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    I saw in the news this morning that a couple of Canadian warships, and one Canadian Coast Guard vessel loaded stores and will be heading to New Orleans very soon. I did not get their exact sailing date, and they may have left already.

    Second to that is the following email msg that was in my mail box this morning:

    Subject: Invitation for the Katrina Benefit at the Canadian Embassy

    The attached invitation for the Katrina Benefit went out to the Connect2Canada members in the area. To date, there are nearly 900 Connect2Canada members in the regions of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

    Please forward this invitation to your contacts in the area, and please send a reminder on Tuesday. We appreciate your help in spreading the word.

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    Dear Connect2Canada Friends,
    You're invited to the Katrina Benefit at the Canadian Embassy this Wednesday, September 7, with 100% of proceeds going to the Red Cross for the victims of the hurricane. Please pass this message on and invite others.

    Hosted by Ambassador Frank McKenna, the Katrina Benefit is a series of events happening next Wednesday in Washington, DC. The day starts with an Outdoor Breakfast Benefit in the Canadian Embassy courtyard, serving a hot breakfast to anyone who makes a donation. An Outdoor Lunch Benefit in the same format as the breakfast, will be held over the noon-hour. Local Washington, DC rock station DC101 radio personalities will be on location during the Breakfast Benefit. A late afternoon event will take place at the Elephant and Castle Restaurant at 12th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Donations for the Red Cross, will be accepted at the Canadian Embassy from 7:00 am until 6:00 pm. All events are open to the public.

    Below is an excerpt of a message delivered today by Ambassador McKenna to Members of Congress and their staff.

    "Canada stands with you — as friends and as family. Our Prime Minister, Paul Martin, spoke to President Bush with the message, “at any time, in any way.” And we are ready to help. You are our friends and together we are family — you do not suffer alone. We were there after 9/11 with volunteers, teams of rebuilding experts and in fundraisers and rallies across Canada. After our terrible ice storms in the 1998, you were there to help us. In forest fires, floods and natural disasters, Canadians and Americans help each other."

    Event Details

    Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2005

    7:00 - 10:00 am
    Outdoor Breakfast Benefit
    Location: Canadian Embassy, 501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

    11:30 am - 2:00 pm
    Outdoor Lunch Benefit
    Location: Canadian Embassy, 501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

    4:30 - 8:00 pm
    Evening Benefit
    Location: Elephant and Castle, 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue

    As the situation continues, we will keep you informed on what Canada is doing for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. For regular updates, please check the Embassy's website on Canada's response to Hurricane Katrina.

    Our American friends are in our thoughts and our prayers. We hope that you can join us on Wednesday at the Canadian Embassy in Washington.

    Thank you.

    The Connect2Canada Team


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    Just a little more on whats happening around here:

    Subject: RE: URGENT: Canadian Embassy Hosts Benefit for Victims of Hurricane Katrina

    Over the weekend, Canada deployed new assets into the hurricane affected region. A Canadian Red Cross team is on the ground in Houston. Air Canada planes have helped in the evacuation. The Canadian Armed Forces have sent divers into the region, and CF assets are being used by our Red Cross team. Today, the Prime Minister sees off the naval ships that have been loaded up with relief supplies. Roughly 1000 military personnel will be on those ships. We have released emergency relief supplies from our National Emergency Stockpile System, in response to a request from the US government. BC has a Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Team in the New Orleans area; Quebec is donating hospital beds. Many other provinces have made offers of support. Donations from Canadian corporations are flowing, and Canadians themselves are donating to the Canadian Red Cross and other charities.

    Today, we should be receiving a banner that will hang at the Embassy telling Americans that the victims of Katrina are in our thoughts and prayers. We sent a message to the Congressional Community on Friday.

    Below are the details for tomorrow's fundraiser. It has been reported in the Canadian media as well. We have invited the Canadian community, through Connect2Canada.

    We encourage you to invite your contacts, friends, family, Canadians and Americans that you know in the area so that we can make tomorrow's event a great success.

    We also still need some volunteers. Contact Anna Gibbs if you can help.

    Thank you to all in advance for any special efforts you will be making in this regard.

