New Canadians

“Three mistakes we keep repeating when it comes to refugees” (The Globe and Mail)

Doug Saunders (The Globe and Mail): We think of ourselves as a haven for refugees, but Canada has consistently floundered in offering help The refugees had piled up in camps by the hundreds of thousands,…

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“Greg Selinger, Manitoba premier, asks feds to double refugee sponsorship cap” (CBC News)

Katharine Starr and Christina Lopes (CBC News): Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger added his voice to those of provincial and municipal leaders calling for immediate action from the federal government on the Syrian refugee crisis. “We think we can…


“Harper’s Canada has more than one refugee death on its hands” (The Guardian)

Martin Lukacs (The Guardian): Undeserving people exploiting the generosity of a benevolent government. Cheating an application process. Taking advantage of welfare. Stealing our jobs. That is the image of “bogus refugees” that Canada’s Conservative government has…


“Canada has lost its way as a compassionate country” (The Vancouver Sun)

Daphne Bramham (The Vancouver Sun): It was distressingly and tragically brought home by the image of a toddler, drowned off the coast of Turkey fleeing the Syrian civil war, that Canadians are no longer who we…


“Immigration minister says feds working to improve ‘onerous’ refugee system” (CTV News)

CTVNews.ca Staff: While Canada’s Immigration minister says changes are already underway to speed up Canada’s ‘onerous’ refugee application process, the campaigning Liberal and NDP leaders say the country can go beyond untangling bureaucratic red tape…


“Canada’s refugee policy questioned after Syrian boy’s drowning” (CBC News)

Mark Gollom (CBC News): The picture of Alan Kurdi, a Syrian boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach, has heightened attention to Canada’s own contribution to accepting refugees from that war-torn area and other troubled regions. Critics say that…


“World demands answers about Canada’s rejection of drowned boy and family” (The Toronto Star)

Jillian Kestler-D’Amours, Peter Edwards and Tonda MacCharles (The Toronto Star): The Canadian family of a drowned Syrian toddler and his family mourned their loss Thursday as the world demanded answers about Canada’ rejection of their immigration request….


“Father of Aylan Kurdi, drowned Syrian boy, declines offer of Canadian citizenship” (CBC News)

  Editor’s note: Subsequent to the publication of this story, based on reporting by Reuters, the Government of Canada has denied it ever offered Mr. Abdullah Kurdi Canadian citizenship. CBC News has also issued the following correction:…


“Little Aylan Kurdi, washed ashore, suddenly refocuses Syrian tragedy: Nahlah Ayed” (CBC News)

Nahlah Ayed (CBC News) How many of those who died trying to cross the Mediterranean were ultimately headed for Canada we do not know, but we do know there was at least one family of…


“Immigration Minister Chris Alexander to discuss Syrian family case” (680 News)

The Canadian Press: Federal Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said Thursday he is meeting with officials to discuss the case of a Syrian family who drowned while trying to get to Europe. Three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, his…