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People Are Holding "Refugees Welcome" Rallies In Cities Across Canada

"Alan, Ghalib and Rehanna should be here."

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People across Canada asking the federal government to do more to help Syrians fleeing their country's civil war. Rallies are being held in two dozen cities across the country calling for Canada to resettle thousands more refugees.

Many of the demonstrations, including this one in St. John's, Newfoundland, were held during the Labour Day long weekend. Several others have yet to take place.
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Many of the demonstrations, including this one in St. John's, Newfoundland, were held during the Labour Day long weekend. Several others have yet to take place.

The demonstrations were organized after the scale of the Syrian refugee crisis burst into public consciousness with the photo of a dead toddler, Alan Kurdi, washed up on a Turkish beach last week.

Protesters in Calgary on Sept. 4 called on Canada to work with the international community to assist refugees and bring an end to the civil war in Syria.
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Protesters in Calgary on Sept. 4 called on Canada to work with the international community to assist refugees and bring an end to the civil war in Syria.

The rallies are organized by refugee and migrant rights groups across the country, and they have been endorsed by advocacy groups like Leadnow, No One Is Illegal – Toronto, Greenpeace, as well as labour unions and others.

A demonstration took place in front of Winnipeg City Hall on Sept. 6.
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A demonstration took place in front of Winnipeg City Hall on Sept. 6.

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Organizers say more than 400 people showed up for the Sept. 6 rally and march in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

About 1,000 protesters showed up for the Vancouver rally held on Sept. 6
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About 1,000 protesters showed up for the Vancouver rally held on Sept. 6

This is the turnout for the #refugeeswelcome rally in #Vancouver #cbc

About 700 people marched in Montreal on Saturday to welcome refugees to Canada, according to the Montreal Gazette.The Quebec government says it wants to take in 3,650 Syrian refugees this year, triple the number it initially set for 2015.
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About 700 people marched in Montreal on Saturday to welcome refugees to Canada, according to the Montreal Gazette.

The Quebec government says it wants to take in 3,650 Syrian refugees this year, triple the number it initially set for 2015.

Toronto says refugees welcome! @nooneisillegal #refugeeswelcome #cdnpoli #cdnimm

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A new poll shows a majority of Canadians want the country to take in more refugees.

The Mainstreet Research/Postmedia poll shows 13% want Canada to take in between 20,000 and 30,000 more refugees, and 48% want 30,000 or more.The Conservative government of Stephen Harper has committed to bringing in 11,300 Syrian refugees by 2017. The NDP and the Liberals have vowed to take in higher numbers and to reduce the bureaucratic hurdles refugees face in coming to Canada.
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The Mainstreet Research/Postmedia poll shows 13% want Canada to take in between 20,000 and 30,000 more refugees, and 48% want 30,000 or more.

The Conservative government of Stephen Harper has committed to bringing in 11,300 Syrian refugees by 2017. The NDP and the Liberals have vowed to take in higher numbers and to reduce the bureaucratic hurdles refugees face in coming to Canada.

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Ishmael N. Daro is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto. PGP fingerprint: 5A1D 9099 3497 DA4B

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