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Flu...why so blue?

Our friends from the American Red Cross created a fun video about keeping the flu at home this season. Check it out.

It seems as though everyone knows someone who has been affected by the flu this season. How prevalent is the flu this year? Well it all depends on where you live. This interactive FluWatch map by the Public Health Agency of Canada keeps track of flu activity across the country.

Polar vortex and frost quakes, oh my!

We’re barely into January and this winter season has already left us yearning for tropical getaways and the relatively balmy days of spring.
Terms like frost quakes and polar vortex are being tossed about in the media to explain what we’ve been experiencing. These phenomena are not new, but what exactly are they?

Update: Red Cross ice storm response by the numbers

As power is slowly restored in areas affected by the extreme weather in the GTA, York Region, Durham Region, Halton Region and Wellington Region, the Canadian Red Cross continues to support those who were affected. 
The Red Cross response by the numbers...

Handy Chart: Cold vs. Flu

So you’ve been feeling yucky. You might be wondering if it’s a cold or the dreaded flu that is the culprit for your cough, sniffles, and runny nose. Well, it might not bring much relief at this point, but hopefully this chart will help determine the root of your virus, and treatment approaches can differ depending on which you have. The Red Cross would like to remind all our readers that the best way to prevent both a cold and the flu is to wash your hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, and get the flu shot.

Photo Update: Warming centres in Ontario

The Canadian Red Cross continues to support shelters and warming centres in six municipalities across Ontario. Over 400 people spent the night in Red Cross shelters or warming centres last night.

Photos from Toronto ice storm response

The Canadian Red Cross continues to help the City of Toronto by supporting shelter operations across the city. Red Cross volunteers are helping those affected by power outages in nine shelters in Toronto.

Spending the holidays in a Toronto shelter

Many Torontonians who have been without power since the weekend will be spending the holidays in shelters set up across the city.

Photo of the Day: Labron and his grandmother spend the holidays at a warming centre


Labron lost his mom a few years ago and lives with his grandmother in a high-rise building that lost power and heat. She called 911 for help to get down the apartment stairs after two cold days. Police brought them to the Agincourt Community Center where the Red Cross has been operating a warming center.

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