Canada asked to double aid for Syrian crisis at upcoming donor conference

Canada is being asked to double the amount of financial assistance it will provide to help ease the humanitarian crisis brought on by the Syrian civil war.

OTTAWA — Canada is being asked to double the amount of financial assistance it will provide to help ease the humanitarian crisis brought on by the Syrian civil war.

The request from the British, German and Norwegian governments comes ahead of a major donors conference taking place in London this week.

But it also comes as the Liberal government considers what role Canada will play in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Humanitarian and development support are to play a major part in this new strategy, but what shape that will take remains unknown.

International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau was in Jordan and Lebanon this week ahead of the London meeting to see Canada’s existing aid contributions first-hand.

Since 2012, Canada has committed $653.5 million in humanitarian assistance and over $233 million to longer-term development projects in response to the Syria crisis.

Just Posted

Repeat rent-dodger dubbed ‘professional squatter’ prompts call for reform

HALIFAX — A Halifax coffee shop owner who says he tried for… Continue reading

Alberta introduces legislation allowing access to partner’s criminal records

EDMONTON — Alberta is introducing legislation first developed in Britain that allows… Continue reading

Pilot projects to improve communication links between RCMP and community peace officers underway

Communciations gaps have been raised as safety concern by rural municipalities

Broncos families head to Alberta legislature to fight for trucking changes

EDMONTON — Alberta families affected by the Humboldt Broncos bus crash say… Continue reading

Cannabis edibles and vaping are on the way

Red Deer stores welcome opportunity to educate

Your community calendar

Wednesday Red Deer River Naturalists Flower Focus Group Meeting. When: Oct. 16… Continue reading

Repeat rent-dodger dubbed ‘professional squatter’ prompts call for reform

HALIFAX — A Halifax coffee shop owner who says he tried for… Continue reading

Beef recall expands as Toronto slaughterhouse co-operates with food watchdog

A large recall of raw beef and veal products continued to expand… Continue reading

Alberta introduces legislation allowing access to partner’s criminal records

EDMONTON — Alberta is introducing legislation first developed in Britain that allows… Continue reading

A&W reports slower sales growth while net income falls short of expectations

VANCOUVER — A&W Revenue Royalties Income Fund saw sales growth slip in… Continue reading

Broncos families head to Alberta legislature to fight for trucking changes

EDMONTON — Alberta families affected by the Humboldt Broncos bus crash say… Continue reading

Gardening: Keep your trees free from snow

Plants react differently to late snowfalls in the spring and early ones… Continue reading

2 writers claim they deserve credit on Lizzo’s ‘Truth Hurts’

NEW YORK — There’s a debate about the truth behind Lizzo’s “Truth… Continue reading

Most Read