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Canada promises more humanitarian aid for victims of conflict

Federal government will match ‘eligible’ Canadian donations up to $100 million


 
Syrian refugees carry their children as they jump off a dinghy overcrowded with Syrian refugees upon arriving on a beach on the Greek island of Kos, after crossing a part of the Aegean sea from Turkey, August 9, 2015. (Yannis Behrakis/Reuters)

Syrian refugees carry their children as they jump off a dinghy overcrowded with Syrian refugees upon arriving on a beach on the Greek island of Kos, after crossing a part of the Aegean sea from Turkey, August 9, 2015. (Yannis Behrakis/Reuters)

OTTAWA —Canada will be supplying additional humanitarian assistance for victims of the conflict in Syria.

International Development Minister Christian Paradis on Saturday announced that the federal government will match “eligible” Canadian donations up to $100 million under the Syrian Emergency Relief Fund.

That’s in addition to $503.5 million in humanitarian assistance funding Canada has already allocated for humanitarian efforts in Syria and neighbouring countries since the beginning of Syria’s civil war.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne commended the federal move Saturday while announcing her province is pledging $10.5 million to help more refugees settle in Ontario and support international relief efforts.

Wynne says $8.5 million over 2 1/2 years will go to support refugees, increase the number coming to Ontario, and help settle them once they arrive, while the remaining $2 million will be donated for humanitarian efforts.

Canadians have flooded the United Nations children’s agency with an outpouring of cash in the week since the image of a dead Syrian boy on a Turkish beach shocked the world on Sept. 2.

Four million people have fled Syria since the conflict broke out in 2011 and while their plight has captured headlines over time, it wasn’t until that photograph that Canadians coalesced around the need for action.

The government says Canadian aid has already helped provide relief items to more than 3.25 million people in Syria, food assistance to 4.16 million people inside Syria, and clean water to 16.5 million people in Syria.


 
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Canada promises more humanitarian aid for victims of conflict

  1. jean Chretien sat on his hands when the Rwandan genocide was happening. He left the genocide-on-his-watch out of his little opinion piece. He didn’t want to offend the UN or Clinton or shame them into action. Was that representative of Canadian values?

    Chretien bombed Serbia and accepted Kosovan refugees at the same time (military mission and humanitarian mission simultaeneously).

  2. Conservative christian will pray tomorrow that the feds stick to their guns and promise money rather than let any refugees into Canada. They wouldn’t want to endanger the $billions the feds make from trafficked TFW’s that can come their way as tax reduction goodies. 380,000 TFW are presently spread across Canada in jobs that companies say no Canadians want to do. That is 380,000 families that could be brought in, they would live, work and spend their wages here in safety rather than send it to another country to be spent. I don’t know if anyone has noticed but Canada population isn’t even replacing itself….where exactly do they think the future consumers for our products are going to come from?

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