Saturday, May 15, 2021
ADVT 
National

Surrey Becomes Canada’s First International City Of Refuge

Darpan News Desk, 17 Oct, 2016 11:00 AM
    The City of Surrey has become Canada’s first International City of Refuge to offer temporary sanctuary to persecuted writers and artists. Surrey joins 60 cities, which include Paris, Oslo and Mexico City that have committed to the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) protecting writers and artists who are in peril in their own countries because of their professional activities.
     
    “I am proud that we have been designated as Canada’s first City of Refuge for writers and artists who are persecuted, imprisoned or worse for expressing their thoughts or creative ideas,” said Mayor Linda Hepner.
     
     
    “Surrey has a long history of being an open and inclusive community. As we have opened our doors to Syrian refugees, this is another example of our City’s progressive approach to offering a safe haven to those fleeing oppression and persecution.”
     
    Together with partners Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Simon Fraser University, the Surrey Public Library and PEN Canada, Surrey will provide a “safe haven” for a writer-at-risk, giving them a respite from danger, fear and persecution, and a platform to continue their work.
     
    Details of the project were formally announced during Surrey’s Creative City Summit, project coordinator Liz Hughes says the official designation means Surrey will welcome a writer-at-risk to live in the city for two years.
     
     
    Working with Norway-based ICORN, which qualifies the applications from writers-at-risk, a candidate will be chosen to settle in Surrey. A fundraising campaign is being established to support the writer and the writer’s family, as they become part of the city’s culturally vibrant community.

    MORE National ARTICLES

    Male's Death In Langley, B.C., Appears To Be Targeted Homicide: Police

    Homicide police are investigating the death of a male in Langley, B.C.

    Male's Death In Langley, B.C., Appears To Be Targeted Homicide: Police

    Manslaughter Charge Laid Against Woman In Vancouver's Caprice Nightclub Assault

    Manslaughter Charge Laid Against Woman In Vancouver's Caprice Nightclub Assault

    The victim, Lauren McLellan, suffered severe head trauma and died several hours after being attacked in front of the Caprice Nightclub on Aug. 11.

    Manslaughter Charge Laid Against Woman In Vancouver's Caprice Nightclub Assault

    Listeriosis Contamination Suspected Of Foods From Richmond's Foody World Grocery Store

    Listeriosis Contamination Suspected Of Foods From Richmond's Foody World Grocery Store

    Vancouver Coastal Health says customers should not consume any produce or ready-to-eat foods made at Foody World.

    Listeriosis Contamination Suspected Of Foods From Richmond's Foody World Grocery Store

    Montreal Rally Calls On Province To Increase Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour

    Montreal Rally Calls On Province To Increase Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour

    Many of them said the current provincial minimum wage of $10.75 an hour isn't enough for a person to live on.

    Montreal Rally Calls On Province To Increase Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour

    Two Suspects Charged For Human Trafficking In Prince George, B.C.

    Two Suspects Charged For Human Trafficking In Prince George, B.C.

    RCMP say they began an investigation into allegations of a forcible confinement of a woman at a local motel on Wednesday.

    Two Suspects Charged For Human Trafficking In Prince George, B.C.

    Canada Sets Lofty Women's Soccer Goals Of World Cup Victory And Olympic Gold

    Canada Sets Lofty Women's Soccer Goals Of World Cup Victory And Olympic Gold

    VANCOUVER — They have won back-to-back Olympic bronze medals but the Canadian women's soccer team wants to raise the bar of success.

    Canada Sets Lofty Women's Soccer Goals Of World Cup Victory And Olympic Gold

    PrevNext