As the world grapples with how to deal with the Syrian crisis, Vancouver’s mayor and a councillor are asking council to take a stand.
City councilor Geoff Meggs says he and the Mayor will put a motion before council this month to call on the feds to increase the number of government assisted refugees coming to Canada.
Meggs says it’s a first step…
“It would simply restore us to the levels we were at in the 1980s. I think a lot of us believe we could go further but let’s get started with that at least.”
Meggs says the city has been giving land and cash to settlement services for some time.
He says they are also looking at if and how the city could get involved in direct sponsorship.
A public forum on the Syrian crisis will be held at city hall Tuesday night at 7:00.
As the Syrian refugee crisis continues to spiral out of control, Red Cross says there is one way we can help today.
The debate about how to handle the refugee crisis is raging – much of it focusing on how – and the number of refugees Canada can take.
But Kimberly Nemrava of the Red Cross says for refugees in Syria and Europe – help is needed now.
And she says the best way Canadians can do that is to open their wallets.
“So that we can channel these to the countries where the Red Cross is providing direct relief and humanitarian assistance.”
“The situation is such crisis. And people need our help, people just like you and me who’s lives have been devastated, who are now uprooted, and the Red Cross is present in virutally all the countries that are impacted.”
Nemrava says the Red Cross is on the ground both in war-ravaged Syria – and in the various European countries now facing a tide of refugees.