On April 21, 2017, Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced that Canada’s Special Economic Measures (Syria) Regulations have been further amended to list additional individuals and entities subject to an asset freeze and dealings prohibition.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expresses his full support of the American Tomahawk cruise missiles attack on a Syrian airbase in Homs in response to a chemical attack in the area of Idlib in northern Syria earlier this week.
At least 58 people are killed in a suspected in a nerve gas attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in the rebel-held Idlib province in Syria. Moscow and Damascus deny responsibility, but according to witnesses the attack was carried out by either Russian or Syrian Sukhoi jets, Fox News reported. To read a timeline of Syrian chemical weapon use ...
As of January 29, 2017, Canada under Justin Trudeau’s government welcomed 40,081 Syrian refugees, of whom 21,876 are Government-Assisted Refugees, 14,274 Privately Sponsored Refugees and 3,931 Blended Visa Office-Referred Refugees.
Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced on March 17, 2017 that Canada will provide over $28 million to support people in Iraq and Syria in order to help addressing the immediate needs of the population, including the return of civilians to territory liberated from the Islamic State (aka ISIS, Daesh, Caliphate).
Will it be too little, too late? While grateful that after ignoring the Yazidi genocide by ISIS that began in 2014, Canada is finally promising to bring 1200 of them to Canada by year’s end, no one in their leadership or otherwise was told or consulted, despite the critical role they should be playing in the process.
Toronto Metro, owned by Torstar, featured an interview with Bayan Khatib, a Muslim woman who came to Canada when she was seven. It was on the front page under the headline “Torontonians worried about effects of Trump’s travel ban. Many dual citizens have friends and families in the United States and are concerned about new regulations”
Liberal MP Omar Alghabra (Mississauga Centre), who serves also as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs specializing in consular affairs, implicitly criticizes US President Donald Trump’s Executive Order “Protecting the Nation form Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” that temporarily bars travellers from seven nations (including Syria) that are known of their support of terrorism or ...