Blanket of hope: students knit blanket to support refugees

Through the power of art, textile arts students at Memorial University’s Grenfell campus are helping to bring Syrian refugee families to Corner Brook, Newfoundland. A massive blanket made of individual colourful knitted squares—created by the students—was sold to raise money for the Refugee Support Group, a local community organization working to support and sponsor refugees coming to the area. The blanket was originally the idea of Barb Hunt, a visual arts professor at the university. Over the past several years, Hunt has been teaching students to knit, creating small knitted squares as a practice project. Having accumulated many squares from previous students, she said the plan was always to sew them together and make a blanket. After voting, the class decided […]

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Letter: The Liberals are hypocritical in the Saudi Arabia arms deal

The Liberal government has so far prided itself on reversing the legacy of the previous Conservative government. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has done everything from promoting a gender-equal cabinet, committing to cut methane emissions by 45 per cent, personally welcoming Syrian refugees, reaffirming Canada’s pursuit of a seat on the UN Security Council, and beginning the process of a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women. But the prime minister has been silent about the deal in which Canadians manufacture weapons and vehicles for Saudi Arabia, an authoritarian state known for human rights violations. Those concerned about the deal believe these Canadian-made weapons could be used by the Saudi regime against their own citizens in instances of dissent. When […]

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Carleton student reflects on summer teaching Syrian refugees

Priscilla Hwang has always been a storyteller. The first thing she ever said was a question. Her parents tell her fondly that she first said a Korean phrase, which loosely translated to “What is that?” Hwang laughs as she brings up the memory. Now a Masters of journalism student at Carleton, the curiosity and passion she had as a child still drives her. However, she’s shifted focus—Hwang now prefers to pursue the stories of people in crisis. “The Syrian crisis has been something on my heart for a long time,” she said. “I felt a tug telling me to do something, but I didn’t know what.” This empathy drove her to live in refugee camps along the Lebanese border to […]

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