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Trudeau welcomes first of 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada

Agen Sabung Ayam

Posted December 12, 2015 07:45:27

Canada's PM Justin Trudeau welcomes Syrian refugees Photo: Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau (L) greets a young Syrian refugee at the Toronto Pearson International Airport. (Reuters: Mark Blinch)
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Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau has personally welcomed the first of 25,000 Syrian refugees Canada hopes to resettle over the next three months.

Key points

  • Canada’s prime minister greets first of 25,000 Syrian refugees to arrive in the country
  • 163 Syrians arrived by plane in Toronto
  • Canada is hoping to resettle 10,000 Syrians by the end of the year
  • Unlike the United States, there has been little opposition to the resettlement program

Government and opposition MPs joined Mr Trudeau in greeting the refugees when they landed in Toronto.

“This is a wonderful night, where we get to show not just a planeload of new Canadians what Canada is all about, we get to show the world how to open our hearts and welcome in people who are fleeing extraordinarily difficult situations,” the prime minister said.

Mr Trudeau’s Liberal government scaled back the number of Syrian migrants it will accept by year end after the attacks in Paris sparked concern that the election promise to bring in 25,000 by December 31 would not allow enough time for security checks.

The plane carrying 163 Syrian refugees touched down in Toronto just before midnight on Thursday (local time) and will be followed by a second military airlift to Montreal on Saturday.

Mr Trudeau has said 10,000 will be resettled by the end of the year and a further 15,000 by the end of February.

As he met the military aircraft amid tight security at a special terminal, privately sponsored Syrian refugees were arriving on commercial flights at Toronto’s main terminal, greeted by sponsors and ordinary Canadians who had come to the airport to welcome the much-anticipated newcomers.

“They are very tired, but they are happy and hopeful,” said Soriya Dasir, a worker with Abraham Festival, a group that sponsored a single mother and three children who had been living in a camp in Jordan for two years, as she escorted them past waiting media.

Warm reception contrasts with US response

Canada's prime minister helps young Syrian refugee with jacket Photo: Mr Trudeau (L) helped a young Syrian refugee try on a winter coat after she arrived with her family from Beirut. (Reuters: Mark Blinch)

Toronto’s airport authority urged Canadians not to come to the airport to greet the refugees or drop off donations, saying: “We’re so proud that our community wants to help, but such a response would be very overwhelming for those arriving.”

The request did not deter Shai Reef, 20, who held up a sign that read: “Welcome to Canada” in Arabic.

“I’m here to show my solidarity for and support of the Syrian people going through genocide in Syria,” Mr Reef said.

“As Jews, we were also locked out, I know what it feels like.”

Toronto’s mayor tweeted a welcome, while the Toronto Star, the country’s largest newspaper, covered its front page with a “Welcome to Canada” banner headline in English and Arabic, along with an article explaining Canadian weather, ice hockey and slang.

The reception in Canada contrasted sharply with that of the neighbouring United States, where fear of Syrian refugees following the deadly November 13 Paris attacks spurred opposition to allowing them entry.

Some US governors said their states would not accept Syrian refugees, while Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the country.

With security concerns, immigration paperwork and the flight’s late-night arrival, refugees on the military aircraft were to be put up at a nearby hotel for the night before meeting their sponsors and resettlement agencies on Friday.


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Canada Takes Steps to Contain Housing-Market Risk

Agen Sabung Ayam

OTTAWA—Canada on Friday took steps to address increasing danger in two of the country’s biggest housing marketplaces.

Finance Minister Invoice Morneau explained the authorities would require first-time  customers to make more substantial down payments on pricier homes. At the identical time, the country’s top banking regulator, the Office of the Superintendent of Economic Establishments, said it was preparing rule alterations that would require banking institutions to keep more substantial capital cushions to defend against residential-house loan danger.

In the meantime, Canada Home loan and Housing Corp., the government-owned mortgage insurance provider, explained Friday it would increase fees it fees lenders to offer guarantees underneath the government’s house loan-securitization system.

Mr. Morneau named the moves “coordinated efforts,” incorporating he spoke with officials from OSFI and CMHC, as effectively Bank of Canada Gov. Stephen Poloz, in progress of the moves, which specifically goal problems in the metropolitan areas of Toronto and Vancouver.

Mr. Morneau stated the modifications would minimize the effect on several 1st-time buyers and regional housing markets where activity was more moderate, “while restricting risk and taxpayer exposure to the elevated housing marketplaces in Vancouver and in Toronto.”

He extra the Liberal federal government was “prudently hunting at places of the marketplace that existing some likely risks,” with the aim of handling them “appropriately.”

