Syria News

Jihad Mohamad (left) comforts his wife et Intisar Dagheli (centre) with translator Mohammad Abushar (right) speaking on Dec. 21, 2016.

Syrian family in Saskatoon reflects on destruction in Aleppo

By JT Marshall December 22, 2016 - 4:16pm Updated: December 22, 2016 - 7:54pm

A refugee family in Saskatoon is reflecting on the devastation in the war-torn city of Aleppo, Syria.

An estimated 400,000 Syrians have been killed and close to five...

Refugees serve up food to fundraise for Fort McMurray evacuees.

Saskatoon Syrian refugees fundraise for Fort McMurray evacuees

By Lasia Kretzel May 16, 2016 - 6:51pm Updated: May 16, 2016 - 7:00pm

Mohamad Alhalal knows first hand what it's like to pack up his life in a hurry and flee his home.

When the Syrian refugee heard about those in Fort McMurray who were...

Raed Hadad's Petra Market offers Middle Eastern foods which help refugees feel more at home.

Saskatoon market helps Syrian refugees find comforts of home

By Lasia Kretzel March 2, 2016 - 4:02pm Updated: March 3, 2016 - 8:58am

Saskatoon's new Syrian refugees are finding a little taste of home at a local specialty market.

Petra Market has more than 2,000 items lining the shelves of their small...

The World University Service of Canada hosted a forum to bring awareness to the challenges of refugee students.

U of S group hosts forum to welcome refugee students

By Lasia Kretzel February 24, 2016 - 3:05pm Updated: February 24, 2016 - 3:15pm

Gabriela Mangano knows first hand the challenges of adapting to a new academic environment.

Originally from Argentina, she now teaches geological sciences at the...

Saskatchewan singer-songwriter Elly Thorn unveiled a music video to benefit Syrian refugees at a news conference in Saskatoon on Feb. 12, 2016.

Saskatoon singer, businessman come together to help Syrian refugees

By Bre McAdam February 12, 2016 - 3:24pm Updated: February 12, 2016 - 5:05pm

A Syrian child giggles as she sees herself on Elly Thorn's new music video. It plays on a large screen during a news conference in Saskatoon.

Thorn, a singer-songwriter...

Poet Ljuban Klobucar will join other refugees and immigrants at Wednesday's Refugees Welcome Multicultural Poetry night.

Immigrants, former refugees use poetry to welcome new Syrians

By Lasia Kretzel January 13, 2016 - 3:27pm Updated: January 14, 2016 - 8:55am

International poets are helping Syrian refugees feel more at home in Saskatoon, all while raising money to support them.   Refugees Welcome Multicultural Poetry night features...

 Volunteers stack donations at College Park Covenant Church.

Saskatoon donation centres prepare for refugee arrival

By Lasia Kretzel December 15, 2015 - 4:44pm Updated: December 16, 2015 - 7:47am

The province doesn't know when Syrian refugees will make their way west, but Saskatoon groups are still doing everything they can to prepare for their arrival.


Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall.

Sask. premier calls for suspension of federal refugee plan

By Sarah Mills November 16, 2015 - 11:42am Updated: November 16, 2015 - 3:26pm

Premier Brad Wall is asking the federal government to re-evaluate its Syrian refugee plan.

The new Liberal government has set a goal for 25,000 refugees by the end of...

Syrian refugee camp Sept. 2015.

Refugee settlement agencies, province, setting up to receive more Syrians

By François Biber November 12, 2015 - 2:51pm Updated: November 12, 2015 - 2:51pm

If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau succeeds in bringing 25,000 government-sponsored Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of the year, Saskatchewan could see around 2,000 of them...

Saskatoon City Councillor Darren Hill will be part of a Federation of Canadian Municipalities task force on Syrian refugees.

Saskatoon councillor joins national group on Syrian refugees

By Bryn Levy October 2, 2015 - 4:12pm Updated: October 2, 2015 - 4:15pm

A Saskatoon city councillor joins a national task force on the Syrian refugee crisis.

Ward 1 Councillor Darren Hill will be part of the Federation of Canadian...

Red Cross, Saskatchewan credit unions accepting donations to help refugees

By Andrew Shepherd September 14, 2015 - 5:36pm Updated: September 14, 2015 - 5:36pm

People looking to help refugees can do so by donating to the Canadian Red Cross and Saskatchewan Credit Union.

Cash donations will be accepted at participating credit...

Vianne Timmons said the initiative is the main service being offered to refugee students.

University of Regina begins new refugee support initiative

By Ethan Stein September 11, 2015 - 5:29pm Updated: September 11, 2015 - 5:46pm

As Syrian refugees flee to all corners of the world, the University of Regina hopes to offer academic and financial shelter.   President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons...