How you can help refugees

RE: Refugee cri­sis

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

Back in the 1970s, Tom Petty sang, “Some­where some­how some­body must have kicked you around some ... like a Refugee.”

Forty years later, our world has a refugee cri­sis and Petty’s poetry can help us. Refugees have been dis­placed by wars, civil un­rest, nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, droughts, cli­mate change, po­lit­i­cal and sex­ual dis­crim­i­na­tion and poverty.

Canada should be proud of its refugee record and for the fast-track­ing over 25,000 Syr­ian war refugees in the past eight months. Our politi­cians can do much more. For ex­am­ple, what if ev­ery elected politi­cian at the pro­vin­cial and fed­eral level took a refugee fam­ily into their house for as long as that politi­cian is in of­fice? If our politi­cians did this, then the rich cit­i­zens of this coun­try may also choose to spon­sor one. Cana­dian families with yearly house­hold in­comes of only $30,000 or less have been help­ing refugees. All Cana­di­ans can help. G. Rooney Hamil­ton

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