Sponsors of Syrian refugee family wanted to make a difference

The Toronto couple acknowledged that they had been moved to sponsor a Syrian family with children after the sheer tragedy of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, who was found dead on the beaches of Turkey. The couple joined an existing private sponsorship group, Kensington Assistance for Refugees (KARE), last year.

Syrian refugee family about to move into permanent home in East York

Two former producers from the CBC are busy collecting furniture to help “their” family of Syrian refugees move to an apartment in Crescent Town in Toronto’s East end on June 1, 2017.
Jim Handman and his wife Renee Pellerin are a part of a Toronto sponsorship group called Kensington Assistance for Refugees.

Film prompts discussion on plight of Syrian refugees

Tasneem Fared, clad in a white bridal dress, tells the story of a horrific night in Syria in the documentary The Bride’s Side. That night, she recalled, she danced away, using music to drown out the sound of exploding bombs, occasionally taking off an earplug to check whether her home had been shelled.

Syrian refugees find a place of their own on the Danforth

It was September and the image of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old boy who drowned trying to flee Syria with his family, was making global headlines. The image became a symbol for the millions of Syrians who were making desperate attempts to escape their war-torn homeland. For eight new mothers living in Toronto’s east end, the horrifying image […]

Ryerson University responds to Syrian refugee crisis

The lifeless image of three-year-old Alan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish shore changed how the public views refugees. It brought displaced people into the forefront of discussion, and prompted the global community to action. Evidence of this is can be seen with the Ryerson Lifeline Syria Challenge, an initiative by the school that aims to bring 100 refugees to Canada.