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Canadian Humanitarians: Odette Cyr spends her second life helping others


Surmounting many challenges to achieve her dreams, Red Crosser Odette Cyr has spent the latter part of her life helping others in times of crisis.

Canadian Humanitarians: JP Taschereau travels the world to provide emergency response aid

To celebrate World Humanitarian Day on August 19th, Red Cross Talks is featuring a few Canadian Red Cross delegates who have dedicated themselves to helping others in humanitarian relief efforts around the world and here at home. Today, meet JP Taschereau who travels the world coordinating emergency responses where aid is needed.

Food Friday: Simple recipes to beat the heat

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about keeping cool in hot weather. In it, I mentioned the unchanged fact that you couldn’t pay me to turn on my stove or oven on hot summer days so I thought to share a few no-cook recipes.

Disaster Dining Challenge: Could you do it?

If a disaster were to strike in your community which left you and your family without electricity, would you have enough non-perishable food items to keep nourished until help arrived, potentially 72 hours later? Sault Ste.Marie's Disaster Dining Challenge shows you how!

Canadian Red Cross humanitarian worker discusses finding the rainbow in the Philippines

While it is true that a rainbow often follows a storm, clear skies have yet to reach the Philippines. I participated as a team leader for the Canadian Red Cross’ field hospital deployment following Typhoon Haiyan and returned home last December. After seeing firsthand the devastation the typhoon had caused, I could only hope that calm would soon be restored to the country.

Sometimes it takes a team to save a life

April 13, 2014, will forever mark a memorable practice for the Abreast with FORTitude dragon boat team. The team, made up of breast cancer survivors, were midway through a practice when their coach and steersperson heard a man cry for help from the fast-flowing waters of the Fraser River in British Columbia. They quickly jumped to action and paddled fiercely upstream for over 500 metres to reach the man in time. When they were close enough, they threw their extra PFD and a life bag to him and towed him to the safety of a nearby dock. 

Are you prepared for a disaster? Take the quiz!

Are you prepared in times of emergency? Canadian families should have supplies and resources to take care of themselves in disasters until help arrives.
Take this short quiz to determine how prepared you are in case disaster strikes.

Canadian Red Cross delegate discusses bridging gaps in the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

Dana Carr recently returned from Sierra Leone where she served as a Canadian Red Cross delegate to assist in the fight against the Ebola outbreak. 

Ebola takes no rest on the weekend

Finally, a break in the weather this morning. There is still a mugginess to the air, but it is overcast and definitely cooler than the often overwhelming heat of the last few days. It’s Sunday, a day which is usually quieter for families, regardless of where they live in the world. But these are not usual times in Kailahun, Sierra Leone.

Ebola virus disease has invaded this country, spreading not just its deadly reach, but fear, denial and stigma. It is not politics, religion, or tribal feuds which is ripping at the fabric of communities, it is the unknown.

Top tips for boating safety

Red Cross boating safety staff have been on the road visiting lakes, beaches and other bodies of water throughout the Atlantic provinces this summer to promote boating and water safety. They have been tweeting about their travels and experiences through @boatsafeatl and we wanted to share some of their helpful tips and photos to help you stay safe this long weekend.

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