Some of the refugees who arrived in Toronto on the first government flight late Thursday were picked up from a hotel where they spent the night by family members and other Canadians who privately sponsored them.
CN pledged $5 million toward finding affordable, stable housing for refugees, a gesture McCallum called “the platinum standard” for corporate donations.
The number of irregular migrants arriving in Greece fell sharply last month, with probably fewer than 100,000 people recorded by the European Union border agency, less than half the number in October, a Frontex said yesterday.
Angela Keller-Herzog, with the volunteer-run Ottawa Centre Refugee Action, said her group is ready to sponsor up to 30 refugees through the UNHCR referral program but that just three have been confirmed so far.
“We suffered a lot”. “It goes beyond government to include every single Canadian, whom we are asking to come forward and contribute…”
Canada will accept 10,000 refugees by the end of this year, and another 15,000 by the end of February.
The boy had relatives in Canada, and the refugee crisis became a major campaign issue.
Another planeload of refugees is expected to arrive Saturday. The former Conservative government had declined to resettle more Syrian refugees, despite the haunting image of a drowned 3-year-old Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish beach. When she’s not writing you can find her checking out a museum exhibit, wandering around a used bookshop, or watching reruns of “Gilmore Girls”.
“The humanitarian need is great and time is short to help welcome refugees arriving on our doorstep”, said Luc Jobin, executive vice president and chief financial officer of CN.
“I will work hard”, he said.
“Every week it seems clearer than the week before, but we can’t say we have absolute clarity yet”.
All of them will be staying with her in east-end Toronto.