I agree we should do more for our homeless on our home front.
However, our people fight hunger and the elements.
The refugees flee bombs and gunfire, as well as brutality and tortur
Posted by Dave to Our Town and Its Business at 28 November 2015 at 08:15
Oh ....our people fight more than that. Cruelty, brutality and indifference to suffering is all around us.
Freedom is far more apparent than real.
As well, there is no question about the generosity of Canadians.
The main concern raised in this conversation has Ben the competence of our politicians or lack thereof.
Re-settling refugees has been done before. The outstanding question may be ...has it been done well?
Etobicoke might be a good place to look.The Borough was forefront in the news last year.
How well were Ethiopians assimilated in the borough in the thirty years since their arrival?
I don't raise the question as a reason not to rescue Syrian refugees or to slow Canada' s response to the tragedy.
I just worry the obvious solution is not always as simple or obvious as first appears. I remember a feature in the Star Weekend Magazine about the government re-settling Ethiopians in a condo building and impact on non- Ethiopian condo owners in the same building. It wasn't pretty.
It's been years since I have had newspapers delivered to my home. i got tired of the bulk and crises content in places that I could do nothing about.
I dread week-ends and faces of heart-broken mothers in Toronto whose sons are stabbed or shot to death on city streets and even by stray bullets going through the wall of a home into the bedroom of a small child.
Years go by and the situation does not improve. Now we have videos added of police brutality to horrify our senses.
Last year, the police used a helicopter to tail the City's Mayor. Charges were laid against the Mayor's companion. They were dismissed recently.
They videos the Mayur peeing against a tree and putting empty liquor bottles in the trash.
Tom Friedan,an award winning New York journalist has been writing about Asia for years. Last week he was a guest of Charlie Rose, talking about the logic of home-grown terrorists being responsible for the Paris atrocities.
He pointed out the high percentage of Muslims in France and limited opportunities for the young.
They have many of the benefits of western upbringing and none of the rewards. They are without employment or hope for a future and represent an easy target for recruitment to ISIS .Who train them, pay them, provide them with wives, a purpose in life and rewards in paradise in the certain event of their death,
More young women are joining than before.
Of course , I don't know these things in my own right. I am obliged to listen to a man who has made
a career of peering jnder rocks and into the nooks and crannies of Asian lifestyle, as varied as that is.
But I am inclined to believe everyone needs to feel they belong where they live.Whether at home with family, in the classroom, the playground, the work place, in a place of worship and in the world around them. They need to feel hope.
With evidence at hand, I'm not sure we've done or can do a particularly good job of that assurance.
Simplistic solutions of the past solved the immediate problem and created a different one down the road.
And it was not for the want of good intentions.