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I had no idea we had such large military aircraft.

Canadian plane carrying aid for Myanmar arrives in Bangkok

The Canadian Press

May 17, 2008 at 11:36 PM EDT

A Canadian military plane carrying 40 tonnes worth of relief supplies for Myanmar cyclone victims arrived Saturday in Bangkok, Thailand.

The giant Canadian Forces C-17 Globemaster plane took off from CFB Trenton, Ont., on Wednesday carrying about 2,000 emergency shelter kits.

The Canadian Red Cross said Saturday the aid will broken up into smaller shipments and taken to Rangoon, Myanmar, where it will be distributed by local Red Cross volunteers on the ground.

The kits, designed by the Red Cross and provided by the Canadian International Development Agency from its warehouse west of Toronto, each contain two tarpaulins and a set of tools, including a shovel, rope, hammer, nails and a hand saw, to allow people to rig makeshift shelters.

Pallets of emergency shelter kits await loading onto one of Canada's new CC-177 Globemaster III air transports at CFB Trenton, Ont. Wednesday, May 14, 2008. (THE CANADIAN PR)

Dena Allen, public affairs co-ordinator for the Canadian Red Cross in Ottawa, said the kits will provide shelter for up to 10,000 people affected by the disaster.

While Myanmar's state-run television has put the official death toll at 78,000 with about 56,000 missing, the international Red Cross believes the death toll is closer to 128,000. It has warned there could be many more deaths from disease and starvation unless help is provided quickly to the 2.5 million survivors.

“Obviously the need is great,” said Ms. Allen. “They are still very much in need of emergency relief and just making sure they get the basic supplies of food, shelter, clothing and then obviously there are some health concerns that are arising as well.”

The kits are part of the $2-million in aid the Canadian government has pledged for the storm victims. The government also offered the use of its Disaster Assistance Response Team – or DART – if Myanmar's military junta accepts the team.

The junta has so far refused to allow most foreign aid workers into the country, but did allow Thai and Indian medical teams into the country Saturday.

The Canadian government also said it will match donations of individual Canadians to humanitarian organizations assisting with the relief efforts in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

Ms. Allen said the Canadian Red Cross has so far received $1.3-million for its Myanmar cyclone appeal from Canadians and the federal government.

The government has advised Canadians to avoid non-essential travel to Myanmar due to the extensive damage caused by the storm.

But according to some who gathered at the Ontario legislature in Toronto on Saturday to rally against Myanmar's ruling military junta, Canada's aid efforts have thus far fallen short.

Bush Gulati, vice-chairman of the Burma Cyclone Relief Committee, said the $2-million government pledge isn't enough, since there are around 2.5 million victims.

He added the diplomatic effort on the part of Canada and other countries has also proved ineffectual in convincing Burmese authorities to open the country up for aid.

“The government should find ways – maybe they could use their leverage with China, to knock some sense into the heads of the stubborn Burmese generals,” said Mr. Gulati.

Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney, who spoke at the Toronto rally Saturday, said the Canadian government has undertaken an “extraordinary” diplomatic effort to help cyclone victims.

He added the government has repeatedly offered technical and medical aid to Myanmar's rulers, including the service of DART.

“As you know, the Burmese regime have refused to grant visas to those or other international technical teams.”



Canada's special response team waits for phone to ring


From Saturday's Globe and Mail

May 17, 2008 at 1:53 AM EDT

— Canada's soldier-run disaster response team is all geared up with nowhere to go, still waiting for a call for help from Myanmar, where a cyclone hit in early May, as well as from China, where a massive earthquake struck five days ago.

Reclusive Myanmar has so far ignored Ottawa's offer to send its Disaster Assistance Response Team and China has failed to include Canada on the list of countries allowed to send relief units, an omission that opposition parties say reflects cool relations between Beijing and the Harper government.

Critics say the lack of demand for Canada's DART raises fresh questions about the utility of the unit, which has seen little action since its creation 12 years ago.

DART members were put on standby last week for possible deployment and a DART advance team has been in Thailand for a week trying to gain access to Myanmar, which has barred foreign relief workers.

But NDP foreign affairs critic Alexa McDonough said it would make more sense for Ottawa to funnel relief efforts through long-term Canadian development groups that are already in Myanmar, also known as Burma, because they were operating there before the cyclone struck.

