[URBAN NOTE] On London, Ontario, declaring itself a sanctuary city
The National Post carries Patrick Maloney’s Postmedia News report about how the southwest Ontario city of London has just declared itself, by unanimous vote of city council, a sanctuary city for refugees and migrants.
City politicians in London, Ont. unanimously backed a call to make London a so-called sanctuary city, prompted by U.S. President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees from seven predominately Muslim countries.
But the proposal — now going to city staff for study before final approval — drew hesitant support from some council members, who questioned exactly what such a designation would mean for London.
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Toronto has already adopted the policy, which news reports have described as allowing non-status residents to access city services without fear of being turned over by municipal employees to border officials.
Municipal services are limited, and do not include things like education and health care, for which the province shoulders the cost.
But Coun. Tanya Park pushed forward the motion — just one day after the deadly shooting at a Quebec mosque that killed six people and left 19 injured — in response to the Trump ban on refugees from seven nations.