Under the adjustments, consumers of houses priced underneath 500,000 Canadian bucks (US$ 367,000) can keep on to make a bare minimum downpayment of five% of the acquire value. For more costly properties, the down payment increases to 10% of the part above the C$ 500,000 benchmark.

Canada came out of the world-wide economic disaster relatively unscathed but decreased fascination rates in line with other major central banks. That brought on a personal debt-fueled house acquiring binge, specifically in Toronto and Vancouver. Ottawa tightened mortgage loan principles four instances amongst 2008 and 2012 under the prior Conservative federal government to handle concerns about a U.S.-fashion housing bubble forming.

Housing costs and exercise in some markets have remained robust, and Canadian household financial debt sits at file stages. More lately, housing action in Canada’s oil-producing Western provinces has fallen sharply because of to decrease crude charges.

The oil-price tag rout was a single of the causes the Financial institution of Canada lower its coverage rate twice this 12 months to the current level of .5%. The Canadian economic system has been sluggish this year, and most economists really do not assume a fee enhance from the central lender following year.

For the duration of an Oct speech in Peru, the Financial institution of Canada’s Mr. Poloz called home personal debt a “key vulnerability” for Canada. He said the central financial institution requires household financial debt into account in its plan-generating but emphasized that authorities laws are greater suited to address people concerns than the Lender of Canada, whose main focus is inflation.

The central lender estimated very last calendar year that the country’s housing market place was overvalued by 10% to thirty%.

Last thirty day period, the Canadian Real Estate Affiliation stated the average cost of a Canadian house in October was C$ 454,976, up eight.three% from a calendar year previously. It stated that, if Toronto and Vancouver have been excluded from its calculations, the common was C$ 339,059, up two.5% from a yr before. Separately, the Toronto True Estate Board stated very last week that the average value of a detached property in central Toronto was C$ 1,018,621.

Write to Paul Vieira at paul.vieira@wsj.com

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Canada to withdraw jets fighting Islamic State ‘within weeks’

Agen Sabung Ayam

Posted December 08, 2015 11:40:59

Canada’s new Liberal federal government will act inside months to fulfil a marketing campaign assure to withdraw 6 fighter jets that have been attacking Islamic Point out (IS) positions in Iraq and Syria, the international ministry states.

The Liberals, who took power last month, say Canada can add much more successfully to the US-led campaign towards the militants by assigning far more troops to practice Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq.

“It truly is a subject of weeks, not months,” foreign minister Stephane Dion advised reporters when questioned when the jets would be pulled out.

Mr Dion’s remarks had been the most particular so far from a cabinet member about when the planes would return residence.

“We’re carrying out two for each cent of the air strikes. We are going to do anything more productive for the coalition,” he stated.

Diplomatic resources say the United States, France and Britain have privately expressed their unease about Canada’s pledge on the grounds it could undermine the hard work to include the IS group.

The Liberals of primary minister Justin Trudeau took workplace after defeating the Conservatives, who took the determination to deliver the jets and trainers to the Center East.

In Parliament on Monday, the Conservatives famous that when US president Barack Obama on Sunday cited shut allies who have been taking part in the operations in opposition to Islamic State, he had not described Canada.

“Why is the primary minister stepping again from the fight when our allies are stepping up?” requested interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose.

Mr Trudeau replied that he experienced “engaged with our allies on these troubles, and they reassured me that we are continuing to be useful”.


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Turkish Airlines flight diverts to Canada after bomb threat

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — The Royal Canadian Mounted Law enforcement says it is investigating a bomb threat that caused a Turkish Airways flight from New York Metropolis to Istanbul to divert and land in Canada.

Halifax Stanfield Worldwide Airport said on its Twitter feed early Sunday that Flight 2 experienced landed securely and that law enforcement had been at the scene.

The airport’s tweet states 256 individuals ended up on board.

The RCMP in Nova Scotia mentioned on its Twitter feed that it would not remark on the specifics of the bomb threat and was looking to recognize the particular person or people dependable.

It additional that police will be “browsing the Turkish Airlines airplane using police dogs qualified in explosives.”

The RCMP mentioned the bomb threat was acquired at ten:fifty p.m. nearby time. Flight tracking websites present the flight experienced previously taken off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York by then.

Last Tuesday evening, Air France Flight fifty five from Dulles Global Airport exterior Washington was diverted to Halifax after an anonymous bomb danger was phoned in following the airplane experienced taken off. An FBI statement late Tuesday said authorities experienced investigated and discovered no credible danger, and the RCMP stated investigators located no proof of an explosive gadget.

That risk came right after the Nov. thirteen assaults in Paris that killed 130 men and women and heightened security considerations worldwide.

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