Jennifer Barnable

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Adventure ahead: Wilderness first aid, planning and preparedness

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Canada is well known for its stunning and vast wilderness – and the adventurous people who explore it. There’s a certain sense of challenge and satisfaction that comes with backcountry expeditions – relying on yourself and your survival skills while immersed in nature. At the same time, adventuring in the wilderness comes with undeniable risks. Each year, the media reports tragic tales of ill-fated trips to remote areas.

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How to recognize the signs of opioid poisoning and how you can help

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Opioid poisoning can happen any time and to anyone: a loved one, friend, colleague or neighbour. If you found someone in need of help, would you know what to do to help? 

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Mental health matters: How to emotionally prepare yourself for an emergency or disaster

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As Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Mental Health Week and Emergency Preparedness Week coincide, we focus on the importance of prioritizing mental health and wellbeing during times of crisis.

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Red Cross in action: How we are reaching people in Ukraine and surrounding countries

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In times of humanitarian crisis, finding accurate details and facts can be challenging in a sea of information. Both misinformation and disinformation can put our Red Cross staff, volunteers, and the people we seek to help at risk. Here’s how the Red Cross is helping on the ground in Ukraine and surrounding region.

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How Canadians can help in a humanitarian crisis: Ukraine and surrounding countries

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The conflict in Ukraine is having widespread and devastating humanitarian impacts. Thanks to the generosity of Canadians, the Red Cross can offer humanitarian assistance to people in Ukraine and surrounding countries.
Here are five of the most effective ways you can offer help right now.

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Newcomer doctor duo on deployment

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Sepideh Alvandi and Vahid Zolfagharimoheb are married physicians from Iran who arrived in July 2021 to make Canada their new home.
The couple wasted no time applying their professional skills and humanitarian drive to help others in need in their new country.

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Welcome to Canadian winter: After the winter storm

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The blizzard has finally passed. The ice storm has stopped raging. Your home is snowed in and the power is out, though thankfully your household members are safely inside. For many newcomers, the aftermath of a winter emergency requires a safe and strategic approach, including advanced planning.

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Welcome to Canadian winter: Preparing for winter storms and emergencies

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Across Canada, winter can take many forms, ranging from wild storms to bone-chilling power outages. While many Canadians are familiar with how to prepare for winter emergencies, newcomers to our country may not be.

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