We have all been bombarded with images and pleas on our face book feeds that border on absolute racism and xenophobia. A lot of this crap is shared from the UK where they have been dealing white ‘white-power’ for years.
Messages that purport to support working on our own problems first are always premised by an appeal to reject the refugees as unworthy scroungers not worth the money it will cost to bring them here. These are the same people that reject helping anybody who needs it especially those on Social Assistance. Just who they would help is beyond thinking about. But when linked to a picture like this what else can we think of these people, except that they are racists. They will tell you that thinking like this is not that they are not supporters of “freedom of religion” but are getting Islam forced on them. They fail to provide examples. So please do not fill up my facebook with this filthy rubbish.
Staying on the subject of the Liberal’s plan there is one glaring error as far as we can see based on the speculation of tomorrow’s announcement. That is the report that single men will not be allowed to come here. This is a pathetic and cowardly admission that perhaps the screening of families is inadequate. This move has to be explained and fleshed out. Otherwise we could be in the situation of having to support these eager people longer, as the abilities of families to enter the workforce and subsequently get off the assistance they will depend on for a while could be diminished for the lack of bread-winners.
Meanwhile watch what John Oliver said about it this week:
Any way for the last word on this topic we are publishing an excellent post from our resident in Port Hope – Dan Christie:
“Last Sunday afternoon in Port Hope, three Canadian authors -Michael Crummey (Sweetland), Plum Johnson (They Left Us Everything) and Kim Thuy (Ru) -appeared at the annual Writers & Friends gathering at Trinity College School. Each read from their work, engaged in a discussion with CBC Radio’s Karin Wells -and answered questions from readers.
As a child Kim Thuy, arrived as a Vietnamese ‘boat’ person.
The fall of Saigon brought about one of the greatest humanitarian crisis of the period. The Canadian government airlifted 60,000 Vietnamese. Canada’s boots on the ground were the boots of ordinary Canadians who opened their wallets, their doors and their hearts to the flood of humanity desperate for shelter. Many boat people never make it. They died at sea.
Kim Thuy was asked “What advice would you, as a refugee, have now as we face another refugee crisis?” Her answer was straightforward: “Welcome them with open arms”.
While Ms. Thuy said her family was greeted with kindness and generosity, what she would like to see now is more resources to help refugees aclimatise to their new country. Kim Thuy’s family arrived here they faced language issues, French and English, cultural issues, loneliness issues. Education. Work. Navigating the Metro. And winter, something most Vietnamese had only read about. She told the story of a man who needed mittens as winter approached. His French was slowly improving and he felt he could manage buying mittens without help. So off he went, alone, in downtown Montreal. When he returned he proudly showed his new mittens to his friends and family. On his hands were oven mitts. Kim Thuy was explaining was that for successful integration of any refugee influx, government must provide the best resources possible -from English or French as a second language to simple things like grocery shopping or crossing the street at a busy intersection. But it’s those things that can make a refugee a prisoner in his own room.
That Sunday in Port Hope happened two days after the Paris atrocity, before a mosque in Peterborough was torched and before a Muslim woman in Toronto was thrown to the ground and told to go back to where she came from.
But the news isn’t all bad. Inter-faith and charitable groups in towns and cities across Canada -from the Catholic Archdiocese of Ottawa to the Quinte United Immigration Services to LARGE, the Lennox & Addington Refugee Group Enthusiasts- are meeting to put together plans for sponsoring Syrian refugees.
Opening Canada’s doors to Syrian refugees is the right thing to do -just as opening our doors to Vietnam refugees was the right thing to do. If we close our doors, we close our minds.
That’s not Canada. Not then. Not now.”