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Refugees are Welcome in Canada says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

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Refugees are welcome in Canada says Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. But what were the calamitous happenings that have made the PM come out with such a statement?

It all happened outside the borders of Canada in the USA. Soon after he was sworn in as the President of the United States and true to his campaign promise, Donald Trump signed an executive order that has its ramifications across the globe even though the fallout is restricted to just seven countries. The order bans all immigrants and even visa holders from seven Muslim majority countries from entering the USA for 90 days. It even prohibits all refugee admissions for 120 days, bans Syrian refugees indefinitely and puts Christian refugees at the front of the line.

This act that plays right into the hands of Muslim terrorism propaganda that theirs is a persecuted lot in the hands of America. Surprisingly, no immigrants from all the seven countries on the ban order – Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and Somalia have been responsible for even one American death due to terrorist attacks in the USA. They are just fleeing oppression, violence and war in their respected countries. Slamming the door on their faces has raised a hue and cry around the world.

What has shown Trump in bad light is blocking Muslim refugees from Muslim countries while giving precedence to Christian refugees. Syrians have been singled out by Trump. Anyone from that country, including those fleeing the civil war that has already devastated the nation has been blocked indefinitely from entering the United States of America.

It is here that the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has donned the mantle of saviour for refugees. On Saturday, he emphatically stated that his country will welcome refugees blocked by the Trump administration. He tweeted, “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength. #WelcomeToCanada”. Immigration lawyers in Vancouver, BC are also working overtime to ensure that the refugees get a smooth passage into the country.

A spokeswoman of Trudeau said that the PM has plans to discuss the success of Canada’s refugee policy with Trump. Kate Purchase said, “The Prime Minister is looking forward to discussing the successes of Canada’s immigration and refugee policy with the President when they next speak”.

Justin Trudeau has always been sympathetic to those escaping from persecution in foreign lands. Soon after assuming charge as the Prime Minister of Canada, Trudeau welcomed about 39,000 Syrian refugees into the country. On Saturday, he also posted a picture date marked 2015 on Twitter that shows him greeting a Syrian refugee child at the Toronto airport.

Trudeau has received unqualified support from Toronto Mayor John Tory who called his city one of the most diverse in the world. In a statement he said, “We understand that as Canadians we are almost all immigrants and that no one should be excluded on the basis of their ethnicity or nationality”.

Canada now definitely remains the last hope for refugees from the banned countries on Trump’s list.

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Become a Peacemaker – Peacekeeping Missions Recruitments

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Being a peacemaker is not easy since it generally means maintaining peace in countries torn apart by civil war, rebellions and strife. It is also not possible for an individual to take the first flight out of the country to mediate between warring groups at some remote corner of the globe. There is a process to all this and it is quite complicated. Countries too cannot send their people or military to intervene in the internal affairs of another. That will be an open interference in the sovereignty of a nation. This is one reason why the UN is the central authority for all peacekeeping forces stationed around the world drawn from 193 Member States of the United Nations.

There are two aspects to this. First, the UN recruits from a wide range of backgrounds so that the peacekeeping force is as diverse as possible in terms of background, race, religion and culture. This always helps in creating a fresh perspective to the issue of peacekeeping. After recruitment, you can work in the UN Headquarters in New York in a desk job managing logistics or in any of the regional hubs of the UN in a similar capacity.

The other option and this is what UN peacekeeping forces have come to represent is field level operations. However, recruitment in peacekeeping forces is not a cakewalk or as simple as say labour hire in Melbourne, a lot of things have to be taken into account.

Field level operations are categorised into military and police forces. The first is at once ruled out for an aspiring peacemaker. The UN charter does not have provision for its own peacekeeping force and relies on contributions of military personnel from its member states. All Blue Berets – traditional colours of the UN peacekeeping force – are first members of their own national armies and are deputed to the UN peacekeeping force either to work in UN headquarters or in field operations, generally for a year.

The second route is to become a UN police officer. Most of the UN Police Officers are deputed to the Department of Police Peacekeeping Operations’ Police Division for terms ranging from 6 months to a year. For this to happen, you must contact your government that will then nominate you for the service, the rules and regulations of which varies from country to country. Another limited alternative is to apply for professional police officers posts as notified by the UN from time to time. Police Officers who are really interested in joining UN peacekeeping forces as a police officer may keep a track of vacancies notified from time to time on the United Nations Careers portal.

It is the career benefits that draw police officers from countries around the world to be a part of the peacekeeping force. Police officers get an opportunity to increase their professionalism through specialised training and studying international policing methods. It is also a great mental satisfaction to help out others in a crisis or war and many serve in more than one country during their careers.

Become a peacemaker through peacekeeping missions and be a better person individually.

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Top Ideas for Celebrating World Peace Day at Office

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The International Day of Peace, also known as the World Peace Day, is celebrated on September 21st every year. This day is devoted to peace, or particularly to the absence of war and hostilities. It is commemorated by numerous countries, political gatherings, and military groups. The main purpose of the celebrations is to promote peace and truce in all countries across the globe. As the entire world observes this important occasion, business owners and their staff members can also be a part of the celebrations.

This remarkable occasion appeals all individuals and countries to honour a day of cease-fire and support the idea of amicable resolutions. As an employer, you can do numerous things to honor the International Day of Peace in your office. Here are some useful suggestions –

  • Start the day by observing a minute of silence and lighting candles in honour of peace.
  • Decorate your workplace with notices & posters that emphasise the need for peace, gender equality, environment preservation, and the implementation of principles of non-violence.
  • Request your employees to take collective peace resolutions, write them down and pin them on notice boards.
  • Take steps to create a peaceful and friendly work environment and assess your connections.
  • Communicate with a business associate or an employee, who has rankled or vexed you. World Peace Day presents you with the best opportunity to make amends with him or her.
  • Organise a session with co-workers where you discuss different ways to encourage peace with the office premises. Everyone can share their personal experiences and thoughts about “peace” in the session.
  • Music and dance are the most effective tools to bring people together. Across the globe, individuals assemble in large numbers to go to shows and peaceful social events. You can also make arrangements for such as an event in your office. A small musical concert is the best way to celebrate peace.
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These aforementioned tips will enable you to spread the message of love and unity in your office. Let us all be united in this struggle for global peace.