Syrian refugees complain that the food they receive is not “Middle Eastern”
If you’re a Canadian struggling to get by the following story will make you cringe. When 900 Syrian refugees arrived in London Ontario apparently they had high expectations, some even expected Middle Eastern food not Canadian Middle Eastern food. The Liberals for their part continue to drop the ball in trying to integrate Syrian refugees.
A London MP has asked the federal government to look into a complaint signed by more than 20 just-arrived Syrian refugees who say they were mistreated by the city’s main settlement agency.
Staff at the London Cross Cultural Learner Centre (CCLC) — the agency that settled more than 900 Syrians since December — “did not do their duties as they should,” states the letter.
The hotel many were placed in was understaffed and inadequate, medical services were not provided in a timely manner, leaving many kids very ill — “some we would argue were at risk of death,” — the food was “borderline unsuitable for human consumption,” and people have been forced into apartments, often too small for their families, without any choice of location, the letter states.
In an interview Tuesday, he addressed the complaints one by one. Meals were mainly provided by a London Middle Eastern restaurant, but some people didn’t like it because it was “Canadian Middle Eastern,” he said.
Medical services included special clinics put on by the London-Middlesex Health Unit and access to the London Intercommunity Health Centre, a couple blocks away from the CCLC. “We had CCLC staff giving our cell-phone numbers to access 24-7. We took people to hospital many times in the night,” he said.