Vancouver Developer To House Syrian Refugees In Apartments
Monday, November 23, 2015

A Vancouver developer who was just named the most powerful man in the city is tired of seeing people fear an influx of Syrian refugees.

So Ian Gillespie is joining the effort to help them as he donates a 12-unit apartment complex to serve as transitional housing for four months, CBC News reported.

Gillespie is the founder of Westbank Developments, the company behind ritzy projects including the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel and Shangri-La towers in Toronto and Vancouver.

On the other end of the spectrum, it also redeveloped Vancouver's Woodward's department store site into a mixed-use condo building that includes social housing on the Downtown Eastside.

A descendant of Scottish immigrants, Gillespie said he's grown weary of seeing Canadians react negatively to the prospect of 25,000 Syrians arriving in Canada as civil war tears their homeland apart.

"Some of the dialogue you're hearing isn't particularly Canadian," he told CBC News.

"We had a well-earned reputation for being good citizens. I think we lost some of that and have lost the concept of [us all] being immigrants. We are one of the most multicultural cities in the world."

 

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Source: Huffington Post Canada