Your Ad Here Your Ad Here
Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Canada to raise aid to $425 million

  1. #1
    cpt_azad's Avatar Colonel
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Surrey, BC
    Posts
    6,741
    source: http://sympaticomsn.ctv.ca/servlet/A...hub=topstories

    The federal government is increasing Canada's contribution for tsunami relief to $425 million over five years -- more than five times the $80 million already promised.

    "Today I am announcing that the government of Canada will extend its focus to include not only short-term humanitarian [aid], but also needs relating to the long-term reconstruction of areas affected by the tsunami disaster," annouced Prime Minister Paul Martin.

    "This money comes in two envelopes," Martin explained:

    $265 million in immediate, emergency aid; and
    $160 million over five years for long-term reconstruction through CIDA (the Canadian International Development Agency).
    The first figure includes the federal government's promise to match dollar-for-dollar the contributions that individual Canadians make to various charities until Jan 11.

    "It is our estimate that by the end of [Tuesday], the people of Canada will have privately contributed $150 million to agencies working in south and southeast Asia," Martin said. "In a time of crisis and disaster, the response of Canadians has been truly extraordinary."

    Charities have rarely seen such an outpouring by Canadians.

    The founder of Music World, Kroum Pindoff and his wife Eva donated $5 million to the Red Cross, "because so much suffering is in this world and we live in plenty," he said.

    The federal government has set a deadline of Tues. at midnight for private donors to match charitable donations, so funding drives are on overdrive.

    The $265-million figure also includes:

    Canada's decision to cancel debt payments for tsunami-affected countries;
    the costs of sending DART (the Canadian Forces' Disaster Assistance Relief Team) to Sri Lanka to help with the relief efforts there; and
    sending RCMP forensics experts and health officials to Thailand to help identify victims.
    "Make no mistake," Martin said. "Canada is avidly committed to staying the course in the region where we are today and we will be there tomorrow. We'll be there as long as it takes."

    Meanwhile, some members of DART have reached their destination of Ampara, Sri Lanka -- one of the hardest hit areas.

    Jeff Loomis: He's so good, he doesn't need to be dead to have a tribute.

  2. The Drawing Room   -   #2
    j2k4's Avatar en(un)lightened
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Oh, please...
    Posts
    15,254
    Go, Canada!!
    “Think about how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of 'em are stupider than that.” -George Carlin

  3. The Drawing Room   -   #3
    Rat Faced's Avatar Broken
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Newcasil
    Age
    52
    Posts
    9,076
    Im sure Bushes $50,000,000 will be welcome too...
    Last edited by Rat Faced; 01-11-2005 at 04:03 PM.

    An It Harm None, Do What You Will

  4. The Drawing Room   -   #4
    Very proud of Canada

  5. The Drawing Room   -   #5
    j2k4's Avatar en(un)lightened
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Oh, please...
    Posts
    15,254
    Quote Originally Posted by ibadk
    Very proud of Canada
    As well you should be, Jean Chretien aside.

    'Tis a beautiful country, peopled with agreeable types, eh?
    “Think about how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of 'em are stupider than that.” -George Carlin

  6. The Drawing Room   -   #6
    Poster
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    South Surrey, BC, Canada
    Posts
    245
    Quote Originally Posted by j2k4
    As well you should be, Jean Chretien aside.

    'Tis a beautiful country, peopled with agreeable types, eh?
    Most definitely

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •