Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Welcome To Canada, Eh? (January 9, 2016)

TheStar.com. Designed by Elise Gravel.
Am
Not surprise
Someone has targeted
A gathering
Outside
Of a Muslim centre.

Given
Canada's long history
Of Xenophobia
And racism.

Myself
The child
Of an immigrant.

Who came
To Canada
During the 1950s
As a teenager.

Anger
And frustration
Grips my soul.

Naively believing
Things would be different
For the newly arriving
Syrian refugees.

Being able
To call
Canada
Their home.

Without any fear
Of being attacked
For their religious beliefs.

In leaving behind
All the violence
Of the Syrian civil war
And the refugee camps.

How I do say
"I'm sorry
For the ignorant actions
Of a few bigots?"

As this
Is your first exposure
To life
In Canada.


Therisa © 2016





Author's note: On Friday, January 8, 2016, a group of 30 Syrian refugees, where pepper sprayed, by a passing cyclist, which included children. Under BC law, pepper spray is considered a weapon, and this cyclist will be charged with assault, causing bodily harm. I do hope that this person, has the guts to step forward and take responsible, for his misguided actions. Am, including an link, to the assault.


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/pepper-spray-attack-1.3396899


Earlier today, a planeload carrying the 10 000th Syrian refugee arrived, in Canada, twelve days later that the Liberal government had originally projected, after realizing the logistic nightmare that faced them. I do hope, with the increase refugees, the Federal and Provincial governments increase the money that spent on mental illness, from its pitiful levels, at the moment. Also, increase their involvement, with affordable housing, for all Canadians, new and old. Thus, everyone benefits from the arrivals of the Syrian refugees.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-syria-migrants-idUSKCN0UQ2HS20160112

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