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Council To Send Emergency Resolution to UBCM on Syrian Refugees

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 @ 3:58 AM

Prince George, B.C.-  Mayor and Council for the City of Prince George  have approved an emergency  resolution to be  considered  at the upcoming Union of BC Municipalities  Conference.

“Canada has a history of helping out when we need to help out” said Councillor Brian Skakun.

The  emergency resolution  reads as follows:

  • WHEREAS the Canadian volunteer organization Lifeline Syria, citing statistics from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), reports that as Syria enters its fifth year of civil war:
    nearly 12 million people – fully half the country’s population – are homeless, including 4 million refugees who have fled to neighbouring countries, and 7 million internally displaced people inside Syria;  
  • amongst the 12 million homeless people are 4.2 million Syrian children who have fled their homes; 
  • 90,000 Syrian refugees are registered by UNHCR every month; 
  • more than 250,000 Syrian people have died; and  a
  • as of March 2015 nearly 254,000 Syrians had requested asylum in Europe;

AND WHEREAS the federal government has committed to resettle a total of 11,300 Syrian refugees in Canada from 2015 through 2017:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that, in light of the discrepancy between the large number of refugees with documented resettlement needs and the relatively small number of people the federal government has offered to assist, the federal government review and implement significant increases and expedited processing times for its humanitarian aid and resettlement commitments;
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the federal government report out regularly to the Canadian public on the federal government’s progress toward achieving the above objectives;
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the federal government implement additional assistance, in partnership with the United Nations or other humanitarian organizations, to actively address the urgent needs of Syrians inside Syria, including providing assistance to those wishing to leave Syria;
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED  that the federal government reach out to local governments, nonprofit organizations and community groups across Canada that wish to assist in relocation efforts, providing information, advice and connections to ensure that the assistance Canadians extend to refugees is timely, appropriate and effective.



The deadline  for resolutions is  Friday September 18th, UBCM Resolutions Committee reviews all late resolutions. The Resolutions Committee then identifies which (if any) late resolutions raise emergency issues, which are defined as issues that have arisen after the regular resolution submission deadline of June 30.  The Committee then provides recommendations on the handling of late resolutions, and whether or not late resolutions dealing with emergency issues should be admitted to the convention for debate.  The  UBCM  conference starts on the 21st through to the 25th.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities  has also  passed an Emergency Recommendation to coordinate the efforts of cities and communities across the country to amplify the effectiveness of local initiatives already underway.

“Local governments are critical to the success of Canada’s response to this deeply troubling situation. Prince George will join communities across country to play a key role in any effort to resettle families fleeing violence in Syria. Through our coordinated actions we can maximize the size and the speed of Canada’s response,” said FCM board member and Councillor Garth Frizzell. The FCM recommendation establishes a  Task Force on Refugee Resettlement to coordinate an effective response from the local government perspective.  The Task Force will enable municipalities to share information and best practices.  It will also provide an efficient means of coordinating with our provincial, territorial and federal counterparts to meet immediate and urgent resettlement targets.



Reminds me of Kony 2012

Kony 2012? what is that?

Well done, PG City Hall! Thank you for acting in the spirit of our best nature as Canadians.

Google Kony 2012 …. and go to the YouTube film … it is about half an hour long

Typical knee jerk reaction from our bleeding heart left wing council. Just jump on whatever bandwagon is roaring through town on that particular day. This bandwagon is a picture of a drowned child.

If Syria is such a pressing issue, why wasn’t something done about it 3 years ago? The civil war has only been going on for 4 years….

@Hummer – it cracks me up the masses only start caring when they have their faces shoved with it in the news. The war started in 2011, nobody in PG cared… not one bit. One clever picture of a dead child… ‘WE MUST STOP THIS INJUSTICE AND TAKE IN AS MANY OF THESE POOR PEOPLE AS WE CAN.’

Meanwhile 3yr olds die every day in Canada, from drownings… but we don’t hold special rally cries.. we say ‘oh, why didn’t he have a life jacket on? How sad’

The CBC and CP are shoving this down our throats, it’s a hidden agenda.. nothing more.

Go downtown we have lots of homeless sleeping in doorways. What are we going to do with all these people after we take them in? are they going to be happy here? if not what then? are going to have jobs for them? I feel for the families but it seems to be a lot about the men, do they value women? do they know in Canada women have rights and don’t put up with male domination, we had to fight for that.

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