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Syrian Refugees: Mayors Caucus and Shelter Program

syrian refugees: In a statement released Friday, Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope is quoted, As Canada's first welcoming community for Syrian refugees, we have shown the capability and the willingness to provide humanitarian aid and a chance to help newcomers begin a new life, according to CTV. Mayor Hope says communities across Ontario are considering how they can help in regard to the current need. Following a conference call this week by the Large Urban Mayors Caucus of Ontario LUMCO Toronto Mayor John Tory issued a statement asking mayors to adopt a regional strategy and find ways to help relocate some of the more than 3,300 persons now in that city's shelter program. In the statement, Chatham-Kent CAO Don Shropshire says the municipality is in contact with officials in Toronto to assess which individuals may be interested in coming to this area. Ideally, we want to bring people here who can obtain employment, relocate and make this their new home. It's not simply a question of saying we will take X number of people, he said. ( As reported in the news.