MP Yasmin Ratansi to hold information session on Syrian Refugees

MP Yasmin Ratansi to hold information session on Syrian Refugees

In light of the numerous queries and interest in this subject, I am hosting an information session at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre on Monday December 21st at 7 p.m. The session will provide updates on what the government is doing and how Canadians can help in this humanitarian efforts. There will be an opportunity for Q+A. Session will end at 8:30 p.m. Yasmin Ratansi … Continue reading MP Yasmin Ratansi to hold information session on Syrian Refugees

Alykhan Suleman: Syrian refugees offered help by Toronto's largest clothing bank

Alykhan Suleman: Syrian refugees offered help by Toronto’s largest clothing bank

New Circles Community Services says $50 donation can clothe an adult for a year By Lisa Naccarato for CBC News – Dec 08, 2015: With the official start of winter just a couple of weeks away, Toronto’s largest clothing bank is opening its doors to Syrian refugees, offering them clothing for free as well as other services to help them get settled. New Circles Community … Continue reading Alykhan Suleman: Syrian refugees offered help by Toronto’s largest clothing bank

Calgarians, Naheed Gilani: Help pours in for Syrian refugees in Calgary, despite economic woes

Calgarians, Naheed Gilani: Help pours in for Syrian refugees in Calgary, despite economic woes

CALGARY – Naheed Gilani’s investments have been pummelled by the crude price collapse, but the Calgarian says he hasn’t hesitated for a moment to contribute thousands of dollars to sponsor a Syrian refugee family. “My reasoning was, ‘we can’t afford to wait for the next person who might be in a better economic condition than I am,’” said the 35-year-old, who is part of a … Continue reading Calgarians, Naheed Gilani: Help pours in for Syrian refugees in Calgary, despite economic woes

Zool Suleman hosts "Let's Talk: Syrian Refugees, Islamophobia and Canadian Identity"

Zool Suleman hosts “Let’s Talk: Syrian Refugees, Islamophobia and Canadian Identity”

On December 5th at 2pm at Centre A, Refugee Advocate and Writer Zool Suleman hosts a discussion in response to “Abounaddara. The Right to the Image.” Abounaddara’s weekly short films offer a glimpse of the lives of ordinary Syrians without restricting them to political or religious affiliations. Zool Suleman is a Refugee Advocate and Writer who has been involved at the nexus of law/culture/production for … Continue reading Zool Suleman hosts “Let’s Talk: Syrian Refugees, Islamophobia and Canadian Identity”

Tariq Fancy's Rumie Foundation launches Learn Syria Initiative

Tariq Fancy’s Rumie Foundation launches Learn Syria Initiative

Tariq Fancy has Launched “Learn Syria Initiative” through the Rumie Foundation. Tariq started the non-profit Rumie foundation after a successful career in finance. He was one of the youngest partners on Wall Street and left that to help promote free education for the less fortunate in developing countries, including Africa, Middle East and Asia. Rumie foundation is now in more than 16 countries. Tariq has … Continue reading Tariq Fancy’s Rumie Foundation launches Learn Syria Initiative

Opinion Zool Sulaiman: Security is key to Trudeau's revamped refugee plan | National Observer

Opinion Zool Sulaiman: Security is key to Trudeau’s revamped refugee plan | National Observer

The government is biding its time to “do it right,” with refugee resettlement and make sure the 25,000 Syrians will have the best possible start in Canada. Excerpt: The government will identify all 25,000 by Dec. 31, 2015 but has a target to bring only 10,000 to Canada by year’s end. The remaining 15,000 will arrive by the end of February 2016. Of the 25,000 … Continue reading Opinion Zool Sulaiman: Security is key to Trudeau’s revamped refugee plan | National Observer

Ismaili Artist from Syria, Samer Yaghi: Prince Aly Khan Mausoleum in Salamiyah

Ismaili Artist from Syria, Samer Yaghi: Prince Aly Khan Mausoleum in Salamiyah

Samer Yaghi is an Ismaili digital artist from Salamiyah, Syria. He shares his digital photograph of Prince Aly Khan Mausoleum. Click here to view Samer Yaghi’s photograph collection at National Geographic Online – Click here for his digital collection on Facebook – Photograph collection of Salamiyah, Syria – Painting Collection On Google+ – Facebook – Twitter Continue reading Ismaili Artist from Syria, Samer Yaghi: Prince Aly Khan Mausoleum in Salamiyah

Vancouver Sun - B.C. Muslims fear ‘backlash’

Opportunity or Threat – Settling the Syrian Refugees in Vancouver

“Maybe the Syrian crisis will be good — if it can force us to focus not only on refugees, but also on the homeless. I’ve thought a lot about this. My heart goes out for all humanity. We have to push for resources on both these issues.” – Farida Bano, psychiatric nurse B.C. Muslims fear ‘backlash’ Security, screening paramount concerns as community mobilizes to help … Continue reading Opportunity or Threat – Settling the Syrian Refugees in Vancouver

Toronto synagogues mobilize to help Syrian refugees

Toronto synagogues mobilize to help Syrian refugees

Excerpt: Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl said one of his High Holiday sermons at Beth Tzedec focused on the Syrian refugee issue. The synagogue’s executive and board of governors agreed to take up the cause during the summer. The shul made contact with the relatives of an Ismaili Muslim family who have relatives who fled Syria and were living in Turkey. The Ismailis practise “a liberal, tolerant … Continue reading Toronto synagogues mobilize to help Syrian refugees

UNHCR: High Comissioner Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Career Highlights

UNHCR VIDEO: High Comissioner Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Career Highlights

“He left an indelible print on UNHCR’s history – leading the agency through some of the most challenging moments. Sadruddin’s name became synonymous with UNHCR.” – Ruud Lubbers, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Uploaded on Nov 6, 2015 UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, works to protect and assist those fleeing war and persecution. Since 1950, UNHCR have helped tens of millions of people find safety … Continue reading UNHCR VIDEO: High Comissioner Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Career Highlights

The UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura met on Friday in Geneva with His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan humanitarian situation in Syria (Image via UN Press)

Xinhua News Agency | UN Special Envoy for Syria meets with His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan and various Syrian stakeholders in Geneva

Xinhua News Agency on Nov 6, 2015 @ 5:40 PM GENEVA, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) — The UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura met on Friday in Geneva with His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan to discuss the recent political developments and the humanitarian situation in Syria. According to a statement issued by the Envoy’s office, they also reviewed ideas for future rehabilitation and … Continue reading Xinhua News Agency | UN Special Envoy for Syria meets with His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan and various Syrian stakeholders in Geneva

Salima Stanley-Bhanji: Artist wants Calgarians to walk a mile in refugees' shoes

Salima Stanley-Bhanji: Artist wants Calgarians to walk a mile in refugees’ shoes

By Aaron Chatha for Metro – Sun Oct 25 2015O: On Salima Stanley-Bhanji’s last day in Jordan, after spending weeks talking with Syrian refugees about their experiences, one of her translators opened up about his own life experience as a Syrian refugee. Rather than conduct the interview herself, Bhanji asked one of her other translators, also from Syria, to ask the questions. “The dialogue we … Continue reading Salima Stanley-Bhanji: Artist wants Calgarians to walk a mile in refugees’ shoes