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Bullying prevention tips for at-risk children

This guest blog post is in celebration of the Day of Pink, taking place in Saskatchewan on April 1 and Manitoba and elsewhere on April 8. 
It’s not your imagination: children who are struggling with mental health, neurodevelopmental, and behavioural challenges are more likely to be bullied—and/or to bully—other children.

First aid makes a difference in the workplace and at home

As a paramedic, I recently responded to a call in a local store for a female who may have been having a seizure. When I entered the store, staff greeted me at the door and guided me several aisles down to a female lying on her side on the floor. Store staff had already redirected customers away from the scene while another staff member was down by the injured woman’s side, keeping her calm.

Red Cross providing kits to help Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone

Without a doubt, stepping over the threshold to leave an Ebola treatment centre for the last time gives a patient a certain degree of euphoria; against many odds they have survived this highly contagious and deadly disease. However, the grim reality of day-to-day survival looms ahead as many have lost the breadwinner of the family, or their entire family, and their possessions have been destroyed, burned or disinfected with chlorine solution to avoid the further spread of the disease.

Honouring Helena Harwick, Canadian Red Crosser and WWII ambulance driver

In celebration of March Is Red Cross Month, we’re honouring Helena Hardwick, who left her remote prairie ranch to volunteer overseas as an ambulance driver during the Second World War.

From Ebola patient to Ebola survivor: Binta’s story

When Ebola first came to this village, I felt bad. Because of Ebola, there was a lot of suffering, many people died, and we had setbacks in our farming activities. It was scary, especially because we were isolated and I couldn’t visit anyone.

Canadian Nicolas Verdy leading Red Cross response to Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu

When Canadian Red Cross delegate Nicolas Verdy arrived in Vanuatu shortly after Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam, a category 5 storm, made landfall, he was amazed at the amount of destruction to buildings and vegetation but also at the resiliency of the people.

Students from University of Ottawa win moot

A group of law students from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law won the 2nd annual Clara Barton Moot last week. The moot which was put on and hosted by the American Red Cross tested the participants’ knowledge of International Humanitarian Law.

We're celebrating March is Red Cross Month

Did you know the month of March is proclaimed as Red Cross Month? Every year, the Canadian Red Cross observes Red Cross month in March and honours the efforts undertaken by the Red Cross Movement to fulfill the humanitarian mission of the organization as a whole.

Lessons learned at International Humanitarian Law conference

How relevant is international humanitarian law in modern conflicts? This depends on whether the laws are applied and respected. It’s also important to remember that “laws of war” are constantly changing.

These are a few of the perspectives presented recently at the second annual International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Conference held at the University of Calgary. 

Photos: Cyclone Pam causes extensive destruction in Vanuatu

Thousands of people have been affected after Cyclone Pam, a category 5 storm, made landfall in Port Vila, Vanuatu, on Friday, March 13. This was the strongest tropical storm to make landfall since Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in November 2013. 

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