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Ice safety: If you go on the ice, prepare to go through it

Knowledge, equipment, and skill. Those are the three things that can help you stay safe on the ice and survive if you fall through it. That’s according to Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht, who operates the Laboratory for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at the University of Manitoba and was the keynote speaker at the 8th Annual Red Cross Alberta Water Safety Conference in Calgary.

Online search finds a Red Cross treasure

What began as an online search for a mannequin to be used in a small display of historical items at our Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, building has reacquainted us with a long-retired volunteer who had an exceptional history with the Canadian Red Cross in Nova Scotia.

The Red Cross assisted more than 150,000 Canadians in 2017 – thanks to our supporters

This past year was marked by an unprecedented number of disasters both at home and around the world. In Canada alone, we assisted more than 150,000 people who were affected by disasters such as ice stormsfloods and devastating wildfires.

Rebuilding resilience in Canada and around the world

“The stress and anguish (people) go through, especially right after a disaster, and the emotional toll it takes to recover or deal with the situation – it affects everyone,” says Angelo Leo.  The Canadian Red Cross humanitarian from Vancouver has helped people impacted by disasters and emergencies as far away as Nepal, Bangladesh, and the Philippines. But this summer, he volunteered to help much closer to home. Leo is part of the Red Cross Safety and Well-being team and he went to Williams Lake to help people work through the trauma left behind by the massive wildfires that swept across much of British Columbia.

​What to do if you think someone is having a heart attack

When everyday health emergencies occur, we can sometimes feel overwhelmed in the moment – but it’s important to be prepared in order to spring into action to save a life.  In our recent ‘What To Do If’ series, we discussed what to do if someone is experiencing a panic attack; now we’re taking a look at what to do if someone around you appears to be having a heart attack.

Restoring Family Links in Lacolle, Quebec

Earlier this year, Canadian Red Cross teams assisted refugee claimants throughout Canada. Restoring Family Links (RFL) services were provided at the border in Saint-Bernard de Lacolle, Quebec 24 hours a day to connect people with their families, wherever they may be. 

Silver lining: Blizzard creates an opportunity to build connections and community in Nunavut

When a blizzard left some Red Crossers stranded in Nunavut, they decided to use it as an opportunity instead and ended up offering a psychological first aid course in their hotel for their fellow stranded travellers and whoever was interested. 

Health teams work to fight measles outbreak in makeshift camps in Bangladesh

Inside the isolation tents at the Red Cross Red Crescent field hospital in Bangladesh, the air is still. Six kids fight measles, although at some points over the past weeks nearly all 20 beds have been filled at once. Little lungs work to fill as respiratory tract infections are the hallmark of this disease.

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