Big city mayors hold teleconference to discuss plans to aid Syrian refugees

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VANCOUVER — Mayors of Canada’s largest cities are working to co-ordinate their efforts to help Syrian refugees amid criticism of the federal government’s response.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson is chairman of the Big City Mayors’ Caucus, and he says it held a teleconference this morning to discuss the crisis.

Twenty-one mayors including Toronto’s John Tory, Calgary’s Naheed Nenshi and Montreal’s Denis Coderre are members of the caucus.

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Robertson says mayors compared notes on what their cities are currently doing to settle refugees and discussed ways to synchronize their strategies.

He says many cities have held town hall meetings in the past week and have seen the public’s interest in refugees skyrocket.

Robertson says the number of refugees admitted by 
Canada is “unacceptably low” and many mayors are advocating for more to be accepted.

The Canadian Press

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