In interviews with CBC Windsor Morning and CTV Windsor, Windsor Law Professor Anneke Smit said she and many of her colleagues are pleased with the Federal Government's plan for welcoming Syrian refugees into Canada but said Windsor could be more supportive and better prepared.
She pointed out that unlike many other municipalities across Canada - Hamilton, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver - where municipal leaders have spearheaded the push for months now to prepare for and welcome refugees, the City of Windsor has been quiet about its planning, at least until the last few days. She said our city government and our mayor could be doing a better job of telling the positive stories about what refugees bring to the communities they come to. Smit noted that the City's 311 line, now functioning as a hotline for offers of assistance, was a very positive development.
Windsor Law 1L Sam Nakib spoke to his own family's experience as refugees from Lebanon. 1L Sarah Voegeli spoke about the need for universities and the larger community to offer assistance to refugees.
Windsor Law is exploring ways to help support refugee sponsorship groups.
Listen to her CBC WIndsor Morning interview here.
Read the CBC story here.
Watch the CTV Windsor interview here.