Canada should welcome refugees, not treat them as threats

The worst course of action would be to re-traumatize victims of a ghastly war by treating them as threats by creating ‘Fortess Canada.’

To the Editor,

The predictable knee-jerk reaction of our more right-wing politicians to our new refugee policy can be written off as a mean-spirited effort to regain some leverage with voters. It didn’t work in the recent election and it shouldn’t now.

From a totally self-serving point of view, welcoming desperate families will ensure a loyal, grateful group who will be the first to combat any negative influences in the future.

The worst course of action would be to re-traumatize victims of a ghastly war by treating them as threats by creating ‘Fortess Canada.’

Let’s provide them a welcoming home and reap the benefits they will provide our country in the long term.

Dave CuttsNanaimo


To the Editor,

Our new PM confirmed that he is not reconsidering bringing about 25,000 refugees to Canada by the end of the year. Apart from the logistics of thoroughly reviewing and processing such a huge number in such a short time, has anyone consulted the electorate on how we feel about these people in our country?

The politicians will assure us that care will be taken to weed out undesirables, but can we really believe this? What questions will they ask, and what proof of their status will be required, and will they allow families to be broken up?

We all want to help true refugees, but is this group from the Middle East going to improve Canada? Already about one quarter of the U.S. states have declared that they will not accept refugees because of what happened in Paris. Is our government the only one that is right, or are these states showing some common sense? I’m with the states.

Gordon JacksonNanaimo

Just Posted

Young Nanaimo dancers to appear on NBC program ‘World of Dance’

Jacksun Fryer, 15, and Deeya Sharma, 12, among those competing for $1 million

Vancouver Island’s 10 worst intersections revealed

Saanich, Victoria, Nanaimo, Duncan and Langford junctions make the list

Jeep bursts into flames on highway near Nanoose Bay

Emergency crews responded to blaze at approximately 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday

Finalists announced for Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards

Winners will be honoured at an awards gala Friday, Feb. 22 at the Coast Bastion Hotel

Nanaimo Clippers beat league’s best team on trip

Clippers get past the Chilliwack Chiefs 2-1 as BCHL regular season winding down

‘Our entire municipality is heartbroken’: Seven children die in Halifax house fire

A man and woman remained in hospital Tuesday afternoon, the man with life-threatening injuries

Bomb threats, shootings, a kidnapping: Drug war rocks Kamloops

Kamloops RCMP battles a series of violent events

B.C. hotel trashes Channing Tatum in favour of Ryan Reynolds

Tatum’s picture left in recycling bin, replaced with photo of Ryan Reynolds

B.C. firefighters rescue bear cub stuck up a tree

Family Day was eventful for cub, firefighters

Three Island First Nations chiefs take government to court in health care dispute

Move comes after First Nations Health Authority dumps Vancouver Island service provider

Okanagan ski resort officials displeased with Family Day roll-out

From one peak of the Okanagan to the other, resort officials have raised concerns

Island fossil makes it to the top of the provincial list

Courtenay’s elasmosaur will be added to the official Provincial Symbols of British Columbia

B.C. high school robotics team ranked first in the world for programming

The Surrey team was also named tournament finalists at VEX Robotics Competition on Feb. 1

Man shot dead in front of Kamloops hotel may be case of mistaken identity: RCMP

Rex Gill, 44, was not previously known to Kamloops police unlike second shooting victim

Most Read