Don’t let fear get in the way of doing what’s right

Remember where all Canadians came from and have an open mind to refugees

The Syrians are coming. Those of us with open minds will welcome them into our country and our communities.

This is the Canadian way; our ancestors all came from some somewhere else, even our aboriginal peoples.

For those Canadians who do not want non-Europeans to come here, consider this: DNA research shows that the ancestors of all Europeans spent thousands of years in central Asia, in places like Kazakhstan, before migrating westward into Europe.

Later there were other migrations into Europe from the Middle East.

I myself, who always thought I was 100 per cent British/ Irish, have four per cent Middle Eastern (Turkish) genes. We are all cousins of each other.

Let’s welcome these people with open hearts and not let fear and unfounded prejudices get in the way of doing what is right.

 

Patricia McGee