Syrian Refugee Crisis Update for Residents of London, Ontario:
One of the responsibilities I have taken on, as leader of the “sponsorship applications” task force in the city, is to connect local groups who wish to sponsor a family with refugee families overseas who wish to come to London. Typically, this involves a family member or friend here who will be involved in fund raising, preparing the application, and settling the family.
The good news, for those groups who pursue this route, is that this increases the total number of refugees coming to Canada. These are not part of the governments 25,000. The bad news is, at least for the foreseeable future, it is much harder to have donations treated as charitable, and hence tax deductible. (That’s because Canada Revenue Agency considers this to be a gift to the family overseas.)
In any case, if you or someone you know wishes to sponsor a family, I am sharing a first case. Dimah Azzam <firstname.lastname@example.org> wishes to help bring over an Iraqi family. They are presently in Amman, Jordan. There is a mother, Hanan, and four children, ages 6, 8, 9 and 12.