DART, which has been attacked as a Cadillac-level relief option with limited usefulness, has only been deployed four times since 1996. This includes a mission to Sri Lanka in 2005, where Ottawa didn't send the team until 10 days after a major tsunami hit.

“It's as useful as it's been used, I guess,” Canadian Council for International Co-operation president Gerry Barr said.

The 210-member DART includes doctors, engineers and logisticians who can provide short-term relief, including medical aid and up to 100,000 litres of clean drinking water daily, until longer-term help arrives.

Mr. Barr and other aid experts say there are situations where DART is useful because the needs are so great, but they say it's also a bulky, costly and labour-intensive option.

Oxfam Canada's humanitarian co-ordinator, Mia Vukojevic, said DART was useful in Pakistan in 2005, where it provided clean water for earthquake victims, but was not as vital in Sri Lanka where it arrived late.

I think because it looks really good on TV, the government likes to flaunt it as ‘this is how we do assistance' without ever allowing it to be analyzed.”

Ms. McDonough said she's frustrated that Canadian development groups in Burma have applied to Ottawa for relief funds, but have not yet received money they could use to buy supplies locally.

Major Norbert Cyr, with the Canadian Forces, said that how often DART is deployed shouldn't be a benchmark of its usefulness.

“This is like asking why do we have an army or why do we have firefighters or first responders. It is not a question of how frequently they are used. It is a capability that is available in the event of an emergency,” Major Cyr said.

Previous DART missions have reportedly cost as much as $20-million, but the Department of National Defence could not immediately confirm that, or provide the unit's annual operating cost.

Liberal defence critic Bryon Wilfert, whose party established the DART when it was in office, defended the team, saying it's not a standing unit but instead members are drawn from elsewhere in the military only when needed.

“It's not as if they are sitting around playing cards, waiting to be called.”


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Those Globemaster planes were an awesome decision at times like this.

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Well surprising that the people of the province of Ontario are probably providing the most monetary aid per capita (outside of wealthy tycoons) for China. I thought we were broke.

Int'l community offers more condolences, aid over China's deadly quake 2008-05-19 00:17:18

BEIJING, May 18 (Xinhua)
-- More countries and international organizations have, by various means, offered their condolences and aid over a deadly earthquake in southwestern China.

Among the leaders who sent messages to Chinese President Hu Jintao are:

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe,

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper,

Chairman of Bosnia-Herzegovina's Presidency Haris Silajdzic.

Among the leaders who sent messages to Chinese top legislator Wu Bangguo are: Speaker of the Lower House of Tajikistan's Supreme Assembly Sadullo Khairulloyev.

Foreign leaders who send messages of condolence to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao are:

Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi,

Tajik Prime Minister Akil Akilov,

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.

Also offering condolences to China are: Japanese Speaker of the House of Representatives Yohei Kono, British Finance Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling, former Romanian Prime Minister, member of parliament Adrian Nastase, Antonio Maria Costa, director general of UN Office at Vienna and executive director of Drug Control and Crime Prevention Office, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohamed ElBaradei, Tibor Toth, executive secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization.

The Portuguese parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, has passed a bill to extend condolences to China over the devastating earthquake.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea offered 100,000 U.S. dollars in aid to China.

The Mongolian government provided 50,000 dollars to help earthquake victims in China. The Turkish government has decided to provide 2 million dollars in aid to China.

The European Union's Humanitarian Aid Office has decided to provide emergency relief funding of 2 million euros to China via the International Red Cross Federation and other agencies.

The Canadian government will provide 1 million Canadian dollars (about 1 million U.S. dollars) through the International Red Cross Federation and will provide additional aid to match private donations made to aid groups working on disaster relief in China. The Ontario provincial government has announced it would provide 1 million Canadian dollars to China.

The Samoan government provided 100,000 dollars in aid to Chinese earthquake victims.

The Slovenian government has decided to provide 100,000 euros (100,000 dollars) in aid to China while the Albanian government has decided to provide 40,000 dollars.

Iran's Foreign Ministry said the country's Red Crescent Society will provide 62.4 tons of relief materials to China.

The Japanese government has decided to provide 50 blood dialyzers to China.

The fourth batch of 32.5 tons of relief materials from the Russian government has arrived in Chengdu, Sichuan's provincial capital.

