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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.

Refugee Plan Won't Compromise Security: Quebec Immigration Minister

CP | Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Politics

Kathleen Weil said Quebecers have expressed concerns about security in recent days, but said she's assured by Ottawa's claim that proper checks will be done.

Brad Wall Asks Trudeau To Suspend Refugee Plan

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Politics

Wall says in a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that he is concerned about fast-tracking refugee claims.

Canada's Syrian Refugee Target Could Further Overburden Immigration

CBC | Posted 11.15.2015 | Canada Politics

"Something has to give."

Liberals Take First Step In Refugee Resettlement Plan

CBC | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Politics

Canada's minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship says cabinet will form a subcommittee to co-ordinate government efforts to bring thousands...

Canadian Fighting Islamic State Killed In Suicide Attack: Report

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Politics

John Robert Gallagher was killed in the attack by an IS fighter on Wednesday, a website reports.

Trudeau's Refugee Vow 'Problematic'

CBC | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Politics

An announcement about Canada's new refugee plans could come as soon as next week — right after Justin Trudeau's cabinet is sworn in, according to so...

Assad Visits Putin In Russia To Discuss Syria

CP | Albert Aji And Nataliya Vasilyeva, The Associated Press | Posted 10.21.2015 | Canada

The surprise visit Tuesday reflects renewed confidence from Assad after Russia and Iran dramatically escalated their support recently.

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.

Immigrants Explain Why They Don't Need To Be Feared

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Living

"They are humans just like you are."

How Canada Can Reclaim Its Reputation for International Justice

Fannie Lafontaine | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Fannie Lafontaine

Canada has historically been a leading voice for international accountability. Mass violence and mass atrocities being committed in Syria, Ukraine, the Central African Republic and North Korea suggest that states are falling short of their obligations. Expectations are not being met. Canada can and should resuscitate its leadership on this front.

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 ...

How the UN Can Help Create Peace in a Divided World

Centre for International Policy Studies | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Centre for International Policy Studies

There is no more annoying phrase in discussions of international affairs than "If the United Nations did not exist, we would have to invent it!" It is certainly true that the world urgently needs an effective collective security organization today. But the organization it needs bears only a passing resemblance to the UN we currently have.

Islamic State Destroys Ancient Arch In Palmyra: Activists

CP | Sarah El-Deeb, The Associated Press | Posted 10.05.2015 | Canada

The monumental arch sat atop the famed colonnaded streets of the ancient city, which linked the Roman Empire to Persia and the East.

Syrian Man Dies Waiting For Quebec Son's Sponsorship Efforts

CBC | CBC | Posted 10.03.2015 | Canada

Bassam Katbe and his siblings left Syria nearly two decades ago, but their parents stayed because they were settled there and, at the time, the situation was relatively stable.

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.

Ottawa Adds Refugee Caseworkers, But Can't Say How Many

CBC | Posted 09.14.2015 | Canada Politics

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) appears unable to disclose how many visa officers are on the ground in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan to process ...

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.

Canada Pledges More Humanitarian Aid For Victims Of Conflict In Syria

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.12.2015 | Canada Politics

The federal government will match "eligible" Canadian donations up to $100 million under the Syrian Emergency Relief Fund.

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.