    Katrina information:

    http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/can-am/...katrina-en.asp - Canadian Embassy Katrina information page

    http://www.psepc-sppcc.gc.ca/publica...m_pub002_e.asp - Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada
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    We just finished the cash count from the breakfast and lunch sessions - almost 10K was collected. There is still the Happy Hour at the Elephant & Castle down Pennsylvania Ave this evening to do. A $25.00 cover charge is being called, and all will go to the "kitty".
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    From: Fensom, Erica-WSHDC -WS
    Sent: September 7, 2005 6:55 PM
    To: *WSHDC; *PRMOAS
    Cc: *Hurricane Katrina-Ouragan Katrina (NAL)
    Subject: Katrina Benefit Raises US$20,000

    Please note this message was sent to the Connect2Canada network in the United States. Please feel free to pass this on to your colleagues and contacts. As of 6:45 pm on September 7, the Katrina Benefit raised over US$21,000. Final totals and an update will be sent tomorrow.

    Erica Fensom

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    202-682-7716

    Dear Connect2Canada Friends,

    Today the Canadian Embassy hosted an all-day fundraiser for relief to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.. An estimated 750 people donated US$20,000 to the Red Cross at the Embassy breakfast and lunch events. Ambassador Frank McKenna also presented a donation of relief supplies to the DC Fraternal Order of Police. The crates of bottled water, diapers and other supplies were needed for the displaced hurricane victims arriving at the Washington, DC Armoury.

    The Katrina Benefit continues with a fundraiser tonight, from 4:30 - 8:00 pm at the Elephant & Castle at 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC. Included with your $25 donation is Molson beer, appetizers and a chance to win a trip to Canada. If you are not able to make it to one of the events in Washington, DC today, please donate to the Red Cross. One hundred percent of the proceeds from today's events will be donated to the Red Cross.

    The U.S. Ambassador to Canada, David H. Wilkins, sent an open letter to Canada yesterday entitled: "There for Us Again Early and Eagerly". Ambassador Wilkins writes:

    "Four years after the devastating terror attacks of September 11, 2001, my country finds itself once again hurting deeply. And today - just as it did four years ago - Canada has come to our aid early and eagerly. On behalf of my grateful country: Thank you Canada for once again being there when we need you the most."

    Ambassador Frank McKenna is speaking to media in the United States about Canada's contributions in the aftermath of the hurricane. You can hear him on today's edition of NPR's All Things Considered. He is also scheduled to appear on The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News tomorrow evening. Check back on Connect2Canada for a link to each interview.

    Please find listed below a list of Canada's contributions to the relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. For regular updates on this topic, please check the Canadian Embassy's website.

    Sincerely,

    The Connect2Canada Team

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    CANADA'S CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF EFFORTS

    Department of National Defence (DND):

    * Three Canadian Forces ships and one Canadian Coast Guard ship left Halifax Sept 6 at 13h00 (EDT): HMCS Athabaskan (an Iroquois class destroyer), HMCS Ville de Quebec and HMCS Toronto (Halifax class frigates) and Canadian Coast Guard Ship Sir William Alexander. Three embarked sea king helicopter detachments will also deploy. The ships are loaded with relief supplies and carry with them about 1000 military personnel.

    * Thirty-five Navy and five Army divers have arrived in Pensacola, Florida to assist U.S. NORTHERN COMMAND Katrina relief operations. The divers will be used for dyke inspection and waterway clearing.

    * A Canadian Forces (CF) member based at the New Orleans airport is assisting with patient transportation and triage.

    * Two Griffin helicopters were sent to the U.S. Coast Guard District One (in Boston) to support search and rescue operations in the Gulf for one week.

    * The CF has sent two officers from the Canadian Forces Joint Operations Group based in Kingston, to support the CF Liaison Officer to US Northern Command in Colorado Springs, and to assist in the planning of any future potential CF deployments related to Hurricane Katrina.

    * On September 3, the Canadian Air Force transported 27 Canadian Red Cross and five Foreign Affairs Canada officials to Houston, Texas.

    Public Health Agency Canada (PHAC) provision of supplies:

    * A list of required supplies from the National Emergency Stockpile System (NESS) was identified for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts to address a request from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The shipment arrived in Atlanta, Georgia, just after midnight on September 5, and was offloaded at 03h00.

    Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN):

    * In response to the International Energy Agency (IEA)'s call for member countries to support its emergency response system, Canada will contribute its share of oil to the global market to help ease supply disruptions in the US. Canada's share of the IEA demand is 4.6 percent, or 91,000 barrels of crude oil per day, which will be met from existing supply.

