Human Rights

“Conservative riding association fires staffer for social media attacks” (iPolitics)

Claire Wählen (iPolitics): Social media has been the reason for several candidates resigning already during this federal election campaign but today the Conservative riding association of Bay of Quinte accepted the resignation of a member…

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“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,…


“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…


“Canadians divided along political lines over whether to accept thousands of refugees in current crisis” (Angus Reid)

The Angus Reid Institute: With the Harper government under fire on the campaign trail for its reaction to the European migrant crisis and refugee policy in general, new data from the Angus Reid Institute shows…


“This campaign is being taken over by events out of Harper’s control” (The Globe and Mail)

Bruce Anderson (The Globe and Mail): The plight of Syrian refugees has become a high-profile subject in Canada’s federal election in the last 24 hours, as well it should. Few Canadians will be unmoved by…


“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….


“Why Canada should take in 20 times more refugees” (Maclean’s)

Scott Gilmore (Maclean’s): There are 60 million refugees globally right now. This is a number not seen since the end of the Second World War. It’s a crisis by any measure. And the horrifying photos you’ve…


“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:…


“Migrant crisis? No, Europe is facing a moral crisis” (The Globe and Mail)

Globe Editorial: In a world filled with graphic horrors, the Western media have become increasingly squeamish about showing what war, famine or death actually look like. There is an understandable fear of upsetting the audience,…


“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…