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"If you then have a large influx of refugees, you need to beef up the NGOs' capacities."
But the federal government says applications already in its system will be processed.
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"I will try and try. If I don’t find, I will work with anything."
It takes a community to help a Syrian family settle in for their first Canadian winter.
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What a difference a year makes.
Being a refugee isn't fun, you see. It is not an adventure. It isn't an extended vacation at the expense of another. It is a sacrifice. It is a last resort. They may be safe here, but they wish that their own country wasn't at war. They would rather be there than here. Frankly, it sucks that my new neighbours are Syrian refugees.
"I chase behind employers to return my calls and emails."
"It feels great to be cooking again. I feel that I was born again."
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Amnesty releases a list of most-welcoming countries to refugees and No. 1 may surprise you.
"This was the first time any of them had really seen snow."
"We are a regular family, just like so many of yours. Except we are trying to escape, to save our lives, from a war."
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"He's part of the community now."
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Over 26,000 Syrians have arrived in Canada since the Liberals took power in November.
"They're excited to learn more about Canada and its traditions. And what more Canadian a tradition is there than summer camp?"
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But some Conservatives are irked by the immigration minister's comments.
One Tory MP acknowledged there are "legitimate concerns" worth considering.
As a newly arrived immigrant to Canada 40 years ago, a neighbour's simple gesture made a "profound impact" on Tony Singh's life.
Settlement groups say they need time to move people into permanent homes before they can accept any new cases.
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The pepper spraying prompted universal condemnation from political leaders, including Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.
"A little bit can go a long way."
Health Minister Jane Philpott defended the government's ambitious targets.
Storm-delayed flights didn't help feds with their reduced resettlement target before year's end.
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"Finally I meet my family. You are my family."
"Everyone’s been really excited to make things happen."
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"They're not terrorists ... They're like every single one of us in the West."
Harrowing stories from Syrian refugees have made many Canadians reflect about the struggles of their ancestors.
“Welcome to Canada, a land of kindness.”
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Cree women used their drums to give refugees a warm welcome to Treaty 1.
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"That was a big surprise for us ... It kinda grew like topsy."
"No other country has this kind of program."
The performance even got the attention of Justin Trudeau.