Canada Refugee

This Yukon Man Has Lived In Canada For 60 Years

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada Politics

VANCOUVER - Donovan McGlaughlin admits his story is hard to believe, but he wants Canadians to keep an open mind as he explains why he may have to app...

Reporters Should Use Original Language Instead of Repeating Politicians' Misused Phrases

Dana Wagner | Posted 06.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Dana Wagner

Some of this language merely has the effect of stereotyping all claimants. But some phrases -- "supporting organized crime," "refusing to leave" -- once explained, expose a more closed system. This is not a call for reporters to censor government ministers. It is a call to deliver factual instead of politicized news. Reporters can do this by marking rhetoric, for instance, by always quoting political terms like "bogus refugees," and even more useful, by demanding clarity (Minister, what's the difference between an inland claimant and a "self-selected refugee"?).

Minister Chris Alexander Cried Last Week, But Not for These Women

Dana Wagner | Posted 05.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Dana Wagner

The new citizenship and immigration minister, Chris Alexander, delivered a speech last week, the day before International Women's Day. The surprising part was just short of the end, when Alexander paused, stared down at the podium. He was crying. But Alexander and his government created a fast refugee system, not a fair one.

The Truth About Canada's Immigration System

Peter Kent | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Peter Kent

I would like to take the opportunity to provide insight on Canada's generous asylum system and clear up any misconceptions raised in Bernie Farber's piece entitled "Canada Fails the Test of a Good Society." Canada continues to have the most fair and generous immigration system in the world.

I Visited a Syrian Refugee Camp, and This Is What I Saw

Stephen Cornish | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

Adel was in Homs during the heavy shelling which obliterated the Syrian city's Baba Amr district. He had been studying English at the university and had stayed on to do his military service. Running out of options and funds, he then made his way to the border and crossed into Iraq, becoming a refugee. For the past eight months, Adel has been working tirelessly as an interpreter.

Lebanon's Welcome Mat for Syrian Refugees Is Now Frayed at the Edges

Stephen Cornish | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

As Lebanon is drawn into its neighbour's conflict, sectarian tensions mount and the cost of hosting more than 700,000 refugees takes its toll. The welcome mat so graciously rolled out by the Lebanese for Syrian refugees is now becoming frayed at the edges.

Canada's "Mosaic" Has Racist Cracks

Adam Kingsmith | Posted 07.14.2013 | Canada Politics
Adam Kingsmith

Here in the "Canadian Mosaic," issues of race are largely stricken from the language of the everyday. We prefer not to speak openly about racism, for deconstructing it might chip away at that illusory façade of Canada as a nation of perpetual tolerance and chronic multiculturalism -- a delusion we all hold dear to our glowing hearts. Unfortunately for all those "liberal-minded" Canadians out there who view our country to be so forward thinking and accommodating that racism is a non-issue, institutionalized multiculturalism is not the same thing as social racial equality.

The Wisdom Of A Former Refugee - "Do Not Take Anything For Granted"

Samuel Getachew | Posted 06.26.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

Just a decade after arriving to Canada from Eritrea, Thomas Tewoldemedhin is living the ultimate Canadian dream. Calling himself a "serial entrepreneu...

How We Treat Refugees Says A Lot About Who We Are

Bhanu Bhatnagar | Posted 12.13.2012 | Canada
Bhanu Bhatnagar

Uprooted from their lives, sometimes in a violent manner, many refugees find themselves in alien lands with little or no knowledge of the local language or culture and (generally) without friends or family to help a lending hand. Most western governments refer to refugees as "clients" or "customers" when processing their applications. There's little or no recognition of the person behind the paperwork. That's where Canada's Romero House comes in.

Who Is Responsible for Syrian Refugees?

Heather Roff | Posted 11.06.2012 | Canada
Heather Roff

Recently, there has been much discussion about establishing a "safe haven" within Syria's borders to protect the growing number of refugees fleeing the country's civil war, which unfortunately have received little backing. Can we hold that bordering states have a duty to accept more fleeing Syrians? This is a tough call, as the international community is not helping the situation in any certain terms.

Let's Celebrate Canada Day by Punishing Refugees?

Avrum Rosensweig | Posted 08.03.2012 | Canada Politics
Avrum Rosensweig

Under new rules to take effect on Canada Day, refugees from designated countries will no longer have access to even emergency health care, and will effectively lose the right to appeal the results of their refugee hearings. The following is a response to Jason Kenney's thoughts on refugee health care from a doctor and refugee lawyer.

Time To Show 'Em The Door

CBC | Posted 04.16.2012 | Canada

New, tougher reforms to refugee legislation that hasn't yet come into force are already drawing fire from critics who say they give Canad...

Dadaab Refugee's Dreams Lead Her to Canada

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.27.2011 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Fatumo's childhood was contained in the world's largest refugee camp; a place we worry carries a stigma for harbouring victims who await handouts. She fought against a bleak fate that seems sealed by outside media: images of desperate people who refuse to help themselves. Instead she chased a dream to study abroad.

Jason Kenney vs. Amnesty International: When the Critics Hit Home

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 10.16.2011 | Canada
Josh D. Scheinert

Suggesting that the existence of worse offenders precludes a rights organization from questioning the actions of Canadian officials, or other 'lesser offending nations,' is tacit acknowledgement of belief that there should be a double standard in international human rights.