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Kingston WritersFest panel shines light on on-going Afghan refugee crisis

The 13th annual Kingston WritersFest included a pertinent international issue as part of its virtual event, The Big Idea: Addressing a Crisis, discussing the ongoing crisis of Afghans seeking new homes while escaping violence in their previous ones.  The virtual panel discussion was held over Zoom from 6:30 to 8

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Refuge Canada exhibit on loan to PumpHouse Museum

This summer and fall, the PumpHouse Steam Museum will proudly host  ‘Refuge Canada,’ an exhibition on loan from the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Opening Tuesday, Jul. 20, 2021, the fully-bilingual exhibit dives into Canada’s place within the current global refugee crisis, while bringing to light the challenges

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Reflections on my time with the Saeed family

In my position as lead writer and editor in chief here at Kingstonist, I receive multiple press releases on a daily basis, sometimes on an hourly basis. I try to sort them into different files – upcoming events, things that must be covered immediately, things I want to throw to

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Local student selected as a Loran Scholar

There are hundreds of awards and accolades handed out to students across the nation and around the world, all of them exciting and important in shaping the lives of those students. But when it comes to being named a Loran Scholar, there is something extra-special about it. That’s because the

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Learn about other cultures by doing something meaningful this holiday season

“Befriending newcomers is such a rewarding experience and I feel I am doing something really worthwhile and purposeful,” said Jackie Hassefras, a KEYS family team volunteer. During the month of December, KEYS Job Centre will welcome 45 people from a variety of countries including Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iraq and Eritrea.

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From Syria to Canada: Catching up with the Saeed family after their first half year in Kingston

Editorial note: This article was first printed in the Kingston Heritage on October 13, 2017. “Home is a place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” – Robert Frost When Jamal Saeed and his wife, Rufaida al Khabbaz, were still living in their native

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Local writers’ organization welcomes Syrian family to Kingston

Editorial note: This article was originally published in the Kingston Heritage in January 2017. As Jamal Saeed was ushered into an awaiting bus after landing at Pearson International Airport, he turned to his friend, Ray Argyle, whom he’d met just moments before. “Thank you for this gift,” Saeed said, referring

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