Canada to accept persecuted gay refugees

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    Mar 25, 2011 2:16 PM GMT
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    Nicholas Keung
    Immigration Reporter

    On the eve of a likely spring election, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced an unusual partnership with Canada’s queer community Thursday: a pilot project to help refugees persecuted for their sexual orientation.

    Through the project, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will work with the Rainbow Refugee Committee to share the cost of sponsoring gay, lesbian, transgender, transsexual and bisexual refugees overseas to Canada.

    The department will provide $100,000 in assistance to cover three months of income support for the refugees upon their arrival here, while the Rainbow committee will offer orientation services, accommodation, food and other basic needs.“These funds are a welcome first step in response to the crisis facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people around the globe, at a time when 77 countries continue to criminalize homosexuality and five prescribe the death penalty,” said Helen Kennedy, executive director of Egale Canada, the country’s largest LGBT human rights organization.

    “The Rainbow Refugee Committee provides critical support to asylum seekers fleeing homophobic and transphobic persecution in their countries of origin.”

    As part of the agreement with Ottawa, the Rainbow committee must reach out to other groups to facilitate sponsorship applications and arrangements.

    “Encouraging private sponsors to come forward is vital to refugees in need of protection and to the future of the private sponsorship program,” Kenney said in a statement.

    “Canada has a proud tradition of opening its doors to people from around the world and providing a safe haven to those in need of protection. The Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program plays a significant role in the resettlement of refugees from across the globe.”

    As private refugee sponsors, groups identify individuals in need and must commit to providing a year of financial support for the asylum seekers’ first year of settlement in Canada. Applicants must still pass government security and medical checks.

    Kenney’s warming to the gay community is in contrast to his department’s decision last year to exclude Canada’s gay rights history from an updated citizenship guide. That section of gay rights was reinstated in the guide’s latest edition this month after public outrage.


    http://www.thestar.com/news/investigations/immigration/article/959975--canada-to-assist-persecuted-gay-refugees
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    Mar 25, 2011 2:23 PM GMT
    Awesome.. while the xstains down here would rather spend that money to execute em!
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    Mar 25, 2011 2:25 PM GMT
    It is awesome to see that Canada is so much more progressive and truly committed to the rights of minority groups including gays. Canada did the right thing by granting those gay refugees the legal right to become Canadian citizens. Now if only the US would open its mind by doing the same thing but with the narrow-minded, bible thumping screwballs controlling the GOP and gaining more votes, I doubt if anything like that will ever happen in the good ol' US.
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    Mar 25, 2011 4:10 PM GMT
    TropicalMark saidAwesome.. while the xstains down here would rather spend that money to execute em!


    Considering that gays get executed in places just for being gay...your comments are unfortunately more true than some people realize.
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    Mar 25, 2011 4:17 PM GMT
    White4DarkerFL said
    TropicalMark saidAwesome.. while the xstains down here would rather spend that money to execute em!


    Considering that gays get executed in places just for being gay...your comments are unfortunately more true than some people realize.
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    Mar 25, 2011 4:43 PM GMT
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    Mar 28, 2011 9:40 AM GMT
    This dosent suprise me Canadians are rasied on the concept of true equality and not in a society that prompotes bigotry like the usa
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    Mar 28, 2011 10:02 AM GMT
    Canada will do anything for attention.
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    Mar 28, 2011 10:07 AM GMT
    mAd_CoWbOy_DiSeAsE saidCanada will do anything for attention.


    Yeah, what's up with that! Giving people equality, what are they thinking! Bastards!

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    Mar 28, 2011 10:08 AM GMT
    mAd_CoWbOy_DiSeAsE saidCanada will do anything for attention.


    not really we are just sticking up for human rights something you wouldnt know anything about being american as the usa dosent exactly have the best track record for being in top of human rights
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    Mar 28, 2011 10:10 AM GMT
    Saltandvinegar said
    mAd_CoWbOy_DiSeAsE saidCanada will do anything for attention.


    not really we are just sticking up for human rights something you wouldnt know anything about being american as the usa dosent exactly have the best track record for being in top of human rights


    At least we're a real country.
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    Mar 28, 2011 10:13 AM GMT
    Okay then indont know how were not but if thats what they teach yall innthem there american schools thats cool even more lies ur being fed by your government
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    Mar 28, 2011 10:16 AM GMT
    Saltandvinegar saidOkay then indont know how were not but if thats what they teach yall innthem there american schools thats cool even more lies ur being fed by your government


    Nice use of language. Do you know what a DICTIONARY is? You're making Canada look good, eh.
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    Mar 28, 2011 10:21 AM GMT
    Again as uneducated as they come wow you really can grasp the concept of sarcasm. You are just as dumb as the rest of them. I thank god evey single day i was not born an american.
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    Mar 28, 2011 10:31 AM GMT
    mAd_CoWbOy_DiSeAsE said
    Saltandvinegar said
    mAd_CoWbOy_DiSeAsE saidCanada will do anything for attention.


    not really we are just sticking up for human rights something you wouldnt know anything about being american as the usa dosent exactly have the best track record for being in top of human rights


    At least we're a real country.


    C'mon Canada is a beautiful part of the US.
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    Mar 28, 2011 10:32 AM GMT
    Saltandvinegar saidAgain as uneducated as they come wow you really can grasp the concept of sarcasm. You are just as dumb as the rest of them. I thank god evey single day i was not born an american.


    Americans thank God you're not one of us, too. See, we have something in common.
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    Mar 28, 2011 10:39 AM GMT
    Canada is an amazing place if you werent so stupid and ignorant as most americans are you would know that
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    Mar 28, 2011 10:41 AM GMT
    You're the one that can't spell, bro. You represent Canada just fine.
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    Mar 28, 2011 10:47 AM GMT
    Thats funny considering i could care less about spelling properly while speaking to someone of your intelligence you cant seem to come up with anything other then spelling or my grammar choices in making fun of your country yet i keep telling you how stupid your country you tend to avoid the content of the sentence and focus on the strucutre
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    Mar 28, 2011 10:53 AM GMT
    True_Blue_Aussie said
    mAd_CoWbOy_DiSeAsE said
    Saltandvinegar said
    mAd_CoWbOy_DiSeAsE saidCanada will do anything for attention.


    not really we are just sticking up for human rights something you wouldnt know anything about being american as the usa dosent exactly have the best track record for being in top of human rights


    At least we're a real country.


    C'mon Canada is a beautiful part of the US.



    Hahaha. Dude, that was funny.. I always enjoy your posts.
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    Mar 28, 2011 10:55 AM GMT
    Canada is not and never will be part of the usa we hate them actually
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    Mar 28, 2011 11:09 AM GMT
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    Mar 28, 2011 11:11 AM GMT
    Cuz that makes sense
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    Mar 28, 2011 11:12 AM GMT
    Saltandvinegar saidCanada is not and never will be part of the usa we hate them actually



    Thank God you're not part of this great country. We love Canada for that.
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    Mar 28, 2011 11:16 AM GMT
    I wasnt aware your country was great you people seem to be the only ones who think that your kind of a huge joke to most of the rest of the world