posted on Jan, 10 2005 @ 12:45 PM
Canada will substantially increase its funding for tsunami relief to $425 million (up from $80 million), a pledge which does not include amounts from
individual provinces to the relief effort (Ontario & Alberta $5M each; B.C. $8M etc.) Individual Canadians have also been generous - to the tune of
$100M todate. Also, Canada has sent its Disaster Assistance Relief Team (DART) to Sri Lanka to assist in purifying water and providing medical
assistance. Further, RCMP officers and Ontario health officials are helping out with forensic identification of victims in Thailand. The country is
further is considering a request from Indonesia to send trauma counsellors to Banda Aceh.
OTTAWA - Canada will earmark more than $400 million over five years to help countries rebuild after the devastating tsunami, CBC News has learned.
Prime Minister Paul Martin will make the announcement this afternoon in Ottawa, sources say.
The funds – a dramatic jump from the $80 million already pledged – would bring Canada's contribution almost even with that of the United States,
which currently stands at about C$427 million.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Considering the population of Canada is 32,000,000 this is substantial, and hopefully will go to the right places in a timely fashion. Seems Canada
is more conservative when it pledges money, but actually does follow through, contrary to countries like the U.S. and Japan etc. who are notorious for
not doing so.
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[edit on 10-1-2005 by Banshee]