Events & Articles

July 04, 2016

CBC News Nova Scotia - A pair of Syrian sisters, who left the Middle East as refugees, are continuing to work as journalists and covering Syrian news from their new home in Nova Scotia.

June 30, 2016

The London Press - Maria Shalash is a typical London teen. She attends church on Sunday, drinks black coffee from Tim Hortons and tutors her siblings in high school. What sets Shalash apart from other 19-year-olds is her eagerness to learn Canada’s national anthem by Friday.

“I want to be Canadian,” she said. “I want to learn the national anthem.”

June 29, 2016

Westman Journal Ottawa - What's your secret wish? That's the first question teacher Winnie Canuel asks her students at the start of English as a second language classes at her Edmonton school.

For Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, an Iraqi refugee from Syria, there were two answers. First, he wanted to be a soccer player. But second, and perhaps more urgently, he wanted to tell his story.

This week, that wish was realized in a way the soft-spoken 15-year-old never imagined: it was published in a book.

June 29, 2016

Hamilton Spectator Milton - Maisam Al Sawadi touches the artificial turf at Tim Hortons Field for the first time and he is impressed.

"It's beautiful," says the nine-year-old Syrian refugee, who's in Grade 3 at Cathy Wever School. "I like it more than real grass. It's not long, it's short and nice."

June 29, 2016

CBC News Ottawa - An Ottawa volunteer group is launching a summer camp for recently arrived refugee children so their parents can continue to take language classes.

The camp, which starts next week, will be run by Proactive Education for All Children's Enrichment, or PEACE. It starts next week, and will provide free programming from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., five days a week. 

The Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre agreed to provide space for the summer camp.

June 29, 2016

CBC News New Brunswick - Mahmud Kahwaji passed his road test on Monday in Sussex in his second attempt.

"I am very happy" said the Syrian refugee.

Kahwaji said he would usually call other people when he wanted to go somewhere but now he can travel alone.

Zakaria Al Sabagh is another refugee and also passed his road test Monday.

June 28, 2016

CBC News Windsor - The cultural mix in Leamington, better known for its migrant workers from Jamaica and Mexico, now includes three families of Syrian refugees. They are part of a major influx of 125 Syrian refugees expected within the year.

It's been a long journey for the Halil family, but they now have a place to call home, 9,400 km from Aleppo, Syria.

June 24, 2016

CBC News - A Toronto charity hopes to make Syrian refugees in Waterloo Region feel at home as they celebrate their first Ramadan in a new country.

Julie Mahfouz heads up The Clothing Drive, which has spearheaded a project to give Syrian families food hampers to celebrate the end of Ramadan on July 6.

June 24, 2016

Exchange Waterloo Region - The Immigration Partnership Council announced three new grants to agencies and private sponsorship groups supporting Syrian newcomers. $51,470 in new grants under the Immigration Partnership Fund for Syrian Newcomers was approved in May, bringing total grants to $348,970.

New grants include:

June 23, 2016

The Star - Hamza Ali, 13, remembers clearly the day last November when a trio of Canadian cabinet ministers, including Immigration Minister John McCallum, trooped into an ad-hoc art gallery set up in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.

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