Coun. Clement on Syrian Refugee Task Force: ‘bring people together’

(Newswatch Group/File)

CORNWALL – Coun. Bernadette Clement’s seemed pleased to have a Syrian Refugee Task Force go ahead.

Clement, after the mayor’s insistence, will end up leading that task force, after earlier suggesting that others might want to be eyeing the top job.

“It’s not only (for us) to give but to receive as … we are Canadians,” Clement said in supporting the motion.

Clement says she has been contacted by Upper Canada District School Board Superintendent of Schools, Tim Mills, a doctor who is ready to provide medical care and a landlord ready to provide apartments for a year

“It doesn’t mean we’re going to take this over,” Clement said but she wants to “get people together.”

Coun. Claude McIntosh said the city is not new to welcoming immigrants, having welcomed 56 Hungarians and Vietnamese families in the past.

Bob Peters with the city’s economic development office says the topic “has risen to the forefront” and the discussion has “become more active.”

The economic development office has been creating an information portal.

“This is not for the city to do it all. Moving forward I’m sure we will be working together well.”

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