ONTARIO HOPING TO HELP CHILDREN AFFECTED BY U.S. TRAVEL BAN

Feb 03, 2017

By Bob Komsic

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The province is working to determine if it can help children, who are scheduled for specialized life-saving surgeries in the U.S., but have been turned away because of where they were born.
Health Minister Eric Hoskins says Ontario has an obligation to respond.

Newly appointed health minister Dr. Eric Hoskins speaks to reporters at Queen's Park in Toronto on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese ORG XMIT: DBC109

(Darren Calabrese / The Canadian Press)

“I felt particularly in light of the occurrences in the past week in this country, in Quebec (the mass mosque shooting), that Canadians and Ontarians would feel comfortable and confident in expressing our openness, our willingness, our generosity to consider receiving children, infants, some as young as four-months old, that without the surgery would die.”
Hoskins adds his ministry’s working with federal partners and hospitals, primarily the Hospital for Sick children in Toronto, to determine if there’s an opportunity to help.
The travel and refugee crackdown, issued last Friday, temporarily bans those from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S.
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