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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 11.15.2016 | Canada Politics

"Something has to give."

Liberals Take First Step In Refugee Resettlement Plan

CBC | Posted 11.09.2016 | 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 10.28.2016 | 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 10.13.2016 | 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 10.09.2016 | 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 10.08.2016 | 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 10.07.2016 | 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 10.03.2016 | 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 10.02.2016 | 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 09.14.2016 | 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 09.14.2016 | 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 09.13.2016 | 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 09.12.2016 | 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 09.11.2016 | Canada Politics

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

Education Can Make All the Difference in the Lives of Refugee Children

Deborah Ellis | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada Impact
Deborah Ellis

A school says to a refugee child, "You have somewhere to go each day. You have someone who believes you can learn and who makes you sit up straight. You have an important job to do with your life and you are worth someone's time to see that you do it."

Alberta Pledges $250K To Syrian Refugee Relief

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Alberta

British Columbia, Quebec and Manitoba have also pledged money to help Syrian refugees.

A Letter to My Children About Alan and Galib Kurdi

Lori Gard | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

My dear childrean: Alan and Galib are gone, their souls departed. But we have their footsteps to trace. These tiny tracks leave a legacy of love. A legacy of hope and possibility. For Alan and Galib are Love's Ambassadors. And so are we, my loves. So are we.

We Are All Responsible for the Safe Passage of Syrian Refugees

Patti Lenard | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Patti Lenard

Alan Kurdi's image has captivated the world's attention and focused it on the ways in which those with the ability to rescue desperate people have failed to do so, to staggeringly horrific effect. It has focused Canada's attention, because whether or not he had hoped to join his family in Canada, he certainly has Canadian family that cared for him deeply. But Canada's government is not alone in being blameworthy; rather, it is in good company.

When I Was 3, the Same Age as Alan Kurdi, I Became a Refugee

Tasneem Jamal | Posted 09.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Tasneem Jamal

My family did not face the choices Alan Kurdi's family faced. My story had a different ending, a happy ending. It did because the government of Canada responded to a humanitarian crisis by putting human beings -- and their need for shelter and safety and comfort -- above everything else.

Let's Use the Syrian Refugee Crisis to Reconnect Politics With Purpose

Reva Seth | Posted 09.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Reva Seth

It's something the majority of Canadians intuitively feel: politics and politicians no longer seem like a channel for change or action, and so we tune them out. People and even partisans are disconnected from purpose beyond the election cycle. But in an election framed on change, maybe there's an opportunity here to reconnect politics and purpose.