Canada Refugees

Rick Mercer Deflates Debate Over Refugees

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Politics

"It’s important we get this right."

Trudeau Pitches Refugee Plan As Example Of Canada's Diversity

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Politics

He says there's more than simple humanitarianism in his program to bring 25,000 refugees to Canada by the end of February.

How Other Countries Are Responding To The UN's Refugee Requests

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Politics

Not all countries accept UN refugees for resettlement.

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.

A By-The-Numbers Look At The Government's Refugee Plan

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Politics

The plan has 5 phases.

Zi-Ann Lum

This Syrian Refugee Is All Smiles From Ontario Dentist's Kindness | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Living

Her mother broke down in tears when she saw her daughter “finally free of pain.”

Refugee Plan Could Block Montrealer's Attempt To Reunite With Brother

CBC | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Politics

Chadi Alhelou, who moved from Syria to Montreal five years ago, is also hoping his mother will come to Canada.

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.

Reveal Of Refugee Plan To Have Domino Effect Across Canada

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.23.2015 | Canada Politics

The unveiling of the plan is the culmination of weeks of nearly around-the-clock work by Canadian officials

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.

Another B.C. Developer Offers Free Homes For Refugees

The Huffington Post B.C. | Rhianna Schmunk | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada British Columbia

He's offered seven units for Syrian families settling in Burnaby, B.C.

60% Of Canadians Disagree With Liberals' Syrian Refugee Plans: Poll

Global News | Andrew Russell, Global News | Posted 11.22.2015 | Canada Politics

The poll conducted for Global News found 60 per cent of Canadians disagree with the Liberals' pledge to relocate 25,000 people.

Which Child Are You Important To This Universal Children's Day?

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

On Universal Children's Day, I challenge you to look at the canvas of the world's children, and see where the holes are. Whether it's a refugee child, a child in need of sponsorship, or the child who lives next door -- how might you be important in that life?

5 Reasons Why Canada Shouldn't Fear Accepting Syrian Refugees

Hijal De Sarkar | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Hijal De Sarkar

I acknowledge that good, well-meaning people who genuinely care about Syrian refugees can have perfectly valid concerns about the security risk of bringing in tens of thousands of people from a war zone. It is as large an undertaking as it sounds. So, in light of Canadian political leaders playing on Canadians' concerns to spread fear and disinformation, I decided to research how Canada screens, accepts and settles Syrian refugees. It is my hope we can dispel fear and confusion with facts, reason and compassion.

Liberal Refugee Plan To Cost $1.2 Billion Over 6 Years

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Politics

"Once final decisions are made, the Government of Canada will provide more details."

Saskatchewan Will Set Up Refugee Settlement Centre, Says Wall

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Politics

"Notwithstanding our disagreement with the federal government, we want to be there for refugees..."

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.

A New Generation Of Leadership Spreads Its Wings

Glen Pearson | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

For Trudeau, the reality of jumping from the skillet of an election campaign into the fire of world diplomacy and emergency response must be something of a foreboding transition. And yet he has brought an aura of freshness and innovation to the G20 that likely couldn't come at a better time.

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.

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.