A city-funded public education campaign to dispel racist claims and hateful rumours against Syrian refugees is set to launch this month.
On Monday City staff received reports about efforts to resettle Syrian refugees. Of the 26,166 refugees who have arrived in Canada since last fall, 4,334 have chosen Toronto as their new home. The program aimed at calming the fear and easing the transition for Syrian refugees is called The Ontario-wide Public Education Campaign Against Xenophobia, Islamophobia, and Racism. Its goal is to fight a specific type of racism feeding rumours and stereotypes undermining efforts to welcome and integrate Syrian refugees.
Should the city be funding the anti-Syrian refugee rumours campaign or the federal government? Do you feel as though a campaign is necessary?
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