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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.

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

Deborah Ellis | Posted 09.10.2015 | 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 09.09.2015 | 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 09.06.2015 | 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 09.06.2015 | 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 09.05.2015 | 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 09.04.2015 | 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.

'Aylan Should Be Here': B.C. Protester Arrested At Harper Event

The Huffington Post B.C. | Rhianna Schmunk | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"Seeing the images of that boy was heartbreaking."

We Need a Lasting Solution for Syrian Refugees

Oxfam Canada | Posted 09.07.2015 | Canada Impact
Oxfam Canada

The searing images of three-year-old Alan Kurdi have moved through cyberspace and galvanized reaction around the world. For Canadians, there are layers and hard questions that go further than our basic human response of sorrow. That's because Alan Kurdi's family could and should have been in Canada by now.

Harper: Boy's Image Heartbreaking, But Doesn't Change Need To Fight ISIL

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.04.2015 | Canada Politics

Harper says he and his wife Laureen saw the tragic photo of three-year-old Alan Kurdi on the Internet and that it evoked images of their own son, Ben, frolicking at that age.

The Politics of Resettlement: Migrants vs. Refugees

Heather Roff | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Heather Roff

We are witnessing the horror of war. We see it every day, with fresh pictures of refugees risking their lives on the sea, rather than risking death b...

Syrian Family Was Desperate, Say B.C. Relatives

CP | Liam Casey and Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.04.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Like countless others around the world, Tima Kurdi and Rocco Logozzo had seen the horrifying image — that of a little boy, his body limp and lifeles...

Escaping ISIS: The Underground Railway Out Of The Islamic State

CBC | Posted 07.19.2015 | Canada

A group has so far helped 20 ISIS foreign defectors to escape, including one young Canadian man.

Our National Security Depends On Climate Action

Andrew Leslie | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Andrew Leslie

It is next to impossible to develop an appropriate plan for dealing with security threats unless you understand what has caused them. And it may seem counterintuitive, at first, to link Canadian national security concerns with international climate change. However, recent negative trends affecting our already fragile climate, and the associated impacts on weather and the global ecosystem, are a real and present danger to our national security.

Thinking Twice About Syrian Children This World Refugee Day

World Vision | Posted 06.20.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

On this World Refugee Day almost four million Syrian refugees, equivalent to the populations of Toronto and Montreal combined, are far from home and wondering if they will ever return to the life they knew. The Syrian crisis is the largest humanitarian crisis of the 21st century, and its impact is being felt disproportionately by the millions of affected children.

Obama's Well-Intentioned Rhetoric Is Disconnected from Reality

Catherine Chatterley | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Catherine Chatterley

The human rights-interfaith dialogue rhetoric employed by President Obama on May 22, 2015 at the Adas Israel Synagogue in Washington DC was wonderful and made people feel warm inside. But this type of rhetoric is, in fact, messianic -- it is for tomorrow, for a time when there is no more war. That day has not yet come, I am afraid. And to speak as if it has is very dangerous.

The History and Culture I Saw in Syria Is Now Scarred by War

Rebecca Ananda | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Travel
Rebecca Ananda

Years ago, when I was young and reckless, I backpacked solo through Syria. One morning, at the bus station in Homs, I had to make a spur of the moment decision; I could go west, towards the sea and Lebanon, or I could go east, to the ancient city of Palmyra. I turned west. I never saw Palmyra. The 2000 year old city is now in the hands of ISIS.

The Mediterranean Has Become a Morgue for Migrants. Canada Must Help

Alex Neve | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Alex Neve

The number of deaths have been mounting over the years. The International Organization of Migration estimates that somewhere in the range of 20,000 women, men and children have drowned in the Mediterranean between 2000 and 2014, while trying to reach safety and new lives in Europe. Canada can and should be central to international efforts to address the underlying crises in Syria, Eritrea and other countries, propelling the displacement that leads to the Mediterranean. This is not a crisis that Canada should simply observe and lament.