    Canadian Embassy, Washington:

    * The Embassy held a fundraising breakfast and lunch on Wednesday morning open to the general public. Over 750 people from the Washington, DC area donated US$20,000 to the Red Cross.

    Provinces and Territories:

    Alberta:

    * In Alberta, the province's Energy Utility Board lifted restrictions on Alberta's maximum oil production on September 4 to help fuel the U.S. in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

    British Columbia:

    * British Columbia's Vancouver Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team departed August 31 for the State of Louisiana to aid in the recovery efforts. The team consisted of 45 members, all trained to the structural collapse technician level. Funding for the Vancouver USAR team totalled approximately $900,000 to date. It has just been replaced by a U.S. team and has returned to Vancouver.

    Nova Scotia:

    * The Province of Nova Scotia is donating $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. The Province has also sent letters to the governors of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, offering to help with the recovery efforts.

    Quebec:

    * Quebec's Ministère de la Sécurité publique has made available 20,000 beds and 20,000 blankets to the Canadian Red Cross for its Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

    * The Government of Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Transport Canada have arranged for the movement of this material.

    * Transport Canada has arranged to waive the toll at the Canada - U.S. border.

    * A convoy of vehicles will be leaving Montreal on Sept 6, passing through Windsor, Ontario, and arriving in Texas on September 8 or 9.

    Canadian Banks:

    BMO Financial Group and its U.S. Subsidiary, Harris, Announce $440,000 Donation to Support Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts

    TD Banknorth, TD Waterhouse USA and TD Securities commit $250,000 to assist with Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief

    CIBC announces corporate donation of $150,000 to Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort

    Scotiabank Contributes $250,000 to Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts, Opens Branch Network to Collect Aid for Disaster Victims

    RBC Financial group donates $250,000 to assist Hurricane Katrina victims

    Canadian Universities:

    McGill University to admit Tulane University first-year students affected by Hurricane Katrina

    University of Toronto offers to assist students affected by Hurricane Katrina

    Concordia University to Assist Students Affected by Hurricane Katrina

    Acadia University Offers Students Affected by Katrina Chance to Continue Studies in Canada

    L'Université de Montréal prête à recevoir des étudiants de l'University of New Orleans

    Mount Allison offers assistance to victims of Hurricane Katrina

    Other Groups:

    New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers Conference, Resolution 29-6 adopted on 29 August 2005

    Air Canada provides rescue flights to evacuate New Orleans; launches in-flight donations program for victims

    LCBO Outlets Accepting Donations To Help Victims Of Hurricane Katrina

    Celine Dion donates $1 million US to victims of Hurricane Katrina

    Mega Bloks Inc. Helps Rebuild the Dreams of Hurricane Katrina Young Victims

    Ottawa-based software company helps find housing for families displaced by Hurricane Katrina

    Canadian industrialist Frank Stronach plans to airlift evacuees from the devastation of New Orleans to the pampered world of Palm Beach, Florida

    Rest assured that we value your involvement as we build this network, and that your information is protected by Canada's Privacy Act.
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    Thanks, buddy. For the information and the support.
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    Canadian Embassy steps up to help Katrina victims
    By Col. Randy Pullen

    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sept. 8, 2005) – “Canada stands with you – as friends and as family” said Canada’s Ambassador to the United States Frank McKenna, while his embassy staffers raised more than $20,000 for the Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

    The Canadian Embassy held an all-day fundraiser for the hurricane victims Sept 7.

    The U.S. Army joined the Canadian Armed Forces at the embassy event. A color guard from the 3rd U.S. Infantry (the Old Guard) and a combo from the U.S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own) participated in the opening outdoor breakfast benefit.

    Other U.S. Soldiers joined hundreds of contributors at the breakfast and at a follow-on lunch. Both meals were free to anyone who made a donation at the embassy.

    Canadian Air Force Lt. Col. Jamie Robertson of the embassy’s Canadian Defence Liaison Staff estimated that some 750 people attended the breakfast and lunch, contributing about $17,000. A third afternoon benefit at a restaurant put the donations total over the $20,000 mark.

    “It was great to see this event take off,” said Canadian Army Maj. Gen. Jan Arp, the Canadian Defence attaché, who reported for duty at the embassy three week ago.

