Assam Hadhad, a Syrian refugee who arrived in Canada last year, displays a tray of chocolates at his shop, Peace by Chocolate, in Antigonish, N.S. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Just a year ago, members of the Hadhad family were refugees in Lebanon, but now they're running a business called Peace by Chocolate, which is hiring local employees. Tareq Hadhad spoke about his family's journey from war-torn Syria to Nova Scotia, at a TEDx conference at Dalhousie University in Halifax Sunday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

HALIFAX—A Syrian refugee says his family’s thriving chocolate business should serve as an example of the value of Canadian “openness” in a world that has increasingly closed off its borders to refugees.
Tareq Hadhad spoke about his family’s journey from war-torn Syria to Nova Scotia, at a TEDx conference at Dalhousie University in Halifax Sunday.
The Hadhads say Peace by Chocolate has been struggling to keep up with orders since earning a shout out from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at an address to the United Nations last year. Trudeau even had a chance to sample some maple leaf-shaped treats upon meeting the chocolate makers during a trip to Sydney, N.S. last November.
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“It’s not a chocolate business, as you all think. It’s all about a message from newcomers to their new community,” Hadhad told the crowd. “Peace is the most noble value that human beings should fight for … Chocolate is …
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