I took this photo a couple of years ago, before ISIS and before things really went south for Syria’s people. I’m sharing it today because Canada’s in the mist of bringing 25,000 refugees here by the end of February. I realize some do not support this, wondering how it is Canada can’t afford to help its own less fortunate street people and people on the fringe and living in abject poverty, yet somehow it has a billion bucks for refugees from the Middle East. While I do see the point, I would argue that we really do need to look beyond this “us and them” mentality and focus on the fact we are all in this together, worldwide. Yes, we should do more for our own, but that does not mean we can’t help those displaced abroad due to war. Anyway, I usually try to stay away from political commentary on my blog, since it’s about photography not politics, but this is a cause I think worth mentioning. How we respond to the call for help will define Canada and Canadians.