    Arp talked about the outpouring of sympathy and support from the Canadian people for this tragedy.

    “Every province has responded,” he said. “We’ve opened up our national emergency stock to contribute supplies.”

    Arp talked about the Canadian Armed Forces specialists already helping out in the Gulf Coast region and said that more Canadian military support was on the way.

    “As the ambassador said, the United States has helped us many times in the past so now it’s a nice thing that we can help the United States,” Arp said.

    A 40-man Canadian military diving team is on scene now in the stricken area, working with the U.S. Navy on the identification and removal of navigation hazards and levee inspection.

    A four-ship Canadian task group from the Canadian Navy and Coast Guard (Canadian Forces Joint Task Group 306) left Halifax yesterday for the Gulf Coast, carrying emergency supplies, small boats, communications experts, divers and Army engineers.

    The Canadian Air Force is sending two CH-146 Griffin helicopters to assist the U.S. Coast Guard in covering the Boston area’s search and rescue requirements, helping to cover the loss of several USCG helicopters sent from there to conduct rescue operations in the Gulf Coast region.

    As with the U.S. and U.S. military response to Katrina, the Canadian and Canadian military response can be expected to grow as recovery efforts unfold and evolve. Canadians, from the prime minister on down, stand ready to help their neighbors to the south for the long-haul.

    "We are ready to help,” McKenna said. “You are our friends and together we are family - you do not suffer alone. We were there after 9/11 with volunteers, teams of rebuilding experts and in fundraisers and rallies across Canada. After our terrible ice storms in 1998, you were there to help us."

    “In forest fires, floods and natural disasters, Canadians and Americans help each other," McKenna said.

    (Note: For more information on Canada’s response to Hurricane Katrina, go to: www.canadianally.com

    photo credit: A 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment Color Guard carries the U.S and Canadian national flags at the kickoff for the Canadian Embassy's fundraiser for Hurricane Kartrina victims Sept. 7. Joining the Old Guard Soldiers is Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Bill Finlay.
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    Dateline just had a special on the Katrina disaster. An official in mississippi said that a S&R team from B.C was there before the feds. I paraphrase his statement:

    "I don't know how they got here, they may have ridden their horses, but they were here first"

    (He thought they were "mounties").

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skwerl530
    Dateline just had a special on the Katrina disaster. An official in mississippi said that a S&R team from B.C was there before the feds. I paraphrase his statement:

    "I don't know how they got here, they may have ridden their horses, but they were here first"

    (He thought they were "mounties").

    Nice one guys!
    Yes it was Vancouver's USAR Team that was offered by the Province to the State and they said YES and they were on the ground in St. Barnards Parish for about 5 days and saved over 100 people yet the CNN etc.. Didn't even mention it.. They came back on Tuesday after working with the local FD. Sure would be nice for the US media to acknowledge that not all the aid is from the USA..

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    Quote Originally Posted by aerialguy1
    Yes it was Vancouver's USAR Team that was offered by the Province to the State and they said YES and they were on the ground in St. Barnards Parish for about 5 days and saved over 100 people yet the CNN etc.. Didn't even mention it.. They came back on Tuesday after working with the local FD. Sure would be nice for the US media to acknowledge that not all the aid is from the USA..

    that would be a positive thing and the media only spews out negative garbage.
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    Ok.. I wasnt going to add any more to this thread, but then I got the following through the Embassy mail. I am not able to participate as I will be leaving the country for a few days at the end of the month, however:

    animals needing help

    Please if you can help contact (if anyone is interested, I have the names and contact email.) I understand that the animals will probaly arrive on Wednesday and not tomorrow.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...090702267.html

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...090701006.html

    4 paws is coordinating local efforts to help animals rescued from the hurricane. They are looking for volunteers. The 1st group of animals arrives on Tuesday, so if you are available and would like to join me in Vienna that evening, that would be great. They are also looking for people to call next weekend to find temporary foster homes. And of course, they would love to find some new foster homes if you are interested!

    They also need airplanes to bring back the most injured ones. They will pay for the fuel, and make airport arrangements, including putting a person on the plane w/ the animals so the pilot does not have to worry about them. IF you know anyone w/ a private plane that would be willing to help--they would really appreciate it.

    If you are interested in helping, please call.
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