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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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The human library project. Check it out. Way to go Slieman and Ramez. Human Library ...

Human Library

July 8, 2016, 12:00pm

Festival Players of Prince Edward County

Come to the library and read a book! But in this case the ‘book’ is a person and ‘reading’ is a conversation. Let’s break down barriers, smash preconceived notions, build empathy and ‘read’ some interesting ‘books’. Admission is free! July 8, 9, 15 & 16 From 12:00 until 4:00 PM Each 'reading' session lasts approximately 20 minutes. Taking place at the Picton Library, 208 Main Street, Picton *Special thanks to Christine Renaud, all of our Human Books, the Picton Library and The Human Library Organization, Denmark. *Photos by Johnny C. Y. Lam www.johnnycylam.com

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Adnan and family check out cottage life for the weekend. Thanks Ian Crerar. ...

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Suhaila joins the 1st year graduates of Loyola, Adnan, Nabiha and Nasr. ...

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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.”