Castanet reports on ORCA's March 12th event.
Hamid Butt from the Islamic Center of Kelowna is interviewed on CBC Radio.
“Including Zakreet, community members in Salmon Arm have now privately sponsored eleven Syrian refugees, with more than two dozen others on the way.”
Currently in Surrey BC.
“Canada’s programme of private sponsorship has been successful enough for other countries to emulate it.”
The difference in service between the government- and private-sponsored families, with some nice reporting from Abbotsford.
“There is a belief, or at least a wish, that the wave of sympathy for Syrians fleeing home will lead to a permanent liberalization of Canadian refugee policy. ’I think the Syrian initiative has built our capacity and shown us what we can accomplish ... I’m hoping the government will apply those lessons to other refugee communities.’”
“McCallum said he would make an announcement in the next 10 days in Parliament to update the country on the exact number of refugees that Canadians can expect to see arrive before the end of 2016.”
“While the minister has previously said the government hopes to settle a total of 35,000 to 50,000 by the end of 2016, he said the exact number – “in that ballpark” – will be outlined in the government’s annual immigration targets, expected by March 9. Out of that total, 25,000 are expected to be government-sponsored refugees. The remainder will arrive as private sponsors or through a blended private– and government-sponsorship process.”
“The 25,000th Syrian refugee landed in Canada Saturday night marking the end of the first phase of the Liberals’ massive resettlement program.”
Press release for the upcoming March 12th Information & Volunteer Event.
“In future, the federal government will aim to send more refugees to B.C. Interior towns such as Vernon and Abbotsford.”
ORCA's Jamie Henderson talks about the "dream" of 10 days notice for new GARs.
Interim federal health coverage cut by previous Conservative government in cost-saving exercise
Chad Kohalyk talks about ORCA and the long-term strategy for Government Assisted Refugees in Kelowna.