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Ottawa offers “any and all aid” to Japan

Canada remains on standby as international aid efforts are coordinated


 

The Canadian government says it is ready to offer “any and all” possible aid to Japan after Friday’s devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami. On Sunday, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon’s office released a statement saying it was prepared to offer Canadian Forces personnel, a 17-member victim identification team, as well as chemical, biological and nuclear expertise and equipment. “As Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated,” said Cannon, “Canada stands ready to provide any and all possible assistance to the people of Japan.” As Canada remains on standby to provide assistance, there is no word on whether the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) will be dispatched.

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Ottawa offers “any and all aid” to Japan

  1. I really feel bad for the Japanese people,but it is funny how our Government is ready to offer "Any and all aid"when alot of Canadians cant even afford hydro,gasoline and groceries

  2. 2 points, first, how can you compare folks not being able to pay their hydro with a disaster like the one in Japan. Second. no matter how rich a country is, there will always be folks who think there is no work. I live in calgary. every second business has hiring sign outside, yet here too some folks live from garbage can to garbage can. I know, anyone can be hit by a downturn and lose everything you have in an instant, but those who made it once will always make it again and again. It is not the country my friend, it is each one of us mentality that makes us rich or poor It is unfortunate, but that is the human experience, some folks see the glass half full and some see it half empty, no matter, what you do for them or how much money you give them, they will always see it that way. A half buddy of mine in ontario, who always cryed about being poor and thsat there was no work for him to do, a few years ago won 11.3 Million at 649. within a year he had 3 mil left, ayear later he was broke again and he had to get a job pumping gas at the airport. true story. what does this tell you?

  3. 2 points, first, how can you compare folks not being able to pay their hydro with a disaster like the one in Japan. Second. no matter how rich a country is, there will always be folks who think there is no work. I live in calgary. every second business has hiring sign outside, yet here too some folks live from garbage can to garbage can. I know, anyone can be hit by a downturn and lose everything you have in an instant, but those who made it once will always make it again and again. It is not the country my friend, it is each one of us mentality that makes us rich or poor It is unfortunate, but that is the human experience, some folks see the glass half full and some see it half empty, no matter, what you do for them or how much money you give them, they will always see it that way. A half buddy of mine in ontario, who always cryed about being poor and thsat there was no work for him to do, a few years ago won 11.3 Million at 649. within a year he had 3 mil left, ayear later he was broke again and he had to get a job pumping gas at the airport. true story. what does this tell you?

  4. Meanwhile in Libya, Yemen, Egypt, Bahrain…

  5. Meanwhile in Libya, Yemen, Egypt, Bahrain…

    • Yes, how much have they offered?

  6. One of the major reasons we bought several C-17 transport jets was to quickly and efficiently dispatch DART when needed. There was a mysterious quiet during the devastating New Zealand quake, and again with the Japanese quake. What is going on? This was a primary reason for billions of dollars in purchases.

    Where is our quick-action DART team? Why are we on the sidelines and not showing support beyond cheap words?

  7. One of the major reasons we bought several C-17 transport jets was to quickly and efficiently dispatch DART when needed. There was a mysterious quiet during the devastating New Zealand quake, and again with the Japanese quake. What is going on? This was a primary reason for billions of dollars in purchases.

    Where is our quick-action DART team? Why are we on the sidelines and not showing support beyond cheap words?

    • Agreed where is DART … ?

  8. Meanwhile back in topic Tokyo the vollunteer Canadian Medical assessment Team is on the ground CMAT and IMAT see Blog.
    http://www.canadianmedicalteams.org/main.asp

    CMAT have launched an urgent appeal for donations to purchase a Nomad Emergency Water purification unit to ship to Japan. http://www.noahwater.com/nomad.html If you are interested in assisting with this effort please and you need more information please let us know.

    nuff said pitter patter lets get at er !

  9. Agreed where is DART … ?

  10. Well Mark She lives in Newfoundland and i think my 80 year old mother is to old to go to Calgary and find a job.649 is kinda of a long stretch to count on

  11. Well Mark She lives in Newfoundland and i think my 80 year old mother is to old to go to Calgary and find a job.649 is kinda of a long stretch to count on

    • It is a terrible disaster for the people of Japan, my heart goes to all those who've lost so much and are still at risk of a multitude of dangers. I think those that can do something, should – to say that there are people within Canada that our Government should look after first because they "…can't afford hydro, gas and groceries…" is missing the point; I truly hope that should we ever be struck by such horrible hardship that you are treated with the same mindset you offer.

      • I believe many of us Canadians are becoming so spoiled and wrapped up on ourselves, that wey can't even put our problems in proper perspective with those who suffer from tragic calamities.

