Even as the United States debates its policy toward the tide of refugees from Syria, our neighbor to the North is taking steps to offer more and more of them sanctuary, especially the man our Martha Teichner’s been talking with…
By the time the Istanbul-to-Toronto flight finally landed, Jim Estill had been standing around with his sign for hours. All he knew about the Syrian brother and sister he was meeting at three in the morning was their names, Ahmad and Romav.
All they knew about him was that, somehow, Jim Estill had brought them to Canada.
“You are a great man,” Ahmad said.
Even in a country eager to welcome Syrian refugees, Estill has upped the ante. A prominent Canadian entrepreneur and businessman, Estill put up his own money — CAN$1.5 million (US$1.1 million) — to resettle 58 Syrian families, 250 people, in Guelph, a small university city an hour west of Toronto. Why?
Because he was haunted by those pictures on television of Syrian cities reduced to rubble, and Syrian people dying as they tried to escape to someplace else.
“You don’t want to grow old and say you stood by and did nothing,” Estill said. “And it’s the right thing to do.”
Nearly 7 out of 10 (68%) Canadians support their government’s acceptance of Syrian refugees. In contrast, 54% of American voters think the U.S. has no responsibility to take in Syrians
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