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How can I help Syrian refugees coming to Edmonton? Many Edmontonians moved by the plight of Syrian refugees want to help, but aren’t sure how.

How can I help Syrian refugees coming to Edmonton?

Below are a number of ways to get involved by volunteering, donating money or items to assist with the resettlement of Syrian families in Edmonton, as well as information about how to offer housing or help with sponsoring a Syrian family. Donate money The Edmonton Mennonite Centre has set up the Syrian Emergency Relief Fund to collect money that will be used to help with settlement needs for Syrians arriving in Edmonton.

All funds will be used to support Syrian refugee families and any donations collected before Dec. 31 will be matched by the federal government’s Syrian Emergency Relief matching fund.Edmonton Catholic Social Services is also collecting donations. To specifically give money to support Syrian refugees, call 780-432-1137. Donate items Volunteer Catholic Social Services is gathering information from people interested in volunteering with Syrian refugees. Five Whip-Smart Retorts to Common Anti-Refugee Arguments. The Internet can be a frightening place to navigate for someone trying to seek out the truth about Canada's ability to bring refugees in from war-ravaged Syria.

Five Whip-Smart Retorts to Common Anti-Refugee Arguments

"We can't accept refugees with so many of our own homeless! " some fume on Facebook. "Refugees collect more than pensioners! " others trill on Twitter. Concerned about Syrian refugees entering Canada? You should read this. - HeadSpaceHeadSpace. Last Friday, we all watched in terror as hundreds of innocent people enjoying a beautiful start to the weekend in one of the most celebrated cities in the world were gunned down in a terrorist massacre.

Concerned about Syrian refugees entering Canada? You should read this. - HeadSpaceHeadSpace

The normalcy of a Friday night came to a horrific halt in a hail of bullets and bloodshed and I spent the next few hours glued to my Twitter account, as I watched it all unfold in real time. There is something surreal about the way social media and technology can immerse us into every miniscule detail as it emerges, every false rumour, every inspirational or hateful utterance; every heartbreaking image that shakes us to our core. I was far away from it all, yet I was there. I read the devastated messages of people frantically searching for their loved ones and I sobbed for them and for my inability to do anything at all but merely retweet.

No, Canada doesn’t spend more on refugees than on pensioners. Maybe you’ve seen it.

No, Canada doesn’t spend more on refugees than on pensioners

Maybe your uncle forwarded it to you or someone you know posted it on Facebook. The meme, infographic, status update, chain email you received is false. Investigating the illegal trade of Indian Star tortoises. The paper, “A star attraction: the illegal trade of Indian Star Tortoises”, was published in the Nature Conservation journal.

Investigating the illegal trade of Indian Star tortoises

It brings to light the frightening scale of the trade of a species not studied for more than a decade. The humble beginnings of a global trade A man wanders through a remote village in India. Taco Bell announces cage-free commitment. Taco Bell has announced that it is switching 100% of its eggs to cage-free by the end of 2016.

Taco Bell announces cage-free commitment

With this move, the fast-food chain joins the ranks of other popular companies like McDonald's, Panera Bread and General Mills who have recently announced commitments to source cage-free eggs. Taco Bell boasts the most aggressive timeline for transitioning its egg supply. A testament to the power of consumer voices in the marketplace, more and more companies are demonstrating willingness to change how they source food and the industry is undergoing major transformation. “We welcome today’s cage-free commitment from Taco Bell, which reflects the tremendous positive impact that consumer demand is having for hens," says Priscilla Ma, our US Executive Director. How Canada is helping Syrian and Iraqi refugees. The Government of Canada remains deeply concerned about the escalating violence in Syria and about the increasing humanitarian needs there and in neighboring countries.

How Canada is helping Syrian and Iraqi refugees

In June 2013, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) issued its first appeal to the international community for assistance in resettling extremely vulnerable Syrian refugees who had urgent protection needs. Through Canada’s Refugee and Humanitarian Resettlement Program, refugees will come to Canada supported by the federal government, private sponsors or a mix of both. The government will speed up processing and issue visas to more Syrian refugees by the end of this year. Trudeau: Canada shouldn’t be based on national identity; migration will become the norm.

Death in Syria. More than 200,000 people have been killed in the four-and-a-half-year Syrian civil war.

Death in Syria

The constant violence has forced more than four million toflee the country, fueling a refugee crisis in the Middle Eastand Europe. The country is so dangerous that a definitive tallyof deaths is not possible, but several groups are trying todocument how many Syrians have died, and what killed them. Each of these dots represents oneperson who was killed during the conflict. “With each passing day there are fewer safe places in Syria,” PauloSérgio Pinheiro, chairman of the United Nations panel investigatinghuman rights abuses in Syria, wrote in a recent report.

At least 28,277 civilians have died in shootings and mass killings. Thousands of civilians have been victims of mass shootings and gunfire between government forces and insurgents. Reported deaths caused by random shootings or mass killings March 2011 - August 2015 Areas of ISIS control and support. If you make racist comments on my social media posts, I will treat you like a racist…because it is 2015.

The Islamic State wants you to hate refugees. Migrants wait to register at a refugee center in the southern Serbian town of Presevo on Monday.

The Islamic State wants you to hate refugees

(Darko Vojinovic/AP) As the Syrian refugee crisis mutated from a regional problem to a global one, security concerns have increasingly been cited as a justification for keeping borders closed and refusing to resettle migrants. This argument has gathered momentum in the wake of the attacks in Paris on Friday, after a Syrian passport with the name Ahmad al-Mohammad, a 25-year-old born in Idlib province, was found near the body of a suicide bomber.

French authorities say fingerprints from the suicide bomber match those of someone who passed through Greece in early October. [Were Syrian refugees involved in the Paris attacks? If one of the Paris attackers really did make his way from the Middle East, through Greece, and into Western Europe, it will raise big questions on the continent about the tens of thousands of other refugees traveling along this route. If you make racist comments on my social media posts, I will treat you like a racist…because it is 2015. Lick the plate: The ecological and economic costs of food waste. By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Research Scientist Scott Wallace.

Lick the plate: The ecological and economic costs of food waste

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with friends and family to appreciate the bounty of the fall harvest. Eating is both a highly social and personal part of our lives, and food preferences can even make for lively dinner table conversations. In North America we tend to focus on how food is grown and harvested. Why are people homeless. Definitions of Homelessness - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta. Absolute: Those living on the street with no physical shelter of their own, including those who spend their nights in emergency shelters.

24/7 Rescue Van. How the Van is Helping “I knew this project would be a great option for everyone. Not only does it relieve pressure on emergency personnel, it also gets proper help to individuals who need it. We were ultimately looking to be more efficient and utilize our resources. Find a Shelter - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta. Homeless persons and families can access emergency shelters across Alberta. There are three types of shelter accommodation: Emergency Shelters: means overnight accommodation to individuals who have no permanent address. Short-Term Supportive Housing: means temporary housing with support to assist client movement into permanent housing. Providing Shelter & Housing. Rapid Exit Rapid Exit is Hope Mission’s Housing First program. It aims to house and support chronically homeless individuals by helping them find and manage their own homes.

Rapid Exit works on a scattered site model; people are housed throughout the city and supported by follow-up workers who help connect them with further support and resources in their communities. In this program the client takes the lead in their own recovery and is given freedom to choose which goals and services to pursue. To date, the Rapid Exit program has housed 150 clients.