Oops there goes the narrative… Sponsors seeking homes for Syrian refugees instead find closed doors

For retired librarian Sandra Onufryk, finding affordable rental housing for the Al Balkhi family – Syrian refugees she helped privately sponsor – meant stepping into the Greater Toronto Area’s red-hot real estate market and experiencing the bitter sting of disappointment.

She called 15 landlords around Oakville, Ont. – an area west of Toronto with a vacancy rate hovering around 1.6 per cent.

The conversations started off well. “And then when I mentioned seven people and Syrian refugees, the tone changed. So we didn’t even go and look,” she said.


I had assumed housing had to be arranged in advance by the “private sponsors”.

Surely they didn’t expect private landlords to throw open the doors without concern or that the tax payer be ultimately made to pay the freight for their “feel-good” moment.

  • Shebel

    Poor baby.
    Sandra –all you really have to do is co-sign the rental agreement . Or–did your benevolence end once you got them into Canada. ?
    Is your credit rating good , Sandra ?

  • DMB

    It’s not in landlords interest to depreciate their property values by turning their rental properties into slums.

    • john700

      I know of a larger Jewish-owned/managed corporate landlord (with dozens of apartment building across the GTA) which is renting to many Syrian refugees. Of course, the rent (and other goodies) is paid by us stupid taxpayers. Where there is money to be made, there will be profiteers.

      • DMB

        The corporate owned landlords who operate these type of buildings would be the likely type to rent to the Syrian refugees not caring where the money would come from just as long it comes in or the condition they leave the property. No doubt once they are approved for welfare and housing subsidies they will rent to them & others on social assistance. These landlords would not be concerned about the depreciated property values unless they are planning on selling to a developer to maximize their profits or for resale value. Depreciated property values will benefit them by providing them with a lower property value tax assessment when it comes time for them to pay their property taxes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNagUc6w0XI

  • mauser 98

    CFRB 1010 John Moore and “partners” sponsored Syrian family
    imagine big happy family at Gay Pride parade
    if he survives that long

    • Gary

      It now makes sense for why I saw Moore in a botox ad in a gay new paper.
      He has these hissy fits on the radio where he will attack a caller after they hang up. Moore also love to demand proof for names or new reports when he doesn’t agree with an opinion , but he rarely cites his evidence when making claims .
      He often refers to a CBC item which means it’s pure BS.

      • mauser 98

        a pompous , flittering , pooftafying , so with it , so urban , so above you all knob.
        listen to his voice go up an octave , flutter, when talking about “Justin”

    • andycanuck

      I’m sure there’s enough room for all of them in John Tory’s house. (Houses?)

  • Shebel

    Many Canadian Landlords are not dewy eyed doves -Sandra. They are realistic and not looking for trouble so that you can satisfy your troubled soul.
    Do you have a Gov’t pension –Sandra? Put it on the line –co-sign—or shut to fuck up.

    • Ottawa Eyes

      In the end the government will do what it did the last time in brought in huge groups of “refugees”.

      With the Somali “refugees” more than 20 years ago, the only way to find room was for the city to rent housing on behalf of the refugees from condominium buildings at inflated prices driving up rents and driving out Canadians.

      That is how the north side of Dixon Road from Islington to Kipling became known as Little Mogadishu. Of course the value of those condos dropped to less than half their original selling price, and some of the newcomers demanded to be on the Condo boards though they were not owners and did what they could to drive the seniors who bought many of the condos out of the buildings to sell at the much reduced price. How the poor refugees got the money, is anybody’s guess.

      I just found http://www.condomadness.info/YCC42-Dixon-City.html that tells the story, presumably from one of the original resident’s perspective.

      • Clink9

        I’ve been in those scary buildings. Turdo should have to live there until his term is up.

        • Yo Mama

          Dont’ worry the Liberals will rent condos for the “refugees” paid for by you and me and the Canadians who are priced out of the market will be left to go live under bridges.

          • lolwut?

            They are actually doing that in Vancouver.

            Landlords and developers are lining up in droves
            because they know there’s big money to be had.

    • Justin St.Denis

      It was challenging enough sifting out the “trailer trash” and “criminals” and “potential squatters” when we had a couple of apartments to rent in our private home in Toronto years ago. I am glad we no longer have to deal with that stress.

  • Alain

    Glad to see those people did not buy the leftist lie and kept their doors shut. Surely some of those with their welcome signs have a few spare rooms.

    • Very heartening to see the comments running against the refugee scam.

      • lolwut?

        Check the CBC message boards, it’s pretty bad (For the left) now.

        The moderators are overloaded and lot’s of stuff is getting through
        including Breitbart links about the rapes in Cologne.

        Everyone needs to do their part, post and flag leftie comments
        it works to overload the mods, sites like the CBC are desperate
        not to close the comments sections because they take a huge
        ad revenue hit when they do.

        • lolwut?

          Oh and there are several people on many CBC message boards demanding CSIS and the RCMP track down posters on the boards
          and charge them with hate crimes now.

