Canada Syria

Protect Water Resources From Becoming A Weapon Of War

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

International law has decreed that denying civilians access to the basic necessities of life is a war crime. Yet according to experts we spoke with, there is still too little global awareness and action to protect vital water resources in war zones.

U Of T Startup Helps Newcomers Navigate Canadian Health Care

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Impact
University of Toronto News

After living amid the Syrian refugee crisis in Turkey for a year after graduating from the University of Toronto, Nouhaila Chelkhaoui knew she wanted to help make a positive impact on the lives of newcomers. Her return to Toronto gave her the opportunity to do just that, as she joined U of T startup iamsick's newest initiative, which helps refugees navigate Canada's complex healthcare system.

Justice Is The Foundation For Everlasting Peace

Jari Qudrat | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Jari Qudrat

"Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere." These words of Martin Luther King Jr. accurately describe the world crisis we live in today. To avoid war and attacks as such, all nations must come together for the greater good and unite in their efforts to stop all forms of cruelty, persecution and injustice perpetrated in the name of religion or else wise.

A Box Of Syrian Children's Hopes And Dreams

Conrad Sauvé | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada Impact
Conrad Sauvé

Many moments will stand out when I remember my trip through war-torn Syria, neighbouring Lebanon, and Turkey. But the gift of a little box crammed with children's dreams is a memory that will certainly stay with me. That's because the red and white box filled with poignant pencil sketches says so much about this five-year-old conflict.

These Snapshots From Syria Tell Stories Of Suffering - And Hope

Conrad Sauvé | Posted 03.17.2016 | Canada Impact
Conrad Sauvé

Collapsed buildings are everywhere. Families huddle in the ruins, while aid groups struggle to keep up with people's basic needs for food, water, medical care and shelter. I can see humanitarian aid is helping, but it is never a long-term solution. So much more is needed.

The Syrian Refugee Crisis Told Through The Eyes Of An 8-Year-Old

CP | Khaled Kazziha And Vadim Ghirda, The Associated Press | Posted 03.16.2016 | Canada

The events in her life over the past 18 months have left her in little mood for fun.

How Canada Is Helping Preserve The Future For A Generation Of Syrian Children

World Vision | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

This week marks five years since the start of the Syrian conflict. The war has inflicted a devastating toll on millions of desperate Syrian families, resulting in a humanitarian crisis that has rippled throughout the region. More than 4.3 million Syrian refugees are now trying to piece their lives back together in neighbouring countries. That's where the No Lost Generation project comes in. It's a global initiative, supported by donor countries and non-governmental organizations, to help save the future of displaced Syrian children. The goal is to provide safe education and psycho-social support which includes protecting children from exploitation, abuse and violence.

Humanitarian Aid Isn't A Long-Term Solution For Syria

Conrad Sauvé | Posted 03.10.2016 | Canada Impact
Conrad Sauvé

Home is a tent divided in two for Um Yasmine and her five children. The Syrian widow fled to a dusty field in Lebanon three years ago, as war piled up bodies around her beloved city of Homs. Now, a bedsheet hangs down the middle of her crowded tent shared with another refugee family. Um Yasmine is so tired of this makeshift life. She just wants to go home.

Why I'm Travelling To Conflict Zones In Syria And Beyond

Conrad Sauvé | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada Impact
Conrad Sauvé

A desperate Syrian mother in a refugee camp tried to give me her sick little girl on my last visit to the region's conflict zones and neighbouring countries filled with fleeing people. She wanted me to take her child back to Canada for medical care. That day, I saw misery and despair that no one should bear.

Althia Raj

Canada Aid Could End Up Helping ISIS Fighters, Acknowledges Minister

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 02.11.2016 | Canada Politics

"It is very important that we let these organizations work in a complete independent manner and not link it to our military action," said Marie-Claude Bibeau.

The Qualified Welcoming of Syrian Refugees

Maria Calleja | Posted 02.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Maria Calleja

The responses of individuals and countries to the Syrian Refugee Crisis has been a bit of an informal test on the level of humanity within individuals and nations. Even though outwardly Canada seems to have embraced the incoming refugees, I think some people have forgotten the compassion and despair that was felt when the image of Alan Kurdi's lifeless body, was seared into our collective unconscious.

Syria Says Foreign Troops Would 'Return Home In Wooden Coffins'

CP | Albert Aji And Karin Laub, The Associated Press | Posted 02.06.2016 | Canada

"Any ground intervention in Syria, without the consent of the Syrian government, will be considered an aggression that should be resisted by every Syrian citizen."

Tips For Success From A Refugee Turned Entrepreneur

Lyda Mclallen | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Business
Lyda Mclallen

The most important message I could share from my experience growing up and coming over to Canada is that being a refugee doesn't last a lifetime. It's an experience that lasts but a few short years and opens the door to a life full of opportunities to learn, grow and succeed.

How We Can Support Syria And The Region In 2016

Kevin McGurgan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Kevin McGurgan

2016 is a critical year for Syria, 15 March will mark the fifth anniversary of the Syrian civil war. It is in all our interests, but especially the people of Syria, that 2016 is the year when we see a turning-point in this crisis. The UK will continue to play a leading role in international efforts to end the suffering of Syrians.

Embracing 'Radical' Christianity Can Defeat The Islamic State

Robert D. Onley | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Robert D. Onley

"Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you." This verse, objectively radical given its relevance today, is particularly applicable in the context of terrorist violence, where strangers are willing to viciously stab, shoot and murder total strangers. One need only think back to the Paris attacks and ask: how can such hatred be justified?

The Unsung Hero Of Canadian Financial Innovation

Aaron H. Emery | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Business
Aaron H. Emery

Dave Baker is a used car salesman on a mission to make Canada a more fair and equitable place. Go ahead and take a moment. Be skeptical. It took me six months to overcome my initial aversion to the predominant narrative of auto sales. I was sure that there was a catch. There had to be a bait-and-switch somewhere along the way.

Food And Medicine Finally Reach Starving Syrian Village

CP | Albert Aji, The Associated Press | Posted 01.12.2016 | Canada

The U.N. says 4.5 million Syrians are living in besieged or hard-to-reach areas and desperately need humanitarian aid.

Liberals Extend Deadline For Matching Syria Donations

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada Politics

The original deadline, set by the Tories, was Dec. 31.

Canadians Recall Refugee Past As They Help Syrian Newcomers

CP | Michael Tutton | Posted 12.25.2015 | Canada Politics

Harrowing stories from Syrian refugees have made many Canadians reflect about the struggles of their ancestors.

10,000 Refugees Might Not Be In Canada By Year End: McCallum

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.23.2015 | Canada Politics

"We are moving heaven and earth to get them here."

Canada's Welcoming Of Refugees Is A Simple Act Of Charity

Alan Ramón Ward | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Alan Ramón Ward

Due to the heated political atmosphere from which the initial promise emerged, with Trudeau's Liberals keen to position themselves in stark contrast to Harper's Conservatives, I feel that the massive attention this has garnered from both sides -- both of acclaim and censure -- has been greatly exaggerated. With all the rhetoric from proponents and opponents, we forget that this is a simple act of charity.

Trudeau Looks Beyond Security Council To Make A Difference At UN

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Politics

There are other ways Canada can contribute, the PM said.

Montreal Teen Found Guilty Of Supporting ISIL

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada

MONTREAL — A Montreal teen has been found guilty of two terrorism-related charges. Youth court Judge Dominique Wilhelmy handed down the verdict t...

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.