Author: Communications Director

Current Communications Director: Evan Gray

Special Guest Post by STAND Canada Policy Director Maria Simeonova   Prior to the January 20th inauguration, the Trump administration had already begun talks on suspending or altogether dismantling former President Obama’s Dodd-Frank Act, specifically section 1502 responsible for addressing conflict minerals originating from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Section 1502 of the rule… Read More


By Liam Nolan, STAND Canada Blog Writer   US President Donald Trump’s banning of travel from seven majority-Muslim countries (Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Somalia, and Libya) and suspension of the US’s refugee intake has drawn condemnation from several countries, human rights organizations, and even the United Nations. In response to this radical change in… Read More


Blog shared with permission. Original post appeared January 27 on STAND USA website.   By Francesca Freeman, STAND USA’s National Student Director for the 2016-2017 school year.   “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I… Read More


By Liam Nolan, Blog Writer   On December 23rd, 2016, the UN Security Council voted on a resolution to place embargoes on arms sales to South Sudan in order to prevent ethnic violence in the country from escalating. However, eight countries (Russia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Venezuela, Angola, Egypt and Senegal) abstained from voting on the… Read More


By Htay Tint, Blog Writer   Justin Trudeau addressed newly arrived Syrian refugees in 2016: “First of all, thank you for being here. And thank you for the gorgeous smiles I see. This is a wonderful night where we get to show not just a planeload of new Canadians what Canada is all about, we… Read More


By Tasha Simpson, Blog Writer   When individuals immigrate to Canada relying on the ILP, known as the Immigration Loan Program, they face many challenging barriers, including but not limited to, familiarization with the language, culture shock, obtaining a job, finding schooling or finding a respectable place to reside. Some individuals may face more challenges… Read More


By Nicholas Boland-Cairney, Blog Writer   The world has witnessed Syrian pro-government forces make significant advances on rebel-held Eastern Aleppo throughout October and November, increasing the strain on the already limited amount of emergency services and infrastructure available. Between the shelling and numerous casualties, the rebels have managed to muster the will to launch counter-offensives… Read More


By Maria Simeonova, STAND Canada Policy Director As two of STAND’s primary regions of focus, STAND is alarmed by recent and continuous developments concerning Myanmar and South Sudan. Over the course of the last few months, the humanitarian situation in both countries has deteriorated. Separate United Nations Special Panel Commissions within Myanmar and South Sudan… Read More