Welcome to Altona – population 4500 plus 45 new refugees

DNTO, Saturday January 9, 2016 Episode

Altona, refugees
The Daas family with new friends Doaa Abukhousa (in bright blue headscarf) and Emily Dyck (in green parka). (Kaj Hasselriis/DNTO)

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 thanks to the arrival of five new Syrian families. It’s a mini-boom that’s changing the town in ways it never expected – and they went along for the ride…

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