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Syrian refugee thanks Canada for ‘amazing’ two years

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Two “amazing” years have passed since Syrian refugee Najeeb Al Masri and his family arrived in Canada from Turkey. The engineering student spoke with CTV News Channel Sunday about the challenges of adjusting to life in Toronto, where he landed with his family in December 2015. “For the past two …

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Advent of Activism 8: The plight of asylum seekers

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Increasing numbers of asylum-seekers, many from desperate circumstances, have been crossing into Canada from the U.S., seeking safety amid political turmoil stateside. HOW TO HELP The Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigrant HealthCare provides direct health care to newcomers who don’t qualify or don’t yet have a health card. Maison …

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UN and partners seek US$4.4 billion to aid Syria refugees

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AMMAN, Jordan – United Nations agencies and humanitarian NGO partners launched a US$4.4 billion funding appeal today, designed to provide vital support in the coming year to more than five million refugees from Syria and the vulnerable communities hosting them in neighbouring countries. With no end in sight to the …

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Statement by the Prime Minister on Human Rights Day

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OTTAWA, Dec. 10, 2017 /CNW/ – The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Human Rights Day: “Seventy years ago, delegates from around the world came together to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which declares everyone is ‘born free and equal in dignity and rights.’ We …

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Struggles of Rohingya, Yazidi refugees recognized

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After a year that’s included the worst refugee crisis in generations, hundreds of newcomers and their allies gathered in Winnipeg Friday night to celebrate and promote human rights. “It’s a reminder of the value of human rights,” said Hani Al-Ubeady, who helped organize the third-annual Stronger Together Manitoba event at …

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Journalist refugee launches Canada’s first Syrian newspaper

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There are wedding photos placed in quiet corners of the living room — a beaming young woman with black curls in a white dress hangs off the arm of a happy, clean shaven, suited man. A Christmas tree, just touching the ceiling, adorned with multicoloured orbs, sits on the edge …

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Orléans school group raises awareness with mock refugee camp

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If you had one hour to pack your most important belongings, what would you bring? That was a question asked of students and teachers who toured a mock refugee camp this weekend at Cairine Wilson Secondary School in Orléans. The event, organized by the school’s Social Justice League, was set …

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Find permanent housing for the homeless

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Last February Pierre Gregoire died in the bathroom of a fast-food restaurant from a suspected fentanyl overdose. He ended up there after being told there was no room for him at a downtown drop-in centre. He was only 28. Sadly, Gregoire isn’t the only person who gets turned away from …