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09
FEB
2016

ISANS office will open Tuesday at noon

Please note: ISANS will delay opening Tuesday until noon due to the storm.
05
FEB
2016

Infographic: Syrian Arrivals – Nova Scotia

Check out this interactive infographic depicting the number of Syrian refugee arrivals to Nova Scotia so far. We will update these statistics at least once a week to reflect the most current numbers...
05
FEB
2016
bikes for refugees

Update on Bikes for Refugees Project

Bikes were moved from various storage spaces on January 8 with the help of 15 volunteers. There were two repair sessions in January with a number of volunteers, and so far 36 adult bikes have gotten a clean bill of health! With help from some high school students 39 more bikes...
04
FEB
2016
Syrian children at the Discovery Centre

‘Our children are happy and safe’: Trip to Halifax Discovery Centre symbolic for Syrian refugee mothers

By Yvette d’Entremont, Metro, 3 February 2016.  A trip to Halifax’s Discovery Centre is something many local families would take for granted. But for a group of Syrian refugee women who all arrived in Canada within the last two weeks, a simple family trip Wednesday was an...
28
JAN
2016

Syrian Refugees: Responding to All

This is a public statement from the Canadian Council for Refugees – 27 January 2016.  The Canadian Cuncil for Refugees welcomes the announcement by the federal government of a Syrian Family Links initiative, designed to connect Syrian refugees who have family in Canada with...
25
JAN
2016

Free Session on Community Sponsorship of Refugees

Interested in refugee sponsorship? The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program is holding a free session on Community Sponsorship of Refugees this Sunday, January 31 from 12-3pm at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. Topics will include: • Sponsoring refugees through...
25
JAN
2016

WES Educational Profile: Syria

In communities across Canada, many Syrian families have arrived over the past few weeks, and will continue to arrive in the year ahead. Families need to ensure that their children are enrolled in Canadian schools, and schools will want to place them at the appropriate level....
22
JAN
2016

Gerry Mills talks to The Current CBC about Syrian refugee arrivals in Halifax

Our Director of Operations, Gerry Mills, spoke with Anna Maria Tremonti of CBC’s The Current on Thursday about the arrival of Syrian refugees in Halifax. Gerry speaks about temporary housing and the process of moving families into permanent accomodations. Listen here:
13
JAN
2016

New Resources for Private Sponsorship Groups

We’ve added new resources to our Private Refugee Sponsorship page! The following documents are now available: Frequently Asked Questions about Private Refugee Sponsorship What people outside of a core private sponsorship group can do to help Code of Ethics – Refugee...
12
JAN
2016

30 Canadian Immigration Waves

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, The Canadian Encyclopedia created 30 lists of 30 things, from famous people and historic events, to iconic foods and influential artists. The various waves of migration to Canada over the course of its history have made the country what it is —...
11
JAN
2016
Altona, refugees

Welcome to Altona – population 4500 plus 45 new refugees

DNTO, Saturday January 9, 2016 Episode In Canada, the big cities get most of the credit for being multicultural. But the face of small town Canada is changing, too. This week, DNTO takes you to tiny Altona, in southern Manitoba, where the population just jumped by one percent...
07
JAN
2016

Myth versus Truth about Refugees

We’ve put together a list of 12 common misconceptions about refugees. Please read and share! You can also follow along on Twitter as we bust one myth per day! Take a look at the full list here, or check out some tweets below that you can share.   8th Day of...
04
JAN
2016
Refugees arrive in Winnipeg

Editorial: Canada should remember all refugees

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 30, 2015.  Syrian refugees arriving in Canada have been greeted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, provincial premiers, mayors and dignitaries of all types in a display of love and affection unprecedented in Canadian...
04
JAN
2016

Canadians’ support for taking in Syrian refugees is increasing: Ipsos poll

Andrew Russell, Global News, 30 December 2105 A new Ipsos poll shows a majority of Canadians support the Liberal government’s plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees and support has increased sharply following the Paris terror attacks. The poll, conducted exclusively for Global...
17
DEC
2015

Holiday Hours & Reception Schedule

Please note, our offices will be closed:
  • December 24 at 12 pm
  • December 25 all day
  • December 28 all day
  • December 31 at 12 pm
  • January 1
ISANS will not have evening reception services...
14
DEC
2015
Paul Pickering photo

Light House Now – Editorial: How do we raise the level for everyone?

by Dave Stephens, Light House Now, 9 December 2015. Most of us need no further convincing that it’s important for Nova Scotia to do its part to welcome refugees fleeing the disaster that Syria has become. Not everyone agrees with that. People worry that we’re bringing...
11
DEC
2015
Howard Ramos, CTV

Report: Who are Recent Immigrants & What are their Economic Activities

This report, released December 11, 2015, as part of the Pathways to Prosperity Project, has 3 research objectives: Describe the socio-demographic profiles of immigrants across landing categories. Describe the economic outcomes of immigrants across landing categories. Compare...
09
DEC
2015
Teenage Refugee Champions Girls’ Education

A Teenage Refugee Champions Girls’ Education

by Charlie Dunmore, UNHCR Canada, 8 December 2015.  When Muzon’s family fled the war in Syria in early 2013, they briefly considered leaving her behind. The bright 14—year—old had been studying hard all year for her grade—nine school exams, which were just a month away, and her...
03
DEC
2015
canadian council for refugees

Newcomer serving organizations welcome plans to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees

Media Release – Canadian Council for Refugees, 3 December 2015.  The federal government’s plans to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada over the coming months are warmly welcomed by ten national, regional and provincial umbrellas of organizations serving newcomers...
30
NOV
2015

Syrian Refugees Living In Camps Are In ‘Utterly Inhumane’ Situation, Says Toronto Nurse

by Zi-Ann Lum, Huffington Post, 26 November 2015 When Nada Sidani was growing up in Lebanon, she used to wear beautiful textiles tagged, “Made in Syria.” So it was surreal to see Syrian mothers wrapping babies in plastic when she returned to the region a decade after she left,...
25
NOV
2015
open house 2015

Annual Open House

Please join us for our Annual Open House! It’s that time of year again! Join us for food, fun and great conversation on Thursday, December 3, from 3:00-5:30pm. Everyone is welcome...
25
NOV
2015

Government of Canada to bring 10,000 Syrian refugees by end of year

Media Release – November 24, 2015 – Ottawa, ON – The Government of Canada is taking immediate action to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada as quickly as possible, through a five-phase national plan. Canada can and will do more to help Syrian refugees who are...
23
NOV
2015
Life is gradually improving in Cureghem, a multi-ethnic district in Brussels, but the same cannot be said of disaffected, radicalized Molenbeek across the canal. Justin Jin for The Globe and Mail

Integration: A New Strategy

Doug Saunders, The Globe & Mail, 21 November 2015.  Five weeks ago, I was walking though the immigrant-filled districts of western Brussels, which straddle a 19th-century industrial canal, with some local residents. They were proud of their neighbourhood. In the decade since...