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Local Syrian family takes opportunity to thank Trudeau

first_imgTILBURY – Nearly four years ago, the first community-sponsored Syrian refugee family arrived in Chatham-Kent, shortly after then newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to open Canada’s border to tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing the country’s oppressive regime.On Monday, members of this family – Hamid Alhajjeh, 19, his brother Mulham Alhajjeh, 18, and their mother Noura Alchreifi – came to Tilbury for the chance to personally thank Trudeau when he visited Flapjacks Family Restaurant to support the campaign of Chatham-Kent-Leamington Liberal candidate Katie Omstead.“I just like to see him because he (brought) us here,” Hamid Alhajjeh said. “Without him, I wouldn’t have any goals in my life.”Alhajjeh said life is “very good” in Canada, adding he has learned to speak English and is studying with the goal of becoming a police officer.“Justin Trudeau, he changed my life when I came to Canada,” Mulham Alhajjeh added.Noting he has since learned English, he now has “a future.”Crowd waiting patiently for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to arrive in Tilbury for a visit to support Chatham-Kent-Leamington Liberal candidate Katie Omstead #ckont— Ellwood Shreve (@DailyNewsES) October 14, 2019Alchreifi, who has also learned to speak English since arriving in Canada,  wanted to thank “Justin Trudeau and the Liberals for all of this help for us.”She is not eligible to vote as she awaits for her application for Canadian citizenship to be approved, but there’s no question who will get her vote in the future.“I want to vote for (Trudeau) after four years,” Alchreifi said.The family of seven, including the parents and five children, spent a year and eight months in Lebanon after leaving their home in Homs, Syria.After the family arrived at the Windsor International Airport on Dec. 22, 2015,  Mohamad Alhajjeh told The Chatham Daily News he felt he needed to flee their homeland because of the fears he had about the Syrian government.He also expressed his hope for the family building their future in Canada and to provide a better life for his children.The prime minister’s spokesperson, Eleanore Catenaro, said in an email Trudeau was touched to hear the family’s story “and how our policies have made a difference in their lives and will help shape a better future for their children.”“We know that people who come here seeking a better life for themselves and their families – along with the Canadians who welcome them, like the people of the Chatham-Kent – strengthen our country’s social fabric, build strong communities, and make Canada the best place in the world to call home,” Catenaro added.Catenaro said Canada has become a “true global leader” in helping the poorest and most vulnerable people around the world, including welcoming over 68,000 Syrian refugees to Canada since (the Liberals) were elected in [email protected] Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in Tilbury, went into FlapJacks Restaurant for a meet and great with supporters before getting on campaign bus headed to London. #ckont— Ellwood Shreve (@DailyNewsES) October 14, 2019last_img read more

KidsCo is set to launch its joint Syfy Kids progra

first_imgKidsCo is set to launch its joint Syfy Kids programming block in Central and Eastern Europe in June 2013.The NBC Universal and Corus Entertainment co-owned children’s channel will air the block of shows – through a partnership with NBCU-owned science fiction channel Syfy – at peak times and fully dubbed.The partnership, which was first announced last month, will see new content including original programming and recently acquired titles air in the co-branded block.These include a first-run exclusive of KidsCo’s original production Zuzu & the Supernuffs (Matchbox Pictures). KidsCo has also acquired the rights to Corus-owned Nelvana Enterprises’ Di-Gata Defenders and Z-Squad for Syfy Kids.The content will launch on KidsCo in territories including Russia, Turkey, Greece, Hungary and Romania.“Launching first in Central and Eastern Europe, we will be rolling out the fully dubbed programming block across KidsCo territories throughout 2013. We are now in the process of looking at third-party content to complement the line up later in the year,” said KidsCo managing director Hendrik McDermott.last_img read more