There’s a growing backlash to plans to accept Syrian refugees fleeing a devastating civil war.
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to shelve plans to bring in 25,000 refugees by the end of the year.
An online petition has been started asking for a referendum on allowing refugees to be settled in BC’s northeast.
The backlash doesn’t faze Sasa Loggins though.
She’s with the Skeena Diversity Society, a group that works to build an inclusive community and offers help to new immigrants.
She says helping refugees fleeing for their lives is the moral thing to do as Canadians.
As for criticism about solving our own problems first, or helping Canadians first, she says homelessness and poverty are complex issues, but we can tackle more than one problem at a time.
She adds that refugees eventually become active members of their communities.
Adding it’s not uncommon for the most vulnerable, in any society, to face prejudice and discrimination.
But she says she remains hopeful, adding that having a diverse community with different voices and experiences is a positive.