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Monday, January 11, 2016

Help Needed for Refugees

Regional | by Matt Villeneuve  

Simcoe Grey Liberals collecting clothes, toys, hygiene products for refugees.

It's estimated that upwards of 5,000 Syrian refugees will be housed at Base Borden in Angus and the Meaford Tank Range until permanent housing can be located.

The Simcoe-Grey Federal Liberal Riding Association is now collecting gently used clothing items, toys, personal hygiene products and bedding for the displaced Syrians.

Volunteers collected 50 large bags of items from Tottenham, Alliston, Angus, New Lowell, Stayner and Collingwood since January 4th.

Jonathon Shore of the the Liberal Riding Association says much more is still required, including winter appeal for men, women and children.

The Canadian government has committed to bring 25,000 refugees displaced by war and religious persecution in the Middle East into Canada by February 29th.

In most instances, these refugees have spent years in overcrowded refugee camps.

As you may remember, the Grey-Bruce Health Unit has been informed by the Trudeau Liberals that it'll be required to provide immunizations and dental assistance to refugees at the Meaford Land Forces Training Centre.

Associate Medical Officer of Health, Doctor Christine Kennedy, says he's unsure if Ottawa will be offering Public Health additional funding to offset the cost.

Kennedy says when CFB Kingston reaches half of its 1,500 person capacity, then the Meaford site will start taking in government sponsored refugees.

Regardless, if you'd like to donate to the 5,000 refugees soon to be living at the Meaford Tank Range and at CFB Borden, contact the local Liberal Riding Association.

 Tel. 705-881-9400 ext. 111 (Grey County)
       705-532-0324 ext. 111 (Collingwood)
       705-850-9943 ext. 111 (Tottenham)




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