April 14, 2018 3:00 pm
Harcourt Memorial United Church
Guelph, 87 Dean Ave. N1G1L3
Council of Canadians – Guelph Chapter
Guelph’s response to the emergency Syrian refugee crisis was the right thing to do. Out of terrible violence and destruction Guelph has become stronger by welcoming new Canadians into our community.
New friendships have been forged and learning has been shared. To honour these friendships and to honour peace, we are asking the question: What happened in Syria?
We understand that truth is the first casualty of war. The war in Syria has been horrific: 400,000 people have died, millions have lost their homes and the violence continues.
Our speakers are well-known around the world for their stance on world justice issues.
Monia Mazigh Monia Mazigh is an academic, author, and human rights advocate. She is the author of her memoir, Hope and Despair: My Struggle to Free My Husband Maher Arar (McClelland and Stewart 2008)which is an account of her vigorous campaign to secure her husband’s release from detention and torture in Syria, and of her struggle to clear his name. With her latest book, Hope Has Two Daughters (Anansi 2017), Mazigh weaves a bracing and vividly-told story set against the backdrops of the Tunisian Bread Riots in 1984 and the Jasmine Revolution in 2010. A glimpse inside revolution from the perspectives of two women, a mother and daughter who take active roles during pivotal moments in history. Mazigh’s other works include Mirrors and Mirages (Anansi, 2014), a finalist for the Trillium Book Award in the original French.
Haroon Siddiqui is Editorial Page Editor Emeritus, Toronto Star and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ryerson University. From his citation for the Order of Canada, “[Haroon Siddiqui is] is a highly respected journalist, he has been an advocate for fairness and equality of opportunity. He has challenged stereotypical thinking about minorities through his newspaper articles and public appearances. Calling for active involvement of new Canadians in mainstream society, he has encouraged dialogue and understanding. Editor Emeritus at The Toronto Star, he continues to promote acceptance in our pluralist society and a broader role for Canada in the global village”.
We are gathering to learn from experts on the region. We hope that, through informed and active citizenry, Canadians can push for bottom-up change that becomes a model for Canada’s engagement on the world stage. We hope that, through gaining understanding of what happened in Syria, we might be better neighbours in the future.
About the Guelph Multifaith Bridging Group
The Bridging Group is a multi-faith gathering of citizens in Guelph who have been meeting about once a month since 2015. Our purpose is to build community and friendships as people of faith. We share a common vision of peace through justice that is based on understanding each other and our world.