Thought Pieces

Put Yourself in the Shoes of a Refugee

Put Yourself in the Shoes of a Refugee

Put Yourself in the Shoes of a Refugee Islamic State aggressors have decapitated and eviscerated many ladies and kids in terrible assaults on Syrian towns which have left 52 individuals dead. Imagine for a second that you have family in a country we all see as safe...
Why We Remember

Why We Remember

Why We Remember The AfD (Alternative for Germany) started in 2013 as a eurosceptic party, opposed to the single currency, but has shifted further to the right, gaining success in state parliaments over the past year through its anti-immigrant rhetoric amid the influx...
Active Citizen Social Enterprise Summit 2017

Active Citizen Social Enterprise Summit 2017

Active Citizens Social Enterprise Summit  Representing WelcomeHomeTO, I was invited to be 1 of 15 youth, who traveled to Ottawa to attend the Active Citizen Social Enterprise Summit (ACSE) held on Parliament Hill. I had attended the ACSE training in Montreal during...

No New Money: A Call for Civic Action

At the recent Canadian Council for Refugees Refugees Welcome Here: Awareness, Advocacy and Action consultation, the Canadian government made it clear – there is no new money for refugee sponsorship and settlement efforts. If any money is allocated to new...

Masjid Toronto

    Yesterday I attended prayer services at Masjid Mosque in downtown Toronto.  I was there at the invitation of a friend of mine, a newcomer who came to Canada from the Middle East as a refugee. The inspiration for this visit was a chat about Ramadan and...
St. Stephen Church

St. Stephen Church

There’s a big crowd waiting at St. Stephen’s door when I arrive. Before long, the crowd has morphed into a line-up that stretches to the end of the block and around the corner. Most of the people who have come out are private sponsors of Syrian refugees; chatter in...
The Canadian Project

The Canadian Project

Let’s be honest with ourselves; we are all New Canadians. Only Canada’s First Nations have legitimate claim of being first to the party. And while it is crucial we acknowledge and reconcile Canada’s colonialist past and the ongoing, systemic barriers...
Update: recent activities at WelcomeHomeTO

Update: recent activities at WelcomeHomeTO

I started coming to Civic Tech Toronto meet-ups just over a month ago and joined the Welcome Home TO team – and in that short amount of time, the team has been remarkably busy! Over the past few weeks, one of our main goals has been working on getting this very...