20,000 Canadian cots sent for hurricane
Last Updated Wed, 07 Sep 2005 11:23:41 EDT
A convoy of 20 trucks left Montreal for Texas Tuesday, carrying 20,000 cots and blankets destined for the American Red Cross hurricane relief
The Red Cross expects them to be dispatched to some of its 485 emergency shelters set up to accept more than 140,000 hurricane evacuees.
The cots are the property of Quebec's public security department. It bought 55,000 of them after the 1998 ice storm.
Sauvé said the province agreed to loan them for as long as they're needed. And Ottawa stepped in to pay the shipping costs.
The federal minister for intergovernmental affairs, Lucienne Robillard, said cooperation is key.
So far the Canadian Red Cross has collected $1.5 million to help in the relief effort. Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Glad to see Quebec and the Feds co-operating so well here.
Canadian ships sail to aid hurricane victims
Last Updated Wed, 07 Sep 2005 07:47:01 EDT
Three navy ships and a Canadian Coast Guard vessel are expected to reach Louisiana in about five days. They are being joined by several Sea King
One thousand Canadian Forces and coast guard personnel are aboard. They are bringing provisions including clean water, massive tents, cots, body bags,
assault boats, lumber, pollution cleanup equipment, bug spray, and even diapers and baby wipes.
Planes will continue to replenish supplies once the ships are in waters off Louisiana.
Canadian navy divers have also been dispatched from Halifax and Esquimalt, B.C. They will help their U.S. counterparts clear navigational hazards such
as loose barges and inspect New Orleans' damaged levees.
Although the current emphasis is on basic supplies, Canada could consider sending more sophisticated equipment, such as mobile hospitals.
The aid is coming from stockpiles set aside as part of the Canadian military's own disaster preparedness plans. Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
I can't help but think that the line I bolded is a reference to DART.
Canadian universities open doors to hurricane
Last Updated Tue, 06 Sep 2005 07:08:12 EDT
The schools said they will admit undergraduates who were enrolled at Louisiana and Mississippi universities that have been closed indefinitely by
flood damage. Up to 100,000 students have been displaced according to the Association of American Universities.
"If we can accommodate these students until [New Orlean's] Tulane is up and running, then we're happy to do so," said Jennifer Robinson of
[Montreal's] McGill University.
Robinson said the university has had over 100 phone calls from interested students. So far, two have agreed to travel to Montreal to study.
The students' immigration papers are being fast-tracked. McGill's Robinson said the only inconvenience will be that the new students have to find
their own places to live. Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
I'm betting they will find help with housing too.