The Kyrgyz government will provide China with 120 tons of relief materials.

The French government will add another 130,000 euros (195,000 dollars) worth of relief materials on top of the 250,000 euros (375,000 dollars) worth of relief materials to China. The materials have arrived in Chengdu.

The Italian government will provide 1.5 million euros worth of relief materials, the first shipment of which has arrived in Chengdu. Earlier, Italy provided 500,000 euros (750,000 dollars) in aid to China.

The Serbian government has decided to provide disaster relief materials to China.


Corporate Donors

  • TD Bank Financial Group Donates $50,000 to Canadian Red Cross China Earthquake Fund
  • RBC Donates $100,000 To Canadian Red Cross Myanmar Cyclone Fund
  • RBC today announced a $100,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross China
  • Manulife Financial and its staff and agents are donating at least RMB2million to support the relief efforts in the areas of China affected by Monday's earthquake.
  • Scotiabank today announced a Cdn$50,000 contribution to Canadian Red Cross China Earthquake fund. The Bank has also established an account for employee contributions, with the Bank providing matching funds of up to Cdn$50,000, also to the Canadian Red Cross China Earthquake fund.

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Countries should really be careful what they send... maybe get together and make an agreement... in times like these, the aid sent makes this small poor nation richer than Denmark, and Portugal put together.
VERY un-necessary.

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Very fast response from Canada regarding the Haitian earthquake. Perhaps it is because we have a very close connection with Haiti.

A look at Canada's relationship with Haiti

A Canadian CH-146 Griffon Helicopter from 430 Squadron flies over the Presidential Palace in Port au Prince, Haiti, on May 20, 2004. (Cpl Matthew McGregor / Department of National Defence) News Staff

Date: Thursday Jan. 14, 2010 11:20 AM ET

The federal government's rush to aid victims of the devastating earthquake near the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince is the latest episode in a close relationship between Canada and the Caribbean nation.

Ottawa is the second-largest donor of international aid to Haiti, having pledged to provide the country with $555 million in assistance between 2006 and 2011.

In the 2006 census, some 100,000 Canadians identified as being of Haitian origin, the vast majority of whom live in Quebec. Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said there may have been as many as 6,000 Canadians lving and working in Haiti when the earthquake struck.

There are 82 Canadian police officers serving there, two of whom are reported missing. Most of the officers are RCMP engaged in training the Haitian national police force.

Since 1993, about 1,000 Canadian police have served on UN missions in the country. At least one of them died in the line of duty. RCMP officer Mark Bourque, 57, was shot and killed in Port-au-Prince in December of 2005.

Over the years, many Haitians have immigrated to Canada to escape the country's economic woes and political instability.

After Haiti's elected president was deposed in a coup in February of 2004, Canada sent 500 troops and six CH-146 Griffon tactical helicopters to the country as part of an international effort to stabilize the country.

The UN then established a mission in Haiti, known by the acronym MINUSTAH. It currently includes five Canadian staff officers serving in senior positions, one of whom works as chief of staff to the commander of the UN force.

Haitian-born Governor General Michaelle Jean drew attention to the ties between the two countries during an emotional press conference Wednesday afternoon.

"Now more than ever, it is time for us to show our solidarity with the most vulnerable people in the Americas, our brothers and sisters in Haiti, whose courage is once again being so harshly tested," she said.

Frank McKenna, a former Canadian ambassador to the U.S. who has visited the impoverished Caribbean nation several times, said he hopes the catastrophic quake will produce an outpouring of aid that will help the country recover from its recent problems.

"My fervent hope is that we take advantage of this terrible tragedy and rebuild Haiti, its civic society, its infrastructure and capital city in a way that it can withstand not only some of the terrible physical events happening to it, but also some of the economic events that have overwhelmed them," McKenna said on CTV's Power Play.

Canada first established diplomatic relations with Haiti in 1954. Three years later, Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier was elected president, ushering in decades of oppressive dictatorial rule.

