Nav Center asylum seeker redux possible

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CORNWALL – The grass outside one of Cornwall’s largest conference centers could once again be filled with tents of asylum seekers.

The federal government has reportedly met with Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy this week and the Nav Center has been given notice that it may be asked to accept people again.

At this point, nothing concrete has been planned.

Toronto Mayor John Tory made a public plea through an urgent letter to the federal government this week, saying it can no longer handle the waves of refugees and asylum seekers flooding Canada’s largest city.

It not known whether Cornwall could be that source of temporary shelter for Toronto’s problem, through the Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said it was looking at a triage center to manager flow, in a response to the Toronto mayor.

In August 2017, the center had up to 800 people – mostly Haitians – tented at the Montreal Road building as they illegally entered Canada through Quebec.