Events & Articles

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.

June 21, 2016

CBC News Nova Scotia - The Muslim holy month of Ramadan continues and a special meal was held at a Halifax area Islamic centre Saturday night, but it was especially meaningful for one family from Syria.

The Al Hraki family can't say exactly when they arrived in Canada. They think it may have been four or five days ago, but because of jet lag their memories are fuzzy. 

June 21, 2016

Mississauga News - Almost four times as many Syrian refugees than initially anticipated have chosen to settle in Peel Region.

By the end of last February, the federal government had met its target to take in 25,000 Syrian men, women and children fleeing civil war in their homeland.

Approximately 11,500 refugees are now calling Ontario home and about 732 are living in Mississauga and Brampton.

June 21, 2016

CBC News Kitchener Waterloo - The Family Partnership Program is a collaboration between Reception House and Community Volunteers

Local refugee resettlement agency Reception House has launched a new partnership program using resources lined up for privately-sponsored refugees to address the growing number of government-sponsored Syrian refugees arriving in Waterloo Region.