The following is a list of current projects Ottawa is involved with in Haiti:

* $3.7 million for the reinforcement of the Haitian National Police's marine unit to purchase five boats.
* $701,287 for the construction of a slipway and workshops at the Port-au-Prince naval base.
* $3.6 million for "capacity building in migration management"
* $4.4 million to construct the Croix-des-Bouquets detention centre

The following is a list of Canadian projects in Haiti that was released in February 2008:

* $75 million for the construction and rehabilitation of the road between the cities of Jermie and Les Cayes
* $19 million to improve reproductive health
* $13.8 million for technical assistance to the Haitian State Project
* $10 million to support school feeding programs
* $5.4 million to help with tuition fees
* $1.2 million for the Education for All program
* $700,000 for disaster preparedness in Haiti

Canada to send 1,000 soldiers to Haiti News Staff

Date: Fri. Jan. 15 2010 7:27 PM ET

Canada plans to deploy 1,000 soldiers to Haiti to help in relief efforts, and two Canadian Forces ships are already rushing towards the quake-stricken country to deliver vital aid.

The soldiers will come from bases across the country, including CFB Valcartier in Quebec, CTV News has learned. An official announcement is expected sometime this weekend.

Navy vessels HMCS Athabaskan and HMCS Halifax departed for Port-au-Prince on Thursday, loaded with emergency supplies and equipment. The ships are expected to arrive in three to four days, Defence Minister Peter MacKay CTV News Channel.

Meanwhile at CFB Trenton, east of Toronto, another military aircraft was due to depart late Friday afternoon. The plane will transport supplies for Canada's Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) and additional search and rescue technicians to Port-au-Prince, Lt. Col. David Murphy said.

As with all of the military aircraft that have been making the trip to Haiti over the past 12 to 24 hours, it will return with Canadian evacuees from the crippled Caribbean country, Murphy told CTV News Channel.

"The crews coming back have been saying it is a very emotional task," he said.

Murphy added that traffic congestion problems at the airport in Port-au-Prince was reportedly easing as the U.S. military, which has taken control of Haitian airspace, worked to co-ordinate flight arrivals and departures.

Canada's aid effort to Haiti is multi-pronged. In addition to the deployment of DART, $5 million in initial funding and efforts by dozens of non-governmental organizations, visa exemptions have now been put in place for Russian planes delivering aid to Haiti, via Canada.

CTV's Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife reported Friday that Russian Antonov cargo planes refuelling at Gander, N.L., en route to Haiti, will not require visas in order to land.

Capt. Art McDonald, the Canadian Task Group Commander of both HMCS Athabaskan and HMCS Halifax, said Friday that he expects to arrive in port on Tuesday, and to begin delivering help immediately.

He spoke to CTV's Canada AM from HMCS Athabaskan, which is carrying a Sea King helicopter.

"When we arrive we're going to bring some unique maritime capabilities, specifically we can offer Haiti the light engineering kind of work -- clearing roads and enabling critical infrastructure so aid can flow through," McDonald said.

"And we can do that without going through the airport at Port-au-Prince and that will be a significant advantage to the force as we try to render aid throughout the region."

Both ships departed Halifax harbour at 2 p.m. on Thursday after an effort to prepare the ships almost overnight for what is expected to be a two-month deployment.

They were loaded with construction equipment such as chainsaws and concrete cutters, as well as food and supplies for more than 500 sailors who will be clearing rubble and removing bodies from collapsed buildings as part of their work.

Rather than delivering food or medical aid, the ships' crews will be focused on "light engineering" work that will allow other aid agencies to deliver their supplies to those who need it.

HMCS Halifax was made sail-ready just 24 hours after it was recalled to port following the earthquake. McDonald said the turnaround was incredible.

"(Thursday) was a great day because we were able to get two Canadian ships with over 500 skilled sailors and all kinds of stuff out the door en route to Haiti," he said.

While still in port, the focus was on ensuring the ships would be prepared for any situation the crews might encounter in Haiti, McDonald said.

Now that they are en route the focus has shifted to planning and strategizing "so when we arrive on Tuesday we can have effect, we can start to make a difference in the lives of people in Haiti," McDonald said.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay saw the Athabaskan off on Thursday, saying the crews hit the ground running because "that's what the navy does."

Michaëlle Jean - born in Haiti

Canada may fast-track Haitian immigration
Last Updated: Friday, January 15, 2010 | 6:34 PM ET
CBC News

The Canadian government says it is looking into a plan to help fast-track immigration from Haiti in the wake of the earthquake that has crippled the Caribbean country.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday he and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney have been discussing ways to ease immigration and refugee rules to allow more Haitians into Canada quickly.

