Letters to the Editor

Comments on the current refugee crisis and our governments response.

The current refugee crisis, and our increased awareness of this huge global problem, is timely given the arrival of an Eritrean family in Rossland. Thank you to the many Rosslanders who have helped over the past two weeks. Ruta and sons are settling in well.

The bigger picture desperately needs to be addressed. Below is a letter I have sent to the federal Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (Chris.alexander@parl.gc.ca), copied to PM Harper (Stephen.harper@parl.gc.ca). Please write a letter of your own, and feel free to use some of mine as a template if that helps.

Jill Alexander

 

Dear Mr. Alexander,

 

Today I signed the petition circulating on change.org which calls on you and your government to help Syrian refugees. I am writing to let you know how important this issue is to me as a Canadian citizen. I hope you in turn will take it seriously and take immediate, definitive action.

Over the past two years I have been involved with resettling two families to my small hometown (Rossland, BC, pop 3500). We work through the Blended Visa Office-referred (BVOR) system and are affiliated with the sponsorship group East Kootenay Friends of Refugees.

It has been a rewarding experience for all involved, and has shown us how easy it is to share our world of plenty with refugee families (www.rosslandnews.com/news/323775501).

The crises facing Africa and the Middle East are not entirely of their own making. Westerners have exploited their natural resources for hundreds of years and continue to do so. We have used more than our share of the world’s supplies of water, minerals and fossil fuels. Our consumption-based lifestyles have disproportionately affected poorer nations.

Climate change has made food and clean water production increasingly difficult for them, while distribution of these essentials is equally challenging.  We cannot stand by and expect them to solve the problems alone. We cannot allow people to live with war and poverty, or to die trying to escape them.

Please make changes starting now to allow more refugees to share our country, our security and our wealth.  Many Canadian citizens want to do this but we need official channels to open wide.

 

 

 

M. Jill Peacock, MD, CCFP

East Kootenay Friends of Burma, Rossland, BC

 

Just Posted

Keep pot shops away from kids, say Rosslanders

Citizen’s survey gives council guidelines for bylaws

Trail taxpayers face $16,000 tab for vandalized parking meters

In a recent rash of vandalism in downtown Trail, 30+ parking meters were broken into & coins stolen

UPDATED: Horgan says B.C. defending its interests in Trans Mountain pipeline

Canadian finance minister’s update comes the same day Kinder Morgan shareholders plan to meet

Trail council pitches relief to Rossland ballplayers

Rossland Mayor Kathy Moore said it’s time to look at the future of recreation funding

Kootenay unemployment rate down in April

Jobless figure stood at 5.4% last month

VIDEO: After the floods, comes the cleanup as Grand Forks rebuilds

Business owners in downtown wonder how long it will take for things to go back to normal

36 fires sparked May long weekend, most due to lightning: BC Wildfire

As warmer weather nears, chief fire officer Kevin Skrepnek says too soon to forecast summer

Ariana Grande sends message of hope on anniversary of Manchester bombing

Prince William joins survivors and emergency workers for remembrance service

B.C. flood risk switches from snowmelt to rainfall: River Forecast Centre

Kootenays and Fraser River remain serious concerns

Pipeline more important than premiers meeting: Notley

“Canada has to work for all Canadians, that’s why we’re fighting for the pipeline”

Canadian government spending tens of millions on Facebook ads

From January 2016 to March 2018, feds spent more than $24.4 million on Facebook and Instagram ads

Canada, U.S. to begin Columbia River Treaty negotiations on May 29

B.C. MLA Katrine Conroy will represent the province in the talks

VIDEO: How to use naloxone to stop a fentanyl overdose

ANKORS’ Chloe Sage shows what to do when someone is overdosing

UPDATED: BC Ferries freezes plans to nix fuel rebates pending government funds

Claire Trevena says she is ‘extremely disappointed’ by a plan by BC Ferries to remove fuel rebates

Most Read