          Can’t wait to find out what the guy in charge of the boards is planning

          I messaged him on Facebook telling him myself and others are looking forward to finding the cracks in their new system.

  • simus1

    This seems somewhat contrived or amateurish. in previous performances in decades past the prime attraction for the greedy sellers in down markets were “Liberally attuned” real estate agents who could fill one’s off the market starter (condo) abode for a few one year cycles with fresh refugees and the rent was paid directly to the absentee landlord by Ottawa. Various booster permutations beyond this pleasant care free setup were of course not unknown.

    • Alain

      I suggest that the difference is that previously those refugees weren’t Muslim.

      • simus1

        Er, as a matter of fact, a substantial portion of them were.

        • One of our readers is well versed in the establishment of Little Mogadishu in Etobicoke, the government essentially engaged in “Blockbusting” to free up all the condos for Somali refugees.

  • El Martyachi

    Put ’em in campus dorms!

  • SDMatt

    Oakville? I want all those Lakeshore mansion bastards with the “We Vote CBC” signs to take in these migrants.

    • I’m thinking Dr. Zhivago

      “There was living space for thirteen families! In this one house!”


    • mauser 98

      Lakeshore mansion bastards had “We Vote CBC” signs ??
      whew … i don’t get out much… that is wild

      • simus1

        The very affluent leftists “moving on up” in the GTA have lots of their money in the tax free home property gamble. Heaven help any government that won’t “protect poor homeowners” when the bubble eventually bursts.

  • Gary

    That Boy On The Beach scam suckered in the Liberal leftists . The refugee bidding wars pre-election started at 10,000 and when to 50,000 where Justin said that 25,000 would be in Canada by jam 1 2016.

    Oh well the the fairy dust ran out and there are still about 44,000 to come in .

  • Brett_McS

    Surely not!

  • Ron MacDonald

    In six months, Justin will come out of this looking like an idiot.

    • k1962

      That’s because he truly is an idiot.

      • Justin St.Denis

        And Canadian voters gave him a majority. Shiny Pony has lots of company. Depressing. If I could, I’d order lobotomies for the guilty. They could inflict less harm on Canada as moron wards of the state.

    • john700

      Six months ago, Justin was looking like an idiot.

  • Ho Hum

    A private landlord would have to be out their mind to rent to these people. The so-called “private sponsors” are only on the hook for one year. What happens after one year?

    In reality most of these refugees will end up in government subsidized housing that is intended for needy Canadians. In Toronto there are 100,000 people on a ten year waiting list for affordable housing. For them the wait is going to get much longer in fact for many getting into an affordable home is now unattainable.

    Yesterday Liberal MP (and major league ass-hole) Adam Vaughan held a meeting to discuss placing refugees in government supported co-ops. Unfortunately because we have the most useless media in this country the fact that refugees will be occupying scarce housing intended for need Canadians will go completely ignored.


    • mauser 98

      am searching for a video of this meeting
      … imagine the weeping , whining

    • Achmed

      With any luck Justin Trudeau will legalise euthanasia so tired Old Stock Canadians can make the needed room for the newcomers.

      Those who don’t like the changes can numb their minds with the soon to be legalised Marihuana thanks for former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair.

      If we can stack the TPL boards then all the libraries will be used for Dawah so you can all learn the Q’uran from any of the 100 Toronto libraries from the teachings of local Imams any day of the week.

      If only Qatar could be convinced to buy the CN Tower we could make that into the world’s largest minaret to broadcast the Adhad from day and night from anywhere in downtown Toronto.

    • lolwut?

      People should go there and ask questions and film it.

      Hell, if you know somethings coming up, tell Ezra and maybe he or someone else can go.

      • Ho Hum

        I have emailed Ezra (and other Rebel team members) with similar story suggestions but they never follow-up which has been disappointing. For example I discovered that Ryerson University Muslim Student Association was raising money for a charity with known ties to terrorism (“Human Concern International” a “charity” that Osama Bin Laden claimed to have received funding from). It would have made for a great story for the Rebel and an easy one since their office is just three blocks south of Ryerson but they didn’t touch it.

        • lolwut?

          If you have the time and in the area, go film it yourself
          and upload it to Youtube and send the link to Rebel media.

          At the very least Rebel can link to it on their site it will get
          views and could lead to widespread coverage.

          Freedom of the press belongs to those who own one.

          Youtube is the press we all own. (For now).

    • Bastards.


    Let her pitch a tent for her seven Syrian sponsorees; let’s hope
    they’re all little dwarfs too, so she can be their Snow White then.

  • Shinycen Taurvoters

    WTF? These people voted for the Shiny Centaur en masse! Where did they think these 25,000 mohamadans would be living? The Shiny Centaur’s voters should be required to billet these folks.

  • Hard Little Machine

    They can live with her.

    • Brian Jones

      Exactly. Why doesn’t she want them to move in with her? Is she racist or something?

      Or is she some sort of NIMBY b*tch? Refujihadis for thee but not for me?

      Or did she just figure someone else was responsible for her feel-good deed?

      Either way, eff her.