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Letters to a jailed sister keep hope alive: Thanks to Red Cross program

When her sister was jailed in Iran, a British Columbia woman worried it would be years before she heard from her again. In 2011, foreign relatives weren’t allowed to communicate with Iranian prisoners and Nasrin felt desperate every day, wondering how her sister, Nooshin, was managing after her arrest for involvement with the Baha'i Institute for Higher Education in Iran. But a year later, she was thrilled to discover the Restoring Family Links program run by Canadian Red Cross would be able to help deliver mail to Nooshin in jail.

Rebuilding after disaster: The long road home

Two years after severe flooding damaged thousands of properties across southern Alberta, the repairs on Chuck Shifflett’s historic High River home are nearly complete. But, like many in the hardest hit regions, Shifflett and his neighbours are still recovering from the disaster. Down his street, four homes were eventually torn down, and just two were rebuilt so far.

The Canadian Red Cross continues to offer a range of programs and services to people affected by the floods in 2013. This includes Red Cross funding for Samaritan’s Purse, Habitat for Humanity, Mennonite Disaster Services and World Renew to help dozens of families in High River and the Calgary area as they rebuild or repair their homes.

What's your volunteer type?

Volunteers bring many different skills and talents to the Canadian Red Cross. Volunteering isn’t one size fits all! Check out this interactive quiz to find your volunteer type. ​

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.

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. 

Top 10 Red Cross stories of 2014

It's hard to believe that 2014 has very nearly come to a close. Nostalgia has officially kicked in and we’ve started to reminisce over all the notable events that occurred in the last twelve months. While many top 10 lists focus on the newsworthy stories from pop culture, sports and science, we thought we’d also take a minute to look back at the year in Red Cross Talks posts. So, without further ado, here are our ten favourite posts of 2014 in no particular order. 

How to survive Halloween, Red Cross style

Halloween is upon us, ghouls and gals. Are you prepared for the spooktacular festivities? Let Red Cross guide you through the things that go bump in the night with five survival tips.

Share the Love

We’re celebrating Valentine’s Day by showing love and appreciation to our supporters, volunteers, donors, staff members and friends. With their support and contributions, the Canadian Red Cross is able to help families during disasters, offer first aid and water safety training, provide loans of health care equipment, empower youth to prevent bullying and so much more.

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The purpose of this blog, quite simply, is to talk. This blog is an opportunity for Red Cross staff, volunteers, supporters and friends to share stories about what is happening in your community and the important work you are doing. It is a tool that will help keep all of us connected.

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