Yes, You Really Can Help A Refugee

Reut Amit | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Impact
Reut Amit

It has been said that being chosen to come to Canada as one of the 25,000 Syrian refugees the Liberals have pledged to take in by the year's end is akin to winning the lottery. We are incredibly blessed to live in this extraordinary country, to put our children to bed with full bellies, to send them to school, to take them to a doctor when they are ill and to feel safe in our homes and our streets. And now we are also fortunate to be able to share some of those blessings with those in dire need.

Never Again: A Jewish Take On Anti-Syrian Refugee Sentiment

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Joshua Ostroff

As ethnic refugees flee a new, if smaller, globally ambitious death cult, the anti-Semitic attitudes of the late-30s are back with a new Islamic target.

Plan To Take In 'Big Number' Of Refugees Is Doable: Wynne

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Politics

Wynne says she knows some people are making a link between the refugee crisis and last week's terrorist attacks in Paris.

Carnage In Paris: We Need To Break The Cycle Of Violence

Abubakar Kasim | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Abubakar Kasim

The act of madness is followed by a wave of madness, where states are bombed to rubble and the cycle of irrational thinking becomes the rule that governs the game. I wish, as we utilize our resources to discuss issues facing our societies, we could do the same with these acts of violence so that we can discover a solution.