It's the last day of the year and the proMedia seems to be obsessed by numbers.
Specifically, they are obsessed by the number of Syrian refugees that have not arrived in Canada yet.
You can see evidence of that here, and here, and here and here, not to mention pretty much any 'lectronic medium you might choose to tune in to tonight while you wait for the ball to fall.
But, here's the thing.
Compared to this time last year we are doing our best to try and do the right thing as far as the people behind the numbers are concerned.
How do I know this for sure?
About six weeks ago a young gradual student that I've been working with for a year or so came by to tell me that was going to have to slow down his research project for awhile.
I quickly asked him if there was something wrong health wise, or if there was a family emergency, or if he was having second thoughts about the science-geek life - all of which are things that come up frequently in this situation as you might imagine.
He said no to all my queries and then gave me a reason that I've never heard before, and likely will never hear again.
Which was that he was packing up his stuff and heading to Lebanon, immediately, because he is in the Forces Reserve and, as such he was off to help process folks from Syria who were trying to get to Canada.
After we talked for a couple of more minutes about how exciting, and a little scary, all this was he told me he had to get going.
When he left I was really proud of him.
And my country also.
Proud, I mean.
Please note: Originally, the title to this post started with 'Canada's Refugees'....As the folks at PASSOP pointed out using their ingenious 'Twit-Bot', this kind of language can lead to stereotyping...Thus, I've changed the title.