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Since the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, 11 million Syrians have been displaced, or about half of the entire country. Four million of them have fled across Syria’s borders, and 75% are women and children.

Canada banned Italian immigration in 1929, Jewish immigration in 1933. Neither group was admitted again for the next 15 years. The painful memory of that failure prompted us to accept Hungarian refugees in the 1950s and 50,000 Vietnamese refugees in 1979.

It is possible to resettle large numbers of people in this country.

Refugee Children

So far Canada has managed to admit around 25,000 people from Syria and will accept many more. The government will sponsor 40 for every 60 privately sponsored.

PEC Syria is sponsoring a Syrian Refugee family through the Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge.   ryerson.ca/lifelinesyria

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Abudi's first baseball game. Seems he was having a ball! ...

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Tomorrow morning on CBC toronto radio morning show at 7:10. Carlyn Moulton will be interviewed. Tomorrow is International Refugee Day. ...

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Eight year olds are all the same. Does not matter what part of the globe they come from. Their sense of curiosity, the great desire to understand the world is not fused to their place, but to their mind and their age. An age at which they can query all things without fear of being mocked. Thus I took the age old wisdom of the card trick to the house. Two hours of card tricks (twelve hours to learn them) and yes, yes, the question resounded How you did you do that?? The joy of teaching a kid the card trick. Man I love this. ...

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Syrian FamiliesThe Al Jasem family enjoying the ‘spring’ County weather. The father of the family, Abdel Malek who is pictured here with other family members, sends this brief message on behalf of all their families:

“We would like to thank all of the people who have helped our family. We are happy to be here and look forward to getting to know the community. The children are very excited to go to school.”