Opening up the process "will be something the government will be addressing in the next couple of days," he said while stopping at the Ottawa Red Cross office to make a donation.

The first three military air transports arrived in Montreal from Haiti early Friday morning, carrying 272 evacuees who had been selected by staff at the Canadian Embassy for transport, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said Friday.

The latest Canadian consular information has confirmed four Canadians have died, 13 are reported injured and an additional 550 have been located, Cannon said. About 1,415 Canadians living in the affected area are still missing, he said.

About 6,000 Canadian citizens live in Haiti, but only 700 were registered with the embassy in Port-au-Prince, Cannon said.

The Canadian Embassy has continued to be a refuge for citizens, however, and many are being sent to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic for transport back to Canada.

But as the situation for people in Haiti worsens, the government is expected to look at a plan that would allow Haitians with Canadian relatives to also come to Canada.

Chantal Barratteau, a Haitian community organizer in Montreal, says deciding who can come and who can stay will be a difficult task.

"How can you choose who to bring here?" she asks. "I mean if I could choose, I would bring my family if they are hurt, and then my neighbours, and then my family's friends and so on."

Thousands of Haitians spent another night outside following the 7.0- magnitude quake that hit the country this week. Many won't return to their homes, fearing that continuing aftershocks will knock down already weakened structures.

Visa changes allow for refuelling

Thousands of homes have been destroyed or damaged, and at least 300,000 people are estimated to be homeless.

Kenney has already announced a loosening of rules for Haitian nationals travelling through Canada on board non-commercial flights, allowing aid transports from other countries to stop in Canada for refuelling without requiring passengers to acquire visas for temporary residency.

A Chinese transport that landed in Vancouver and a Russian flight that stopped in Gander, N.L., were the first two planes to take advantage of these rule changes to quickly refuel, Cannon said Friday.
With files from The Canadian Press

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I think Canada is the no. 1 contributor to rebuilding Haiti per capita wise.

Canada commits $135-million to Haiti relief

Jane Taber
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 9:47 AM

Canada has committed $135-million to the Haitian earthquake relief effort as the death toll continues to mount and as troops focus on an area south and west of the devastated capital.

There are at least 12 Canadian fatalities, 699 citizens are missing and 1,566 have been located. Thirteen flights have returned from Haiti with 1,206 Canadians having been evacuated, according to Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay and CIDA Minister Bev Oda joined Mr. Cannon this morning at the government’s daily briefing on the Haitian earthquake crisis.

Mr. MacKay outlined the new focus for the expected 2,000 Canadian troops, who will be positioned in Jacmel, a town of about 40,000 on Haiti’s southern coast.

Governor-General Michaëlle Jean’s family has strong roots in that community, which was virtually cut off from the rest of Haiti by last Tuesday’s earthquake.

The other area of concentration, Mr. MacKay said, is a town west of Port-au-Prince, Leogane, where the quake hit hardest.

Mr. MacKay said the Jacmel/Leogane region is a priority for international assistance. He said Jacmel is severely damaged, the port has been rendered inoperable and a trip from the Haitian capital that usually takes four hours now takes eight.

“The situation has been described as dire,” Mr. MacKay said, noting Canadian soldiers were the first into the region.

The troops will provide everything from engineering support to clean water and medical aid. Three mobile purification plants will be on the ground in Haiti and can provide up to 36,000 gallons of clean water every day, Mr. MacKay said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Cannon said he will host his international colleagues at a conference in Montreal next week on the reconstruction of Haiti. The Foreign Affairs Minister will be joined by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and their counterparts from Brazil, the European Union, France, Chile, Mexico and other countries.

(Photo: Haitians crowd around the Canadian embassy in Port-au-Prince yesterday. Peter Power/The Globe and Mail)

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One of Canada’s identities as a rich nation has always been to offer foreign aid and assistance to other countries in need. Canada involvement first started after World War 2. As the world left little damage to Canada and as Canada was one of the world’s major economy, Canada assisted with the US Marshall plan i.e, European Recovery Program to help Europe rebuilt itself. With the success of Europe and optimism, Canada joined the Colombo Plan in the 1950s, to similarly assist newly independent Nations from the commonwealth such as Sri Lanka to help develop faster. Today, we Canadians commit about 0.5% of our entire GDP to foreign aid.

