Canadian Left all excited by prospect of 25,000 Syrians to arrive before end of THIS year
Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 14, 2015
….But, don’t place them in resort lodgings in the woods!
My alerts from yesterday (BP=Before Paris) are filled with many stories from Canada, from provinces across the entire continent, where citizens are gearing up to “welcome” the Syrian Muslims—25,000 of them—promised by Canada’s new President who is sticking by his pledge to get them relocated in Canadian towns and cities by the end of December.
I had to laugh though about this story—don’t put them in the woods!
We previously reported on how Sweden had made a mistake by offering rustic resort lodgings to Muslim migrants, here. We were told by readers that it has to do with the trees (where spirits hide!).
Doesn’t that old line—beggars can’t be choosers—come to mind!
From CBC News:
Some refugee advocates have applauded a B.C. resort manager’s offer of accommodation for incoming refugees, but others are now questioning whether a lodge in Golden is the best place for the newcomers.
Beaverfoot Lodge is located about a half an hour away from Golden, and resort owner Raphael Assaf believes it would be an ideal location for new refugees to live temporarily once they’re in Canada.
Marilyn Perry, chair of the Central Okanagan Refugee Committee, disagrees.
“Refugees have already been in refugee camps — they don’t need something else temporary. They need to be able to find a group and a house and get located in a city and begin to integrate,” said Perry.
Refugee support groups are scrambling to prepare for the 25,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq Justin Trudeau promised his government would accept by the end of the year.
Perry, who’s based in Kelowna, thinks the new Canadian government will begin processing applications from people fleeing Syria and Iraq quicker once the logistical challenges of the government hand over are dealt with.
That’s when it will become difficult for “isolated situations” like Beaverfoot Lodge to handle the influx of people, she says.
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