The Plight of the Yazidi People

Today, on the second anniversary of the brutal attack in Iraq known as the Sinjar Massacre, my thoughts are with the Yazidi people who had been displaced by the barbarism of ISIS. Two years ago, early in the morning, ISIS launched an attack on the town of Sinjar, the historic home of the Yazidi people […]

Bring Back Our Girls – A Mothers’ Day Message

Yesterday, on Mothers’ Day, families across Canada gathered to celebrate motherhood and the influence that mothers have on our lives.  On that day, I remembered my mother, whose gift of love allowed me to become the woman that I am today. On that day, I was also greeted by the warm wishes of my daughter, […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Pt. 8

Mohammed Ayuf is a 16-year old Myanmar Rohingya. Myanmar has been his family’s home for as long as they can trace back. His grandparents were born in Rakhine before World War II, and his parents were raised in Sittwe. His father, Shafiq Ahmed, remembers living in the city where there were dozens of mosques and […]

Implementing Change in Carding Procedures

Over the last few months I have spoken out incessantly against the carding / street check practices that have been taking place across Ontario, as well as throughout Canada. I am extremely happy to hear that the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services has proposed two regulations, one new and one amended, to […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Pt. 7

As days turn into months, and months turn into seasons, the Myanmar Rohingya still struggle on their never-ending journey to find home. At a temporary camp made due to international pressure in Ache, Indonesia, situations for Rohingya refugees are less than stellar. One evening, four Rohingya women between the ages of 14 and 28 explained […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Pt. 6

We cannot forget the Rohingya at this time.  7 months ago, in February 2015, Abdul, a 30-year old Rohingya, left his home and family in Myanmar and travelled by boat to Malaysia in hopes of securing a job and being able to provide a better life for him and his family. On his journey, he recounted […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Pt. 5

Habibullah is a 46-year old Rohingya. He lives with his family in a wooden house in Aung Minglar, a ghetto in Sittwe, Myanmar where thousands of Rohingya are confined. As discussed in prior posts, Aung Minglar is separated from the rest of Sittwe. Where the rest of the city has basic electricity and day-to-day living […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Pt. 4

Habibullah is a 46-year old Rohingya. He lives with his family in a wooden house in Aung Minglar, a ghetto in Sittwe, Myanmar where thousands of Rohingya are confined. As discussed in prior posts, Aung Minglar is separated from the rest of Sittwe. Where the rest of the city has basic electricity and day-to-day living […]

Where is Syria Today?

As Syria enters its fifth year of warfare, the situation only keeps getting worse and worse. Syria, a relatively small country in the Middle East that borders Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Palestine, and Israel, is embroiled in an immensely complex war that finds its roots in Syria’s history and foreign policy. On the one hand, […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Pt. 3

Shobirahman Amir Hossin is an 18-year-old Myanmar Rohingya. Shobirahman and his two sisters were living without their parents in an unsafe village in Narekoh, Rakhine for 7 years. In this village Shobirahman and his sisters were prevented from going to the mosque and school. They were also routinely mistreated by the Myanmar authorities. Shobirahman explained […]