As Canada has heavy involvement in developing Nations across the world, it warrants a thread where we can share information, and exchange ideas and opinions.

I am not an expert in International Development, but I am hoping to use this thread as an instrument to personally learn more about the topic.

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One major topic in Canada today is Aids transparency. The issue is very simple, about 8 billion Canadian dollars are sent aboard every year, yet we have very little information on where the money goes. If we are to spend 8 billion dollars a year on aids, then shouldn’t we as Canadian have the right to know how effective the money is? Another major issue is that we have very little information on the topic that we do not know if our money is effective or not.

So here are two videos from Dr. Esther Duflo, MIT economist and co-founder of Poverty Action Lab who gives an interest case study about Aids effectiveness.


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The Copenhagen Consensus

The Copenhagen Consensus

There are many global issues in the world that needs being solved. I an ideal world, we would solve every single one of them however in reality we have finite resources. The idea is simple, yet often neglected; because financial resources are limited, it is necessary to prioritize the effort.

The Copenhagen consensus Centre (CCC) is a Think-Tank under the Copenhagen School of Business. CCC publicizes the best ways for governments and philanthropists to spend aid and development money. The ambition is to carry through a global Copenhagen Consensus exercise every fourth year similar to the Olympics. This ensures that new, important challenges and solutions are included in the process and that research is updated.

For example, if we had 150 billion dollars to solve all the major problems in the world, what would we choose to solve? Would we invest it in: Global Warming or Education or Malnutrition? What is interesting the CCC published, that is contrary to popular believe is that Global warming is in fact a low-priority challenge we face today.

Let’s just think about it, even by the most pessimistic studies, global warming is to take its consequence in 2100. The majority of the world’s population in 2100 will be at least as rich as the rich Canadian today. We may invest 150 billion dollars in Global warming which will help very little in 100 years from now. So do we help just a bit a rich Bangladeshi in 100 years, or use that money to help Bangladeshi and Congolese people today who are poor and really in need. There are others issue, such as prevention of HIV/AIDS which are very inexpensive to address, but the impact might be high and we will be saving millions of life.


Below is a rank of the world’s most pressing issues from the year 2008, you can read more about it specific problems here: Consensus 2008/Research.aspx

The data is presented in the following format
(Rank) (Solution) (Challenge) so for the first one, 1 would represents that it is the most pressing issue to address now, Micro-nutrient supplements for children would be the solution and the challenge it address is Malnutrition.

1 Micronutrient supplements for children (vitamin A and zinc) Malnutrition
2 The Doha development agenda Trade
3 Micronutrient fortification (iron and salt iodization) Malnutrition
4Expanded immunization coverage for children Diseases
5Biofortification Malnutrition
6 Deworming and other nutrition programs at school Malnutrition and Education
7 Lowering the price of schooling Education
8 Increase and improve girl's schooling Women
9 Community-based nutrition promotion Malnutrition
10 Provide support for women's reproductive role Women
11Heart attack acute management Diseases
12Malaria prevention and treatment Diseases
13 Tuberculosis case finding and treatment Diseases
14 R&D in low-carbon energy technologies Global Warming
15 Bio-sand filters for household water treatment Water


Bjorn Lomborg, the current director of the CCC, talking about the necessity of prioritize our effort.


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ASHOK: "The majority of the world’s population in 2100 will be at least as rich as the rich Canadian today."

What makes you think this will be the case? The majority of people in 2100 could mean over 5 or 6 billion people .... all as rich as the rich Canadian today? There is probably less than 10% of the world's population today that is as rich as "the rich Canadian" today. How do you think these billions of people will become rich in the next ninety years?

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One major topic in Canada today is Aids transparency. The issue is very simple, about 8 billion Canadian dollars are sent aboard every year, yet we have very little information on where the money goes. If we are to spend 8 billion dollars a year on aids, then shouldn’t we as Canadian have the right to know how effective the money is? Another major issue is that we have very little information on the topic that we do not know if our money is effective or not.

So here are two videos from Dr. Esther Duflo, MIT economist and co-founder of Poverty Action Lab who gives an interest case study about Aids effectiveness.

With eight billion dollars ONCE, I could cure AIDS by myself with no experience in medical science whatsoever.
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