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Remembering flight Swissair 111

Twenty years ago on September 2, 1998, flight Swissair 111 crashed off Nova Scotia’s picturesque fishing village of Peggy’s Cove. An hour after taking off from New York bound for Geneva, a fire prompted an attempt to reach Halifax for an emergency landing but the airliner crashed in St. Margaret’s Bay, killing all 229 passengers and crew.

A family on the frontlines - celebrating Norman Bethune

In the aftermath of the Battle of Solferino in 1859, Red Cross Red Crescent founder Henry Dunant called upon local villagers to come aid the wounded - among those who answered the call was Norman Bethune from Ontario. The Bethune family continues this legacy. 

How to build a fire without starting a fire

During the summer, everyone loves to get together around a good campfire. However, you need to be constantly alert to keep your fire from spreading. You also need to make sure you are fully aware of any fire bans or restrictions in your area. 

Caring for yourself and loved ones after tragic events

When events like the recent shooting in Toronto unfold, it can leave us feeling helpless, confused, angry, or afraid. Here are some tips for taking care of yourself and your loved ones during difficult times. 

Ivory Wayne Burns wants to share his story

Recently I was invited to visit James Smith Cree Nation for their Community Health Fair where an Elder approached me and said “Hello, I have a story and I want you to write it down.”

How Red Cross works with Indigenous communities in emergencies and beyond

To mark National Indigenous Peoples Day, we wanted to share some of the ways Red Cross is working in partnership with Indigenous communities across the country, in response to disasters as well as through programs to promote preparedness, safety, and wellbeing.
 

How volcanoes exploded onto the scene

A volcano is essentially a vent in the Earth’s surface. But, instead of blowing warm air and keeping your feet toasty (like a vent in your home), a volcano exhausts gases, volcanic ash and lava. Volcanoes exist because the Earth’s surface (the crust) is made of tectonic plates and it is estimated that there are 1500 active volcanoes today. 

Do robots know the rules of war? Autonomous weapons and the future battlefield

Robots fighting wars seems like something straight out of science fiction – but with modern technology this is becoming a reality. As technology rapidly advances, the idea that autonomous weapons could select and attack targets without humans making the final targeting decisions has left the realm of science fiction into a future that is very possible.

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