  12. It is a terrible disaster for the people of Japan, my heart goes to all those who've lost so much and are still at risk of a multitude of dangers. I think those that can do something, should – to say that there are people within Canada that our Government should look after first because they "…can't afford hydro, gas and groceries…" is missing the point; I truly hope that should we ever be struck by such horrible hardship that you are treated with the same mindset you offer.

  13. I agree with the Harper (oh my!)
    This is horrible and everything should be done that can be done.

  14. I agree with the Harper (oh my!)
    This is horrible and everything should be done that can be done.

  15. Just donated, thanks for the link

  16. Just donated, thanks for the link

  17. I don't need a reason to feel for the Japanese folk involved in that disaster, the empathy kicks in.
    But for those who do, if those reactors go pop, it'll affect us too.

  18. I don't need a reason to feel for the Japanese folk involved in that disaster, the empathy kicks in.
    But for those who do, if those reactors go pop, it'll affect us too.

  19. Yes, how much have they offered?

  20. Not to denigrate Canada's participation if the Americans haters ever had an honest look at that countries involvement in terms of manpower, supplies and funding they would find no country on earth is even close to their effort. That goes for just about every disaster yet the haters could care less about facts. I for one appreciate the Ameican involvement as it stands as a model for the rest of the world. I wonder what China or Russia are doing?

  21. Not to denigrate Canada's participation if the Americans haters ever had an honest look at that countries involvement in terms of manpower, supplies and funding they would find no country on earth is even close to their effort. That goes for just about every disaster yet the haters could care less about facts. I for one appreciate the Ameican involvement as it stands as a model for the rest of the world. I wonder what China or Russia are doing?

    • Why don't you keep up with the news?

  22. True it's awful that there are many Canadians that can't afford gas, hydro, and groceries. But why can't they afford those things? The reasons are many and are complicated and we can't treat Canadian poverty unilaterally, there are simply too many different situations that would need to be addressed in different ways. Am I suggesting that Canada is doing enough as it is for our own needy? Not at all. There are many ways we could improve our welfare system.
    What is happening in Japan is not an issue of welfare; it's an issue of a natural disaster, with DISASTER being the key word.
    Japan needs and deserves our aid for a plurality of reasons. Perhaps I should point out a selfish reason to match the selfishness of your original post – British Columbia. It's no secret that what happened in Japan could very well happen on the west coast here. Metro Vancouver and Canada's export economy would be devastated. What would the international community think of helping a nation that slighted a friendly ally during a similar distress? That's just one reason. I hope you can think of other, less selfish ones on your own.

  23. True it's awful that there are many Canadians that can't afford gas, hydro, and groceries. But why can't they afford those things? The reasons are many and are complicated and we can't treat Canadian poverty unilaterally, there are simply too many different situations that would need to be addressed in different ways. Am I suggesting that Canada is doing enough as it is for our own needy? Not at all. There are many ways we could improve our welfare system.
    What is happening in Japan is not an issue of welfare; it's an issue of a natural disaster, with DISASTER being the key word.
    Japan needs and deserves our aid for a plurality of reasons. Perhaps I should point out a selfish reason to match the selfishness of your original post – British Columbia. It's no secret that what happened in Japan could very well happen on the west coast here. Metro Vancouver and Canada's export economy would be devastated. What would the international community think of helping a nation that slighted a friendly ally during a similar distress? That's just one reason. I hope you can think of other, less selfish ones on your own.

  24. Affording hydro, gasoline and groceries is a far cry from having your entire town torn apart by an earthquake/tsunami. we are talking about people fighting for their lives. I encourage you to rethink your statement and put yourself in the position of someon who went to work to find that your entire family was killed along with most of your neighborhood… Canadians unfortunately have not had enough hardship to understand suffering unless of course you have been in one of these environments which I have been for over 6 months.

  25. Affording hydro, gasoline and groceries is a far cry from having your entire town torn apart by an earthquake/tsunami. we are talking about people fighting for their lives. I encourage you to rethink your statement and put yourself in the position of someon who went to work to find that your entire family was killed along with most of your neighborhood… Canadians unfortunately have not had enough hardship to understand suffering unless of course you have been in one of these environments which I have been for over 6 months.

  26. Why don't you keep up with the news?

  27. I believe many of us Canadians are becoming so spoiled and wrapped up on ourselves, that wey can't even put our problems in proper perspective with those who suffer from tragic calamities.

  28. Where is DART???

  29. Where is DART???

  30. Unlike Haiti in recent disasters the Japanese people appear well off. I just didn't feel impelled to give $ to Japan (the world's third largest economy). Would say I have donor-fatigue. Also I dread post-earthquake-wealthy Japanese moving here in droves and pushing up our Real Estate prices higher.

  31. Unlike Haiti in recent disasters the Japanese people appear well off. I just didn't feel impelled to give $ to Japan (the world's third largest economy). Would say I have donor-fatigue. Also I dread post-earthquake-wealthy Japanese moving here in droves and pushing up our Real Estate prices higher.

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